Monday, May 10, 2010

Lasting Friendships

Sister Saunders enjoying the beautiful children in the village of Pra-Ewusi. We had come to visit our dear friends, Francis and Alice Aikins. As soon as we pulled the car up in front of the Aikins home, the children from all over the village began to gather around us. When we greeted Alice, she looked around and said to Elder Saunders "your people have arrived". We love the children here in Ghana, they have become our greatest teachers. They love freely with no judgement or prejudice. They are filled with innocence and wonder for the simple things in life.
We had taken some soft drinks (minerals) to share with the Aikins family. To keep the drinks cold we had put a bag of ice in a small cooler. After sharing two of the drinks with the children, we soon discovered that they wanted the ice cubes. Alice passed out one cube to each child. We watched them in wonder as they enjoyed their cold treat. On some occasions the ice would slip to the ground. No problem. They would just pop it back into their mouth. The ice seemed to be a real fascination with them and made us wonder if they had ever seen or held an ice cube before.
Sister Aikins is showing Margaret how to cook Palm Oil soup with chicken in her kitchen. She prepared soup and rice balls for us to take home. These people are so Christ-Like. They don't have much in the way of material possessions but what they have they are willing to share. We feel their love for us and the gospel of Jesus Christ and consider it a priviledge to know them and to love them.
Behind Elder Saunders and Francis is an open air oven. Alice bakes bread that she sells to other villagers in this oven. It had been about six hours since she had finished baking, yet when I peered inside, the heat was still very intense. She gives us a loaf of bread and a large bowl of oranges nearly every week when we take them home from church.

Elder and Sister Turner preparing to leave Ghana after finishing their mission. This picture was taken as they were getting into the Presidents car for the trip to the airport to return home to California. Sort of a forlorn feeling saying goodbye to our dear friends and fellow couple missionaries. It gave us a small taste of what it will be like when we have to say goodbye to all of our wonderful friends here in Ghana. We are blessed to know that friendships last through eternity. We treasure the daily associations we have with the incredible people we have met here.


  1. How amazing! I'm so happy for the things you are experiencing. I'm excited to hear about the stories when Marci gets there! You truly have one amazing daughter. Keep the posts and pictures coming. They are great reminders of how grateful and lucky we are to be part of the church. And of course, they always make me smile. : )

  2. oh, don't you just love kara!

    mom, i love all these pictures. what a life to find pleasure in an ice cube. we really need to get back to the simple things in life sometimes. i too love that friendships are eternal along with families. we are truly blessed! (oh truly!)

  3. Just look at those darling kids! How fun for you to have little children so excited to see you! That picture is so sweet!
    Bowen is so cute in nursery, Margaret. When I go in to sing he pulls a chair over and sits there and sings. He loves choosing which songs to sing. Today he chose "Pucka ona tree" and I finally figured out "Popcorn on the Tree". He also wanted to sing about monkeys in the tree. He "snapped" one of the monkeys too hard and made a funny frowny face because it hurt his hand. He was thrilled when we sang "I Had a Little Turtle". What a cutie!

  4. These pictures are amazing. What beautiful children!! Just so you know.... Marci and James are really cute in Primary too! HAHA. they are Ghavan's teachers and he absolutely love them! They are doing a fantastic job.