On Wednesday, we had yet another exciting trip to the FRO. And yet again, they told me to come back another day. Apparently, my documents finally cleared in Hyderabad, after a month of waiting, and are now pending in Rajahmundry. No one can quite explain why or how or what is going on, but they are content to sit on it and let things pass by.
1: We are no longer serving in the India Bangalore mission; it is now the India Bengaluru mission. No explanation was provided.
2: Due to another change in the MTC training time (it's 3 weeks for English speakers again), next transfer will be 7 weeks long to catch up.
3: 4 missionaries are entering the mission on the transfer.
4: Missionaries from our mission whose visas ran out have been waiting for 6 months for new visas, and prayers would be appreciated.
5: Bangalore has unofficially stopped registering missionaries, so no American elders will be assigned there until they clear things up with the FRO.
6: Our area is probably being split.
That was what we heard, and yep, it all happened. On Saturday, we were anticipating an appointment in the morning and an exchange with the zone leaders, but both fell through. Finally, on Sunday, we had church, then transfer calls. Elder Maddikonda and I are staying in the same area, but splitting up: the area is being divided, and we have to figure out how. That means that every area I've stayed in for a full transfer in India, I personally had to split it. Granted, that's only been two areas, but it's still pretty crazy that out of the 9 months I've been in India, I've only been in 2 areas for a full transfer! At the end of the email, I'll send my full transfer/companion list as of the end of my first year. Anyway, my new companion will be Elder Kommalapati, who is fresh out of training, and also a native Indian. Stuff is happening!
Year one of the mission:
Brea 1st Ward (5 months)
Rajahmundry 1st branch (3 weeks)
AS Rao Nagar (2 weeks)
Rajahmundry 2nd Branch (5 months)
Kakinada (1 month split b/t RJY 2nd)
West Maredpally 3rd Ward (5 weeks)
Coimbatore 1st Branch (6 weeks and counting...)
Trainer: Elder Wilding
AS Rao Nagar
Rajahmundry 2nd Branch:
West Maredpally 3rd Ward:
Coimbatore 1st Branch:
All that in one year!