The new Kisanga Stake center had an open house Saturday, prior to its opening and first use of the building on Sunday. We had great hopes of a massive open house, similar to Mwembila just a couple of months ago, but were disappointed in the end. Part of the reason may have been that this building is on the outskirts of the areas it serves, where Mwimbila was dead-center in the area, surrounded by thousands of people.
Another issue, in part, is that this open house was not as well run as the one before (although that did not prevent people from coming, it just made it a little more awkward getting around and seeing everything.
In the end they had several hundred people come (Mwembila had thousands) and received only about 100 referrals (Mwembila had 500). The next day Kisanga had 8 investigators that came to church (Mwembila had about 40).
The first sacrament meeting in the new Kisanga Stake building
members waited at the gate to greet visitors
Chairs had been set-up for dignitaries that came to a morning session. The Mayor and about 15 others came to have a private tour of the building in the morning.
president and sister Thomas greet people at the open house
Several films played in the chapel for visitors to see during the open house
The room for the Priesthood was set-up and ready to welcome visitors
The Relief Society also
two tables were set-up, manned by the missionaries, to give out literature and take referrals
President Thomas and Sister Thomas tour the grounds and talk to those attending
In the end it was a great learning experience for the missionaries and members. It will be interesting to see what kind of growth they have in this area now.
They have other buildings planned in Lubumbashi, but none have begun at this point in time.