{Letter and Picture Announcing Arrival}

08 October 2013

Dear Barrett Family,
I am writing to inform you of the safe arrival of your daughter in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission.  Attached here you will find a photograph of Sister Barrett with President and Sister Thurgood.  Her trainer will be Sister Rodriguez and they are going to serve in the area of Pinamar B . Their preparation day will be every Monday and you can expect an email letter on that day.  I am also including important information about mailing packages to your missionary.  Please be sure to read and remember.
Thank you for sharing Sister Barrett with our mission.  We appreciate your support and also the fact that you have a daughter who wants to serve.  We will take good care of her!  God bless you.

Hermana Dance
MisiĆ³n Argentina Buenos Aires Sur

Receiving Packages
Argentine customs holds any package that looks valuable or weighs over 2 kilos (about 4 lbs.).   Our registrador will go into the city from time to time to retrieve these packages and pay the fees required for holding.  These fees can be extreme.  All mail fees must be paid by the missionary, and it sometimes requires a trip to the airport for the missionary to pick them up which is a whole day out of missionary work.
Warn family members to send packages that weigh 4 lbs or less.  These packages are sent directly to the office with no fees.  Also, they should be wrapped in plain brown paper without a declaration of value or insurance stamps on the outside.  Argentine customs will tax and hold even small packages that appear to be valuable or that contain any type of medication.  A sticker of a picture of Christ on the outside will usually guarantee safe delivery.
Do not use a private carrier such as Fed Ex.  Delivery is good but the customs fees, which must be paid by the missionary, can be $75 to $100 or more.
Safely arrived in Argentina!

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