Daniel departed on Tuesday morning with a group of 12 missionaries heading to Kingston, Jamaica. He called us from the Salt Lake Airport early Tuesday morning. It was really great to be able to talk to him for a few minutes before he departed. He had layovers in Dallas and Miami, arriving in Kingston at 8:30 pm. We anxiously awaited word of his arrival and we were excited to get an email from his mission president on Thursday informing us that he had arrived safely. The email said his companion is Elder Barber and that his first area is May Pen. Two photos were attached which I will include in this post.
May Pen is about 30 miles west of Kingston. It is a largely agricultural region and the city numbers about 60,000 people. It is located on the Rio Minho river (Jamaica's longest), and is a major market centre for the Parish. Boasting a large open air market and transportation centre along Main Street and Sevens Road, the town's centre is often chaotic with activities of shoppers, vendors daily and motorized traffic. May Pen is also an important citrus packing centre, famous for oranges and a hybrid citrus fruit called anugli. (Summarized from Wikipedia) We were also excited to read on a missionary couple's blog that in May Pen, "the church is stronger on the south side of the island... a real church building... and a strong community of faithful saints."
We are looking forward to hearing from Daniel on his P-day (but we are not sure when). Thank you for your love and support!
|Daniel is on the back row, on the left, next to Pres. and Sis. Brown. This is at the mission home.|
|Daniel is on the far left - happy to finally be in Jamaica! This picture was taken at the airport.|
|The LDS church building in May Pen.|