Today we traveled with President and Soeur Binene to Adzope, about 2 hours north, to our first of 3 Zone Conferences this week. We’re excited to get to meet all of the missionaries serving here in the Ivory Coast Mission (except for the 4 in Bamako).
We were greeted by these good missionaries. A few walked, but most traveled here with public transport.
The building in Adzope is one of several in this part of the country. I love how open the buildings are so the breeze can blow through the windows. And the ceiling fans help to keep the air moving over us. It’s hot and very humid here.
This morning Pres Binene had some power points and he followed an agenda which included having us recite the mission purpose/statement, reading from the white handbook, going over some rules and regulations, a period of Q&A, a lesson from a Zone Leader and also from a Sister Training Leader, a segment of the Safety Videos, and then Sis Binene taught about overcoming temptation. She speaks with great confidence.
We had lunch at 1:30. Some local members prepared rice and chicken and fish and fried plantain. They also had Futu for those who wanted some. It’s cassava pounded with plantain. There wasn’t really space for tables, so everyone went everywhere to eat. They prepared a small bishop’s office room for us and the Binene’s to eat and brought us huge portions!
I am always AMAZED at how much missionaries can eat!!
This afternoon Pres Binene taught for an hour or two. He addressed topics like using the Book of Mormon, a discussion on what are your greatest blessings (he let missionaries answer) and then we talked about why it’s so important that we share the gospel to share these blessings, he talked about what motivates us, and then we had a long segment on preparing people for baptism out of Preach My Gospel. President Binene is a good teacher, animated and his voice is strong and confident. He also speaks very clearly so those of us learning French can understand more easily.
We are trying to understand and speak French. It’s hard and my head feels like words are swimming around in it, all a jumble. I try to listen carefully, but sometimes my brain just gets tired. I know many of these missionaries have felt the same when they first arrived.
Here is the whole zone:
And here are the Soeurs:
I’ve posted all of the photos I took on the Mission Facebook page for the moms and families to enjoy. These are just a few.
Here is one of the transport vans hired to bring the missionaries and take them home.
Supplies are always distributed at zone conferences.
What a great day! We left with our hearts and heads filled with good! (The boxes up on top help to hold all that goodness in!)