Mwembila Ward Baptisms

This Weekend was memorable. Terri and I received several calls from sister missionaries, and the Zone Leaders, about a sick sister (or hurt sister, or sisters) about 11:30 Saturday night. We attempted to get a straight answer from them, but all we got was theat there was a lot of blood. So we felt we had no choice but to get out of bed and drive to the sister’s apartment and find out what was going on. Turns out that one sister had a bad dream, got up and fell down and hit her head, or something, and then just went into hysterics. This then got other sisters involved and riled up… There was no one sick, no one hurt, no one bleeding, but a lot of screaming, crying, falling down, fainting, etc.

For example, when one sister came to the outside gate to let us in, she walked out to the gate, unlocked it, then fell on the ground in tears and crying… but there was really nothing wrong!

Terri felt as though she had to stay with the isters once she calmed them down, just out of fear that it would just all start up again. So she stayed and I drove home. The next day I picked her up early and brought her home so that she could get ready for church.

 

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The man in the street is carrying many cartons of hard boiled eggs on his shoulders. Hard boiled eggs are on the food items eaten most during the day in the Congo. It is astonishing how high they will pile the eggs!

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Mwembila ward is installing their two large water tanks onto the high steel platforms so that they can have water pressure when they have no power.

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Young members waiting for the baptism to begin

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After church today was a baptism. One problem, they had disconnected the water due to the water project with the large tanks. So they could’nt fill the font. We tried to go to Katuba Stake, but they didn’t have water either. So we finally rigged the water back up, but had to hand-carry it over to the font.

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Some of the young men helping to fill the font.

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This is where they were getting the water.

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More bystanders waiting for the baptism to begin

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Here is the group being baptized today

 

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There were so many at the baptism some of us had to wait outside during the service.

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The baptism finally begins

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More bystanders

 

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Terri taking care of a baby during the baptism

 

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After the baptism we took the two new couples home (the Mbele’s and the Davis’), then finally got home ourselves.

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