Monday, July 5, 2010

Week 21 - Papa Lynn

Dear Family and Friends, Week 21 Monday 5th July 2010

Let me start off with another small but great miracle in our mission lives. We spend Friday the 2nd, 3rd and the 4th of July in Francistown which is about 5 hours away to the north. We visited and stayed with Elder and Sister Cardiff. We enjoyed being there for a district meeting Friday night and then a Braii and a baptism on Saturday and took the Cardiffs out for dinner Saturday night. Sunday we went to church with them and then travelled home Sunday afternoon with Sister Cardiff. She spent the week with us to get ready for the zone conference dinner coming up the 10th of July. We arrived here in Gaborone about 5:30 in the afternoon. We opened the gate and the garage door and drove in and unloaded everything into the house. When I put the suitcase of cloths on the bed I noticed the bedroom clock was blinking 15 minutes meaning the power had only been on for 5 minutes. While I was looking at the clock it suddenly went blank as the power went off again. It was off for more than 3 more hours. Going out front where it was just getting dark we saw our neighbors over the fence standing in his kitchen and he said the power had been off sense 4:00 AM this morning. We felt so blessed to have had the power on for those 15 minutes to get us through the electrically operated gate and the garage door opener and into the house before it went off again. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways in our lives serving here in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission in the Botswana Office.

This Saturday is Zone Conference and President and Sister Paulsen come up to preside and interview the missionaries. If he arrives in time we go out to dinner the evening before the conference. This time they arrived in the early afternoon as the assistants that travel with him want to be here for the two zones activity. Other than that he usually leaves us alone to do our own things here in Botswana. We feel good that he knows he can rely on us and if he has anything extra for us to do he calls and we find a way to get it done. He calls once and awhile to have me do what is called a second interview. This is a person ready for baptism but have some serious problems that they need to have cleared up that the district and zone leaders don't have the authority to handle. After the interview I call the president and we talk and he asks my feelings and then we go ahead with my decision. So far they have been great and I have felt the feeling of repentance and wanting to live as they should if they were baptized. It is a special sweet spirit that I get when they are repentant and ready for baptism.

I have worked on a special project on tithing boxes and explanations on a plaque for each branch. He liked what I did and we tweaked it a little and I went and got them printed and put on all the tithing boxes here in all the branches in Botswana. A week or so ago he asked for some for branches in the South Africa and I will give them to him at zone conference.


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