A Visit to the Office of Temporal Affairs

2019-10-24 DTA Office (1)Today we dropped by the Office of Temporal Affairs in Cocody.  Brother Norbert Onleu was there.  We met him in Salt Lake a few weeks ago.  It was great to see him again.  Bishop Mel drove us and Pres Binene today.

There is a distribution center here with church supplies and garments.  We are making many new friends!2019-10-24 DTA Office (3)2019-10-24 DTA Office (2)

The Abidjan Mission Homes and Offices

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Both the Abidjan East Mission and the Abidjan West Missions have their offices and mission homes down this dirt road.  The buildings are side by side, a lovely mint green color.2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (14)The Abidjan East Mission is on the left, with the office below and the Mission Home upstairs.   2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (3)2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (2)To the left of our Mission Office is a storage room.  It’s the best storage room I’ve ever seen!  It’s a tent covering an empty swimming pool, filled with supplies.2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (1)2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (6)Here is the transfer board with the Assistants.2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (8)Here are the recent companionship assignments and areas:2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (10)2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (9)Pres Binene has another transfer board in his office.  We had a good long visit with him this afternoon about our assignment as an MLS (Member Leader Support) couple and explained that we’ve also had humanitarian training.  We are eager to get to work.  We are staying in a hotel this week while arrangements are made for our apartment here.  We may go to Bamako next week if the apartment here isn’t ready.  Our apartment there is waiting for us.2019-10-24 Mission Home, Office (16)

The Mission President in the Abidjan West Mission is Pres Lewis.  He and his wife arrived here in July.  We dropped in to visit this afternoon and caught them just returning from a zone conference.  They’re a great couple from New Mexico.

New Missionary Orientation in Cocody

2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (9)Our hearts were as warm as the temperature outside today!  All the new missionaries came from all over (they spent the night with local Elders and Sisters) and we met at the Stake Center in Cocody for our New Missionary Orientation.  2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (1)

The new companionships were announced and each new missionary got to bear their testimony in French.  We aren’t the only ones learning this new language.  It was a sweet meeting.  Pres and Sis Binene both taught us about our missionary purpose, the Doctrine of Christ, and they had a bit to say about adjusting to missionary life.

After the meeting, we went outside for photos.  Each missionary had a picture taken with the Binenes, which would be sent home to their parents.2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (2)2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (10)2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (3)2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (12)2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (4)2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (13)2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (5)

Our Group of New Missionaries!2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (6)

We had a delicious lunch, provided by local sisters–chicken, rice and plantain.2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (36)2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (28)

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The Cocody Stake Center:2019-10-23 New Missionary Orientation (38)

Here are a few photos from the Mission Newsletter of the arriving group today:

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Bon Voyage!

When I was a little girl, whenever we drove away to go somewhere far, we’d sing, “We’re on our little way, we’re on our little way.  Good bye house, good bye yard, we’re on our little way.”  We left home early this Monday morning, and those words ran through my mind.  Good bye to all we love, as we travel to a new place to love!

Claire and Aaron drove us to the Salt Lake Airport.  We left home at 5:15 a.m. after a short and sleepless night.   Last minute things included setting up our laptops and sending last communications to friends from here.  Eventually it was all finished and we were ready to go.

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We flew from Salt Lake City to Atlanta, then from Atlanta to Paris, where we had a few hours to sit and practice our French!  Then we boarded our flight for Abidjan, with a stop over in Bamako.  It was one of the nicest planes I’ve ever flown with.  New, big and comfortable.  The flight to Bamako was 5-6 hours.  We were surprised when we got there that EVERYONE got off!  We had the plane almost to ourselves for the last leg to Abidjan.  This plane turned around and returned to Bamako tonight, before loading and returning to Paris tomorrow. 

Here is the camera view of our approach to Abidjan:2019-10-23 Arrival in Abidjan (9)

With just a handful of people on this leg of the flight, gathering all of our luggage was easy.  We were grateful it all made it through.2019-10-23 Arrival in Abidjan (13)

We were greeted by Pres and Seur Binene and their Assistants.  We exited into the warm balmy humid heat of Abidjan.  It already feels like home!  Pres Binene is from the DR Congo.  He has a deep rich voice like James Earl Jones and a hearty laugh like Santa.  He’s learning English like we are learning French.  The Binenes have 4 children living with them here.  They took us to the Mission Office (the Mission Home is upstairs), where we visited and got acquainted.2019-10-23 Arrival in Abidjan (14)Today 19 young missionaries arrived from the Ghana MTC, and one arrived later this evening from the Provo MTC.  The Binenes have had a very busy day.  We had dinner with them, the APs, and the Elder from Provo, at the hotel restaurant, where we will be staying until our apartment is ready.2019-10-23 Arrival in Abidjan (21)

It fit in the back of the car!

2019-10-20 Good Bye to Dad (5)We did it!!  We each get 3 suitcases and 2 carry-ons.  The cases weigh in at 50 lbs and the carry-ons are close behind.  We’re packed for 2 years and we are ready to go!  Today we said good by to family–to my Dad in Reedley, to Adam & Heidi and their kids in Kansas City.  Claire and Aaron will take us to the airport in the morning to begin our Grand Adventure!

John is finally packing!2019-10-19 Trip Prep (6)2019-10-19 Trip Prep (7)2019-10-19 Trip Prep (8)2019-10-19 Trip Prep (9)

Farewell to Dad and Kris,  Dad is making small improvements.  Today was a good day and we had a good visit.  We hope to keep in touch regularly with Messenger.2019-10-20 Good Bye to Dad (8)

Adam and Heidi’s Family in Kansas City.  Josie was asleep.2019-10-20 Good Bye to Dad (1)

We are officially in the Ward bulletin now!2019-10-20 Church Program

Magnificent Murals at the MTC

moses 2Here are the huge magnificent murals in one of the new towers at the MTC.  These murals are composites of painting, photographs and digital images, on canvas, and back lit.  They really are spectacular and they are each in a quiet sitting area where you can sit and ponder.  It feels as though you could step right into any one of these beautiful images.

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