A Visitor on a Mission

Truman Bagley

We have been chatting with Truman Bagley, a 19-year-old from Idaho in the United States. He has been telling us that as part of his faith community, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, it is usual for young people to take time out between leaving school and starting college, to offer their time voluntarily in service and ministry.

“Anyone over 18 can apply and we are placed somewhere by our church, it can be most places in the world, for up to two years.”

Truman says that it was hard at first as he comes from a close family and the only contact he has had with them is by video, but it’s a great opportunity and one that he knows he will never forget. 

He has been in Milford Haven now for the past five months so we wondered how he has found it so far.

Hard at work

“It’s been great,” he told us with real enthusiasm, “and really cool to experience Wales coming out of lockdown.”

As part of his mission, he is here to serve the community and has been involved as much as covid would allow in helping people in the community with various tasks.

“There is a group of us from many different places. I share a house with someone from Loughborough, but there are people from all over the world. We are assigned tasks on a first come first served basis. We do things like gardening, painting fences or helping with moving house.”

Hard at work

We asked Truman if he found living in Wales very different from living in Idaho. “It was quite a challenge at first because I didn’t know anyone.” He laughs. “We all speak English, which is great, but I have had some difficulty understanding some accents, particularly over the phone. The climate is rather different too. Idaho has colder winters and much warmer summers. Where I come from is really desert-like, so the green of Wales is really beautiful but I am not used to the humidity.”

Enjoying the coast of Pembrokeshire

Roads and driving are very different too. “Of course at home we drive on the opposite side and on much wider roads. People drive much faster here on narrow little roads but they seem generally to be good drivers.

“It’s very beautiful here and I have a keen interest in history. There are so many castles and sites of interest. I really enjoy that. I have a particular interest in the Second World War but there is so much earlier history here that I can explore too.”

And Truman is a keen photographer, so we are sure he will be able to return home eventually, not just with his happy memories but with some fabulous photos to remind him of his time in Wales.

Exploring Pembrokeshire

If you would like to know more about the voluntary work that Truman and his community are involved with please contact:

Phone – 07800-614619

Facebook – Truman Bagley

Instagram- Truman_bagley27

Kitty Parsons

Kitty knows that she will always be an incomer, but this is to be her sixth summers. The wet and grey days of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire, but she is always grateful for the golden light of spring and summer. Her love of the sea sustains her even through the darkest of days and she can often be found at high tide bobbing about in Fishguard harbour at high tide, often with seals in attendance. When not freezing in water she is usually at her computer. She says" Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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