It has been a very busy time. Between missionaries leaving, missionaries coming (and being trained), transfers, etc., I have been in the process of finding and outfitting numerous apartments as the mission expands and missionaries are sent to new areas of the mission to work:
Lubumbashi: Munama, Plateau, Bongonga, Lubumbashi, Ruashi
Likasi: Likasi, Panda, Kakonda
Mbuji Mayi: Tshikama, Tshitenge
Luputa: Luputa, Lusuku
Kolwezi: Kolwezi, Diur
We are still looking for additional apartments in Lubumbashi (2), Luputa (2), Kananga (2), and Ngandajika. We hope to get all of these apartments up and running and settled prior to the new mission president coming in July. After that, he should not have to worry too much about ‘expansion’, just about managing what he has.
The Wright’s have fixed the financial mess here, as all the missionaries are now using M-Pesa (using their phones to get their monthly allowance) rather than dealing only in cash. It is safer, quicker, and easy to keep track of. The Wright’s will leave a lasting legacy from their work here!
We are all missing the Eastmans! Every transfer is a struggle as we all try to get all the moving parts in the right place at the right time. Sister Eastman was a master at this. And I am really missing Elder Eastman…too much to do and not enough help. You never know how much someone really does until they are gone, eh? fortunately he left me with great organizational tools: organizing the material depot, and providing me a notebook and guide so I could remember what I am supposed to do. I’m sure I forgot a lot, but I am glad I had time to be trained well by him.
Well, its back to the mission sweat shop for me!
A local school in Luputa was singing and doing exercises prior to school starting
The President took his own life in his hands by giving out some peanuts to kids
Zone conference picture: Luputa Zone
Packed like sardines in a small van over rough roads… I banged my head a few times going, and everyone laughed! But on the way back one of the missionaries broke my record– take that Karma!
The over-flow crowd at the small church in Ngadajika
Terri and a few of her friends in Ngadajika.
One of the fun things we do with the children is to take their picture and then let them see themselves. It is never-ending fun for all!
A woman being set-apart behind the small church in Ngandajika.
President McMullin having a little fun with the kids.
Sister Wright has taught many sisters how to knit plastic bags into purses. This woman made a small one as a gift for Sister Wright (Terri brought it back home with us)