This picture is Sestra Chauncey with Sestra Brianne Peterson at one of the many waterfalls in the town of Jacije, Bosnia. It is not too far from Banja Luka, where she is now living. THIS part of the country is FULL of waterfalls, and beautiful hills and mountains. She says it looks like a fairyland in places.
This week I had my first time as a Sister Training Leader, and I'm sure I didn't really teach anything, but I learned a lot. Sister Lefler came from Sarajevo!! I was SO happy to see her again. We had such a great time. Sister Lefler is actually quite sick, however. She has had vertigo for about 5 months now, and it really is physically debilitating. So we had lessons, and in our free time, I insisted that she rested. She is so inspirational, in spite of it all. She is a mental and spiritual missionary giant. I love her and learned so much from her and her insights into missionary work. She is so wonderful :) We spent lots of time talking and laughing, and - of course - singing. We spent our entire last night together singing christmas carols. It was so fun. Weve decided we want to do a musical number for the Christmas Conference we have every year... and we will probably get Elder Graham to play for it, lets be honest. One question I asked Sister Lefler this week was, "Do you think that other mission's missionaries are this close?" Every one of the missionaries here feels like family to me. I'm not sure how its like in other missions, but... we are a pretty tight nit group. I love my mission.
HOW TO TEACH MUSLIMS
I also learned a lot about Islam. Sarajevo is predominately Muslims, and Sister Lefler knows how to teach only Muslims. She has witnessed miracles, and they have incredible members in Sarajevo, and all of them with a deep love and respect for the Islam religion. I do too, honestly, after hearing all of the similar beliefs they have to our faith. It was just fascinating to hear about, and she gave me tips on how to teach Muslims. When I was in Croatia, and contacting people on the streets about the Book of Mormon I would say something like, "Ova knjiga može ojačati vašu vjeru u Isusa Krista" "This book can help strengthen your faith in Christ", but we can't say that to muslims, obviously, because they don't believe Christ was the son of God (although they very much believe in him as a prophet, and believes he will come again to the Earth to ressurect the dead... its interesting) So, to a Muslim, you would say "Ova knjiga je druga sveta knjiga, I punina s pričama o proricima." "This book is another holy book, and its filled with stories about prophets." Because the Quran is filled with stories about prophets, and they can connect with that, and they are encouraged to read other holy books. So I just learned a lot how to teach Muslims, which came in handy, when Sunday came...
THE BEAUTY OF BOSNIA
But one more quick thing about the exchange. One other surprise blessing was the drive from Banja Luka to Travnik (the halfway point between Sarajevo and Banja Luka) and getting to see the beauty of Bosnia. It looked like a fairy tale. We drove through mountains and hills and across rivers and lakes and even took a 30 minute pit stop in a city called Jajce, which has waterfalls flowing through the city, an old cathedral equipped with catacombs you can adventure into, and a giant fortress in the center of the city, at the top of a hill. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I fell in love with Bosnia from this drive. I have struggled leaving Croatia, because it really did feel like home to me, and it really helped me to love this country when I saw its beauty. It was awesome :)
Okay. So now about Sunday. We had SUCH a great experience on this one, little, beautiful road here. Apparently, the missionaries in the recent past have done service for these people after the terrible flooding happened, and this road really needed a lot of work done, and these people fell in love with the missionaries. This little road (and community) is nestled into the corner of a Bosnian mountain, and has a little stream running through it, which means that the houses need bridges if you want to get to their front doors. Sister Peterson wanted to introduce me to all of these people before she left, so we go to meet this people, and they are the nicest people I have ever met. They were so friendly with us, and as we walked down the street, this girl who we were talking with would yell at all the houses "Anna!" or "Tea!" and a face would pop out and say hello. It was one of the coziest places you have ever been. We also met a man, who was this girls uncle, who has family in Florida, and tried very hard to speak English with us, and we tried very hard to assure him that we spoke Serbian. He had a friend over, and we started talking to them about the church. He was from Florida, we asked if he knew about the church, and he said "Yes! Mitt Romney is Mormon! I love Mitt Romney! I do not love Obama." It was funny, that'S exactly what he said... I chuckled to myself thinking how Mitt Romney is affecting people all over the world. Here I was in Bosnia, and a man knew about the church because he knew about Mitt Romney. Anyway, we start talking with the both of these people, and we find out they are both Muslim. Sister Peterson started talking to the woman, and I started talking to this man, and I basically used every tip that Sister Lefler gave me about introducing the Book of Mormon to muslims, and asked him if he would like a copy. He was so excited. We started talking about that, and his friend leaned over and she asked "Do you have one more?" It was such a great experience. It was just an hour filled with meeting really nice people, and teaching and finding new investigators. I just walked away and I was so happy. Missionary work is just the best.
