Tomorrow, we will go to the New Office of S & I. This should be a great day. We have been busy teaching his classes while he had to do 2 trips to Malawi, 1 to Zimbabwe, and 1 to Jo'berg. The travel should now subside a bit and things should settle down. He is also in University full time (5 evenings a week, and so is his wife). He is also busy with his church calling. We should all try the balancing act he is doing - it has got to be very stressful for now, but it should settle down by Christmas (this semester will be done anyway). We were able to go to Harare, Zimbabwe for 3 days too, and enjoyed that very much.
We are really enjoying teaching the Preparing for Temple Marriage classes. The students really vary in each area of the city. We are only doing 2 classes now as we wanted to open up our Fridays to get the gathering center idea underway.
We have been formulating some ideas that we think might work here and hopefully will try to implement some of them in the next couple of weeks. We are to be working under the District Presidency - we will try to meet with him soon, and ask his help in setting up an Institute of Religion Advisory Committee (IRAC) to work with. We were able to talk to the Stonehockers about some of the ideas they were able to use and that worked well for them. Our setup is quite different from theirs but the ideas may still be helpful.
Our marriage classes seem to pick up 1-3 new students each week. It is growing simply by word of mouth. We are very blessed to be meeting the cream of the crop as far as young adults go. They are amazingly versatile and wonderful people. In our Wednesday class at the Lusaka Chapel, we started with 6 people. Last week we were at 16. Libala Chapel on Thursdays started at about 12 people, we do fluctuate there but last week we had 16. Matero had grown from 4 to 9 students so we were happy with the turnout but felt we needed to have the Friday and Saturday for activities with all the Young Adults.
These classes have been very good for us - we have learned much and love spending time there feeling of their special spirits. They are like sponges in the learning area - they just absorb it and can regurgitate it back the next week with no problem.
|#8 at it's finest Home Sweet Home|
|The Backyard facing the other way!|
|Spare Guest Room - even had guests this week - fun!|
|Kitchen - look carefully - cupboards way above my head - special for Giraffes I think|
|Michelo's finest moment - YW Presidency|
|7 a.m. - a slow start|
|Matero arriving - continuous growth of people|
|By Noon over 100 young women - Wow!|
|1600 hours - departure time - back home|
|Lookharts and Sister Chua and Sister Mudzimba - day end|
We are grateful that the Lord continues to make us aware of his Tender Mercies in our lives. We do feel we are blessed for our efforts. We feel guided and protected in all we do. We are so humbled to be allowed to be his servants. A mission is a Great Experience. It reminds us daily of how much we have been given and blessed. We appreciate knowing where we came from, why we are here, and where we may have the privilege of going if we can follow the example set for us by our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are all here to try to emulate him. We pray for each of you and know that as you follow His teachings, you too, can be instruments in His hands. We love each of you and keep you in our prayers.
Keep the Faith.
Elder and Sister Shields