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Update on the sisters sent to the Czech Republic by way of England after the country lockdown, who were jailed: they were sent back to England. My mother thinks that England probably refused entry, and they were probably diverted back to the U.S. 

@Rain: The sister returning to your ward from the Czech Republic, if she is who I think she is (recently returned), had a couple of days extension/adventure. The mission failed to Covid test her and a sister returning to Texas, so the airport denied them boarding. They had to return, Covid test, and await results in the mission home for a couple of days. 

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25 minutes ago, rongo said:

Update on the sisters sent to the Czech Republic by way of England after the country lockdown, who were jailed: they were sent back to England. My mother thinks that England probably refused entry, and they were probably diverted back to the U.S. 

@Rain: The sister returning to your ward from the Czech Republic, if she is who I think she is (recently returned), had a couple of days extension/adventure. The mission failed to Covid test her and a sister returning to Texas, so the airport denied them boarding. They had to return, Covid test, and await results in the mission home for a couple of days. 

Yep, that's her except, according to her mom, the amsterdam airport changed the rules just before they were to get there and they weren't told. 

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My friend’s son is finally heading to the Congo after being diverted (to Texas iifc) for a few months. 

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We have a sister here from S. Alberta who is supposed to go Leeds but that isn't happening anytime soon. Funnily enough her Uncle was in the Stake Presidency here years ago and his brother also lived here so people know the last name at least.

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A member of our stake has a granddaughter who finally made it from England to Germany this week.  She is quarantining for 10 days in Frankfurt and will then move on to her assigned area in Berlin. 

She is a part of a group of 70 missionaries who are serving in Germany.  Before they made it to the mainland they were stuck in England for over 21 days, quarantining there and waiting for Germany to allow them entry.

Apparently there was a very small chance they would get into Germany, and a large chance they would be reassigned to English missions, but at the last minute everything worked out.  

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31 minutes ago, bluebell said:

A member of our stake has a granddaughter who finally made it from England to Germany this week.  She is quarantining for 10 days in Frankfurt and will then move on to her assigned area in Berlin. 

She is a part of a group of 70 missionaries who are serving in Germany.  Before they made it to the mainland they were stuck in England for over 21 days, quarantining there and waiting for Germany to allow them entry.

Apparently there was a very small chance they would get into Germany, and a large chance they would be reassigned to English missions, but at the last minute everything worked out.  

We took our daughter back up to NAU (Flagstaff) on Saturday, and stopped off at the institute to borrow some books (best LDS library, anywhere, including the old classics. And we're pretty much the only people who read them. :) ). The missionaries were there, and one of them was on reassignment from the Ivory Coast. He said that they are going back in February. My wife told him about our friend's son (mentioned in the OP) who will be coming to the Phoenix mission (these missionaries' mission) in February, French speaking, and asked about that. He said that he was reassigned to the Phoenix mission because they have French missionaries (but there he was in Flagstaff), and that there is one branch for refugees in Phoenix. They work with them for a while, but are transferred out to the rest of the mission for the most part. So, there is technically an area for dedicated French-speaking missionaries, but . . . it's not enough work for them for 22 months. He also mentioned that there are several waiting missionaries in the Phoenix mission going to Germany soon. 

Weird that so many have been waiting in England to go the Germany, Czech Republic, etc. And England got full-out locked down. 

Our son told us that Norway is on "total lockdown," which in his area (above the Arctic Circle) means that the missionaries are the only ones wearing masks (church policy; the locals look down on it) and they can't meet in people's homes. So, they have been teaching people on hikes (everyone hikes all the time) and doing church tours. A surprising number of people are curious what the inside looks like. 

