Our mission President, President Jameson, has encouraged us to try to let our 8 elders feel independent and have some gatherings with just the elders, and no senior couple hovering over them. They have gotten together several times in the past couple of months with just the “guys”. Halloween night was one of those times. However, we got a full report. (Who knows what details they have left out that no one will ever know but the 8 of them.)
We don’t have pumpkins in the Congo, so the elders bought large papayas and carved them.
Some of the elders dressed up for Halloween. Elder Larsen was a missionary, Elder Hancock was a Muslim Jeti, Elder Thompson was Bin Ladon, Elder Garner was a Ghost, Elder Nash was a witch-doctor, and Elder McGrath was a Muslim, Elder Mathui was a modern prophet, and Elder Rakotoson was Barack Obama.
We knew nothing about the details of this event, until after it happened. We do know that they decided to have an “interesting” dinner. They decided to have crocadile & boa constrictor. The only place to buy these delicacies is at the Grand Marchée. Halloween was on Monday and the Grand Marchée is closed for cleaning on Mondays. According to the elders, crocadile must be eaten right after it is killed, so that made it necessary to buy their “food” on Saturday. They assured us that this live crocodile, named Cody, which they kept in the carport for 2 days, was not a pet. (Missionaries aren’t allowed pets.)
However, when it was time to kill the dinner, Elder Hancock was too attached to the crocodile to participate.
They cleaned and skinned the croc, and then they cooked it on the barbque. They boiled the piece of the snake. Both were good, but the croc tasted the best. It tasted like a “fishy-chicken in a good way.”
All in all, the night was a great success!