Every six weeks we have Cambios! Cambios, or exchanges, is the time when new missionaries come into the mission, and missionaries who have already served for 18 – 24 months head home. This time we had 15 leaving and 11 coming into the mission. It was busy!
Cambios are always emotional, but this time it was also wonderful! Because – for the first time in years – no one had to have a Covid test to get back into the good old USA. Amazing!
For the last 2 years whenever anyone left the mission — that’s usually 10 missionaries every six weeks — they’d have to be tested. At $25-$65 p/person – it was expensive and a lot of work when you consider transportation and organization. Insurance pays for it — eventually — but as we all know that entails massive amounts of paperwork!
Of course, it’s all worth it when our missionaries come home stronger in testimony, richer in experience, and as healthy as ever!
I can’t help but think of pre-Covid airport greetings with nostalgia, and I wonder if I’ll ever get rid of the hand sanitizer habit. No matter what the future brings, I doubt airport security will every allow our grandson’s new greeting to catch on. Aaron likes to greet his cousins with belly hugs!