Here’s a look at our day in the Mission Office. We hear there may be a flight for the Americans going out on Sunday. We’re trying to feel optimistic. We are wondering if our other African Elders and Sisters will be able to travel to their home countries. Borders are closed now and there are no flights. We preparing for Plan B: keeping them here in the Abidjan East Mission.
We spent the day working on logistics and arrangements for the missionaries staying. We need to get money for food supplies to them. Many of the apartments are low on food and it’s getting harder to get out to purchase supplies for the coming weeks.
Yesterday a 9:00 p.m. curfew was set, with shops closing at 6:00. Today they announced that workers need to be sent home at 2:00 and you cannot drive more than 5 km from your home if you live in Abidjan. When we finally headed home this evening at about 7:30, the roads were almost empty (amazing!) and the street vendors were gone (unbelievable).
When we pulled into our parking garage, the 4 Elders living in our building came out to welcome us. They’ve been in the apartment all day long, waiting for news. We invited them over to cheer them on.
Elder Post, Elder Otieno, Elder Larsen and Elder Brown:
We told them all the news of the world and of Abidjan that we knew. They enjoyed our area rug most of all.
Then we enjoyed watching one of the new Book of Mormon videos together. It was the best evening ever. We invited them back tomorrow night for more prime time viewing and popcorn. Tomorrow they plan to wash their clothes. They only have the clothes they are wearing and one change of missionary clothes. They’re in good spirits, but a little bored. We are all hoping the flight Sunday will really happen. We’re already hearing rumors from the other mission that it may not. What a roller coaster ride this has been!