We had enough mattresses for everyone, but not enough floor space behind closed doors in air conditioned bedrooms. We could have made it work, but Sister Perez and Sister Rin decided it was easier to sleep in the front room - "with the rats," we joked. Then Sister Perez awoke around 2 AM with a rat on her head. Sister Cloud and I both woke up to her screaming "Sister Rin! Sister Rin!" but couldn't hear clearly what she was saying and thought it was outside. When I got up at 4 or 5 AM, I found Sister Perez sitting at the kitchen table, having not slept since incident.
Then we met all the new trainees! Some companionships got changed a little. Anh ca Duc will actually spend his last transfer training Anh ca Cuong in Ha Noi, and Anh ca Canh will keep Anh ca Duy with him in the northern part of Branch 3. They went really north too; they're in a new house at Km 11! (I'm kind of jealous.) Anh ca Thai (from Ha Noi) will go to Branch 3 with Anh ca Vu. Em Tra isn't going far at a all, just to Takhmau, technically still in Branch 6, but Em Thi is going to Siem Riep. She cried a lot, so I took her to Sister Perez so Sister Perez could tell her how wonderful Siem Riep is. Em Tien, Em Long, Anh ca Minh (another one! and they're both Tran on their MTC tags too!), and Sister Egelund are all going to Ho Chi Minh.
Realizing it would be a few days until they could get visas for the new missionaries assigned to Viet Nam, the APs tried to give me three trainees. Em Tien, however, is from Branch 6, so I had them take her to Branch 10. It took some convincing because I had all the extra mattresses at my house and they didn't think she was from Branch 6. I still had Sister Litchfield (Chi Lanh) and Sister Egelund (Chi Trinh) over the weekend though. Sister Litchfield lived in Cambodia over the summer (less than two blocks from our house in fact), so she's used to the traffic and enjoys biking. Sister Egelund, however, tries to die every day. Our first day she got hit by a moto, and the second day her skirt got caught in her back wheel which toppled her over in the street right in front of an oncoming truck. It swerved in time to miss her, so the worst part was skinned knees and elbows and that her bike had very nearly torn her skirt right off of her. She tied the shredded corners together around her waist and we walked home. Today we took a tuk tuk to the mission home where she will stay in order to depart for Ho Chi Minh tomorrow. No more biking in Phnom Penh for her!
All the new missionaries seem to be doing great. I've seen Em Tra twice and she always has a huge smile on her face. I've enjoyed having two trainees briefly while getting back into the work in Branch 6 after a short stint in Branch 10. I'm excited for the group going to Ho Chi Minh and Anh ca Cuong getting to go to Ha Noi. I think the Viets are all set to have an awesome transfer.