Here are just some misc stuff to think about:
All of the chairs had been moved to the Stake Center to be able to seat more people during Stake Conference. The logistics of this conference was just amazing. The gathered resources from all over the Stake, moving them as needed to different venues as needed. Just mind boggling!
Water is carried here and stored in barrels for use during meetings. The only water source for the entire area is about a ten minute walk from here. All water used by the church for toilets, washing, cleaning, etc., must be hand carried here in bidons or buckets.
All missionaries have emergency supplies: a medical kit, food, cooking charcoal, and water. All missionary companionships have phones: if an emergency happens (such as just happened a few weeks ago, where there was trouble in Lubumbashi), the missionaries are called and told to stay at home until they receive the ‘all clear’. During that time, they use their emergency supplies.
Just over the fence from the church were two busy businesses: a barber and a bike repairman. This barber used a two-edged razor and a comb to cut people’s hair. The bike repairman had a set of tools, and simply worked on the side of the road, and both were busy all day.
Terri and I had found seats near the back… most of the theater seats in this auditorium had no backs– they had long ago broken, so we looked and found a couple together that had backs! To our surprise, ushers came and got us to bring us up to the front row, where they had reserved seats for us! Wonder how they found us in that crowd…
Most had walked, some for miles, to get here for this meeting. It was an all day event for all but a few who lived close by.
Terri was busy all the time. Even here, she was consulting with local doctors, talking to sick members, and even had a long consultation with a bishop and his wife. A medical provider’s job is never over…
kids followed me, but seemed to keep a distance… I got into a conversation with one youth (in French), and after he gave me a pondering look, I began to tease him about how good my French was, and whether or not he could understand me. I asked him to be honest, and he finally told me: “ne comprende pas”
this was one of many non-members in attendance at the conference. We did our best to talk to him about the church, and told him to get ahold of the missionaries for the discussions– which he seemed anxious to do!
Elder and Sister Cook, and those from Kinshasa had to catch a plane that afternoon… so they took all the vehicles. Which left the Pres. and Sister McMullin stuck with us waiting our turn for transportation. We were happy to have been left behind so we could meet all the members!