Mission Application Photo

Mission Application Photo

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A little of This, A little of That

We had a busy week but nothing too exciting happened.  However, we always seem to find something to share.  We are getting ready to send and receive a fairly large group of missionaries next week.  There is just much to do.  We are also writing office instructions in preparation to receive the Glanfields, the office couple replacing us, and help them transition into life in Ghana.  They will arrive on Saturday, June 17.

  We laughed because there are in general no cycling lanes anywhere.

This car was directly next to the sign above.  This is a four lane road, two lanes in one direction.  You can't really tell by this picture, but our tire is right against the curb and what you are seeing is the "sidewalk."  The cars to the right are parked on the sidewalk.  The walkway is closed, so there is no place to walk and cycles have no cycle lane, so they just use the closed sidewalk.

Missionaries at the mission office this week.

Several sisters came to the mission home to be trained as STLs.  (Sister Training Leaders) Sister Nkasa, in front, is one of our favorites.  Well, actually, all of the Sisters are "favorites."

This is Elder Eguko.  He came to our mission so he could take the TOEFL test in preparation for college admission at the end of his mission.  He is currently serving in Liberia and his father is Mission President in Nigeria.  Elder Eguko actually left for his mission from Ghana.  He is a capable young man.  We have been the "hosting" mission for many different circumstances occurring in the Africa West Area.

Nancy was able to take this photo of the Ghana Accra Mission Presidency.  From the left, President Sowah, President Senanu, President Heid, and Clerk Ben Gibbah.  All of these men are wonderful and talented individuals.  We may have mentioned that during the "freeze" in Ghana when the church could only meet as families, President Sowah spent the night in jail because he and his companion had given an ill person a priesthood blessing. According to the police, that was a violation of the law.  President Sowah is a banker by profession.  President Senanu just returned from a few months of training in Salt Lake City. He works in the Real Estate department of the Area Office.  Ben Gibbah works in the Finance Department at the Area Office.

We had a good sized group of missionaries show up this week to attend computer class, renew their non-citizen cards, attend the temple, and have interviews with the President.  It is always fun to interact with the missionaries.

On the way to church this morning, Nancy found this statement on the back of this taxi to be quite amusing.  As far as we have observed, ALL taxi drivers drive recklessly!!   

Today we attended the Christiansborg Ward, which is only about 10 minutes from our apartment.  (We affectionately call it the KFC building since there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken establishment on the corner of the same street.)   It was Fast and Testimony meeting.  This is the worship service held on the first Sunday of the month.  Members fast for two meals and donate the money they would have spent on food for the Bishop to use for those in need.  Church members also take the opportunity to briefly share experiences that have strengthened their relationship with the Savior, etc. 

It just happened that a newly called Stake President was in attendance at this meeting.  He spoke of being prompted to visit a certain ward recently.   When he shook the hand of one young person, he looked into her eyes and asked her if she was sick.  She admitted that she was not feeling well.  He asked if she had told her parents.  She had not.  So, the Stake President sought them out and asked that they seek medical attention for their daughter. Later in the week, the Stake President phoned the family to check on the health of their daughter.  She apparently had been diagnosed with a very serious condition, but she was now doing well.  The Stake President was grateful he was placed in the right position at the right time, or the outcome could have been very different.

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