After the long trip we went to church with the Thomas’ in Ruashi…well, sort of. Pres. Thomas had a meeting later that day at the Katuba Stake center (they can drive now and had tried to go there the night before, but got lost…), so we went there first just to make sure he knew how to drive there. It was more complicated as the road was closed over the river as they are making a new channel under the road.
So we drove to Katuba and attended Priesthood and RS there, then drove to Ruashi for sacrament meeting. President Thomas was asked to speak.
This week Elder Hamilton of the Area Presidency visits and we head to Bujumbura on Friday. Busy week for both as it is transfer week (have been out all day moving elders).
President Thomas speaking in Ruashi Ward, with an interpreter: he is speaking French while it is being interpreted into the local language (French is the language used by the elite and government, there are lots of local languages/tribes)
Two girls selling stuff at the airport. We didn’t buy anything from them, but bought them some bananas to eat.
Typical water tank set-up at missionary apartments. Whenever the water is on it can fill the tank for use later. The water comes into the house when running (sometimes) but most of the time they have to use buckets for baths, washing clothes, cleaning, etc.
Typical Lubumbashi traffic. This is a two lane road… notice there are at least four cars going the same direction (no one can come the other way as the whole street is blocked!); the same is true in the cross-traffic…so we sit here. And yes, there is a policeman in the middle somewhere, but doesn’t seem to be doing any good.