This morning we took Elder Wanani and Elder N’cho to meet a friend who has been introduced to the church and wants to learn more. We eventually found him and the Elders were able to set up an appointment to teach him.
Then we drove to their area to have a sacrament meeting with one of the members of their ward in Anono. We’ve had heavy rains this week and many of the roads were washed out. I love walking through these interesting neighborhoods with lots of people out and about, selling and buying. We also heard churches and people singing happy songs in several buildings we passed by.
You could see the water and flood damage in these places where no cars go. There were gullies and rivers down the middle of the roads. Sandy dirt. Lots of trash and rubbish has been washed along the way, carried here in the floods.
We held our sacrament meeting with the Kouame family. Bro Kouame is a bishopric counselor. He and his wife, Naomi have an adorable 9 month old daughter. The Elders will be teaching Naomi. It was wonderful to be with them in their home today.
We had a wonderful sacrament meeting. Bro Kouame conducted. After we had the opening song, John prayed. After the announcements He asked the Elders to give the talks. Elder N’cho told the Joseph Smith story and Elder Wanani talked about Christ’s church being restored again. Then we had an intermediate hymn and then Bro Kouame gave a talk about the first principles of the gospel. Naomi listened intently. I gave the closing prayer at the end. There is always a sweet spirit when we talk about these important things in someone’s home.
Many areas of Abidjan have flooded this week. Eveque Mel showed me pictures of the street he lives on in Grand Bassam. They have to wade through water knee-deep to get to their home (which gratefully has stayed dry). Many members of his ward are struggling with flooding and wet homes. Gratefully, it was dry today. A bit of a reprieve.
After our visit here, we went to pick up 3 Sisters in 3 different areas for a special event this evening at the stake center–a departing celebration for several of our missionaries who are ready to go home whenever the borders open again.