Also, our recent convert Marija just gave a talk in church. It was about service. It was the best talk I had ever heard... probably just, ever. It is SO cool to see people growing in the church here. She is a very successful, normal woman, who loves the gospel. She is just... amazing.
So, this is my last p day, and my last week, with Sister Peterson. It is so crazy to me. Its the last week of her mission!! I just cant even imagine the end of my mission. I dont WANT it to end. I am just learning and growing so much right now, and I just can't imagine going home... but Im already more than halfway. It seems so short, and yet I feel like Ive been here forever. Anyway... it is going to be a really busy week because basically Sister Peterson needs to fill me with all of her knowledge about being an STL, about Banja Luka, and about how, whenever she seems to enter a city, the work explodes. She is just really good at what she does. Its going to be a big week. I feel sort of like I am white washing the city... at least, thats what I felt like last week. Sister Lefler and I had a list of people to go visit last week, and I just looked at all of these names and thought "I have no idea who these people are" and it was kind of uncomfortable for me. So... yep! It will be a busy week. It was a good week, and i have some pretty great pictures coming soon :) One week to go, and then I am basically in charge of all of Bosnia. Haha.
I love you all!
Well, here I am in Bosnia! My last few days in Osijek were alright... actually, they were kind of sad because we had planned on seeing and saying goodbye to a bunch of people, but we had to do a bunch of busy work and deregister me from the country, and things like that...the entirety of my last day was spent at the police station, which was a bummer. But that night, Sister Lee treated ourselves for having a really hard day, and we went out to dinner at this hotel we had always loved and wanted to go to, so that was really fun.
On Wednesday we made the transfer. We had a "return and report" meeting for all of the trainers and trainees in a little town called Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia, and President decided we could all do the switch there. Elder Ščirković, (I think I forgot to tell you this, but they sent him to Tuzla in the middle of the transfer, which broke our hearts because we just had so much fun with him), but he was actually been transfered AGAIN, to Zagreb, to be AP AGAIN for the last 4 weeks of his mission, and so there were a bunch of transfers happening mission wide, so we got to see him one more time!! We were all at the meeting, sister peterson, her companion, all the trainees from Bosnia and Serbia and Montenegro, the APs, the Grants... it was such a fun reunion, and such a spiritual experience. There is something so uplifting about being together with all of these missionaries. There is so much power there. It literally reenergized me. One thing i learned from that meeting was that it doesnt matter how new you are in the mission, or how long you have been here, you can always repent, change your ways, replan, refocus, and restart. Just because youve been here the longest doesnt mean youre doing it right. Life is about change. And the Saviors atonement makes it possible for us to change - again and again and again. President Grant asked the new missionaries to make a plan and a goal for what they want to do on their missions, and then he also asked the oldest missionaries to make a plan for their last 18 days in the field. No matter how far along we are, we can make goals, and we can achieve them. It was just awesome, and it helped me decide to remake plans and goals for my mission too. I loved it. After the meeting, President asked the APs (who were taking us back to Banja Luka, the whole district was there because the Elder here is training another missionary) to escort the Osijek sisters back to Osijek. It was great. We all had a caravan and the Banja Luka sisters got in our car, and we all drove back to Osijek together, and picked up some McDonalds :) You know how much I love McDonalds... it was so much fun. And then the APs drove us all the way back to Bosnia. We have Elder Uhlig, who is Elder Ščirković's companion now, who is from Germany, and he is basically the favorite elder in the whole mission. He speaks great English, but it is accented, and its so fun to hear him talk. When we got to the Bosnian border, we asked him to sing some songs for us in German, and so he sang us a bunch of primary songs in German, and it was so cool. He seemed kind of embarrassed about it, but we thought it was the best thing. Its just so much fun to be a missionary!!
