Morning Mom and Dad!
So this past week has been a great one! Was sad to say goodbye to Elder Vernon this morning, but the mission is full of goodbyes! We enjoyed this week alot though haha. Members were having us over for FM's plenty because it was Vernons last week! So i feel like ive gained weight this past week lol! Too much Banku and Fufu....
Our investigators werent baptised this Saturday, we had to postpone it because there was a massive African Stake Festival and they were all participating...Elder Vinson from the 70 was there which was cool! A member from the 12 will be coming soon too, not sure who it will be but that will be awesome!
The Festival/Activity was awesome though. There are 10 wards in Tema Stake so each one done an act/dance on the predominant Ghanaian culture in their ward. Because there are the Gha's, Ewe's etc. They are all very very different!
Transfers are tomorrow so ill get my new companion tomorrow. Right now im on Exchanges with Elder Onyeugbo for today and tomorrow, so its just us 2 left in Nungua at the moment. His companion went home too, and we are both training. Overall there are about 158 missionaries total in Ghana Accra only.
Had a cool little experience yesterday. So it was like 2 months ago now when we had a service project (All African Helping Hands) at the Tema General hospital. We were just working and this guy who was a patient sitting outside for some fresh air was just looking at us work. So i kinda felt prompted to go and talk to him see how he was doing, and so it turned into a contact. He was asking who we were and why there were so many of us just giving service for free. So i explained it all and me and Elder Koronikalou ended up teaching him small, and leaving him a Restoration pamphlet with our Names and Number. He wasnt in our proselyting area though, he lived in an Area called Ashaiman. So i gave him the address to their chapel too. Usually with contacts here in Ghana they love to say things that will please missionaries so he was kinda doing that and all. So i wasnt sure if he was serious.But soon after we went on our separate ways afterwards!
So yesterday we got a random call at 7am in the morning from a guy. And who was it? It was the guy I spoke to at the hospital lol! He had held on to the pamphlet and called us to say he was at the chapel in Ashaiman...Their ward didnt start until 9am. So he waited 2 hours and whilst we were teaching investigators class, we get another call from the Bishop in Ashaiman thanking us, saying that this guy was just in tears and so happy to be able to be there amongst the members. He's now solidly progressing which is cool to hear! Its great to see how just the act of us people serving, can have such a big effect on a person!
As ive been out here, ive had so many cool experiences and mini miracles! Theyre all recorded in my journal, and i cant rememebr them off the top of my head! But i know that the Lord is watching over us and using us as instruments to do his work!
This week should be awesome! Im looking forward to getting my "son" lol! Elder Onyeugbo and I will go into Accra tomorrow for the day and pick them up. It will be an awesome learning experience and it will funny introducing him to the local foods. The Americans are hardcases when it comes to adjusting to everything here so ill be sure to film his reactions when trying Fufu lol!
So since we Postponed the baptismal service to the 31st we should now have 4 baptisms for the date. Potentially 6 if we extend 2 more to these people who weve been teaching that are progressing well. We will see what happens though! Everybody here runs on "Ghana time"..similar to Bali time haha!
Cant believe its already been 3 months though! By the time i finish training this new Elder, I will have been out for 6 months...Its scary how fast time is flying. I think its because were engaged, but also having fun. I love it alot here in Ghana.
The ward is doing great though! Weve been doing home teaching with the members to get them motivated. Theres going to be a ward split soon aswell so theyre just sorting it all out. Alot of changes are being made in the mission field. Because alot of missionaries are going home this intake, President Heid has to change Zone boundaries and Proselyting Areas. Some are being closed aswell. So when the next intake comes Alot of us will have to reopen areas. Should be interesting!
Its always good to hear from you's though! Still nothing from Keanu? Sad guy lol...This month is flying though. Sounds like everything is well back home in Melbz! I miss the beach back home everytime we drive past it here. It looks nice here until you get close to the water and see some floating logs...nasty! Have a great week though Mom and Dad!