The past three weeks have been crazy. We traveled to Kolwezi to look at new apartments (we found one new apartment for the missionaries to move into), then we traveled to Mbuji Mayi to take the Kalalas home (this was an older missionary couple, he had a minor stroke while serving in Bujambura, so Terri traveled with him home), we were opening several new apartments (Kolwezi, Bongonga, Luputa, Lusuku), then we traveled back to Kolwezi with the President for Zone Conference (I spent the time working on the new apartment, and looking for yet another apartment there, while Terri worked with the missionaries); then there was a Zone Leaders conference where all the Zone Leaders travel to Lubumbashi for training. On the way back from Kolwezi, we carried four missionaries in the back seat of our truck for the conference.
Then we had all the travel arrangements for the conference, the conference itself (Terri taught four hours for two days…in French! I taught one day for four hours, with Emanuel); then we had to return to Kolwezi to take furniture to the new apartment we just opened and to take the missionaries home.
We just got back and we leave again on Tuesday for a week-long trip to Mbuji Mayi, Mwene Ditu, and Luputa—Zone conferences for the President, teaching elders about stress for Terri, and a leader from South Africa is coming along to visit LDS Chapels. I will continue to find apartments and to work on getting water and power to the elders in the remote areas of the mission.
We have not had much of a break, but we are holding up ok.
Here are a few pics of our two Kolwezi trips.
There was a truck that turned over just before we passed. We stopped so Terri could find out if anyone was hurt. They were so surprised that someone cared enough to stop! They said they were ok… then realized what they had said, and began to ask for money and food! But too late, we were off again to Kolwezi!
There was a line of large trucks over a mile long waiting their turn to get into a mining camp on the road to Kolwezi