We have had a great last couple of days as Ive been working hard with Sister Peterson. I didnt realize how much I loved her until I became a trainer, and I appreciated her so much more. I was so naive coming out in to the field, and she helped me work hard and adjust, and having a new companion from the MTC, I realized how hard it is to train another missionary ... and I just really appreciated Sister Peterson so much more after that. We have been having such a great time here. She is SO FUNNY and we have been doing good contacting the last few days. I read this really great letter the other day and this missionary was talking about how missions are like golfing. When you swing, you have 55 things on your mind, and are trying to make it perfect, and when you think too hard about it, you dont enjoy it. You just have to swing. And even though we go out and we have 55 things we are thinking about and trying to improve, we just have to swing, and just go for it, and just learn as we go. So thats what Ive been doing the last few days, and sometimes I swing and I get a hole in one, and sometimes I swing and I totally miss the ball, but hey... at least Im swinging :) Its been a really good last couple of days.
Bosnia definitely feels like a different country. The houses are different looking, they use cyrillics, and they have giant pravoslav churches and muslim mosques everywhere. Last night, we had dinner at the Davisons (our senior couple who is adorable and from Australia... cant ever get myself away from these Australians :) ) last night and the call to prayer went off from a nearby mosque. It was sooo cool!! We had like, a half an hour long discussion about the Muslim religion after that, and it was really cool to learn about. Elder Bennett is the Zone Leader here and he served in Sarajevo for a long time, so he knows everything about Islam, and he filled me in. Taybor would love it here. :) It was so fascinating. Also, they speak Serbian here, not Bosnian. All of bosnia is muslim, except for Banja Luka, because it is a part of the Republic of Serbia. Serbian really isnt a totally different language, but it is. It is actually a lot easier than Croation. I dont know why, but Serbian has adopted a lot of Latin rooted words, so they use words like "pantalone" and "supa" and "muzika" for pants, soup, and music, while in Croation they use "hlaće", "juha" and "glazba". I also have to get myself out of the habit of saying "Bok" for the word "hi", and start using "Zdravo". I like the words zdravo more anyway, but being in Croatia for so long has just gotten me in the habit of using it! It would be like an Australian coming to America and just using "G-day" all the time. Its just really weird and kind of goofy sounding... except there is a little more animosity between Serbia and Croatia, then Australia and America... so its kind of offensive in a way, to say Bok. So I feel really stupid a lot. Im getting used to it though :)
Im sending a picture in this email of the sunrise that greeted us this morning. It is totally beautiful here. There are mountains and trees and they are all changing color for the fall. Ill probably also send the picture we took with Elder Radaković yesterday. He came to Banja Luka!! He got off his mission last transfer, but he is just going around visiting people now, because he hasnt quite found a job yet, and is just hanging out. He came to Banja Luka for a person he baptized, it was the man's birthday. It was awesome. He walked into church, and I was giving a talk, and he looked so confused. He was like "what is she doing here?" It was really fun to see him again. It was basically the reunion of my entire first district. It was awesome. We also have a recent convert here named Marija, and I have been so inspired by her. She has such a cool conversion story, and she is on fire. The church has only been in Bosnia for about 4 or 5 years. Before President Rowe became President Rowe, he was actually working here in Banja Luka, and he and his family taught another family the gospel, and they became the first members here, and started the church up. The church has the coolest membership here, and it is so exciting to be in a country that is so new to the gospel. We really are making history. Bosnia is having so many miracles right now. The church is just going to explode. It is such an exciting time to be a missionary.
This week I am basically just printing off 100 Neal A Maxwell talks and reading them, because he is one of the most quoted people by modern prophets and apostles, and I was too young to remember any of his talks. Im really excited about it. I read two this morning, and Im already inspired.
I love you all. Im doing really wonderful. We are going on a exchange this week with the Sarajevo sisters. So I get to be with SISTER LEFLER for 2 days!!! AHHH!! If you can remember, she was with me in the MTC for 3 weeks. She has been in Sarajevo her entire mission. They just had a miraculous baptism this past weekend. They are doing so well. Im so excited for this exchange.
Thank you for keeping me in all of your prayers! I promise Bosnia isnt scary. But I do appreciate all the love and messages Ive received. Čujemo
This is Elder Radavanovic' and me at the cemetery in Osijek. The locals traditionally leave lighted candles at the graves of those who have died, as a tribute. A sweet older gentleman from our church congregation here (our branch, ) Nikola, passed away a few days ago, and we put these candles there for him.
