Our mission here is somewhat different than other senior missionary couples. Most couples are assigned a specific ward or branch where they teach Temple Preparation or some other assignment within that ward. For Sister Terry and I we get to visit a different Ward or Branch every Sunday to provide training – usually unannounced. Right after Sacrament Meeting I round-up all the Clerks I can find and spend an hour or two providing them with hands-on technology training while Sister Terry works with the Relief Society and Adult Literacy. We have had some of our most rewarding experiences during these Sunday training visits.I've meet with Clerks who have been keeping paper records for months because they don't have the technical skills to resolve a virus problem or some other PC issue. I've seen Clerks who have been without network connections for months – and every Sunday they unplug their Branch PC and transport it miles to another unit where they can get a network connection to upload their tithe and fast offering records. When I'm able to teach them how to remove the virus or fix their network connection, they are so grateful! Because most meetinghouse network connections are less than 1 Mbps they cannot effectively access the technical training content found on our usual LDS sites. Because of that I usually leave them with a DVD that contains training and informational material to assist them in their training after I am gone. (You can see one of my classes in the attached photo).It seems to me that all Church members here have an extra measure of spirituality that drives them to magnify their callings beyond what I've experienced in the US. They absolutely thirst for that knowledge and are always so grateful to have information that will help them in that regard. With very little of the technology we take for granted in the US, they continue to achieve extraordinary growth and accomplish so much with so little!Life can be hard here, but when Sister Terry and I see how our efforts change the lives of so many it just makes all that "hard" fade away!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
HERE IS JUST a snapshot of some of the leaders of the Tema Stake in one of the Literacy Leadership Trainings. I walk into a room where anywhere from 16 units to 9 units with Stake Presidency, Stake RS Presidency, Ward RS Presidency and Bishops are in attendance. I would say that its good that I'm not concerned about what I know, but what the spirit can bring into the room. I marvel that they sit here with the vast amounts of spiritual knowledge and life experiences to listen to a white woman. I don't know why that stick in my thoughts at times. I look at what is added between us, and draw them into the world of literacy within their Stake. I'm humbled to feel of their love, their participation and their testimonies. They are on the front line of the church here, and will be the spiritual anchors that hold this program into place. Strong leadership will always equal CHANGE on their level of dedication.
Here are the stats for 2014: This past year they trained 1374 missionaries from 37 different countries throughout the world. Nigeria provided 392, the DR Congo sent 274, Ghana gave us 256 and the next four biggest suppliers were: Ivory Coast - 85; US - 79; Madagascar - 43 and Uganda - 40. The rest of the 205 were spread out over 30 different countries.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
The bottom picture are just two loaves and no fishes. Some are bread makers and without my Bosch I don't think I would do very well with just my hand mixer. One Senior Missionary Sister does use hers, and she has already burned it up. So, I decided with all the bananas that I buy on way home every other day that I would become a banana bread maker. I can't seem to say no to the 12 bananas that the woman with a smile comes running to my car window for me to buy. So every other day, I buy and bring them home. And every other day, I'm baking bread to take to people. I love slicing pieces off at work and handing them out, maybe slices them into 1/3, or those that get a whole loaf are so very thankful. Relationships are being formed over a couple loaves of banana bread, and we come and see one another as He would with LOVE. I have two pans and a oven that takes my constant eye to regulate the heat. We will perfect one another in this great work between the loaves we will carry by the sea shore.
Didn't have to find the Doctor cause he was calling us for updates, and when we arrived at our apartment complex this fine Elder went right up to the third floor and got 7 stitches. It was wonderful to feel and see how everyone from the Mission President, the Doctor and the AP's were tracking his progress. When a mom and family prayers go out for missionaries across the world, they are answered in a car that can become an ambulance for a son of a mother who prayed for him that very day.