We received an email from her Mission President upon her arrival. This is what it contained:
Hello from Tegucigalpa!
We want to let you know that Hna Hogge has arrived safely in Honduras. After spending a night with us in the mission home she is now in her new area with her trainer.
She is going to be a great missionary.
I have attached two pictures. You won´t be surprised to know that she spent hours helping in the kitchen her first night here.
President and Hna Bowler
|The Hogge Family had a good laugh over this. Although us siblings don't like admitting it, Jessica always did the dishes at our house without whining and complaining and she always did the most work. So no. We were definitely not surprised.|
|Hermana Hogge and President & Hermana Bowler|
Jessica's new P-Day is MONDAY! So we received our first email from our Honduran. Here is what we received:
|Hermana Hogge & Hermana Molina|
We need to know the ward a lot better, but many members that we have met are great. They tease me sometimes, but it's all good fun. And I'm always so grateful when they offer to feed us. We have a lot of work to do with retention here. My companion taught me that it's like a tree, and the members are the roots. The roots need to be strong and deep so the tree can endure hard things and grow.
It's mostly hot and humid here. I just realized I didn`t tell you where I am yet! There are three main areas in the Tegucigalpa mission: the city - Tegucigalpa, the Orient - which is the mountains, and the South. The hottest place.
Can you guess where I was called?
Yep. I am in the South, in Choluteca. Our area is Nueva Esparanza (New Hope).
|Our dad calls Hermana Hogge "Jessy Bug", so I thought it was appropriate to use a little lady bug to point out her current location. :)|
I really do like it here. Everyone says its good to start in the south because this is real Honduras. It's very poor, and it makes me sad. But we have been blessed with air conditioning and running water in our little casa. :)
|Jessy standing on the porch of her "little casa."|
I love you all so much, thank you for your updates. I`m still getting used to things here but I pray a lot and I know who I have on my side here. And I know He is there for all of you, too!
She also sent one more picture of her CCM District because she still loves them.