Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wow, it looks like it's been a month since we posted anything in this spot.  Sorry for the time lapse.  We have been busy (mostly driving).  We are experiencing Winter here now - it actually seems cold - does get down to about 10 a few nights and the days are a Cool 28 - 29 degrees varying with the amount of wind.
(Joseph Kaluba) has officially started his employment as the S & I (CES) Coordinator for Zambia and Malawi as of June 1.  He is in South Africa for training this week.  Unfortunately, he sold his car the weekend the job started and does not have a car, an office, or place to work from, until at least July 1, and probably later.  His home is very small and on the far edge of the city from us.  We have tried to be helpful in trying to show him some of the things we do, but it requires a lot of driving to his place, bringing him here and then back to his place.  He is only 27 years old, but a terrific young man, with a very supportive wife.  He is also the President of his Branch and both he and his wife are full time students (for at least another year).
Our challenge is to help, but let him takeover where he can.  He will have different strengths and will handle things differently when he gets going.  Our future assignment(s) seem to vary with the day, but it seems that at the moment we will be staying in Lusaka (but who knows for sure).  Very little happens quickly when it comes to "procedures" which must be followed.

Part of the duties of this assignment is to teach classes, but we have never been able to figure out times and places that might work.  However, Brother Kaluba was told to teach three classes ASAP, so he "organized" 3 classes (Preparation for Eternal Marriage) to be held in 3 locations at 17:30 (5:30 PM) on three consecutive nights and then realized that he will be unavailable more than half of the 8 weeks, so it appears that Sister Shields (and Elder Shields) now are going to be doing his job much of the time.  The logistics of accessing the buildings, trying to advertise the classes, getting students (numbers unknown) etc. and preparing lessons remains the challenge.

We are scheduled to go to Harare, Zimbabwe with Joseph Kaluba, the second week of July, for further training and possibly finding out more about, what we might be doing in the next year.

We are grateful for the challenges that we face each day and for the accompanying growth.  We appreciate being reminded each and every day of the blessings we are receiving by trying to be obedient.  We are grateful for our loving Heavenly Father who watches over everything that we do and blesses us continually.  We recognize that it is to Him that we owe our All, and through Him only can we receive Eternal Life.  We are grateful for your love and support as we try to serve our Savior.  Keep the Faith.

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