Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Zealand MTC

Welcome to the New Zealand, Auckland Missionary Training Center
Nestled on the top of a hill in South Auckland, the MTC stands as a symbol of how cultures can come together under the banner of the Lord. Flags of the many Pacific nations flutter in the wind as they line the driveway on approach, reminding all visitors and missionaries alike that this work crosses cultural borders and unites all people in a common belief.
Pres. and Sis. Bleak, current MTC President and wife, direct the incoming and outgoing of missionaries every 3-6 weeks, without even one days break in between. With their own residence within the complex, they are like parents to the hundreds of missionaries who come in and out of there regularly. They get just enough time with each missionary to feel they are losing a family member as they depart.
As with all church facilities the MTC in Auckland is beautifully designed and furnished, offering the missionaries a home-like environment. The building surrounds a beautifully landscaped courtyard that can be viewed through floor to ceiling windows as you walk the internal hallways, or enjoyed on a sunny day as each missionary takes time to study or ponder gospel principles taught.
State-of-the-art facilities in the laundry are also used to teach the new missionaries how to iron and take care of their personal appearance.
Every comfort and convenience for their accommodation is here, from lounge areas where they can congregate in small groups during down-time, to state-of-the-art laundries. Ironing boards and industrial sized washing machines and dryers sit in laundries the size of lounge rooms. Bedrooms accommodate up to 4 single missionaries and self-contained apartments offer added privacy for couple missionaries.
Eating facilities consist of a community dining hall, three chefs, and an industrial kitchen and servery.
 One whole wing of the building is dedicated to the intense training of all missionaries. Classrooms are equipped with everything needed to prepare these young people to learn essential gospel principles and teach them effectively.
Plans are now in motion to extend this facility next year to include a gym and double its capacity. 
(We still have no email from Kurt but he will be in this MTC until March 12th.)

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