You're going to love this one.
It's been a little over two weeks since my last post. I'm trying to get better about keeping this more up to date for you ladies and germs that still truck on over to Happy Dramastic Days every now and again, hoping for a tidbit of info on everyone's favorite French sister. This one's juicy; you've just stepped in a big pile of HOLY WOW.
I don't know how else to start this, so I'll just say Soeur Fairchild is now training. One transfer as senior companion is all the experience she needed, or better said, all the experience the Lord thought fit to allow her, before putting her on another 13% incline with a 10,000 pound trailer behind her. Let's give it up for torque, boys and girls.
Normally sister missionaries train in their seventh transfer in Western Europe. It's only Emily's fifth. Based on what her letters say, this is actually a big blessing because it's easy to feel stagnant in the mission once you overcome the basic challenges. At first it was contacts and porting. Then it was speaking and challenging, then committing, then following through and doing all the stuff a great junior companion should do. Once she got that down, the Lord wasted no time in kicking things up a notch and making her a senior. We barely got an idea of what that was like for her through her letters before she got called to train. As if that wasn't good enough, her pending colleague is a native Tahitian, which means Notre Soeur will be speaking all French all the time. (A cure for the "Are My Language Skills Good Enough Blues"). It'll be another week or so before her fille comes in though, so she's working full-time with a member in Nimes, which is helping her prepare to teach and explain things to another missionary in French. It seems stressful, but when you look closer, you see the wisdom of the Lord in preparing her step by step for the challenges he's given to her.
Her example throughout all this is inspiring, that she takes these assignments with humility and willingness, maybe even a little apprehension, but never really doubt or fear. Our prayers are paying off, that is to say, the Lord hears us and blesses her, but always at His discretion. Let us never forget who's calling the shots here, and that we must never cease to pray for all the missionaries in our lives to be able to accept and satisfy the tasks that the Lord has in store for them.
So you know the drill, mes amis. Keep her in your prayers, and check back in a few weeks for the next updates. A la prochaine!