Elder & Sister Brown

Elder & Sister Brown

Saturday, 27 September 2014

7 Weeks Today

The Heavens opened again today whilst we were at Maase. 2 of the Elders got drenched. We had to wait it out at the Chapel, as the rain was too heavy to leave. The roads become a quagmire...

Talking of Rain and Mud, last Monday, P-Day, President Heid invited us to play golf. Rob and I aren't golfers by any means, but we went along and had some fun. The course was beautiful,although a bit waterlogged. I think it may have been the best one the Heid's have played on since being in Ghana. It's a little (well big actually) Oasis, kinda in the middle of nowhere. It's in Tafo in the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG). The men are all off playing separately. President Heid is our Mission President. Elder Curtis is the Area President for Africa West, Brother Slater is the legal Counsel for West Africa. We all played, some better than others,( not mentioning any names!!)
Sister Curtis, Sister Heid, Sister Brown and Sister Slater
Sister Heid Teeing Off
Our Caddies, Quite good players too!!

Gardens at Golf Course

Another day at Boti Falls with different Missionaries.
There was more water this time.
Umbrella Rock again, side-on shot, Rob on right.
Akaa Falls, just down the road from Boti Falls.

Monday, 22 September 2014

2 weeks later...

Well life is starting to get busier as we are meeting new people and teaching. We are planning on teaching an English class to some of the members in the Koforidua Branch. We are all prepared to go, we just need some names from the Branch President. Also we plan to teach Temple Preparation classes to members on Saturday afternoons, with 2 of our small groups at Tafo and Maase. We have planned a temple day for them on the 4th October, along with members from Osiem. For some it will be a big sacrifice of time and money to travel. Even though it is only a couple of hours away, not everyone can afford the trip. The Branch will probably subsidise some of it.

Driving takes a big chunk out of our day wherever we go. We leave mid-morning, or sometimes very early morning, 6am!  and don't come back until about 6pm, most days.

Some photo's:

This is the first day the Missionaries took us shopping, But, don't be fooled...there are only a few places like this in Accra, this is the Accra Mall. I think this shopping centre has only been here 4 years.
Elder Brown with Elder Fausett, one of the Office Elders

Now this is something you don't see coming down the Street everyday!!!
This is a shop I think, the wall in the forefront is the church building. I could've got a better shot, it was coming straight at us in the car, but by then the road would have been blocked off to get in the church carpark, so I had to sacrifice to get to church on time (haha). Actually I have missed so many great photo opportunites, I have started keeping my phone next to me in the car, because by the time I get the phone out of my bag, the opportunity has gone.

Atsu (pronounced Achoo) picking Avocados from one of our trees.

Not the best shot of Atsu, with the branch nearly chopping of his head. He is a member of the church and lives not far from us, he sells the avocados and that helps him earn some money. He very kindly washes our car for us. We had him and his friend Lawrence over for a meal in return.They are both wonderful young men and they plan to serve missions in the near future. They are very strong YSA and we feel humbled by them.

This is the font at the back of the church building at MAMFE. Elder Nash (left) baptised these 3 people, 2 of them are 17yr olds.


Waiting with nervous apprehension......and then we changed Barber's shop. Oh Oh...

We taught Naomi and 4 other girls from the ALL SHALL PASS BEAUTY SALON, and then Rob asked her to cut his hair. She said yes, but it is very different cutting Whites hair and blokes, so she changed her mind. We didn't realise what was going on at first and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing to a neighbouring shop, she decided to ask a fellow from the barbers shop to step in and do it.
What do you think???
Rob with new haircut, Naomi and the newly recruited  Barber!!

Run out of room, more to follow, in another post.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

First week in September

Wow, time is flying, already been here for one month!! We are getting familiar with the roads and the way things work here. I might have to do a few posts, I can only post so many photos in one hit.

Last Monday, P Day for the missionaries, we took 4 of them from the Effiduase area up to Boti Falls and Umbrella Rock. The going got a bit steep down to the Rock, so me and Elder Brown drove around whilst the missionaries hiked it...The falls were really impressive, a lot of mist and a lot of water!!


Me with a few of the locals, the kids like having their picture taken with the OBRUNI (white man/woman)

On Thursday, on our way back from Tafo and visiting people, the rain came down again, and this is what the roads looked like...a river!

On Tuesday we drove down to Accra. When we go, we visit the temple and go to the Mission Office and pick up supplies for Missionaries in our area, we have 26 in the Koforidua area, and we shop!! We can't buy everything we need in Koforidua, so we food shop in Accra where they have better supermarkets... always a bit of a nightmare, traffic wise. More fog - we thought we were in Melbourne on the way down. It takes us about 2 hours to get there, and this time it took us about an hour to get out of the city on the way home, then when we hit the mountain road, the traffic clears.

This is the road at 7.30am, it does clear though, this is because we are in the mountains...
The areas we are visiting are mainly rural and so we have been seeing lots of different produce...

This is Plantain, not Bananas, they need to be cooked...

Am I the only one who thought pineapples grew on trees?

Coconuts, I think they are different from the ones in Australia.



                                               AND NOW FOR SOME LIVESTOCK!!

This is a pretty common sight in the country,
 usually goats, chickens and dogs...

Check out the 2 colours on these goats,
 this was leaving the city of Accra.

This is a photo at church today...We visited the group at OSIEM...This is the place where they meet.It is 1 room in a school, very basic.  I took a photo before all the members arrived. Today was a good day with 20 of us in total! We still felt the spirit and we were able to bear testimony to the fact that the church is the same all over the world, it doesn't matter in what circumstances we meet. We felt very humbled to be there. The people are all so friendly and welcoming and happy...There were 5 children, they don't have primary, we took them outside and taught them 3 songs from the Primary hymnbook and asked them what they knew about Jesus, and that was our primary lesson. Only 2 of the older boys were really good in their English, so we spoke to them and asked them to encourage the younger ones to join in. By the end of class, we had a half dozen ring-ins, when the children outside saw us, they came over to see what we were doing. We had a good day, they enjoyed singing the song 'Do as I'm Doing', with all the actions...Next time we will go prepared to do more with them.

We are starting to get to know some members and they are taking us around visiting. We have had the opportunity to meet some investigators with the missionaries and we sit in on lessons. The people in Ghana are very religious. They all believe in God. The problem here is there are so many churches, introduced by man, basically anyone can form their own church, and they make up their own doctrine. As I'm sitting at the computer I can hear the one over the road doing a bit of chanting etc. our windows are always open and so the sound carries...maybe one day we'll go over and see what's going on!!

Love to everybody, hope you all have a good week...