Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Posted by Kriss Gates
One of the best parts of our mission is dealing with these great young men. We try to treat these boys as if they were our grandsons, and truly love them. Then after they have been here from 4 to 8 months, we have to say goodbye. Some are transferred to Cameroun or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which are other countries in our mission. Some have finished their missions here, and then we have sent them home to their families. Transfers happen every 6 weeks. The first transfer that we were here we were still new and getting to know the boys and figure out what we were doing. These guys did a great job of training us. We started with 12 elders, but we are now down to 8. The mission is growing faster than we can get the elders over here. We think of our boys that we have had here so far in 3 sets. Our first group were those of our "original" elders we started with that were transferred within 3 months after we arrived. These included Elder Kessler & Elder Palmer from North America,. and Elder Mboui (DRC), Elder Tumba (DRC), & Elder Bally (Ivory Coast). Thanks to each of them for welcoming us to Pointe Noire!