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Email on arrival November 26, 2014

Neicia flew to Zambia by herself.  This was a big daunting deal for her (and me) being an unseasoned traveler.  In London she had a panic when she realized not long before she had to catch her flight to Johannesburg that her boarding pass from Johannesburg to Zambia said, “Not valid for travel.”  She tried to get ahold of us and the Mission travel department but couldn’t get through to either.  Not knowing what else to do she found a way onto facebook and sent me a message to see if I could call the Mission travel dept. and have them fix it.  I had no way to let her know that all she had to do was take her ticket to the counter and they’d give her a boarding pass.  She continued to try to call in the airport then on the plane.  She told me she wouldn’t get back on facebook as she needed the Lord’s blessings and had to be obedient.  Her last sentence in the message broke this mama’s heart.  “Mommy, please don’t let me be stranded in a foreign country by myself.”  I admit, I cried a few times.  The dead silence every time we’d answer the phone and know she was trying to get us was horrible.  I knew the fix was easy but she didn’t and that killed this mama.  Her almost 12 hour flight to Johannesburg must have  been so frightening.  I’m sure she learned a lesson during that time as all she had to rely on was herself and the Lord.  I can’t wait to hear all about it.    Here’s the email notice I received in the wee hours this morning…yes, I was awake watching for it.

“Mommy, it’s Neicia!! I’m safe!! Turns out they just print off the tickets at Johannesburg!! Tell the girls and the boys I love them!! Hope you got my letters!!! Gonna go take a nap now!! Love you guys!!! Make sure you all email me!!”

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Group Email from the MTC Nov 20, 2014

I think she’s really enjoying herself….made clear by the caps and exclamation points.  I love my girl’s infectious exuberance.
HEY EVERYBODY!!! THANKS TO THOSE WHO SENT ME EMAILS!!! THAT MADE MY WHOLE DAY!! IF YOU DIDN’T EMAIL DO!!!!
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Letter home from MTC Nov 18, 2014

Dear Family,

My companion is Sister Lee.  She’s from Houston, Texas.  My P-day is on Thursday.  They gave us this form to write a letter to you on.  They didn’t say we were only limited to the lines on the paper!  Tender mercies!  So it’s Thursday now but it feels like I’ve been here a week not day two.  It’s CRAZY how full our days are.  My first day was great!  I already got to teach!  The spirit is so strong here!  Everyone in my district is going to Washington  So it’s just me!  It’s fun.  My comp is okay!  She is 22.  I am amazed by how many older sisters there are.  Sister Dale is 25!  She’s in my district!  I like it here!  Tomorrow I’ll get a calling!  I’m excited.

So a little info on how we teach here.  People, non-members/investigators, or members can be hired to come in and get taught by us.  So I taught this one guy names Chi-Cho (non-member) and we actually were able to get him to accept our message. Well, God’s message!  I really am loving it here.  It is awesome and way happy!  It’s crazy how much I have learned in just under 48 hours!  Sleep is murder but I am very happy and evidently always smiling!  I ran into Sister Hubert today!  That was awesome!

The spirit here is so strong I understand why it’ll be so hard to be released!  Also, I now understand how hard it’ll be for an investigator to not accept the truth!  That hasn’t happened yet but I already love the people I’m teaching.

Mother,
Visa?  Where/how/when/ do I get it?
Just got back from the gym.  It’s the first bit of free time I’ve really had  So my zone has this weird game/prank thing I didn’t know about!  Now I do…It’s called banana.  So yesterday I am at lunch and grab a banana.  Sit down and begin eating it.  Sister Bell (she’s the one who emailed you for me) yells, “We’ve got a banana!”  So the district that came last week in our zone all have ipads.  So they all take out the ipads while sister Bell explains, “You will now begin eating the banana the way we tell you to.”  They converse secretly with one another and then announce that I’ll be eating my banana like an elephant!  What!  I am also to try and make elephant noises in the process!  I gained respect!  At first I tried putting my nose (trunk) into it.  Then decided pretending my hand was a trunk was better!  It was actually really hard!

Tell Kalten, Trevin and Allison I love them and I want a letter from them pronto that way I can wrote back next Thursday.  I love you all and miss you but I am way happy!  Love Sister Neicia Browning (Getting used to that!)