|Australia Sydney North Mission|
She received her call the day before her 19th birthday, and opened it on her actual birthday , we were so nervous , we invited our family and close friends which amounted to close to 50 dear friends, we all knew it was her birthday, I promise I even bought a cake to sing her happy birthday....but with all the excitement of the call we forgot to even mention it!!!...I feel so bad as I think about it!, I had one of my dearest friend bring her a lovely present a nice pair of pearl earrings, and of course her grandma and aunties brought cards with gifts in them. But I know, for her she received the best present on her special day, from the Lord , a call to serve Him, and now looking back that's all it count!.
It was a hectic evening also because we wanted our family from overseas to be part of the moment, through Skype and phone. We had planned with every one, to be ready for us to make contact when she was ready to open the letter, we bought a better camera to hook it up to the computer, we paid a premium fee for Skype for a day to be able to have multiple connections as video calls. But with that and all we couldn't connect with half of the people we wanted to, at the important time the connections didn't work. For some there wasnt electricity available, for another the phone got disconnected that same day or the day before, for another it was too early and couldn't wake up, for another we had calculated the wrong time difference and was instead waiting for our call an hour or two later. I was glad though that my mum's phone line that's always problematic to connect, that night actually did work and she was able to be present on the phone, I am particularly glad that another one of my dear friends took the phone and was describing to her all that was happening with every detail and my mum says that she felt as present as everyone else there. I was also very glad that aunty Y. was able to connect through skype and she even taped the actual moment and took pictures from he end! all the way from the USA!!
We had "completos "(Chilean hot dogs) for supper and one of my sisters in law brought delicious quiches to share.
We had asked everyone to have a guess as to where they thought Shannen was going to be called, We got a large map of the wall put it up on the wall and asked everyone present and not present to tell us the country or city of their choice guess and to stick it up on the map.
I will maintain our family and close friends updated on how she is going by posting here her letters and some pictures with the permission of the people in them.