Sunday, October 19, 2014

Week 20 - Oct 12th - 18th, 2014

Sunday, October 12th to Saturday, October 18th

The Sabbath is such a nice day for us each week.   To be able to go to the Roodepoort Ward and meet there and be a part of the ward and partake of the Sacrament each week.  It is a special assignment we have as well to teach the Young Single Adults Sunday School class together.  We are learning to prepare together and teach together and enjoying our experiences doing this and the spirit that we feel with these young people.

This week was full of activity as we finished up flat inspections, prepared for and experienced another transfer day, searched with some earnest prayer and desperation for a new flat for four Elders, did more shopping and passing out supplies, phones, etc., worked on leases and renewals of leases and last but not least we took a day off on Saturday to experience Elephants up close and personal with some of our other Senior Missionary friends,  the Jones's, the Thompson's, and the Allred's.  It was a great week for us.  Along the way and during the week many more pass-along cards and missionary conversations wherever we were and with whomever we could.  A great week!   Here are a few of our favorite pictures from the week.

Happy Elders who did a great job with keeping their flat clean.  Notice:  None of them are from the US, one from Finland the others from some nations in Africa.

We think we've got a new flat in what seems to be a nice area for four Elders.  If all goes well, we will be moving their furniture and appliances next Saturday.  It is new construction, a little home, 3 br, 2 bath and rents for about $700 mo.

This is a typical scene from the road of a shanty town of shack houses made of scraps and whatever materials they can find to create a shelter.  Then they put rocks or old tires on the roof to hold it down when the winds come.  Usually no plumbing, sometimes electricity, usually outhouses if they're lucky, they usually carry their water.  Unusually, sometimes you will see a satellite dish on one now and then though???  Makes you wonder.

We got a few new Elders in this week, only one from the US though.  We now have missionaries from 33 different countries and most of them are not from the US.  Makes our lives more full and interesting.

This transfer we had about 120 of the 190 missionaries moving around so it was a big one.  A very special and spiritual transfer meeting.  A lot of work to prepare and get things ready for them.  Fun to see them interact when they get this opportunity to see each other.

First, we get to know him.  African elephants are brown not gray, this surprised us!  He liked my hat.

Then Melanie took a ride with the trainer and her new elephant friend, a neat experience.

Then it was my turn to enjoy a trip around the circle a time or two.

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