Elder & Sister Brown

Elder & Sister Brown

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Photo shoot

Store selling American Groceries
This was one of the first places the Missionaries showed us in Accra. There weren't any Aussie products there. Milo is here in Ghana, and Cadbury chocolate if you know where to look..I did manage to find the same dry shampoo I use at home, made in NSW, that I buy at home at a place called Koala's..how apt.. that was an exciting day...quite ironic as a lot of their stuff is also American.

At the MTC with our cook, Margaret
Margaret was always very friendly and kept food back for us to make sure there was some left after the missionaries ate!! The food was delicious - thank you Margaret and staff. Margaret has worked and lived in London for a period of time.

Our 2 teachers at the MTC, Bro Taki and Bro Boateng
Both of these 2 brothers we got to know pretty well. Thank you so much for helping us. You were great!!

This is Matilda: the sister we delivered the mission call to. She was so excited!...we were glad to share in her excitement.

This is what is found inside the cocoa pod...the beans are fermented for 7 days and then dried. Ghana is the 2nd largest exporter of Cocoa.

A walk through the bush to visit members.

Umbrella and a Cardi - who would've thought...

President Dube's arrival
This is the Missionaries serving from the Koforidua, Ho and Kpong Districts. We had a special conference with President Dube from the Africa West Presidency. All the Elders scrubbed up well!! The meeting was held at Kpong chapel...It took us 2 3/4 hours to get there from Koforidua, but only 1  1/2 hours to get back!! We got a little lost on the way...

Voila! Finished product...


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Settling in...

We are starting to know our way around. We have been assigned to a district named Koforidua. It is a 2 hour drive from Accra, up in the mountains. A very pretty drive up some winding roads. The area is a bit cooler than Accra and less busy. On Saturday we were able to do some service at the local hospital, which was tidying up the gardens...with a machete, Rob gave it a go, I didn't last long, I was scared I was going to chop my leg off! and giving blood. After that we visited with the missionaries in the area and shopped at the markets, we saw fried bats on the menu, sorry no photo...and bought some local supplies.

On Sunday we attended the branch up here, a picture of the Koforidua chapel is below. Not many people drive, there were only about half a dozen cars in the car park. The Relief Society meeting was a bit different, as some of it was in Twi, the local language, the shoe was on the other foot now for me, with not being able to understand their language. Even though we all speak English, sometimes we don't think the African people are! It's quite different to the way we speak it.

This is our Branch President with his 2 counselors

Things are a little different here with the electricity being on a meter, gas from a bottle, water being filtered, we are still working on getting the internet connection to our address, we are kinda in the bush, as they call it here. Literally up a dirt track, you have to have a 4WD, although the taxis do come up there, don't ask me how...the roads are very heavily potholed.

A couple of photos coming back down the mountain! That is Accra spread out down below.

These cows appeared out of nowhere.

Last week we went to the temple in Accra with all the English speaking missionaries.

Ghana Temple  

Monday, 11 August 2014

3 DAYS IN...

These 2 sisters, when they finish their training at the MTC will be serving in the same mission as us. Sister Nazziwa (in the orange) is from Uganda and Sister Inyang from Nigeria.

Haven't had the opportunity to take many photos yet...We are starting to get used to the Missionary Training Centre (MTC). It has been really good. Most of the missionaries are from African Countries and when they finish their training, will either go back to their own country or another African country. Some of them are French speaking from the Ivory Coast.There are 4 from the US.

Yesterday President Heid, our Mission President came and met with us, and Rob got a chance to drive....scary...a pick up truck of some sort. They drive on the other side of the road here and we also got a chance to try out some very big potholes!