We sure love the young missionaries here in Accra West and try to encourage them any way we can. One opportunity we have been given is to do safety checks at 6 of their apartments. We look to detect broken screens (mosquito break-in routes!), plumbing and electrical issues, and unsafe situations which I won't describe so as to not make future missionary moms nervous! We fill out a report and return it to the mission office. The young missionaries don't have the luxury of air conditioners so keeping their fans in good condition is a necessity. At the end of the inspection we visit for a few minutes and leave with a prayer. One thing we have learned is that many of the African missionaries have never received a letter from home, so now they are allowed to text message their families on a regular basis. Elder Mugisha is one of those who has never gotten mail from home so we sent him a letter and a mormonad. He was thrilled and it was just what he needed at a challenging time.
This week has been a time of preparation as our team prepares for a "Self Reliance Week of Celebration" It's been two months in the planning and we anticipate that it will be a huge event with 5 stakes invited to attend. There will be workshops, training, a panel discussion and business exhibition over the course of this coming week. We're looking forward to what this event may generate.... hopefully greater awareness of the SR classes and more groups starting.
Ghanaians will be holding their National elections. There are 23 parties on the ballot, but top in the runnings are NPP (New Patriotic Party) and NDC (National Democratic Congress). There has been a keen emphasis on a peaceful election. Hope the same is true of America.
Keeping it short this week, but here's a closing thought, "When I understand everything happening to me is to make me more Christ-like, it resolves a great deal of anxiety" A W Tazer
Love to everyone, especially our amazing grandchildren!
Elder and Sister Lambert
Pictures: You are all welcome to our Week of Celebration