Tuesday, September 5, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA



HURRICANE IRMA - September 5, 2017


Hurricane Irma path update


Hurricane Irma path update

I received a phone call today at 2:27 p.m.   The caller ID showed that the call was from Congo, Brazzaville so I did not answer it because I had no idea who would be calling me from Congo and figured it was a telemarketing call.  Then MaKayla called me at 2:43 p.m. and said she just got off the phone with Eric.  Eric had tried calling me first but I didn't answer, it was him calling when it showed Congo, Brazzaville.  He then tried calling Kelsey at 2:28 p.m. and her phone call also showed Congo, Brazzaville so she didn't answer her phone either.  He called MaKayla and talked to her and then when he hung up with her he tried calling Matthew at 2:43 p.m. but Matthew was in a SCBA training so he didn't get to talk to Matthew.  He then called Roger and Roger's call came through as Bahamas, Nassau so he answered the phone and Roger, Kelsey and Andrew got to talk to him too.  I believe he called Matthew again when he hung up with Roger and Kelsey and Matthew made a three way conference call with Emilee and the kids so they were all able to talk to Eric too.  Eric called my phone again at 3:28 p.m. and it showed Nassau, Bahamas so I knew it was him.  We talked for about 30 minutes. He said " I love you momma!!" as we hung up and I said "I love you too honey!  Be Safe!!!"  I did not cry while I talked to him but tears fell after we hung up.  I pray for his safety!

The reason why he was calling was to let us know that President Pearson was having the missionaries that were on the Bahamas flown back to Jamaica tomorrow, September 6 because Hurricane Irma is threatening to hit the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands.  Sister Pearson told the missionaries to call any immediate family members they wanted to call to let them know that they were being evacuated from the Bahamas and flying to Miami and then onto Montego Bay in Jamaica.  We are praying for their safety and pray that the people in the Bahama's will be watched over.  This storm could go just about anywhere at this point but they did not want to leave the boys on the Bahamas just in case there was a direct hit on such a small island.

 Right now it is difficult to forecast where this "Monster Storm" will hit.  Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 Hurricane tonight and they say it is possible she will gain more force and could be the largest and most devastating storm the Atlantic Ocean has ever seen.  Irma is a Category 5 hurricane with with speeds around 185 miles per hour.  A Category 5 storm has to have winds of at least 155 mph and they are relatively rare.  With winds that strong, there is a high likelihood that framed homes could be destroyed and damage to trees and power poles will result in power outages that last for weeks. They have estimated that the eye of hurricane Irma is 23 miles wide.

This is an email I received from Julie Christensen who is Elder Dylan Christensen's mom:
Julie is friend with a lady who lives in the Bahamas and is the "Missionarie's Mom" on the Bahamas.  She sent this *** email at 9:42 p.m. on September 5, 2017:

***


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
From:
Date: September 5, 2017 at 9:42:30 PM MDT
To:
Subject: Nassau update
Hello missionary parents,
What a hectic and exhausting day we have had here!  Things changes quickly during the course of the day.  We went from prepping to ride out the storm at the house to making evacuation plans!

The elders spent the afternoon packing up their apartment and this evening brought personal belongings over, for what we are hoping will be safer storage at our house. We had pizza and they helped us move furniture around to make room inside for all outdoor items to come into the house.

Tomorrow will be an early day.  The Elders are parking their mission cars in our neighborhood and we will drop them at the airport around 5:00 AM for a 7:30 AM flight to Miami, then off to Jamaica.  Our family is scheduled to leave Thursday morning for Washington D.C.

I wanted to express my gratitude to our Heavenly Father.  He is truly looking out for His servants here.  I still don't understand how the mission office found three tickets off the island for Wednesday.  Everything had been sold out and although President Pierson decided to evacuate the Elders, I was concerned that the window had passed.  It truly is a miracle that they are able to leave!

I'm also grateful that Sister Pierson allowed them to call home.  As a mom she knew how you all must be worrying!

I'd better go.  We have an early start tomorrow!

Love,
Sister 

At Brother and Sister  house in Nassau Bahamas - September 5, 2017.  
Boxing things up and leaving the island before Hurricane Irma hits.
The missionaries are flying back to Jamaica.
The  family is being evacuated also

                     Elder Eric Call,
                     Elder Wilding left front and Elder Christensen in the dark blue.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Week 25 - Jamaica - Spanish Town

Eric Joseph Call 
Hello momma sorry I'm emailing so late we were at the doctors forever and had to get permission from president to email tonight!
I planned on opening the boxes you sent for my birthday on my birthday or this week.   I'm not sure what I will do yet.  The plan is to Skype you while we are at Bishops house and I will skype first at 6:00 so 5:00 your time!
 I will call you on Sunday to make sure everything is still good and all that!  My weekly email explains the week well, but other than the heading we really are very well and are going to give it our all this week no sickness holding us back!!  I love your story mamma about you and Kayla in the car it is amazing when we listen to the first promptings of the spirit because we have had a lot of crazy incidents this week as well.  I'm great and simply just honestly being positive and obedient and I know the blessings will soon come!  Love you very much mamma and I'm excited to meet Charlotte this week!! Love you
Elder Call    Oh and how was the temple!! 


