Sunday, July 31, 2011

At last... we get to move forward with our new chapel renovations!

Our 2 branches have grown out of the church building that we have, and they are ready to split into 4 branches. Over 12 months ago we found a terrific building to use for a temporary chapel for the next few years. We have had several meetings with Temporal Affairs, which is the department of the church that is in charge of all 75 of the buildings in this part of Africa. Due to the fact that the church is growing so fast, sometimes the red tape takes longer than we want it to. We are trying to learn patience. We are thrilled to report that this week the 2 people in charge of our new building came to town and met with the 2 branch presidents, the architect, the contractor and Elder & Sister Gates. Elder Gates... "Ed" will be helping by visiting the job sight every day for 2 months... and hopefully then we will be able to start using this building. This picture is of Ed at the Bid opening, as he opened the sealed bids. His interpretter. Leondra is next to him. This is Elizabeth, who Ed will report to for the next couple of months. Yes... what can I say? This is an excerpt from a letter from our mission president thanking us for our hard work in trying to get the work moving along, to get our members the building they need. "GREAT JOB!!!!!!! This is wonderful news. It appears to me that when done correctly this process can work. Thank you so much, infinitely, Elder Gates for making this happen. I am confident this could not have happened without your guidance and direction." The work should start August 8th and be completed in 60 days. The building is 3 stories. We are gutting out the 2 apartments on the 1st floor to make a chapel area. The other 2 floors (3 apartments) are perfect for all the auxiliaries to have all sizes of meeting rooms. We are thrilled for the Saints of Pointe Noire to have another beautiful facility!


  1. If you wear one of those pink dresses, I will wear one. And you know how much I love pink!

  2. Hilarious Ashley!
    WE are so happy for the saints in Pointe Noir. Everyone in the Northwood ward sends so much love to you all! I spoke on you today in Sacrament Meeting, and it went really well! I told them to come find me if they wanted to see pictures, and lots of people came up to see them afterwards.

    We love you so much!!

  3. Tell us more about the bid opening and Elizabeth... please. Seriously, we need to know much, much more!

  4. Beautiful building. I wish we had more like those with Character here. We are so happy for all of the members there to have a beautiful place to worship. Again, another answer to why you were called there. The water well and a place to worship.

  5. I'm so happy to see the building I didn't get to see on our trip there. Next trip for sure. It looks like you will have a great facility once the slow wheels of Africa move to a conclusion. Thanks for greasing them a little to move things forward. Hopefully it will be the beginning of great progress. Thank you! Thank you!