Here's our week in review....
we ventured into a very poor area looking for a member business. Gosh, if we hadn't had Michael with us to give directions to Six Point I don't think we ever would have made it. We still got lost and walked down a little lane where we witnessed poverty as great as we have ever seen. Truly humbling, and left us with more questions than answers. We learned Brother Samuel Lampety actually lived on the other side of the main road so we back-tracked and were soon learning about his life, conversion and small business making sandals, and sharpening tools.
evening we were excited to meet the new Kaneshie Stake SR Specialist, Bro. Anthony Mills. He is awesome! I had told President Mensah we were praying that he would find the right person for the job and he surely did! The reason for our excitement is because the SR Specialist is the link between the leadership of the Stake and the SR programs in the wards. Without him the SR program has little momentum so Bro. Mills is a key player in moving the initiative forward.
we met with 23 year old Samuel Adewole, a Pathway student from Nigeria. We quickly realized this young man has a genuine desire to give service, work, and pursue an education in medicine. He has a challenging, upward climb, but is so positive and was encouraged by our counsel and suggestions. So many of these wonderful young people just need to know someone is rooting for them and is interested in their progress.
At the end of the week we joined the Potheirs (SR volunteers from the US) and visited the International Sunbeam School. Let me clarify that this is not a school for multi-national 4 year olds. Haha!!! Instead it is an accredited university run by an LDS couple; Emmanuel and Natasha Asare. Besides classes in nursing and computers they also offer hands on experience with smarter ways to be self reliant by raising cows, rabbits, chickens, and goats. They built a hydroponics system for growing vegetables, using water made nutrient-rich by the 4000 tilapia that live in the raceway that surrounds the garden. The tilapia are now being fed with the manure from the goats rabbits and cows They also have a soy cow (machine that makes soy milk). It was quite the tour! Elder Lambert found it fascinating. Best of all for me, was meeting their kids; Denta -7, Iris -5 and Rayna - almost 3. They reminded me of our sweet grandchildren back home as we flew paper airplanes and practiced winking at each other. They made my grandma heart happy :)
Elder Lambert and I are reading "The Infinite Atonement" by Tad Callister during our study time. Let me close by sharing some powerful thoughts from it with you ... "A cathedral without windows, a face without eyes, a field without flowers, an alphabet without vowels, a continent without rivers, a night without stars, and a sky without a sun- these would not be so sad as a... soul without Christ" The contemplation of such a world as this would be the most despairing thought that could ever darken the mind or sadden the heart of man. But fortunately, there is a Christ, and there was an Atonement, and it is infinite for all mankind."
May I add my testimony that Christ is our Savior, I love Him, and have a growing appreciation for the great gift of the Atonement.
All our love,
Elder and Sister Lambert
Pictures: Bro Lampety
With the Asare kids
Monkey on a motorcycle or Goat on a motorcycle. Which is your favorite?!!!