Thursday, March 29, 2012
This man is right outside our home. The power went out one afternoon (it goes out almost every day) and here he came, climbing poles as he came down the little road we live on, saying the power would be back on in about 10 minutes. If you look closely at his feet, you can see the metal 'claws' he has on them, that enable him to climb the poles.
Here he is at the top.
And here he is, with his tools, cutting wires and working with them with his bare hands and scaring me to death - I wonder how he keeps from getting electrocuted! The power did come back on in just a few minutes......I wish he would come down our lane every day when the power goes off! This is the only time we have ever seen anyone working on one of the power lines close to where we have lived.
|Women taking their food to sell in their booths along the steet.|
There are as many men as women who carry their work on their heads. This man has eggs and often they are hard boiled and there is a knife on top so he can cut them open for the people who buy them. He walked behind a pole just as I took the picture.
Sometimes they are just plain eggs and that is scarey - but we have never seen anyone lose a load! No one refrigerates their eggs here, except me!
Elder Wheatley is in the well reservoir again! When the electricity doesn't work or the pump is broken, there is no water for the baptismal font. So after hauling water in garbage cans and 'beetles' the first time, an elder showed us the well reservoir in the corner of the church yard. The more water taken from the reservoir, the further down into it he goes....at least he gets nice and wet and cooled off!
A quick 'help' call to the missionaries brings them to the rescue, and in this picture, a branche member is also helping. In fact, although I didn't get a good picture of it, we have had a whole line of people from the well to the church, including young children who all want to help. It takes a lot of buckets of water to fill the font......especially for tall people!
Monday, March 12, 2012
This is an elementary school just up the road from our home. The children we see when we walk to the ocean mostly go to this school. They walk most or all of the way, so it must be about 3 miles for some of them, and even the young children walk, some by themselves. People seem to be very protective of the children and will stop traffic to help them cross the street.
While President and Sister Jameson were visiting and Sister Jameson and I were preparing dinner for them and the Elders, a hot water hose exploded and steaming hot water started pouring out under the sink. Luckily Sister Jameson, who was standing at the sink, did not get burned. Elder Wheatley and Elder McGrath are working here at trying to fix it. It took a couple of days, a new hose and finally a plumber to find and fix a second leak, to get it all fixed. And as soon as that one was fixed the one in our bathroom exploded again........ :)
Our wonderful Mission President and his wife, President and Sister Jameson, and our Elders. We love them all and are so very grateful for them. Heavenly Father has blessed us with the best Mission President and wife and the best Elders in all the world!
This is the Branche President's family, who came for the Open House. His name is President Sombo, and he is the man with the dark tie, in the middle. His mother is behind him with the green headdress, and his step-father is to the left in the white shirt. His wife is to the right in the blue and he has 5 beautiful children scattered in the picture. His extended family may not all be members, we are not sure, but his mother is and his step-father will be baptized by him soon.
President Sombo is a wonderful, delightful man. He wanted a picture with us, so as Liz requested, here is another photo of Elder and Sœur Wheatley. He is very enthusiastic about the church - I think he told us he has been a member for 6 years. He studies the church Branche President instruction manual and asks for help because he wants to do everything correctly. We love him and his family!
Friday, March 9, 2012
This is the chapel. The wood stand in the front was just finished. It looks very nice. The Relief Society also meets in this room for now, because it is next to the Primary rooms, which are already too small for the number of children coming. There are 3 floors to the building, and you have to go outside to the area where the stairs are. Sometimes there is no water, and that is a challenge for both church buildings - pumps that don't work, electricity not working, or no water available.
Elder Nash and Elder Hoiland helping me figure out how to make an Open House invitation to the newly rented and refurbished building for the Pointe Noire Branche. I have permission for them to help me when I get really stuck - and that is such a blessing. We have reports in Excel, requests for things like an invitation for the Open House or a picture handout for Relief Society, and I do all of the distribution ordering of supplies for the 3 branches - all in French, of course.