I looked at the calender today and thought yikes we only have 3 months left. Already we are excited to see our family and sad to leave our mission and friends we have here, but most of all I am WORRIED ! I am worried because usually we are notified 3-4 months ahead of time that couples that are coming to our mission and we do not have a replacement yet. So I am putting out the word here and and letting you know about this great calling in the Ghana Accra West Mission.So all of you that are the right age and thinking of going on a mission this is for you!!!!
Reasons You would like to be the Office couple for the Ghana Accra West Mission!!!
1. You are Serving the Lord-helping the lives of the people you serve here on earth and beyond.
2. You get to know and help all these great young men and women, who sometimes act more wise and mature then their age, and sometimes they don't, but they are fun to get know!
3. You will get to know and understand a culture and people you did not know before, and get
to know and love them, and know that the Lord loves all of his children.
4. You will be working and be very needed!!!! So the time flies.
5. You will be around about 20 other Senior missionaries that are in the Area Office which is about
1-2 miles from the West Mission Office.
6. You are 1-2 miles from the Accra Temple
7. Even if you are not an expert at the job, people appreciate and are grateful for what you do.
8. We have been able to save money, because - our mission cost us what we figured it would and not more because we haven't had extra time to spend our money foolishly.
9.When we were called to Ghana, we were worried about our safety and we found out that we are probably safer here then we are in most places in the US.
10. There has not been any Ebola in this country and they are not letting any people in who are from the infected countries. If it does come will probably evacuate us quickly.
11.You learn new skills all the time.
12 It is great to work together as a couple.
13. We have been very healthy not even a cold.
14. Our family at home has gotten several special blessings, that even they say was because, Mom and Dad are on a mission
13. They have such cute and happy children here they make you smile. A new baby being blessed in our Nsawam Branch.
14. You get to work with a very positive, happy Mission President.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Elder Wall busy doing a little bit of everything, I don't know why he is carrying mops and buckets around the area office.
A couple of stories to share with you. One of our Sister's who was going home, told me why she got interested in the church- she had a friend that was a member of the church and had been for several years. This friend had invited her many times to come to church or meet the missionaries and she never would. One time when she was with her friend, she was introduced to the missionaries. That night she had a very vivid dream. She had a dream that she was in a deep hole and she kept on trying to get out but could not. Suddenly the missionaries appeared at the edge of the hole and they held out their hands and pulled her out of the hole. She decided to take missionaries lessons. This other story I heard from my friend Marva and her husband Lynn who are temple missionaries in Germany. This was told to Lynn by a lady whose children were grown. When she and her husband were young, the missionaries came to their house. They liked what they had to say but, they thought they would check with their Pastor and see what he would say. Well when she asked the Pastor, all he could say was terrible things about the Church. After he was finished berating everything she said to him, she asked, "isn't there anything nice about them". Well he said those young missionaries are certainly fine young men, I hope my sons grow to be like them. The lady immediately thought of the scripture "By their fruits shall you know them" (Matthew 7: 16) come into her mind. She went home and called the missionaries. The Lord is collecting his children as they will hear.
Brother and Sister Bram with their two children from Nsawam. Bro. Bram is our Young Men's President, the physical facilities representative. Professionally he produces pineapple juice about 100 US gallons a week. He employs 7 plus himself. His story is not unique to those who wish to build Zion in their home areas. After his mission, he was invited by a friend and missionary companion to join him at school in the United Kingdom, but he felt the need to stay in Nsawam to build up the kingdom and decided to not take advantage of the offer. He located across the street from the chapel in a rental apartment, next to the missionaries and he aids them with whatever is needed. Well for those who give as he has, sooner or later their prayers are answered. His goal is to be able to employ the members who want to go to school or pay back their Perpetual Education Fund loans or start their own small business. He even offers to teach them the juice business. His goal is to help the youth in his home branch so they will have employment and stay in the area building the membership and strengthening the branch. Over the last several Sundays we have driven around looking for lost Aaronic priesthood members and while doing that he expressed the yearnings of his heart to me. I have been impressed with his dedication, organization and business mind. Heidi and I made his desires a matter of prayer asking for guidance to know what we could do. About three weeks ago sitting in the bank waiting to cash a check, I visited with a bishop from Tema who told me of a couple from BYU-I Entrepreneurial Center who were in Ghana, "I know them, I said". Thinking their knowledge might bless this budding entrepreneur, I wondered how to contact them, but had no way to find out. Once again, prayer was the answer. The Pothiers contacted me. We arranged to meet at the Mission office and I shared Bro. B's story. A week later we again arranged to meet with Bro. Bram at the Mission office. Subsequently this Sunday we took the Pothiers to Nsawam to see Bro. Bram's operation.