Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Visit to Porvenir Branch . . .

Last Sunday was a very special day when I had the opportunity to visit the Porvenir Branch on Tierra del Fuego. This is the island at the very tip of South America and is half Chile and half Argentina. Porvenir is a 2-3 hour ferry ride across the Magellan Strait from Punta Arenas. We had about 35 members at church on Sunday and I will forever be grateful to them for changing their meeting times so I could visit. They hadn´t had a visit from a mission president in over 10 years. And now having been there, I only wish I could go back. This is obviously a very isolated region and the members, though few, are very faithful.

Above is a photo of President Carcamo, the branch president and his beautiful family. He and his wife are both paramedics and Pte Carcamo is also the assistant fiscal, which is a local government elected official. They are truly a blessing to the church in this region.

This is the Elder´s little home that was built for them by Pte Carcamo in his back yard. It is probably the nicest house in the mission where missionaries live. Safe, clean and natural gas heating. It is further evidence of the Carcamo family´s love for the work.

A view of Porvenir from the ferry arriving from Punta Arenas. Unfortunately, Susie wasn´t able to make the trip because of the risk for sea sickness. The trip can be a little bumpy at times, but I was pretty lucky and enjoyed smooth sailing.

1 comment:

Guillermo said...

Wao en serio que alegria y felicidad el poder verle ahi despues de 2 aƱos que estaba ahi yo, en serio que alegria para los miembros el que Usted haya podido visitarles, y me encanta el poder ver la casa terminada, nosotros estuvimos ayudando con algunas ideas para esa casa y poder verla ya ahi es waoooooo, increible, les amo mucho a todos ellos