Friday, January 29, 2010

Called to Serve

Christmas zone conference 2009 held at the Abura Stake Center. There are six zones represented at this zone conference. The remaining two zones held their conference in Kumasi. Notice how everyone happened to be wearing the exact same tie. President and Sister Sabey gave all of the elders a Kente tie, and all of the sisters received a Kente bag.

Sister Saunders with Sister Turner, Sister Lamb and Sister Sabey. Four of the five senior sisters in the Ghana Cape Coast Mission. Working with the other senior couples in the mission has been a real blessing in our lives. It would be hard to find nicer people to work with.

Here we are with Elders Woodhouse and Kpanakau, who are the mission presidents assistants, and to our left is Elder Carton who trained us in our office responsibilities. The three are great young men. Elder Woodhouse is from Colorado, Elder Kpanakau is from Monrovia, Liberia, and Elder Carton is from Clarkston, Washington.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Shopping Day

Here margaret is standing in the fish market with a water melon under her arms. No!, we did not purchase any fish.

Here Margaret is standing in front of the produce market where we buy such things as carrots, cabbages, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, banana's and water melons. This is our favorite market place to buy fruits and vegetables. It is one of the larger shops. We had just purchased apples from another lady, but told "Sela" that we would start buying them from her. She is very friendly and often adds a little extra for us (called dashing). This picture does not do the market scene justice, since it cannot depict the smell and the flys that are on all the food. Once we get the food home, we wash all of it with soap and water, then we soak it in clorox water for two minutes and then rinse with filtered water. It's a long process, but the Area Office recommends we do it in order to avoid catching typhoid or worms.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Eve 2009 and Branch Baptism

Here Sister Saunders is preparing our meal of "fufu" at the Branch's New Year's eve party on the 31st December 2009. The Woman sitting on the stool is folding the fufu into a pile each time Sister Saunders raises the pole to pound it. The small house behind the women is one of the members homes. Notice the chicken in the yard. This was one lucky chicken, it did not become part of the soup that went on the fufu.

Africans certainly love to have their pictures taken. Here we all are on the 31st of December 2009, at the New Year's Eve branch party. This group is mostly branch members who were there for the party. Some members had left early, but as you can see, plenty of the neighboring children jumped into the sitting. The activity was a very fun event. The members truly love one another and are always giving their all to help one another.

Here we are at the baptism of Joanna ( the older woman standing between Sister Saunders and Elder Saunders) who was baptized the day after Christmas 2009. The woman to Sister Saunders left is a school teacher that spoke pretty good English. We combined this baptism with the Yamoransah branch. Elders Agama and Balyejusa are sitting in the front.