Thursday, August 18, 2016

Aug 17, 2016

     HELLO ,  loved ones.    It has been a busy month.  Probably like all of you feel with summer coming to an end.  We are coming to the end of winter in Port Elizabeth.   This first picture is of Elder Johnson's last Saturday, July 30th.  After the seven baptisms we all got together at a members house for a braii (or BBQ).  They cooked a whole sheep.  Head and everything!!!!  The ladies had just finished singing and dancing so we had them stay together for a picture with the Elders.  I lasted over an hour before I had to have Elder Smith take me home.  It smells like something I don't have words for, but Elder Johnson and everyone loved it so it was a great success.  We all are missing Elder Johnson! 

          This next picture is from the same day.  We are bundled up because it was pretty cold and the houses don't have heat.  You can tell I am feeling a little green and the sister I am with wasn't feeling well either.  The little man by me is Spar.  He is one of my best and usually stays with me during Sacrament Meeting and Primary.  He has on three shirts, a hoodie, jacket, and a beanie. He  looks bigger than he is.  I will really miss him when we move to Queenstown next month.
         These are the seven who were baptised, along with the four who were about to baptise them.  It was a great day with alot of special people.  
         This is a picture of Elder Mumba and his new companion Elder McCarroll.  He is from Colorado and is a great missionary.  We feel blessed to get to serve with him in Motherwell for a while.
                            One of the sisters wanted a picture of Elder Smith and I.
                           This is sister Macoba, she isn't a member yet ,but, she says she will be soon.  We have had some great lessons at their house and always feel blessed with the spirit.  She was so excited when I told her that some of the beetroot (beets) and carrots we planted were ready to be eaten.  She
loves her garden and you can tell by the way it is growing.
                           These are some of the momma's from the NU10 soup kitchen and St. John's Church. This picture was taken on a holiday, Women's Day.  Sometimes the people here wear a white powder on their face.  They say it protects it and keeps their skin nice.  They are very nice ladies.
          This is the same day at the same place.  This is Elder Smith holding up the ipad while the kids sing along to primary songs or the ABC's.  None of them are members yet but we hold our little primary every week and we love it.

         We ended up having about 50 kids and the week before about 70.   The field with the cows in the garbage is just around the corner from where we meet with the kids in the St. John's church.  The cows usually eat the garbage.
          I took this picture as we were just leaving the air port in Port Elizabeth.  We flew to Capetown and then drove a car back for some missionaries in Queenstown.  It was great to stay at the mission home and spend some time with Pres.and sister Merrill.  We felt very spoiled.
          This was a picture from our drive back to Port Elizabeth from Cape Town.
                            It was fun to see a bunch of Baboons crossing the street on our drive.
                      These are the little ones we teach English to in NU11.  We went on a field trip this week to see the penguins at the rescue center.   It was so fun and they were so cute.  As soon as they see me they all start singing their ABC's .  I opened the van door to start helping them out and they all started singing.  Made my day.

                      This llittle one is so cute and he has an amazing smile!  I didn't realize I was getting the penguin right on Elder Smith's head.  Cute little model next to him.  Personality plus.                                                  I guess that is all for this post.  Hope you are all well  Lots of Love from South Africa.

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