Monday, February 27, 2012
This school is out of town quite a ways, in a quiet quartier (neighborhood) where there is no electricity and families have to walk quite a distance to get water from a public well.
This woman is a seamstress and has a little shop right next door to us. She has sewn some things for me and we always greet each other as we leave our home. She came over to get some water one afternoon for her children. We aren't sure if they are both hers or not, but we are pretty sure the little boy is because he is in the shop with her all the time and every once in awhile he gets into big trouble and we can hear him being unhappy!
When we opened our gate one afternoon, these two little girls were playing on the wall across from us. Notice the French bread in the little girl's hand - a staple of everyone's diet here, and mostly air. A loaf like that costs 100 cfas, which is not very much - about 20 cents in US money.
These boys are selling this dog. When we smiled at them as we were waiting in traffic, they thought we wanted to buy him. We were sorry to disappoint them! There aren't a lot of dogs here, and they are mostly very skinny and don't seem to have owners. We have only seen 2 cats and one of them jumped out of our yard when we came home last night! I don't mind - maybe he was catching a mouse, even though I haven't seen any. There are lots of other 'things' I have seen that I don't like to think about (BIG roaches, geckos, lots of mosquitoes.....)
|This young man painted this picture for me, which has mothers with babies on their backs. He said he and his father are artists. They display their work on the steps of the post office.|
More Action Shots of the Best Basketball Game in Pointe Noire (since they are small, two balls were needed!)
Below right, Elder Tshibindi
Below left, Elder Andriamamonjy
|Elders Larsen andTshibindi|
Elders Garner (behind Elder Lamb), Lamb, McGrath, Andriamamonjy and Tshibindi
Oh my gosh! HeMan made it to the Congo....
|Elders Andriamamonjy, Tshibindi, Lamb, Garner (hiding again), Larsen||and McGrath|
Sunday, February 19, 2012
This is our truck. It is essential to have 4 wheel drive, which we have never had in a vehicle before. Elder Wheatley is amazing as he maneuvers us through incredible traffic - he is getting as good as the taxi drivers who go places and do things I would never have imagined possible - sometimes I just have to close my eyes and hold on tight! Today we got so close to a large stalled truck that it pushed our side mirror in - I usually just put it in as a caution in heavy traffic.
This is a cosmetics store that is quite nice, and shows the very common process of the 2nd story being built (it may take years to complete) while using the main floor and the wood posts(little tree trucks and branches) that hold everything up while it is being built.
This is a lumber shop - at night, the wooden doors are closed and locked. It is next to other businesses and is only the 4 shelf areas showing and a little area on the left. The Congolese people are very entrepreneurial and do amazing things with very few resources. This is the kind of shop where the people earlier in our blog bought the wood to make their home.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Elder & Sister Hartman's mission covers all of Africa! They gave a wonderful presentation to help us learn how to understand, communicate, and work effectively with each other and everyone else - and it will help us in sharing the gospel message with others.