Terri and I made our first ‘solo’ trip outside Lubumbashi– we traveled by plane to Mbuji Mayi with the Kalalas (a local missionary couple who had been serving in Bujambura). Elder Kalala had some medical issues, so they traveled back to Lubumbashi, then to Mbuji Mayi where their home is. Terri was asked to accompany them to Mbuji Mayi just to make sure they would arrive ok. We left on Sunday afternoon and just went to the hotel for the night upon arrival. But the next two days would be busy ones!
As usual there were all kinds of other stuff we needed to do also, so it became a very productive trip. Terri met with all the missionaries for their medical issues, and I traveled with Emanuel (the local FM rep) to get a contract signed for a new apartment we are opening near the Tshikama ward. We also toured the new Tshikama ward building (almost ready) and a couple of other places.
In the afternoon we toured two hospitals–one actually had one of our missionaries in it getting dental work done! So Terri talked to the dentist, and actually helped him while he worked: they had one small 60 watt bulb for light, so she got out her super duper flashlight and lit up the room for him. Then we went to the main hospital where we send our elders for treatment, and the Kalalas just happened to be there also. So Terri toured that hospital and we had a chance to talk again with the Kalalas to make sure everything was going ok.
The next day we toured all the missionary apartments, checking their medical kits, water filters, etc., and had a long list of things we needed to get for them. That afternoon we flew back to Mbuji Mayi and got home about 5:30.
Here are a few pics from our trip:
Our two new senior missionaries: Sister Riendeau and Sister Anthony. They will be teaching the local sisters French, and working in the office.
Our hotel in Mbuji Mayi
The Kalalas before heading home to Mbuji Mayi (President McMullin and Elder Wright in the back, with Terri and I– just before our first solo trip!)
I thought this was great! On the in-flight magazine there was an article about Lubumbashi. There is a large slag heap not far from the mission home (the Congo’s only ‘mountain’), that is used in this article…well, read it for yourself!
The Kalalas’ family in Mbuji Mayi. They have four doctors in the family. Their son on the right just graduated.
This is a typical water strategy in Mbuji Mayi: gutters and a storage tank to collect rainwater
New chairs stored and ready for the new church to open
I love the makeshift scaffolding being used!
Notice the tools being used (a hacksaw was all they had to cut large wood boards)
Workers finishing the wood fascia on the chapel at Tshikama
The house used for classrooms for the new Tshikama ward
The new chapel for Tshikama Ward in Mbuji Mayi
The local police were too busy to try to stop us this time…
Well, it is rainy season after all…