Sunday, 3 September 2017

July 31 to September 3

During the first week of August, Elder Renlund,visited Ghana and spoke to all of the missionaries in  our mission.  This was a good time to take a mission picture.

We visited a missionary apartment where the elders had taken off the counter top in an effort to get rid of cockroaches.  The apartment is going to be fumigated and a new counter top will be installed.
We attended a missionary farewell in the Burma Hills branch to say good-bye to Sheila who is going to serve an eighteen month mission in Jackson, Mississippi.

The new missionary training centre (MTC) opened in August next to the temple compound to replace the old MTC which was located an hour away in Tema.  The number of missionaries that can be trained has been increased from 100 to 400/month.

In the foyer is a huge mural of the Saviour admonishing his disciples to preach the gospel throughout the world.
The facility includes a barber shop,
a well equipped laundry,
many dorm rooms (4 missionaries per room),
outdoor running track, volleyball court,

a large meeting room,
and class rooms.
Numerous art pieces are hung on the walls.  Most significant was a wood carving of "Lehi's Tree of Life" using an African motif.
I paid this street vendor 60 cents to take his picture because he was wearing a toque on a very hot day!
Meg is assembling quite a collection of carvings including a herd of zebras.
These three childred loved having their picture taken.
After a district meeting we bought the missionaries some drinks for 30 cents each.

This fellow was next to the drink vendor sawing a piece of metal so that it could be bent - very laborious!
We took some bikes to these missionaries and I had to take this picture of the pink top against the pink house.
I have another person to golf with.  Chrics Wakild is from Kentucky and is serving in the law department. 

We attended the Teshie district meeting where we observed some role playing and Elder Daw showed us the washing machine he had purchased for $60.

Speaking of washing machines, we have started a pilot project of installing 5 good machines in 5 apartments.  Once it is proven that they work, it is hoped that all 60 apartments will be equipped with machines which will be a real improvement!  These sisters were sure enjoying the machine that they had just received.
We attended the Ho youth conference the last week of August.
While in the Ho area we went to the Tofi Atome monkey sanctuary and had an experience feeding the Mona monkeys some bananas.

This is a termite hill.  We see them everywhere.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

July 1 to July 30

We have moved into a very nice three bedroom apartment in a five story apartment building that has a pool and BBQ area.  The view is not great but there is a lot of natural light which is very nice.  Who said we were going to live in a grass hut with a mud floor?
Since July 1 was Canada Day we received an invitation to the Canadian Embassy, which is close by, for a Canada Day celebration complete with poutine.  One of the embassy staff brought in cheese curds in his suitcase!
We also had hamburgers with fellow Canadians, the Pearsons, and the Glanfields.
President and Sister Heid's three year assignment came to an end and we said good-bye to them as well as Stan and Nancy Pace, who were the office couple.

The missionaries gave Stan a good-bye gift of a glass of water over the head - no big deal because it is so hot that it would have been a welcome relief.
The new Mission President, Trevor Keyes and his wife Colleen arrived in time to see some sister missionaries return to their native countries

One of the first meeting the new president had was with all the mission missionary leaders.
Some missionaries wanted us to take them to the Shai Hills nature reserve for the day.   They were kind enough to prepare some breakfast which consisted of bean paste mixed with fish and formed into a ball.  Some of the missionaries ate two of them.  Meg and I ate about one third of a ball and called it quits.

There were some ostriches and zebras in paddocks.  

Some hill climbing led to some good view points.

We took the missionaries back to their apartment which was down some rough roads resulting in the mission van bottoming out a few times.
I ordered some fenders for the bikes to keep the missionaries clean when they bike through the mud after it rains.
We often drive past this beach scene and still see a lot of over loaded vans on the roads.

We traded in our Nisson Navara for a new Mitsubishi truck.
A real nice departing dinner was made for a large group of departing missionaries consisting of - chicken and rice - but this chicken was real good!

The day after they left a new group arrived from the USA and they are now in their areas getting used to Africa and the rigors of missionary life.  I do not envy them but they do experience a lot of personal growth.  Some left for their areas in taxis, some in public transport vans and others in one of the mission trucks.  We took a break by enjoying some chicken fried rice.
Currently the missionaries do not have washing machines and have to wash their clothes by hand. We would like to change that and have received approval to do a pilot program of installing 5 washing machines similar to the ones below in some of the apartments and see how they perform and how the missionaries treat them.

Finally, we purchased a couple of African scene paintings from a local artist.