Elders Schuler, Munsey, Cooper, VanDerzee, Chandler, Trippe, and Adu-Mensah
The night before going to Portuguese Bridge, President Collings had an experience where he couldn't get a thought out of his head. There was a woman in the branch who he felt we needed to visit, or minister to. The impression was so strong that he felt like we shouldn't wait. We went right after our activity in our preparation day clothes, with the missionaries who are serving in that branch, and visited with her and her children. Her husband was still at work. It was a wonderful visit, and we really felt like we strengthened her. She even said that she knew God had sent us to her that day. President Collings has learned that when you receive a prompting, it's important to act on it. There's no harm in doing good.
The branches all met together in the Gulu Branch and President Collings talked to them and trained them on ministering. It was a pretty good turn out, about 50 people from both branches came. We provided chapatis and sodas for everyone after it was over.
These babies are twins!!
I love seeing these beautiful families!
We met President Okeny's mother at church. It was fun to meet her! She is very proud of her son, who is the Branch President.
On Monday for preparation day, President Collings let the missionaries go to the game park. They were able to take pictures of a lot of the wild animals, including giraffes, spring bok, cape buffalo, and wart hogs, etc. Then we played a few games of volleyball together and had lunch before President Collings and I had to leave.
View of the Nile at sunset
Elders Payne, Ankrah, Klu, Laryea-Akrong, Godfrey, Newman, Harris, and Kabemba
with President and Sister Collings
This police officer was watching us until I asked him to take my place so I could take pictures.
We have had Akao Jackline work in the mission home helping me with house keeping and cooking for the missionaries. She has been with us for over two years, and with the previous mission president and wife since 2013. Through the past couple of years, she has been preparing to go on a mission. She has worked so hard, and is always helping our sister missionaries in her ward. Well, the day finally arrived, and she received her mission call! We are all so excited for her. She will be such a great missionary! She was called to Zimbabwe Bulawayo Mission, and her mission president will be President Jimmy Okot, who was her stake president before he was called as a mission president. It was so much fun to be there as she opened her call!
Final picture together.
On the way to the airport
Farewell dinner at Thai Gardens in Entebbe
And while we were at the airport, we picked up our new missionaries. We have three coming in as well, but it is two Elders and one Sister. We are looking forward to getting to know them better, but really feel like they will be a strong addition to our mission.
Elder Ebondo, Sister Ntlhane, and Elder Bukasa
Welcome to the Uganda Kampala Mission!!!
Last but not least, this was a very exciting transfer. We have had such a struggle getting missionaries into Ethiopia! Several months ago we sent a new group of elders, and after 3 weeks they had to return to Uganda. The government changed the documents that needed to be authenticated, and we did not have the correct documents for any of our missionaries. We were able to keep the missionaries there who already had a work permit, but we could not bring any more in. This has been an issue we have been working to take care of for several months. And finally, this transfer we were able to send in 8 new missionaries! Making it a total of 12 serving in Ethiopia. There have been many people who have worked many hours to get us to this point, and we are so grateful for all they have done. The missionaries in Ethiopia are excited to be there, and are ready to go to work!
Elders Denison, Johnson, Trippe, Chandler, Brewer, Jensen, Arnett, Smith, Gagon, Kramer, and Cooper with Elder and Sister VanDerzee
It's a great day in the UKM!!!