Monday, 26 October 2015

A New Mission Blog, Recent Temple Visit and Reports of Success in the Field - 26 October 2015

WELCOME... the brand new blog of the Belgium/Netherlands Mission, straight from the mission office up in Leiden, the Netherlands!!!

President and Sister Bunnell would like to keep parents, friends and other interested people up to date by means of this blog of all the goings on of the mission, including photos of conferences, news of transfers and other noteworthy events and happenings.


Mission Leader Council last Friday

Last week on Friday, Mission Leader Council was held at the Mission Home. Every month, all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders meet to receive instruction from and council with President and Sister Bunnell and the Assistants in addition to various guest speakers, in this case President Scheltinga of the Den Haag stake. 


And here a picture of several missionaries at the Temple

"It was pure joy to see you all in the temple!  We are grateful you had revelatory experiences and that you came away strengthened and refreshed.  Thanks to the Assistants, Zone Leaders and Senior Couples for doing all the preparation for the visit and seeing that everything went smoothly.  And thanks to them and the Office Elders for making the Zone Conferences successful.  We are grateful to those who provided the inspiring music and taught us about planning, stretching ourselves, travel contacting and a special thanks to Hans Noot for the cultural training." - President Bunnell


Several months ago, a new standard of excellence was set to help the mission grow and come closer to achieving its full potential. This standard was to reach a minimum of 20 proselyting hours per companionship per week (thus 20 hours spent teaching and finding). This new goal resulted in a large increase in all the other key indicators (the numbers by which missionary work is measured, see also Preach my Gospel).

But the mission could do even better. And thus, the standard was raised to 23 hours per week. And for the first time since hours were measured, the average throughout the mission was significantly above 22 and almost at 23 hours. The number of companionships attaining 23 hours reached 44 this last week (plus an additional 15 companionships that attained over 20 hours). It is remarkable to see the enthusiasm and determination with which the missionaries have accepted this heightened challenge.

Here is an excerpt of President Bunnell's encouragement to the missionaries: "The results of these hours have been outstanding.  We anticipate increased baptisms and rescues of less-actives as a result of your dedication.  Over and over again, your letters show you have had an increase in happiness in the work because you are planning and working with more zeal."


Elder and Sister Hill and Elder Robison

We welcomed a new Senior Couple to the mission a few weeks ago. Elder and Sister Hill will serve temporarily in Eindhoven until November when they will replace Elder and Sister Kleyn in Deventer. Elder Hill served in Leiden 50 years ago and had the opportunity to visit the ward there on the 11th, a Sunday and their second day in the land.

See below a brief overview of past events...


Office Elders and Assistants: Elders Clement, Neptune, Heinricks, Ames and Evans

Elders Clement and Heinricks will be leaving the office and returning to the field, along with Elder Ames, who was companions with Elder Neptune as Assistant to the President. They will be missed, and have served well. Their assistance during the transition to the new mission president was very much appreciated. The office elders will be replaced with Elders Cook and Andrew and Elder Bonner is the new Assistant. 

PAST TRANSFER DAY -  30/10/2015

New Missionaries with President and Sister Bunnell: Elders Stanworth, O'Loughlin, Young, Morrow, Johnson, Mostoller, Brunner, Ord, Torrie, Serra, Needham, and Meister.

Departing Missionaries with President and Sister Bunnell: Elders Rasmussen, Schmidt, Lee, Eby, Sister Riley, Elders Hills, Torniainen, Paur and Reynolds. 

Though smaller than past transfers, these were still rather large incoming and departing groups of missionaries. The mission is grateful for those that left us for their wonderful service the past 2 years or 18 months and also for the willingness of the new missionaries to serve here in Belgium and the Netherlands for the next two years. 

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