Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hi I am back. This is Vicki. I have added a youtube channel at www.youtube.com/darwinandvicki and I worked on the web site at www.darvic.net/joomla. All kinds of exciting things are happening. We don't have a clue where our papers are right now. We were getting really excited about Bogota. Check the video out about the bike ways in Bogota on the above youtube site in the favorites area. There are between 400 and 500 kilometers of integrated protected bike ways in Bogota (the most of any city in the World). The former Mayor is in the vanguard as far as city planning and public space goes. He has completely turned the city around. He is now helping with city redesign in New York. 400,000 people a day use bikes for transprotation in Bogota. Just as I was getting used to idea of going there (it is 8800 feet above sea level and has a consistent temperature around 68 F) The Church called again and my records had been tagged because I am a Mental Health Professional. They read through the credentials that people have and pull out all the Doctors, Nurses, and Mental Health Professionals. The Church Social Services Department called and asked if I would accept an assignment to serve a Mental Health Specialist for the area presidency in an area, not an assignment just a query. My job would be to help Mission presidents spot missionaries that were having mental health issues, work with them individually, and help the mission president decide if their needs could be handled in the field so they could finish their mission or decide if they needed to go home to get more intense treatment. Many of the problems are transitory due to the stress of being in a new culture, often speaking a language that they have not yet mastered and feeling inadequite to the task. I told them I would serve anywhere they wanted me but that I prefered to be in a Spanish Speaking country. This was the same kind of a call that we got from the auditing department. They can request us but ultimately it is up to the brethern on the missionary committee although they usually listen to the recommendations of specific departments of the Church. The guy I talked to was going to look at what they wanted Darwin for and see how both could be accomodated. But we don't know yet and we won't until our actual call papers arrive.

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