This week was dominated by getting the 2nd wave of missionaries into their apartments and solving problems with their apartments and their supplies. Simultaneously we were moving into the old Bo couples apartment.
The couples apartment has been used as a storage location for the past two years. When they closed the mission, they brought all the furniture, appliances, and supplies from all the missionary apartments and put them in here. They then closed the missionary apartments. This apartment was kept secure so they would not lose all the stuff. It collected dust for two years. The same things was done in Kenema. They had a couples apartment that was used for storage.
When they brought in the first wave of missionaries in January, they opened two apartments for missionaries in Bo. Stuff was taken from the couples apartment to fill the new apartments. We came with the 2nd wave of new missionaries. Three more apartments were opened in Bo, and two more in Kenema. We helped move stuff out of the couples apartments into the missionary apartments. Simultaneously we were living in the couples apartment and trying to clean it up. After removing two years of dust build up this place is starting to look livable!
Here is the living room looking into the dining room. Too bad, we have no pictures showing before we emptied and cleaned. Picture this room full of ranges, refrigerators, bookshelves, boxes, ironing boards, etc. Also picture 1/4 inch of dust/sand everywhere.
Here is the kitchen looking into the dining room. Notice how high the cupboards are. Do you see the refrigerator? Of course not. It is in the dining room.
Here is the master bathroom. The shower and the sink work great. Don't flush the toilet! Half of the water from the tank goes on the floor. But the toilet works in the guest bathroom, so we use that one. It really looks pretty good after a lot of cleaning.
This is our shower. As you can see the water is turned on full force. Which is why the Africans don't bother with it. They fill up the bucket that you see under the shower and use a big dipper to pour the water over their heads. We see children taking showers this way all the time in their front yards.
Our bedroom is really pretty nice. It has a large king size bed. There is a large desk for the computer and other office stuff.
We are loving our mission. It is keeping us busy. We are trying to keep our 17 missionaries happy, healthy and working hard. We are also now beginning to work with the 3 district presidents in our cities. We want to be totally at their service with whatever the 20 branches need. We should be stable for the next 2 months, then the mission will get 27 brand new green missionaries. We will probably get at least 9 of them.
We love you all. The gospel is true and is going to all the world. Especially in West Africa.