Saturday, July 8, 2017

Couples Retreat

 Finally made it on a couples retreat, it was only for a day, but we went on a short game drive and saw the Hyaena above and the Tsessebe below that I hadn't seen before.

 Drove right up to these lions, as you can see the one is a white lion.  They actually use these lions in movies and also they said that they use them for weddings to bring the ring down the aisle to the bride.
 We moved on to the Cheetahs, which were in large cages, but they were like a big cat that purred just like a kitten.

 Here we have the five couples, and below was our transportation around the game drive
 After the game drive we went "Walking with the Lions", these two activities were done at the Ranch Resort just outside of Polokwane.
 This one is licking his chops - better move away!!!
We have just two months left, so may only get one more blog in before our trip home.  What a delight this has been to be here and see and experience Africa.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Kasane, Botswana

 A Picture of Elder Hawkins standing outside the Chapel in Kasane, Botswana with the Elders Quorum President
 All those in attendance at our meetings in Kasane, The American looking ladies are visitors from Utah, Mom and daughters (5), the one in Peach is an investigator, Elder Hawkins and President and Sister Chadambuka, the remaining hand full are branch members.
 A look from our Hotel in Kasane the Cresta on the banks of the Chobe River above and below
 The sunset driving into Kasane
 Below are those wonderful Mopani worms mixed in a sauce, doesn't it look delicious.  At the Cresta each night they had a buffet which included traditional African food, Mopani worms included, I went for the non-traditional food.
 Our P-Day on the Chobe River with President and Sister Chadambuka, this boat would hold many people but the four of us and the owner and about 5 family members were the only ones.  They invited us for a dinner cruise and braai (it did not include the Mopani worms) we were able to spend extra time on the boat after normal hours.  Keep in mind this only cost us R250 which is about $19.00 US Dollars each.  They did not charge us for the snacks and dinner they provided us with.  We had a wonderful relaxing day, we haven't had many of those.

 Sunset on the Chobe River next two pictures

 Dad getting his third speeding ticket in Botswana.  What makes it bad was we were just arguing about the speed, I said the GPS shows it is 120k and he thought he saw a sign that said 80 - He was right.  They set speed traps just after the speed changes and on the down hill slop most of the time.  Who would have guessed his only three speeding tickets in his life and they are while we are on our mission.  President and Sister Chadambuka couldn't believe I was taking a picture, they said if they saw they would probably come and take my ipad camera away.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hope you enjoy

 It is so hard to get a picture of the way the women and sometimes you will see men carry everything on top of their head.  You don't see them unless you are driving, and you go by too quickly to get any picture even if you had your camera and it was ready.  But just happened to get lucky on this one.  This is small compared to some items they carry.  You will see another one below that is carrying sugar canes and this was in Phalaborwa, the top one was taken in Botswana.
 I was trying to find all three pictures of the Church we meet at in Phalaborwa, but I lost it somewhere.  The above picture was taken March 26, 2017 you can see that they actually have it enclosed with tin, and they hang fabric on the inside to make it look nicer.  When we went the first part of February, where the tin is they had a tarp that covered the top that was shaped like a circus tent which was an upgrade from the first time we went.

 The little fellow was so cute, he did a dance for me that I took a video of, I wish I could include it in my blog. 
 Now this is a picture of the church the first time we saw it the first part of November 2016.  All it had was a flat tarp.  So you can see they are doing their best to make it nicer.
 These are some of the members from the congregations sitting in Sammy's Jeep
 Sammy and Elder Hawkins

Days in Namibia

 Here is a view of the coast in Swakopmund and the Atlantic Ocean, we finally made it there.
 They have camel rides along the beach, and in the back ground you can see the sand dunes.  As you travel from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay, you have the sand dunes on one side of the road, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side of the road.
 Right out the back door of two of our missionaries (Elder Darley left and Elder Hamilton middle)

 To get to Swakopmund, you travel thru a desert so the above picture and below is the view as we traveled

 I don't know how to make these go in order, but the above and 2 below are pictures taken in Windhoek.  To explain, the second one below, he is a member in the branch presidency by the name of Clever.  The room he is sitting in is approximately 15'X15' (maybe) and these are his total living quarters.  As you can see he is sitting at his sewing machine, and makes the scripture covers and I also took a picture of some sandals he makes.  The fur is from a Springbok, and he makes them all different colors, I was quite impressed.  The above picture shows that they do not waste anything.  He takes old tires to make the bottom of thee sandals.  You can see them sitting on top and under the table.  This is outside in the yard.

 The above picture is of a big freighter out in the ocean, and the bottom picture is the four missionaries serving in Swakopmund in front of the chapel, which is rented in an office complex.
(Hamilton, Mosweswe, Mohatli, and Darley)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Phalaborwa for our second experience

 The above video was taken to show the church we meet in at Phalaborwa.  This village has several hundred thousand people in it, mostly refugees from Mosambique in the 1990's they left and came thru Kruger National Park to come to South Africa.  Many lost their lives because of the wildlife as they came through the park.  The South African Government gives them a plot of land, and then they have to build a home.  Most of the homes are made from blocks and a tin roof, and consist of only one room that is about 12'x12'.  They add on as they can, but most stay that size.  As you can see by the sign they call their church "The Bright Star Gospel Church of Jesus Christ".  Unfortunately, the video's will not play, but I am not going to delete them, because they at least tell a story and show a picture.  If anyone can tell me how to get a video to work on a blog, please let me know.

 Since our first visit, they have improved from a tarp to a large canopy over much of the area, and even had a fan set up right by us in front.
 Hopefully the video above comes thru, three of the women had practiced a song to sing for us while we were there.  The video below is two singing a song the one in the green dress is a Pastor from another church close by, that wanted to come while we were there, and the girl in the white dress was the one that did the translation for us as we spoke.  We actually had two women Pastors come this time, along with the Pastor of this church.  The one as she spoke came because she wanted to hear more about the Book of Mormon
 Afterwards, as they did the first time, want to have their pictures taken with us, so we spent probably another half hour doing that.
 The picture below is Sammy and his wife and son whose name is "Best".  For those that don't know, Sammy was our Game Driver thru Kruger National Park twice, and the one we have given about 6 cases of Book of Mormons to - he is the one that originally set us up to meet with this group.  He keeps asking for more books and we keep supplying them.  Some day those seeds will sprout.
As you can see, they had 2 large tables set up so we could join them to eat after the meeting.  Fortunately we were fasting as it was the first Sunday of the month, and we had to decline their offering of Mopani worms, Creamed Spinach, and we didn't see what was in the third bowl.  We had to do some explaining as to what the fast was so they wouldn't get their feelings hurt.

Hoedespruit South Africa Pictures

 This was a sunset at our flat in Pretoria a week or so ago
 While in Phalaborwa we had some X-tra time so we went to Hoedespruit to an Endandered Species Park.  The pictures above and below show an area with a pile of bones for the animals and birds to clean off the meat.  The guide we had sat there explaining while the 10 of us in the vehicle were dying of the smell.
 Most of the animals they have there are cheetahs - they have very distinctive tear marks under their eyes.  Some were in cages and others in large enclosures that reflect their natural habitat so they can run and roam.  They bring them into the smaller cages to feed them, and watch to make sure they are doing well.