Michael and the rest of the Sendai missionaries are back on the big island. Mike and his companion, Elder Lundell have been transfered to Furukawa, just north of Sendai, and a little east of the from the Sendai mission home. We haven't heard from him yet, but we should Sunday evening via e-mail. I think all the Sendai missionaries were pretty impressed by the Sapporo Mission, and particularly President Daniels and his wife.
We were particularly delighted that they had a very active website that families could see regularly updated pictures of the elders and sister missionaries during meetings, conferences, etc. It was nice to see them in the "flesh" so soon after the pictures were taken. One picture of Michael showed him in a new japanese tailored suit, and we must say he's looking more and more japanese; the haircut, the suit, just the look, pretty humorous.
As we look back on the whole earthquake experience we can see that it has been a great learning experience for all of us, and our trust and our dependence on the Lord has increased. Mike's testimony has grown, he's developed a stronger spiritual side, and his confidence concerning his "mission" his grown.
We as a family have grown closer, (if that is possible), and I think all of us have gained a greater insight into missionary work as it is performed today. I finally can say I'm grateful for the experience, just would not want it to happen again! We love all of our family, and friend, and those who have followed Michael along through this experience. Let's hope his last 6 months is productive, personally, as well as baptism wise. The countdown, for us begins.