A way nice hand of bananas we got at the market this week! 
Our humble abode (right next to the church might I add)   :)














I said goodbye to my dearest bicycle this week!   :(
A liccle going away dinner for Elder Wilding who is now an office Elder!   



Pine Tree in Jamaica!
 Elder Elliott and I got some new machetes!  We are ready to chop some yard!!









NO CAPTION NEEDED!!   ;)







Some of our chopping work!!

A sweet church right in Spanish Town!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 24 - Jamaica - Spanish Town

Eric Joseph Call 
Hi momma how have ya been since last week? Ha the weeks are just blurring together it is way weird!  Zach emailed me and also Matt Jensen so I said hi to them super good to hear from both of them!  I love that picture of the good ole young men!  Miss all those stripling young men a lot!  Everything is going good here, we had a set back this week from Elder Elliott's bike wreck, but as of Saturday we don't use bicycles anymore in this mission so I have to sell mine or think of as member to give it to!  I love my bike so much to wha cha it was hard when I heard that, but oh well I'm living in Jamaica!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY also momma that was probably quite nice going to IHOP!!  I love you all very much and totally agree I have really seen the doctrine of Christ working in my life this week in repetition.  Also I finished the Book of Mormon this week as well!  Mom thank you for everything you do for me and just checking up like always and you got to meet good ole grandpa Lewis!  I'm so happy you guys got to see Elder Lewis or John now HA.  He is a stud and I hope you guys will get to see him more and I'm very excited to see and talk to you all in a couple weeks!  Love you very much
Elder Call



  


I tried the part this week!
Our liccle shortcut to one of our favorite areas to contact in.


Elder Elliott in some big ole grass!



























Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 23 - Jamaica - Spanish Town

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 22 - Jamaica - Spanish Town

Eric Joseph Call
Hey Momma
I wanted ya to know I got your letter and those pictures!!!  I loved them!  I'm going to do that and check with Elder Boyer in Yallahs!  They just got a branch president there in Yallahs ya know!! So exciting!!  
I think I forgot to talk about it in my group email, but I signed papers today to quite possibly go off island to the Bahamas so that was cool!  Lost quite a bit of my p-day and that is why I'm emailing right now, but ya oh well no worries!! I'm loving Spanish Town the only issue is definitely how our finding is!  We meet so many people, but they are never there for our scheduled appointment!!  Very frustrating, but just putting our shoulder to the wheel!  Elder Elliot and I are doing very well together and continually trying to become better missionaries!  Just a question did you happen to send my package and Elder Harris wants me to tell you to tell his mom that there is a DHL in Twin Falls so she knows too and if we ever send home a package we will all send our stuff together to one of our houses and then you somehow distribute it to each other in IDAHO!  I hear there is still nuff nuff snow a true!  It has been pretty rainy in Spain Town especially today!  Well not to much other than I know this gospel is true and will continue to share it with the voice of a trump! 
Elder Call


 Elder Elliot, Elder Lewis, and Elder Call  - Good ole Elder Lewis peaced out this week! 
 (in other words - Elder Lewis completed his mission and Returned Home With Honor!)






Mama Lue (President Lue's mom) her kitchen we painted! 
Momma Lue!!!!!    Elder Eric Call 

 




Elder Elliot and I eatin' some cook shop!  Bro. Miller's cook shop actually!
 



Some stew fish, fried chicken, veg and rice and peas! 









A nasty 40 legger we killed on our veranda!







Bro. Miller making Alex's cake!!
 This was the aftermath of our ride from Bro. Miller's - holy cow it was muddy!  (caught in a rainstorm)








 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 21 - Jamaica - Spanish Town


April 10, 2017




A Sweet Train Car in our area!  










Crockpot Action!  Cookin' Dinner!






 





Jamaican house under construction.  







 Mikayla's Baptism 4/9/2017
Elder Call (me), Elder Elliot, Mikayla, Mikayla's brother, Elder Lewis


I got a selfie stick for my camera!   







Monday, April 3, 2017

Week 20 - Jamaica - Spanish Town

From: Eric Joseph Call
Date: April 3, 2017 at 6:04:21 PM MDT
Hi momma - HOPE YOUR DOING WELL BACK HOME AND YES WE DO HAVE A BUILDING NOW.   Next week we will send pictures.  I just wanted ya to know that I won't be able to send a weekly email this week our p-day has been crazy!  We came to Mandeville and played futbol with the Mandeville Zone!  I got to see Sister Grajek and Sister Jones so that was awesome!   I'm doing very well though mom so no worries I'm okay hahaha!  I do have one request though if you haven't sent my birthday package, you think you could throw my Rugby cleats in there if possible? :)  
We right now are working on finding people and getting a bigger teaching pool and that is going very well.  We have met many cool people and they are very promising!  Also Elder Lewis is going to BYU-I and will probably be stopping by our house on like the 16th and giving you some things I'll be sending home!  
Elder Call





Elder Lewis painting Mama Lue's bathroom.  (Mama Lue is President Lue's mom , he is the Stake President).




 Eric's comment:  way sick house here in Spanish Town - this one is a little nicer than others! 

Nice "liccle" street in Spanish Town.  "Jamaican version of little"





Golf Course in Mandeville.








 And some Bamboo in Mandeville!