On 1 July 2010 the long anticipated boundary changes went into effect. We said goodby to the remarkable missionaries of the Elche Zone on Monday (see below). Then on Wednesday we hopped into the VW Transporter and headed out to parts of Spain we had never seen before to meet missionaries (most of whom) we had never met before.
It is about a 7-hour drive from Barcelona to Vitoria in the Basque Country. On Thursday morning we met for the first time with the incredible missionaries of the Bilbao and Vitoria Zones.
A handsome and impressive group of missionaries!
The hermanas: Hnas. Ruz, Patten, Culverwell, Roerig, Stosich, Gonzales, Johns
Elders Morales, Southwick and Atkin on the streets of Vitoria
Hydrangea at the entrance to the Vitoria chapel
The old medieval center of Vitoria
Elder Ashby and Elder Raban become acquainted at the gas station...
Elder Morales seems concerned about the cost of diesel!
As noted above, the new Spain Barcelona Mission not only has 88 incredible missionaries, but an entire mountain range (the Pyrenees - at least the Spanish Pyrenees), two seas (the Mediterranean and the Atlantic), three islands with organized church units (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza in the Mediterranean), and four great stakes. We also have 4 of the best ten restaurants in the world - not that we have the time or money to eat at any of them!