Monday, January 20, 2014

What a difference a week makes!!

LAST MONDAY (Jan. 13), we were in Liberia at the Mission Office attending a farewell 
luncheon for Sisters Nyamekye and Udenwa who would leave for home the next day.  
Later that day, we were on OUR way home.

The Thursday before, we learned we would have to come home for me to have a growth removed from my cheek.  No doctor in Liberia could do what needed to be done.  
"OK, we'll go home, get it done and come right back." BUT the trip home also found I have a growth on my thyroid.  
So, THIS MONDAY (Jan. 20), we're waiting for the results of my thyroid biopsy.

The size of the bandage makes it look worse than it really is.  I was accused of coming home for a face lift.  Really? If I was going to get a face lift, I hope I'd look better than this!!


So while we wait to see what will happen next, we've been able to spend time with family.  Can't complain about that!  Here we are with our 20 grandchildren.  Didn't think we'd be doing this for a least another year.  

We are missing Liberia and all the wonderful missionaries there. 
 We're anxious to go back and get to work.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Good Bye to Logan Town :(

It was a sad day for us - Our last at the Logan Town Branch.  It was hard to say goodbye.

The Branch Primary Presidency
Sister Tlula, Sister Sorbo (President), Sister Berrett, Sister Tugbe
I LOVE these ladies!

Logan Town Branch Presidency
with Elder Berrett
Brother Tugbe, President Borwah, Brother Mombo

Notice Elder Berrett and President Borwah have the same good taste in ties!
These are Jatala ties, a well known brand here in Liberia.

My little friend Hannah 'Banana'.  We were both sad to say goodbye.
I was able to give out Rice Krispie treats and smiley face stickers to the Primary children.

Not sure who everyone in the picture is BUT I do know the little boy under my chin.
That's Isaac Morris who is a special little friend to me.  He struggles being good in Primary, but somehow he and I just clicked.  Maybe because I, too, have a hard time being still for very long.  He said to me today, "Sister Berrett, I will miss you" then handed me a flower he'd picked.  I will miss you too, Isaac.

These are the missionaries that are serving in the Logan Town Branch area.

Elder Smith, Sister and Elder Berrett, and Elder Guymon

Elder Khasiahi, Elder Obeng-Poku, Sister and Elder Berrett

Look how crowded church was today.  They brought a bench from one of the classrooms so people could sit down outside.  See in the window, how full the chapel was.

Next week we will start attending the New Kru Town Branch and I'm sure we will come to love the members there just as much.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Hard for us to believe it's 2014.  That we've been in Liberia parts of 6 different months.  We are excited  to be able to spend this next year here.

This Sunday will be our last in Logan Town Branch.  President Kirkham has assigned us 
to the New Kru Town Branch for the next few months.  It will be hard for us to leave Logan Town.  We have come to love these members and think of them as 'our' branch.

Elder Berrett with Brother McCauley.  
Brother McCauley owns the building where Logan Town meets.  Elder Berrett first met him when he and a member of the Branch Presidency were looking at the land behind the church to see if there would be room to add on.  Brother McCauley's home is behind the church.  Elder Berrett invited him to come to worship with us.  He said yes and came the very next Sunday.  Since then, he's been baptized, ordained a priest, and baptized his own son.  He will be a real asset to the branch.  

This is Logan Town's Branch President - President Borwah - with his immediate and some of his extended family.  He also has a son on a mission in Nigeria.  

During Primary, this little girl was fussy so Sister Sorbo, the Branch Primary President, picked her and put her on her back.  See how she's just holding on.  It's not even her little girl.  As soon as the little girl was on her back, she quieted down and was happy.  I was amazed how she was able to stay on!  The President just went on teaching the lesson.  No big deal!

We rode with the Humanitarian Missionaries - Elder and Sister Miles - to check on a couple of the well sites and latrines they are having built.  The communities we visited were so pleased to be getting their own. 

 These might be the only bathrooms some of these people will ever see or use.  Many came up to us to say thank you.  What great work the church is doing here in Liberia.  Brother and Sister Miles have worked so hard and blessed many lives.  

Something for you to think about this new year.

We love you all and wish you the best year yet in 2014.