On Saturday, May 7th at 9:30pm we got our "Mother's Day Call" from Kiefer. It was Sunday in Mt. Isa about 12:30pm. We got to talk for an hour but it seemed like no time at all.
We asked him about Mt. Isa, his flat, and his companion. We told he about our boring lives. He doesn't have an Aussie accent yet but his vocabulary is littered with Aussie slang, which he, occasionally had to explain to us.
Mt. Isa is very isolated and very much in the outback of Australia. It is a mining community and, Kiefer tells us, the cost of living is very high. The miner are well paid and all consumer products have to come from far away which drives up the cost of everything.
He loves his Branch. They are a small but very close group. He says they have about 30 people (including kids) attend on a good Sunday 20 on the not so good weeks. He says the people of Mt. Isa are fairly tolerant of the Mormon missionaries. The flat he lives in is very close to the local Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall. He says most people think they are from that church. He also says that there are a good number and variety of churches in Mt. Isa.
A new Senior Missionary couple has recently arrived in Mt. Isa. They live next door to Kiefer and his companion. They enjoy having the help but kind of miss their independence. The Senior couple have a car but they don't really like to drive on the wrong side of the road. Kiefer has been the chauffeur. He doesn't mind too much except that it does take away some of he and his companion's precious P-day time.
He sounds good and seems to be happy with and dedicated to the work he is doing. We are so proud of him but miss him terribly. Thanks to everyone that "drops-in" on this blog and to those of you who have sent him letters and packages.