Thursday, December 1, 2011

By way of update, a few things have occurred.  We had our first "In Service" meeting, with the teachers from the Lusaka District.  We had 15 people in total, including a couple of guests, a District Councilman and a couple of new teachers.  Some came very late and from a long distances, probably 3 bus transfers and some walking, so we were very pleased.  We repeated the meeting for the late arrivals, not an uncommon occurrence.

We followed that meeting with the first YSA (Young Single Adult) activity in about a year, with upwards of 45 people coming.  As with young people, they came and went.  We played a couple of get acquainted games and then had a planning session for future events and many voluntered to help.  We served bottled water , chips and cookies at both events.  There is no budget for such events from our department.  The only failure, was making the computer and projector work to show slides of China and Canada.  They wanted a movie, but the DVD machine was broken and the television would not work.  Our movies from home do not play on the local lap top computer.

This is the season to finalize Seminary and Institute grades for the purpose of having a "Graduation" event, but we are now one month late, due to the struggle we have had to assemble the information from deficient reporting, prior to our arrival.  We met with theDistrict Presidency and left it with them to decide if there should be a "Graduation" this year.  How would you like to come to a planning meeting, without paper, tables, a recording person, etc.?

We are well and into the "rainy season" although so far it is mostly a few heavy showers, which have not bothered us, but the temperature has cooled a little.  Some misionaries in the Northern part of the mission on Monday, 7 of them in a pick truck, managed to roll their vehicle 3 times, demolishing the vehicle, but injuring no one.  One of those PD activities gone awry.  The Mission may choose to abandon vehicles entirely.

We are now into our 4th month.  Thinking of you at this Christmas season (a little hard in this warm, wet climate).  Keep smiling.

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