Okay... well, this is personal news: I cut off a foot of my hair. Yep. I have short hair. I know it might not sound like THAT big of a deal, but it was. We also bought blonde hair dye and attempted to give me highlights, but that kind of failed because my hair is still super dark. I have kind of highlights though.
Thursday we had a 3-Zone Multi-Zone Conference, and a member of the second quorum of the seventy came to visit. We also had the District President of Slovenia come, and gave the best talk on faith. It was so awesome. He asked us, "If a missionary works really hard all day, but doesnt have any faith, will he get results?" And he didn't even answer the question, just told us to think about it. It was really inspiring to realize that working hard doesnt cut it in the Lords work. The Lord doesn't work according to the work of man. He works according to the faith of man. Granted, we can't just have faith without works to have succeed, but in the same realm, we can't have works without faith to succeed. I also got to have a great show of my new hair style because we got to Zone Conference late, and all three zones were standing, waiting to take a picture in the chapel, and in we come and everyone just goes WAHHHHAT? Some people hated it, and lots of people loved it. I love it, so Im fine with it :) I also got to see ELDER BROWN AND SISTER KROPUSHEK. I didnt even have time to chat with Elder Brown and see how the heck he was doing, we just had a little bit of small talk and then I got distracted. We did get a picture of the "tricycle" though. That was good.
Two more big things happened on the way home from Zone Conference in Zagreb. First, Sister Russells (The Senior missionary couple) daughter is coming to Croatia next week, and the Russells needed to buy a bed and a mattress for her so she could stay in their apartment. Where do we stop?.... IKEA. Oh my goodness I was so stoked out of my mind. I have been feeling super Christmasy lately (you know me) and IKEA was just decked out in Christmas decor. You couldnt have seen a happier Sister Chauncey. We had dinner there and got to walk around the store for a little bit. I was very happy.
Then, on the way home from Zone Conference, we got a call and found out our member Nikola, who recently had a stroke, died in the hospital that day. It was kind of a shock. We have been going almost every day to go visit him and see how he was doing, and he seemed to be on the uphill. We had not seen him that week because I was sick, and apparently the hospital decided to move him to a type of a nursing home for better care, and he died from the stress of the transportation. They had a funeral service for him on Friday. I went to a graveyard on Halloween, fittingly enough. We had to ask people whether or not he had gone to the temple, because we needed to know whether or not to dress him in temple clothing. Turns out, he was, and we didnt have time to get temple clothing to him. How perfect is this: Elder Radavanović, while he was packing for his mission, randomly put HIS temple clothing in his bag, even though he knew he would never go to a temple while in Croatia. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and because Elder Radavanovic' had clothes, they could dress Nikola in the proper temple clothes, before the burial. We also found out that Milkas husband passed away, which was less of a shock.
Saturday... We thought the week was weird, and then we got to Saturday. We got a call from President Grant, and theres another emergency transfer - and Im involved. Im going to Banja Luka, in Bosnia, to be Sister Training Leader with Sister Peterson for the last 3 weeks of her mission. This will have been the 3rd missionary I have sent home, and its my trainer. I cant believe that!! I am already as far along as she was when she trained me, and now she is ALREADY going home. These missions really do go by so quickly. Im nervous but Im excited. President told us he doesnt even know why he feels its necessary, but he got this prompting and he needs to act on it. I trust in my mission president and Ill act in faith. So Saturday was lots of planning for the next week (we had not even done weekly planning yet), and then we went out with our member Anita, because it was "Dan Mrtvih" or "Day of the Dead", where everyone goes to the graveyards and places candles on the graves of their loved ones. We went and put one on for Nikola. It was kind of hauntingly beautiful to see all of these candles. There was a large statue of Christ in the middle of the cemetery, and people who have had loved ones die in wars, or who died and don't know where they are buried, put candles there instead of on a literal grave. All the candles are red, and it was beautiful to walk through and see the whole place lit up. We have some pictures, but it does not quite do it justice. It was really great.
