Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Visa Acquired...Flying to Brazil

Rachel has received her Visa. Her Mission President informed her that she will be flying from Oklahoma City to Londrina, Brazil on Monday, August 19, 2013.

She was able to call us to tell us! She is being flooded with emotions. She has already grown to love all of the people in Oklahoma and her heart aches to leave. She feels joy and sadness to have just begun...  As many of you know that feeling. Serving missions and transferring to new areas, or serving in callings and being released, a change in employment, all such significant transitions. It is such a blessing for her to be able to witness the baptism of Taisha (she is from Germany) this Friday.

I assured her that she has been serving faithfully and that the love and work of all of the people she associated with, will continue. What a blessing to have had the love and training of her two companions. She has learned so much. I will forever be grateful to Sisters Leavitt and Freeman for training Rachel. And to Sister Downs, Rachel's companion in the MTC.

She mentioned that she is nervous, not to go to a foreign land, but to speak Portuguese! She has continued her study. I gently reminded her that the language will come even faster, through the help of the Spirit and she will learn a great deal, speaking and hearing the language among the beautiful people in Brazil.

Please know, you can still contact Rachel through email, and mail letters to her. Letters will cost more than a regular stamp. I purchased some 'Global Stamps' and one stamp is $1.10. (Regular stamps for US are I think; $0.46.) It's worth it! Letters are treasured!

Here is her address:

*Londrina Brazil Mission Home:

Sister Rachel Jean Edwards

Missão Brasil Londrina

Ave Higienópolis, 1100, Sala 61 - Centro

86020-911 Londrina-PR


Thank you to all for your love, support and encouragement.  Love, Jeanette

Russ, Rachel, Jessica, Jeanette, Jeffrey, Rebecca, Ryan  (May 2013)
Jessica, Ryan, Rebecca, Jeffrey  (Aug. 2013)
Sunny day in Oregon! 
Last day together before Rebecca returned to College.
Rachel's hair is getting long. (Aug. 2013- Oklahoma City) 

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