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This is a blog for the family and friends of Collin Park. He will be serving a two year mission in the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he left on January 24, 2013. While Collin is on his mission his Mom will be posting pictures and letters as she gets them, the content will be straight from Collin (unless otherwise noted) - spelling and punctuation will be corrected of course! Commentary and clarification may be added by his Mom as needed.
UPDATE: Collin's mission was split in half! The Sierra Leone Mission included the country of Liberia when Collin first left. As of July 1, 2013, the mission was split along the border and the new mission created: the Liberia, Monrovia Mission. Collin will never see the country of Sierra Leone. He has been in Monrovia Liberia since he left the MTC in Ghana.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Liberia and Sierra Leone Missions were evacuated on August 4, 2014 and missionaries were reassigned to different missions. Collin was reassigned to the Salt Lake City Central Mission.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

This is a copy of the official statement put out by the church on Friday afternoon, August 1, 2014.


Missionaries Serving in Two African Nations are Reassigned

Due to the outbreak of illness related to the Ebola virus, as a precautionary measure, all missionaries serving in the African nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia are in the process of being transferred out of these countries and reassigned to other missions. Ensuring the health and safety of our missionaries is our top priority. In recent weeks measures have been taken to reduce risk to missionaries, including asking them to remain in their apartments. To date, there are no reports of illness among the missionaries. Families are being notified as the missionaries arrive in their new assignments. This is a very challenging situation for the missionaries, members and citizens of these countries, and like other organizations, we are taking every practical step to reduce risk.

On Saturday night, August 2nd, I talked with my local church leader and he said that he had received an email that said Collin was ok and safe, staying isolated, and waiting for transportation to his new location. We don't know where that new location is, but that the missionaries leaving Liberia should be traveling in the next 3 to 7 days.  I probably won't get an email on Monday, but Collin will be able to let us know more as soon as he is settled. I will update this blog with any information I get, when I get it.

Please keep him, the other missionaries of Sierra Leone and Liberia, and the people of both countries in your prayers.  Thank you.  - Dianna 

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