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58 minutes ago, rongo said:

We took our daughter back up to NAU (Flagstaff) on Saturday, and stopped off at the institute to borrow some books (best LDS library, anywhere, including the old classics. And we're pretty much the only people who read them. :) ). The missionaries were there, and one of them was on reassignment from the Ivory Coast. He said that they are going back in February. My wife told him about our friend's son (mentioned in the OP) who will be coming to the Phoenix mission (these missionaries' mission) in February, French speaking, and asked about that. He said that he was reassigned to the Phoenix mission because they have French missionaries (but there he was in Flagstaff), and that there is one branch for refugees in Phoenix. They work with them for a while, but are transferred out to the rest of the mission for the most part. So, there is technically an area for dedicated French-speaking missionaries, but . . . it's not enough work for them for 22 months. He also mentioned that there are several waiting missionaries in the Phoenix mission going to Germany soon. 

Weird that so many have been waiting in England to go the Germany, Czech Republic, etc. And England got full-out locked down. 

Our son told us that Norway is on "total lockdown," which in his area (above the Arctic Circle) means that the missionaries are the only ones wearing masks (church policy; the locals look down on it) and they can't meet in people's homes. So, they have been teaching people on hikes (everyone hikes all the time) and doing church tours. A surprising number of people are curious what the inside looks like. 

So glad to hear about the refugee branch! They have so many struggles and having a branch with fellow members could be a real help for them.

While writing that I got a text from IRC about the 2021 watchlist for refugees and DRC (where many speak French) is still on it - #4 on the list. If we can get past the covid stuff I wouldn't be surprised to get a lot more refugees from there this year. 

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I've lost track of what countries I have updated so if this is a repeat I'm sorry.

My son is getting a companion today that will be going to Uganda in 3 weeks.

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4 hours ago, Rain said:

I've lost track of what countries I have updated so if this is a repeat I'm sorry.

My son is getting a companion today that will be going to Uganda in 3 weeks.

That tracks with what the Ivory Coast elder told us at the NAU institute last week (Africa-bound missionaries in February). 

Any news on Brazil? Currently, they're only allowing 90 day visas, and my info has it not until summer at the earliest. Our close family friend is in West Virginia waiting to go to Brazil. 

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34 minutes ago, rongo said:

That tracks with what the Ivory Coast elder told us at the NAU institute last week (Africa-bound missionaries in February). 

Any news on Brazil? Currently, they're only allowing 90 day visas, and my info has it not until summer at the earliest. Our close family friend is in West Virginia waiting to go to Brazil. 

I'll try to remember to do a search tomorrow on the missionary moms page when I get on the computer.  It is easier there.

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15 hours ago, rongo said:

That tracks with what the Ivory Coast elder told us at the NAU institute last week (Africa-bound missionaries in February). 

Any news on Brazil? Currently, they're only allowing 90 day visas, and my info has it not until summer at the earliest. Our close family friend is in West Virginia waiting to go to Brazil. 

Some are heading back early February.

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A girl from my stake just received her call to Lansing, Michigan, reporting to the Provo MTC in March. That is surprising to me, given that General Conference is virtual for a third straight time. I wonder if it will be nowhere near peak capacity (very probable), and I wonder when it will be at peak capacity. It's also possible that they will be notified last minute that they will be doing home MTC, too. 

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3 hours ago, rongo said:

A girl from my stake just received her call to Lansing, Michigan, reporting to the Provo MTC in March. That is surprising to me, given that General Conference is virtual for a third straight time. I wonder if it will be nowhere near peak capacity (very probable), and I wonder when it will be at peak capacity. It's also possible that they will be notified last minute that they will be doing home MTC, too. 

If I remember right that has happened with others, but don't take my word for it unless I verify it. 

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Missionaries going to Japan and Tawain has been shut down again.

Recently missionaries being sent to Paraguay, Mexico, Kenya, Barbados, Cotonou Benin mission,

Brazil as of this week though that is slowly happening so all won't be going yet.

Very mixed word on Argentina. Several with residency cards have been told Feb 4, but it is still on level 4 lockdown.

All Canadian missionaries resigned to Canada won't go to original mission till US/Canada border opens.

Small group going to UK, but there are strict covid procedures for just before arrival and after.

Hungry and Romania are letting a few in.  Some going to Italy, but only if "zoned" for the LA consulate.

