I know I should have asked you guys sooner. but I didn't. This post is going to be about church stuff so for any of you who prefer not to read on, stop now.
I'm in charge of Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment in our small branch (church group) here in Istanbul. We have a meeting in a week and I want it to be good. Good, good, good. The topic is Visiting Teaching. Here is the info on our branch. We aren't officially recognized as a church in the country yet. We are under a title called "LDS charities". A large percentage of our branch consists of migrant Americans that come, stay for a year or two or three, then go home. There are other foreigners here that are here to stay. And there are a handful of Turkish members. Actually, there are a large number of Turkish members but they have since been forgotten which I think is horrible! Now only two or three come. Church is held in English and we have translation for the Turks when a member comes that can speak both languages well.
Why am I choosing to implement Visiting Teaching?
Because I hate seeing people come to church and not know anybody. I hate to see people come for a while and then stop coming, for whatever reason it may be. I believe Visiting Teaching is a wonderful way to help members help themselves.
Here is my question.
How do you present the Visiting Teaching program for the first time ever?
Here are some things to keep in mind when answering.
1. Our numbers are very few. We have about 20 sisters and only 12 active ones.
2. We are spread across a massive city divided by a wide waterway with only two bridges and ferryboats to get us across. (There is usually traffic on these bridges every day from 7-10 and 4-7) It could be quite costly to do, and time consuming.
3.They've never heard of it before.
Give me some ideas please. Even if they have to visit eachother at the branch for now, I'd still like to implement it. For the sake of the sisters who are joining but not continuing to come.