Sister Liston has the more complex and detailed responsibilities. To put all she does on a work flow diagram would take up too much of Taiwan's real estate and more paper than the mission currently has in stock. Think of managing the paperwork that goes along with 160 misisonaries, including more than 80 coming and 80 going each year. Visa's, Passports, Alien Resident Cards, Medical Cards, numerous internal documents used by the President and Assistants, Travel plans to and from Taiwan, phone lists, Letters to parent-- pre missionaries--missionaries--stake presidents-- bishops, Missionary photos for various applications, etc., etc., etc. The mission has a comprenesive data base which is the foundation for many of the reports, letters, applications, etc. There are numerous queries which Sister Liston uses to create these letters and reports.
We are supported by two good office Elders who work very hard to support us. The office Elders have duties outside the office, so we are often alone managing the mission office. We also work together on many tasks like mail, postage, paying bills at the local 7-eleven. We are also supported by our predecessors, James and Joann Greene who are now back in Rexburg, but so very helpful when we call at least weekly.
We also have faith that this is the work of our Heavenly Father, and we pray a lot to learn and do our jobs to support our wonderful missionaries who work tirelessly to bless the lives of the people they serve. We get home as early as 6:30 p.m. and as late as 8:30 at night. Obviously we are tired. One of the blessings of being so tired is better sleep. We feel like we are on a "crash course" learning how to swim while being thrown into the ocean, but we are learning. We love working with President and Sister Bishop and all of the missionaries. Serving our Father in Heaven is always rewarding.
Here are just a few pictures outside the mission office as well:
|Looking out the front gate|
|Flowering tree in front of the mission office|
|Sidewalk in front of the mission office.|