Today was good. The drive to Grand Bassam is only about an hour, As we got close the roads and roadsides were flooded from rain in the night. By the time we got into the stake center, the heavens opened again and the we had a mighty downpour. The power was out (no lights or fans or power to the microphones or computers for their power points).
Elder Pond, the finance Elder had to wade out to the generator to get it going so we’d have power. The meeting started at 10:00. We arrived at about 9:15. The stake center is nice. Large room, stacking cream colored chairs, lots of ceiling fans, louvered windows and open doors to keep us sort of cool. It wasn’t terribly hot today because of the rain, but the humidity was really high.
The generator is running!
President and Soeur Binene:
Each of the 3 Zone Conferences this week follow the same agenda (see previous post). I’m able to hear more words I understand. It’s helps to hear everything we heard yesterday again today. I started a little notebook of vocabulary words and filled 4 or 5 pages today.
We were asked to introduce ourselves and bear our testimonies again today. It’s pretty fun to blunder through the words–I think many of them learning French can relate and they think it’s great that we are trying so hard. I’m meeting quite a few missionaries from Nigeria. I sat next to Soeur Baah today from Aba. I showed her a photo of me at the dedication of the first church building in Aba in 1983. She was amazed to learn I lived in her area for 3 years.
A break for lunch at 1:00.
Bringing in the chilled bottled water:
Ladies always go first!
The meal was prepared by good members who own a restaurant. We had chicken with rice and fired plantain.
At 2:00 we went back to work. President Binene taught and instructed us.
After the closing prayer, we celebrated this month’s birthdays and took a group photo.
Here are a few of the photos I took after the meeting. The rest are in an album on Facebook.
President usually visits with a few missionaries after the conferences, and the missionaries wait for transport, get their supplies and visit a bit.
Soeur Baah, my Nigerian sister:
Ebick Ngoma (far left) is our mission photographer and historian. We will be good friends here!
Good things happened today in this place. I’m so grateful to be here with some of the finest people on this continent.
The church parking lots are made available to local soccer players. They love having a good surface to play on. I loved seeing all of them surrounded by missionaries as we left the building.