Germany is closed again.

Colombia opening first week of February.

One mom said they had been called to preside over a mission starting this week, but no MTCs were open so they can't go till one is open.

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The Baltic mission is down to 17 missionaries.  The mission president is still waiting to get in mission boundaries.  He has been going through a long process of quarantines etc.  He is currently in Croatia zooming with his missionaries till he gets there.

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25 minutes ago, Rain said:

Missionaries going to Japan and Tawain has been shut down again.

Recently missionaries being sent to Paraguay, Mexico, Kenya, Barbados, Cotonou Benin mission,

Brazil as of this week though that is slowly happening so all won't be going yet.

Very mixed word on Argentina. Several with residency cards have been told Feb 4, but it is still on level 4 lockdown.

All Canadian missionaries resigned to Canada won't go to original mission till US/Canada border opens.

Small group going to UK, but there are strict covid procedures for just before arrival and after.

Hungry and Romania are letting a few in.  Some going to Italy, but only if "zoned" for the LA consulate.

Germany is closed again.

Colombia opening first week of February.

One mom said they had been called to preside over a mission starting this week, but no MTCs were open so they can't go till one is open.

Sigh. 

15 minutes ago, Rain said:

The Baltic mission is down to 17 missionaries.  The mission president is still waiting to get in mission boundaries.  He has been going through a long process of quarantines etc.  He is currently in Croatia zooming with his missionaries till he gets there.

My nephew is in the Adriatic North Mission. He's been lucky to serve in Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro, so he's been able to use both the Latin and the Cyrillic alphabet (Serbian and Croatian is the same spoken language, but they disagree. :) ). He was the branch president in Montenegro for about a year, and was sad to leave, but once you cross the borders, there's no going back (Covid conditions). He is currently in Serbia. 

Norway is the same. As missionaries go home, they are only replaced by random missionaries, one here and one there, so the missions are dwindling in numbers. 

This is hardest on areas that rely heavily on American missionaries (or any foreign missionaries, really) to run the branches and maintain Church presence. 

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A boy from my stake (former student of mine) received his call to the Ukraine Kiev Mission, Moldova, Romanian speaking. He will be assigned to Idaho Falls after home MTC, with no ETA yet on when he might report to his original area. All missionaries have currently left the area (attrition), so he and a companion would re-open the area. The target is to get to four missionaries there. I served in the deacons quorum in my old ward in Gilbert with a man who served in Romania. He said that Moldova is quite different from Romania in many respects (it belonged to the Romanian mission when he was there), although both speak forms of Romanian. He did a mission night with our three deacons, and they had/have plastic money! 

That is some big consolidation of areas, putting Romania in with the Ukraine! Not likely that the mission president would be able to speak both. 

Our home teacher (ministering brother)'s brother is a mission president in Mexico. They only have 30 or so native Mexicans in the mission, and are also awaiting the resumption of the "pipeline." No idea when. 

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The first group of missionaries headed back to their original mission of cambodia were on their layover in Korea where officials said they had the wrong insurance papers.  They were going to be sent back home. They called the Cambodian MP and now they are still in Korea.  The next flight to Cambodia heads out Sunday and hopefully things will be worked out to be on it.

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I had a Zoom meeting with two women from the Goethe Institut - San Francisco to plan out our semi-annual state conference. One of them is from Bielefeld (2nd area of my mission!), and the other is from Köln. In passing, I asked about how things were in Germany currently, especially with Covid, and I was told that they are locked down "hard." If this is true, then I find it hard to believe that the youth headed to Germany in February is still happening. Anyone know anecdotally of any missionaries who will make it to Germany (or other foreign areas) in the next little while?

I have two **foreign exchange** students from Italy right now! Both are taking German 1, but I'm stunned that they are here at all (they've been here for a couple of weeks). They don't know each other, but they are both from the same area (one from Verona, and the other from Vicenza --- both near Venice). I am stunned that we even have exchange students. I don't think there are any American exchange students, anywhere in the world. 

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