Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Going Home, Coming In and Moving Around

Elder Nyarko and Elder Eshun at the Mission Home prior to leaving the next morning to Ghana after serving a faithful two-year mission.
Elders Nyarko, Allred, Eshun and Ewudzie.
Elder Laneri and Elder Eshun served together as the Freetown Zone Leaders a few transfers ago, so it was hard for them to say good-bye. Elder Patterson and Elder Nyarko looking on.

Elder Eshun and Elder Nyarko were both Zone Leaders during their mission. They carried a lot of responsibility and helped direct the Lord's work. 
Off they go to the Lungi Airport then fly to Accra, Ghana.  We will miss both of you very much but we know you will add so much to your wards and stakes in Ghana!
Elder Assumang from Accra, Ghana just arriving to start his mission!  Freetown will be his first area to serve.
Elder Buckman from Ghana also.  He will be serving in Freetown, too.
Just waiting to get in the van so the assistants can drive to Bo... And others waiting for their new companions to arrive...

Elder Smoot enjoying some cool water from the water dispenser.  It's been pretty hot and dry now for a while and cold water is a luxury.
Packing up the truck to go first to Bo then on to the Liberian border.  Elder and Sister Kimball will meet Markus at the border and transfer missionaries.
Elder Lambson and Elder Njaga listening to Sister Patterson's instructions about their passports.  She takes care of all the paper work for the missionaries such as: passports, visas and residence permits.  Sister Kimball does the residence permits for Liberia.  So much paper work, and these dear sisters do a great job of keeping us all up-to-date.-
Elder Norton and Elder Visser, one of our changed companionships.  Elder Norton has been in Freetown but not in this apartment and area. 

Oh, the trauma!  Elder Norton and Elder Lambson have been together for almost 8 months--- flying from Salt Lake City, Ghana MTC, and sharing the same missionary apartment but never assigned here as  companions.  Elder Lambson is going to Liberia (along with Elders Njaga and Ogama) while Elder Norton will be in the apartment next to the Mission Office.  Saturday, we are off to Liberia ourselves for Monrovia Zone Conference. 

Elder Hickey and Elder Grabau, our assistants, were so excited on Saturday because 13 Sierra Leoneans desired to follow the Savior and be baptized as a result of their teaching and testifying of Jesus Christ.  Sunday, they were all confirmed in Sacrament Meeting as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Several received the Aaronic Priesthood also...It was a weekend for joy!

 More pics when we come home next week...

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