Hey Mom and Dad!
So this past week was a bit here and there since we traveled to Accra during the week! On Tuesday night we get a call from the office elders saying that there is a computer class for Elder Bulunga the following day! So we went Wednesday morning and stayed over night till Thursday! I had to renew my non-citizens card here too, since it's been a year since I touched down in Ghana hehe...
Teaching wise it wasn't as good as we would have liked though! Being away from Juapong for Wednesday and Thursday kind of killed a lot of opportunities and planned appointments to teach!
On Sunday we had a baptism though which was nice! A boy named Emmanuel was baptized! We had to go to Senchi branch to do it though since the water was not running in our branch...lol fail! Only in Juapong hahaha. He will be confirmed next Sunday though, so thats all good!
We also started teaching one of the members brother last week. Surprisingly he has never spoken to his brother about the church, but we were able to have a good lesson. He wasn't sure really if God existed, and we discussed the Plan of Salvation and you could see the spirit working in him!
That's kind of it for this week though! It seems as though Elder Bulunga will be transferred which is sad, but we'll see what happens! Look forward with faith and hope hey! Have an awesome week. Love yous xx
So Bro Michael needed help killing a chicken haha, theres a pic of him boiling it so it doesnt spoil.
Umm a Book of Mormon Elder Okeke asked me to carve him before he goes home.
Pics from the Baptism! Thats Emmanuel and his Father who is also a fairly new member of the church!
The awesome care package from the Apisaloma Family!
Elder Bulunga and I were drenched from the rainstorm during the past week! We got shelter at Michael and his wife Diana's chop bar (food joint)
Hey Mom and Dad,
Another week has come and gone rather quickly, but it has been good! We were not able to teach as much as we would have liked. There were some pretty intense storms, which limited the work a bit!
One of the guy's we've been teaching finally came to church this Sunday just gone which was awesome to see! We've been teaching him and he's been progressing, but he just had not been coming to church, so to see him there it was great!
We are also planning to have 1 baptism this Sunday which is exciting. His name is Emmanel, and is the son of one of the recent converts. He's 19 years old and we've been teaching him for the past 5 weeks or so! He's pretty excited for that!
During the week we had an awesome lesson with one of the people we have been teaching! This guy Eric we contacted the week before, has been having discussions with us since last week and we introduced the Book of Mormon to him and a whole lot of questions came! We answered them and he showed a heap of interest in it and committed to read through parts we left him and pray about it! So we're pretty excited to follow up with him!
Thats kind of it for this week though! We're planning for this busy week ahead to teach and prepare and bunch of people for the month of August! Rainy season hopefully should come to an end soon lol!
Hope you's are well though! We are doing fine here in Juapong! Love you's! Have an awesome week!
Hey Mom and Dad!
So I can't believe how fast time has flown! Last week I guess officially made it 1 year since I left home! We spent that day at a helping hand service project at a little local library in a place called Odumase which was nice. It was just us 16 missionaries in the Zone doing it so it was all fun!
Hitting the half way mark on your mission sure makes you reflect on how well you have use the Lords time so far though! It feels like alot has happened and we've had alot of success, but I also having been looking on things I can improve on alot! This 'milestone' that all the missionaries make the 1 year mark seem like has got me feeling pretty happy and sad to be honest though lol! I only have 12 more months serving as a servant of the Lord! I guess I've enjoyed this past year so so much as to why I'm sad about only having this much time left!
Nevertheless this past week was so great! We stated teaching some new people and we witnessed little miracles as we taught during the week. Elder Bulunga and I were able to meet and teach this guy named Eric. We had an interesting discussion with him about the message of the Restoration and primarily about Christ establishing his Church and the great Apostasy that followed. Eric reacted in a pretty challenging attitude trying to question it and so we ended up inviting him to read the pamphlet and pray about, because you know, God wont lie! We go to meet him again later in the week and the first thing he said was, "okay, I'm a little convinced" and that was enough for him to be humbled. We were able to have a great lesson and he accepted and completed his commitments we left him that lesson too. What a miracle it was that his heart and attitude had changed!
We also started teaching another man who visited the Church Randomly the other week. He has been travelling in and out of Accra because he is a military man, works in the air force for Ghana. He has a really interesting life story that he shared with us and he was real open. He asked us questions about the Church, why there are so many churches today, and what is different about our message. So we were able to have a really awesome lesson with him, and he is progressing solidly!
Church on Sunday was good! I was a bit sick on the weekend which was stink but nothing to serious, I think I was just dehydrated. So been sticking to drinking a heap of water and everything is going all good lol, FAIL!
Our biggest focus at the moment is increasing sacrament attendance. Elder Bulunga and I have been doing our best to bring more people into the Fold but also help those who are falling less active come back! I know as we are obedient and put all our efforts into it, the Lord will provide and guide us to those he is preparing to receive the Gospel!
Anyway, only 12 more months now hey! The countdown begins haha! Love you heaps though Mom and Dad! I'm really grateful to be out here serving these people and I'm so grateful to you both for raising me, supporting me and helping me prepare for this wonderful service for the Lord! Have a wonderful week! x
Hey Mom and Dad!
So it rained again all last week, but we were able to find and teach quite a few people despite it all! The weather sometimes reminds me of Melbourne weather...The sun is out and it's scorching then all of a sudden it's thunder storming and cold. boo!
Anyway we contacted this new guy name Ricky...not your typical Ghanaian name haha. A real interesting man though! He's a bit older but he lived most of his life in the Netherlands, is really intelligent and speaks Dutch and German aswell as Twi and Ewe and almost every other dialect lol. He surprisingly knew quite a bit about the church, and so we continued chatting to him and taught him the Restoration. It went well and he committed to pray to know about the message and read from the Book of Mormon. He said he saw something in our countenances when we taught him...I know it's the spirit, and we are on the Lords Errand!
During the week we were unable to see one of our seriously progressing investigators, Daniel, but it was really awesome to exercise his faith and Agency as he still came to church on the Sunday! He's a real truth seeker, and I'm hoping we can help him become converted to this Gospel!
Church Yesterday was really sweet! Being Fast Sunday and all I got up to share my testimony. I ended up having to teach the Elder's Quorum class again. Being the first Sunday of the month, they always learn about and how to perform priesthood ordinances, so Pres had me take the lead in doing it. Focused on Administering to the sick. Was all good!
After church we checked up on some of the members who werent at church to see how they were. They were really grateful that we came to visit them. It's so important that we make sure that those who fail to come to church are assured they are missed and known! Helps them keep the faith!
Overall a pretty good week though! Looking forward to this week too! A whole bunch of following up to do, and we plan to find again aswell! So we're keeping busy as usual!
Hope you's have a wonderful week though! Love you Mom and Dad!
So heres a pic with some of our Recent Converts (grace and maonyo) and their uncle who we are teaching. His name is Emmanuel, funny guy!
ELder Bulunga and I at our famous lunch spot lol...
This is Arnold, one of the members haha. I'm teaching him how to read notes for piano.
And this is how they weave Kente. Emmanuel actually does it so this is his work station. Pretty crazy how they do it!