The first four Elders arrived in Bamako last August. Two of those first Elders (Elder Ologundudu and Elder Lukombe) have returned home now and others replaced them here. When we arrived in October, our missionaries here were Elders Oulai, Tshiamala, Sulu and Usoh. They have each been transferred back to the Ivory Coast and now our four Elders are pictured above: Elders Ikpeti, Brown, Kouakou and Gbedevi.
These excellent missionaries are an important part of the history of the Church in Mali. Today we captured their stories and had a tour of their apartments.
Here is our church compound. Our meetings are held downstairs and the 2 sets of Elders live upstairs. They each have an apartment, but they share a kitchen.
These photos are of Elder Kouakou and Elder Brown’s apartment:
Laundry drying up on top of the building:
Interviewing the Elders was a great way to begin our work of gathering the history of the establishment of the church in this amazing place.