Sunday, January 25, 2015

Let there be light. PLEASE!

Tuesdays are District Meetings.  This week we went to Adoagyiri's.
Front - L to R - Elders Obasogie, Hales, Snyder
Back - L to R - Elders McConkie, Ridenour - District leader, Cartwright.

Made a quick trip into Accra and the Mission Office to pick up our brand new Elder, Elder Zounmenou from Benin.  Because he speaks French, he'd just spent 6 weeks at the MTC learning English.  
Here's a picture from the balcony in the Mission Office.
There's Elder and Sister Keele, our office couple.  That's me sitting at the Office Elders' desk.  You can also see two brand new Elders at the table on the right getting everything they need before they head out to their first areas.

Whenever we drive back to Adoagyiri, we pass this casket making business on the side of the road.  I'm never quick enough with the camera to get a very good picture, but if you look closely on the left, you can see a car shaped casket.  I wish I'd had my camera the day we drove by and there was a casket shaped like a flip flop!  We've also seen one that looked like a large book.  Made me think - what would I choose?

Got to visit with Celestina and Felix again this week.
They are to be baptized on February 1.  Felix has asked Elder Berrett to baptize him.  

Went to Amasaman to take Elder Nielson a new bike - his old one didn't have a seat!  Saw him putting on his shoes and getting ready to go out for the day.  I said, "Elder, you need some new shoes."  He said, "Nah, I think they'll last till I go home."  "When do you go home?" I asked.  He answered, "June."  Think he'll make it???

Zone Leaders for the Tantra Hills Zone
Elder Nielson and Elder Sulonteh.
Elder Sulonteh is from Liberia and will return home in February.  We're hoping to be able to send letters with him to some of our friends there.

Amasaman has street signs.  You don't see that very often.  We were intrigued by some of the names and wondered how they were chosen.
Donkey Avenue

Liver Street

Ant Avenue

Want to guess why they named this street High Tension Line?

It's been a ROUGH week.  The power has been off A LOT.  In fact, on Friday, we figured we'd only had about 10 hours of electricity so far that week. When there's no power, it can get quite warm in our apartment.  But in the afternoon, this part of our compound is shaded and if you open the gate just a little, you can get a nice breeze.  So, I took my water and a good book outside to cool off.

When the gate is open, we usually end up with visitors on their way home from school.
L to R - Nicholas, John, and Charity.

No power means ----- another romanic dinner by headlamp!

On Saturday, we received a bigger generator that will actually run more than one thing at a time.  With our little generator we had gotten used to making decisions about things like - should we turn on lights or water? - the fridge or air conditioner? - have a piece of toast or some running water?  Now we can do it all at the same time! So grateful for the bigger generator!

Went to the Nsawam Market where I was able to buy some fun fabric.  Market days are Monday and Thursday.  We went on a Friday because market day is crazy!!

Nothing I love more than seeing our missionaries out and about.  Here's our next-door Elders - Elder Cartwright and Snyder.  They've just left our compound and are walking to their next appointment.

Elders Obsaogie and Hale on their bikes in front of our compound.

Me and my fellow 'Bushionary' Sister Latham.  
She lives in Asamankese - the pronunciation is similar to saying  ' as a man can see'.  She's even an hour further from Accra than we are. A real bush missionary.

Not having power this week reminded us how blessed we are at home to be able to flip a switch and have lights or turn the faucet on and have clean water that doesn't have to go through a triple filtering system before you can drink it.  I hope we never forget and take those things for granted.


  1. PLEASE, PLEASE let there be light!! In happier news, I'm so glad to hear about Felix! So wish I could be there to meet him and see Dad perform the baptism. I love the picture of Pops talking to those kids. I bet that means a lot to them. An adult who takes the time to really listen to a child is someone a child always remembers. You and Dad are so good at that.
    You look great, Mom! Cute pic of you outside.
    FIVE WEEKS!! I'm doing a happy dance! :)

  2. I am so amazed and impressed with you and Brother Berrett. You are doing an amazing job and I thank you for all you do. Your pictures and commentary are priceless!


    April Gunnell

  3. I just love reading your posts! It is so fun and inspiring! Can't wait to see you! And I LOVE your skirt in the last pic with the other "bushionary"!

  4. How cute are my parents eating by headlamp light?! So excited to hear about Felix and Celestina being baptized and how neat for Dad to get to be a part of it! Here's hoping you have a week filled with electricity! Love you so much! BTW--The Ghana Accra West Mission made the Church News! There's an article about the caroling that was done throughout the mission during Christmas...very cool!!