Adzope is one of my favorite areas to visit. It’s about a 2 hour drive from Abidjan, up into the lush green village areas of Cote d’Ivoire. It reminds me of where I lived in Nigeria, so for me, it feels like going home. It feels peaceful to me here and my heart feels welcome and at home.
Here is the entrance to the church building in Adzope.
As we approached the building, we heard beautiful singing in the back room. These four beautiful Soeurs and a few Elders were practicing a special musical number, “I Need Thee Every Hour,” with one of the verses in English–a special welcome for the Bendixsens.
Two of these Sisters just arrived last week and they have started their missions here. They’ve been called to Madagascar and London. We’re grateful to have them with us for now. They are beautiful and we love them.
The others were waiting patiently for our meetings to begin.
Our two new Elders are also serving here. Here’s an interesting piece of information about this Zone right now. We have 16 Ivorian missionaries serving here right now. Not one of these 16 was called to serve in the Abidjan East Mission. Every single one has been called to another country or another mission, but because of COVID and border restrictions, they were not able to travel there. We are so grateful they are here!
Elder Amani taught beautifully about the 4 in Mark chapter 2 who helped the paraplegic man find his way to Jesus.
John is always taking phone calls from missionaries throughout the mission needing help.
The special musical number.
Our sound equipment goes with us for each conference.
Pres & Sis Bendixsen introduced themselves to these missionaries and spoke to us about their family and their vision for our mission. We talked again about leaving Babylon behind us and developing a mission culture of obedience and being the very best we can be. The missionaries had a chance to ask any questions they had before the conference ended. Afterwards we had some fun taking photos. The missionaries were excited to have their picture taken with Pres & Sis Bendixsen.
The Adzope Zone
The more we get to know these good missionaries, the more we love them.