So now we are rushing around seeing everyone we can before I leave on Wednesday. We met with our investigator Dubravka yesterday, and she was pretty bummed I was leaving. Sister Lee still struggles with the language and so one concern she had was how she was going to talk with Sister Lee when I wasnt there. I just laughed and said she would get along just fine without me. Dubravka was really nice with the compliments yesterday. She told me I was fluent, which was nice, but really I had practiced our lesson a lot before we went in there. Sister Lee is also really good and really brave adding in comments when I asked her to. We taught her the plan of salvation. We also asked her to get baptized. She said "Da, ali već sam se krstila." "Yes, but Ive already been baptized" So we asked her just to pray to know if this church and this life was the life that God wanted for her. She kind of said yes, and then ended up telling us a lot of her concerns and questions she has about religion and the purpose of her life. The baptism question really helped us understand more about her as a person and her needs. So we didnt set a particular date with her, but we definitely have her thinking about it, and we have a better idea how we can help her. malo po malo!
Also here are some things I would like in my christmas package: funfetti, ranch dressing, but also mostly funfetti. AND CHRISTMAS STUFF FROM TARGET. lots of christmas stuff. In banja luka, they dont celebrate christmas on December 25, the celebrate on January 7, which is kind of weird... Im still going to celebrate on December 25.
Yesterday was also a great fast. I have been praying for guidance lately on how I can improve myself, and certain things Ive been struggling with. I have been looking for specific guidance from the words of the prophets and the scriptures, and I have been looking for some specific amount of guidance that I have found bits and pieces of in different places, and so yesterday, it was just me sitting and pondering and writing myself a pep talk. It was weird, I felt like I was writing myself a general conference talk, but I was just thinking about change and agency and the atonement, and wrote myself the talk that I needed/wanted to read. I didnt bring it with me, I wanted to type it to you today, but I can type it to you later if you want to read it. The thing I realized is that the Lord knows that we are going to mess up. He knows we are going to sin. He knows that we are going to have struggles with the same dumb sins and problems, and that is why he gave us the atonement. We are not supposed to be perfect now. And we should not -- cannot get upset with our sinful nature. We have to use the Atonement of Christ, and let that perfect us. We can't perfect ourselves. It was just a really great study time, and lots of personal revelation came.
Anyway. I love you all. I pray for you every day. :) I have lots of pictures this week, so get ready!
Last pday we went to the Osijek zoo! (October 13th). The Elders and Elder Russell came with us. (Okay, so actually, it was us going with the Elders, they basically had to drag us out of our apartment to go...) But it ended up being really fun! I had the impression from Sister Brothersen that it was THE WORST thing ever and that I would just cry because this animals were in a terrible confinement, but it was actually really fun!! They had lots of animals and they had lots of space to roam and play. There was this super cool reptile exhibit that looked like a Mayan temple and lots of cool aquariums and stuff. And really adorable monkeys. One monkey was convinced he was going to get some tic tacs from Elder Rad. It didnt work out. But we all had a good laugh about it.
This past week we had an exchange. Sister Marks (that one sister I mentioned before who I totally admire and feel cool cause she thinks Im cool... Yeah. Her) came to Osijek. I cant even tell you how much I love that lady. We had such a good time together. She is really funny and an incredible missionary. She just inspired me all week. And we are just good talkers together. You know you just have those friends that you can just talk forever with? And at the end of the conversation, you just feel uplifted and edified and motivated for life? Thats how I feel with Sister Marks. And she is an INCREDIBLE contacter/teacher. You can tell she has worked hard on her mission and she is just so inspiring
Including the great times I had with Sister Marks, we also had a really weird couple of days. Not weird as in bad, but weird as in way different than normal. First of all, we were exhausted basically every day, so we gave up eating for our meals, and for meal breaks we just slept. That was great, but weird. And then on Friday, Sister Russell asked us to accompany with her on a trip with a woman named Milka Fundermann (or something like that), whose husband recently got in a terrible car accident and is now in a coma in a hopsital about an hour and a half away from here. So we went to translate and to keep company. It was one of the funniest days of my mission. Sister Marks has a great sense of humor, and when she laughs, everything gets about 10x funnier. So Milka was also in this accident with her husband, and her brain got shaken up a little bit, and so she has trouble focusing/remembering? And she married a german man and has been speaking nothing but German for 20 years, so she would speak half in Croation and half in German and it was the funniest thing. I didnt realize how much Croation I really did know