Thursday, August 12, 2010

The sacrifices as a member of the church in Pointe-Noire

This is one family that all live in the same home.
After driving around looking for the new homes, we realized just how far most of our saints travel to get to church. Almost all take a bus or taxi and many have to switch buses in the middle and pay 2 fees. For them, it is a big expense, so we don’t do very many things during the week. Ed said he would never be judgmental of how late they are to church, especially the 8:00 meetings. I can’t imagine getting up and getting a family ready for church, driving on a bus for 30-40 minutes to get there before 8:00. These are very valiant people.

We went to visit some of the members’ homes. Most are very tiny and made out of wood or corrugated aluminum. Most don’t have doors, just a frayed piece of curtain hanging down. They have all been clean, however, and the people are thrilled to have us visit. The living rooms of 2 of the 3 we have been in are about 8’ x 8’, which is about the size of our upstairs bathroom in our house in Irvine, California.

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