Sunday, July 24, 2011

Important Day for Church Leaders in Liberia. All District & Branch Presidencies & Clerks receive MLS Training

Up until now, all Church membership and branch financial records had to be done on paper and sent by pouch mail to the Area Office in Accra. Now each branch and district has their own computer and is connected to the Church's MLS system. Records can be instaneously updated and received. This makes clerks' jobs so much easier and helps ensure that current, accurate records are instantly accessible. Training was provided by Area Office personnel from Ghana.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Inside our new apartment. Both our computers behind us in our "office."

Dining room. Notice the lovely kitchen maiden poking her head through the pass-through window to the kitchen.
Kitchen, also showing the pass-through window from the kitchen-side. The gas stove is powered by cans of gas which we must have refilled when they run out. Judy LOVES the large refrigerator! Notice the food processor which we lugged over here - and are glad of it!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Gate to our compound where we live in Monrovia. Barbed wire around the top of securred compounds is common everywhere.

Standing in front of "Armondo" (Nissan truck) - which is dying (and we hope will be replaced soon!) and the Ford truck. Notice "MISSIONARY" painted on the front (and back) of the trucks.
This is the back wall of our compound showing the barbed wire and broken glass on the top of the wall.

Fixing flat tire. Discovered tire had a 3 inch split - unrepairable. Fortunately happened over night while parked inside our compound.

Got lots of help from neighbors in our compound to figure out how to lower the spare tire.
Using air compressor Cousin Bill gave us for just such occasions. Had to go to 3 tire shops to find the right size tire. Had to buy 2 new tires.

Impromptu Training for new elders president of Harbel Branch with branch president Suloon in background

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Golden family, Kimballs, Kirkhams visit orphanage 1 1/2 hours drive from Monrovia in the countryside.

l to r, Sister Kimball, Dr. John Golden, Kim & Gretchen Golden, Judy, Quita in beautiful dress holding baby (Quita "sponsors" the orphanage and tries to get help for the children from anyone she can.)
The Goldens are in Liberia doing on their own for 3 months, volunteering their expertise (neo-natal physician and she's an RN) at a local hospital. They examined all the children at the orphanage.
Mallory Golden with twins who wanted to be with her the whole time we were there.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dr. John Golden and wife, Kim, examine children at orphanage

Several villages began to line up to also see the doctor.

Reading to the kids at the orphanage