until I realized how much German I didnt know. She would say something to me, and I would panic and think that maybe she was saying a bunch of words in Croation I didnt know, so I would just kind of squint at her and look like i was concentrating, and then she would pause, think for a second, and then say it all in Croation. It was so hilarious. I felt connected to Dad somehow, just because this lady spoke german. And her sister, Mara came with us too. She was also hilarious. We got lost in this city trying to find the hospital, and we went to stop people to ask for directions and Milka would yell out the window HALLO!! To stop people, and then when we got directions from them, she would turn to us to explain them to us, and she would just explain them all in german. And then Sister Marks and I would just laugh, and then we would get a little more lost and then Milka would yell LINKS! or RECHTS! and we would just start laughing so hard. And then we would need more directions and we were searching for people down the streets and there was a little grandma outside her house and Mara yelled, OH, BAKA ZNA!! Which means, OH! Grandma knows!!! And I thought it was the funniest thing. Basically just the whole day was great. And then we came home, took a nap, and then went to Aktivnost, which was also hilarious. It was just a great week. We dont know how long Milka will be in Osijek, because normally her husband and her spend half the year in Germany and the other half in Pula, but because her husband is in the hospital near Osijek, and because Milka is staying with her family here, we have another active member at church. She is super great, Im gonna be sending a picture we took together on Sunday.
We also had the opportunity yesterday to go visit a less active member in Vukovar. If you havent heard of Vukovar, it might be worthwhile just to google it really fast. Im not sure how much information will actually come up... but it is a very famous city in Croatia. And it was really interesting to go there. We were a little nervous, because this woman last told us to have the missonaries come with a real Croation so they could understand and translate better, so I was really nervous to go, thinking she would be this mean lady... and it was one of the best nights of my mission. This woman was baptized in Italy in 1997. She moved to Italy because of the war, and moved back about 6 years ago, and she hasnt had any capability of coming to church or paratking of the sacrament for these past 6 years. We went with the Russells and President Russell had the opportunity to bless the sacrament in Croation. This woman could not even contain her excitement. She was so full of the Spirit and kept on telling us that over and over again. She was like "I cant even describe to you what that felt like. Sisters... its has been years." She has been faithful to the gospel for years, and hasnt been able to come to church for all this time. I mentioned to her it must be tough for someone to try and get motivated to drive an hour away at such an early time in the morning, and she said "Its not too early. My heart longs to be there." But she physically cannot come. She loves this gospel so much. She is so faithful. And it was an honor to even meet her. She never even learned the gospel in her native tongue. She didnt even speak Italian that well when she received the lessons. She told us that the Lord helped her understand. She brought out her Italian hymn book, because singing hymns was her favorite part of Sunday. She didnt even know what they would be in Croation. She pulled out her favorite song and began to sing. I didnt recognize the words, but I recgonized the melody.. "I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord... no tender voice like thine can peace afford." I became so grateful for our MTC teacher making us sing that every day in Serbian, because the words came to mind, and as she continued in Italian, I joined in, "Bez tebe, ja ne mogu, uvijek trebam Tebe. O Spasi, blagoslovi, sad idem k tebi." What a spiritual experience. The Lord truly does care about all of his children. This woman was so uplifted by our entire experience. We taught, we read, we laughed, we sang. By the end she said, "The Holy Ghost is here, now. How else could we feel so close? I feel like we have been friends forever. We could have grown up together."
She still said next time she would like for us to bring a native Croation, but just because she knows it would be easier for a native to translate, not because she was upset, but because she wants full understanding on both sides. She doesnt want anything lost in translation. But that experience was so so so cool. I needed that too. The spirit was so strong. And, with the help of the Lord, I did translate it all.
I think Ive written so much this week, because I havent even gotten the chance to write in my journal yet... So you got all of it, not filtered. Anyway. Its been a great week. And studies this morning were wonderful too. I spent the entire hour reading the Book of Mormon. Did you know the Book of Mormon is totally the word of God? Because I do. And I forget how much I know that until I immerse myself in it again. And it truly is a feast to the soul. I feel so spiritually satisfied. Its so wonderful.
I love you all and I hope you have a good week!
This blog documents the journeys of Sister Catherine Chauncey on her mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is serving in the Adriatic North Mission, from January 2014 to July of 2015.