Monday, April 11, 2016

The Sandy Shores of Ghana!

 Nangua Beach
P-day beach activity.

Dear Family and Friends,
          I can't believe that another week has already passed.  I am continuing to love being here in Nungua.  There are so many great people here I get to work with each and every day.  Elder Kambwiri and I have been able to find a lot of great new people to teach here and they have been receptive so far.  I find that I need to take a bit of a different approach to teaching people in this area as compared to Koforidua.  There are many foreigners here attending the Maritime Regional University, so I get to learn from people with a lot of different backgrounds and cultures.  It is great.  
          Church yesterday was a delight.  It was made even better by the fact that we had many of our investigators come to worship with us.  I love seeing people progressing and and drawing closer to the Savior by keeping their commitments.  Something I like to point out when extending a commitment to someone is that they are really promising the Lord, not us missionaries.
          This week we are looking forward to a baptism for a great single adult named Brother Joel.  We will do all we can to make sure he is prepared for that important event in his life.
          Oh! Cool experience. On Wednesday we were supposed to meet with Samuel Tape at our chapel. Samuel is from the Ivory Coast and doesn't speak much English. He also has no phone. The time passed when we were supposed to meet and I started getting impatient. Finally I decided we should just go. Then a though popped into my head to wait a little longer. We did so. Finally, as we were preparing to leave, Samuel walked up to the chapel and we were able to teach him in simple English. 
          Some fun things we did this week. I challenged some recent converts to read the first three chapters of the Book of Mormon in one week. If they did it there would be a prize. They did it, so we had a pancake party. I cooked pancakes and we had some nice drinks and bananas. It was sweet! And today we went to the beach. That's right. The beach. We met a bunch of other missionaries and just partied at the beach. It was amazing.
          Sorry for the very long letter. Thanks for your love and support and especially for your prayers. You are all amazing. Keep it that way. I love you all and pray that you have a delightful week!
Elder Radmall

 Beach Selfie
Pancake Party

Questions from Mommio:
Q. Are there Laundromats in the city?
Yeah. They are very expensive though.  I will continue washing my clothes. It keeps me humble and on the same level as the people I teach.
Q. Have you seen the ocean?
Yes! I love it! The ocean is the best, even if it's full of plastic bags.
Q. What are the names of two members and what do you like about them?
Brother Seade and his daughter Abigail are two awesome members here. They haven't been members for long, but they are totally committed to the Gospel despite being absolutely dirt poor. They love to have long talks with us about missionary work and doctrines of the church.
Q. What is your bishop’s name?
Bishop Akuaku... I think.
Q. How did your companion find the gospel?
He was introduced to missionaries by a friend. It took several months, but in the end he embraced the message and was baptized.
Q. How many children are in your ward?   Can you send a photo of them?
We have a pretty good size primary with some hilarious kids. I will try to remember and get a picture.

Questions from TeriAnn:
Q. How is the weather this week?
Hot and sunny as usual. Though it was a bit cooler this week.
Q. What was your favorite lesson this week?
The lesson we had with Brother Samuel was great. He is really struggling to live here in Ghana right now. He actually had to flee the Ivory Coast several years ago when a new president came into power. We were able to teach him of God's love and the peace the Gospel brings.
Q. What is the coolest thing you have seen in your new area?
The beach!! And the mall.
Q. What is the weirdest thing you have seen in your new area?
Hundreds of unfinished buildings.
Q. Do you get fed a lot in your new area?
Quite a bit. The members are good to us.
Q. Is the food different?
Not really. There is less fufu here, which is sad.

Questions from Christie:
Q. Who did you teach?
We taught several university students, some guys we met at a barbering salon, some teenagers who were recently baptized, some very busy mothers, and many others.
Q. What was the best thing you had to eat?
Last night I prepared a delicious chicken stew and then cooked some rice in the chicken broth with a packet of french onion soup mix (thanks mom). It was SO good.
Q. What made you laugh this week? 
When another missionary fell asleep in our apartment and drooled all over our table.
Q. What was the most challenging part of your week?
Trying to remember all of the appointments we had and organizing our schedule.

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