April 4, 2020
Dear Baker family;
As President of the Peru Chiclayo mission, I want to express my best wishes for your well-being amid the uncertainty that COVID-19 is possibly causing the world, we pray that your family is protected and cared for by our Heavenly Father. I want to assure you that your son is completely well, both physically and emotionally. In these past 20 days of quarantine and even before, my wife and I have tried to protect them as much as circumstances have allowed us, we wish we had done more, but not being able to leave our home for prevention measures has limited us and created several challenges.
On this occasion, the reason why I am writing to you is to inform you that according to the evacuation plan of foreign missionaries that our Area Presidency is following, (with the support of its Visas and Travel department) it has been confirmed that on April 8, all of the missionaries from the US will be back home. The official information that we have received so far mentions that the flight (Chiclayo-Lima) is scheduled to leave at 11:20 am, and after a short layover in Lima, the flight from Lima is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles at 14:30 pm; each of you will receive your child’s specific flight itinerary between Monday and Tuesday, and it will be sent directly by the Visas and Travel Department of the South America Northwest Area.
On the other hand, I want to highlight an important detail for the missionaries: in order to travel with communication and support in any unexpected situation, one of the missionaries will carry a cell phone that will be enabled with access to international calls, (both to call and to receive phone calls). The number is: +51 945-069-953; The missionary who will be in charge of this cell phone is: Elder Tagge, who is currently assigned as an assistant in our beloved mission.
Most importantly, my wife and I want to thank all of your family for allowing us to connect and share this time with your beloved son, our lives will never be the same after this privilege of having served together, thank you, thank you very much, sincerely we have no words to express how much it hurts us to separate from each of these courageous missionaries, we see them as if they were our own children, I want them to know that we are proud of each one of them, they have always been obedient, I suppose that many times they have found me demanding with what I expected from them, however they have always surprised me carrying out what was required of them, together we have worked not only to do the work, but we have always tried to do something superior in this work, I love your son, my wife loves each of them as if they were her own children. Hopefully when you reunite, they can show the intellectual, spiritual development and above all the growth of their testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you very much for all that your family has done to support us, and above all thanks to you, the parents, for what you have taught us through your son.