Tuesday, October 4, 2011

We Arrived! (September 27, 2011)

Hi All, 

We have arrived in Zambia - after 2 1/2 days of travel - with very little sleep.  Our apartment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining, living, kitchen and laundry room.  It also has little creatures that like to crawl on the floor.

Our first day here we managed to blow the electricity and it took 1 1/2 days to get fixed.  A little hard on the things in the frig.  Prospects for the internet in the near future are quite uncertain.  Apparently some have been waiting 3 months.  Telephone Service even seems worse.  The mission home has been waiting that long.  (Operates on cell phones only).

It seems that we have been asked to be S & I (Seminary and Institute) coordinators and are to cover the country and perhaps Malawi (they are still deciding) holding monthly in service meetings, training of teachers, getting stats for the Area Presidency, and checking to see if anyone needs help, teacher training, getting to know all of the S & I students, holding some activities with them and for them, etc. 

We did meet with the Stonehockers (they met us at the airport and we had breakfast together and Glenda took lots of pics of the tired shields.  It was great to visit though.  

We did get to two branches on Sunday - one was very active, the other has had it's problems and was very small.  We have been two LDS style chapels we did not know existed so that was good - driving to them on our own would have been a challenge.  Burton is doing great at driving on the left side of the road.  They had an election the 20th - the results came out on the 22nd and everyone went crazy, took the day off work and partied and drove around honking horns, etc.  It ended without bloodshed which all the members were extremely grateful for.  Hopefully that is a good thing for them!

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