I don’t know where the last two weeks went but they sure went fast!! To catch you up I’m just going to put the three main things that we have been doing.
Well we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had all the couples, the Bybee’s, the Crittendens, and the Ivies. We also had a lovely family joint us. Travis and Heather Lybert and their two children Hannah and Rockwell. Brother Lybert is here on sabbatical and is doing some work at the Cape Coast University. They also had a visitor, Jill. You will see by the pictures what a great time we had!
We were invited to Thanksgiving P-day by the Nkanfoa District. They surprised us with an unbelievably good meal! The chicken was better than KFC chicken!!! The potatoes were yummy. The whole meal was extraordinary! These guys can cook! There are (left – going clockwise) Elder Holt, President Shulz, Elders Brown, Beck, Hodges, James, Ani, Otiento, Mitchell, Larsen, Cavaness, Mckeon and Walston.
Love these Elders!
This is Elder Hodges and he is showing his AWESOME oven. The missionaries don’t have ovens so his very smart father had him bring this oven along when he came. I think all missionaries are envious of him!
The elders didn’t have enough plates for dessert so here is President and Elder Holt sharing ice cream…..
….and here are a few of the others sharing ice cream right out of the container!
We had a wonderful time and it kicked off the Thanksgiving week perfectly!
On Thursday we had our Thanksgiving Dinner. It was great! The only thing we were missing is cranberries! We were lucky to have found two turkeys. Bybee’s found one a long time ago and we found another so we had plenty! The Bybee’s and the Ivies came and stayed at the mission home on Wednesday night. The Crittendens came and we had pizza and played games. Thursday morning you could feel the hustle bustle just like at home. It was really great!!!
The table was ready for us to eat. Sister Lybert brought some pumpkin soup and that started our meal off perfectly!
Sorry this picture is dark but here we are President Shulz, Elder and Sister Crittenden, Rockwell, Travis, Heather and Hannah Lybert, Sister and Elder Ivie (standing), Elder Bybee (Sister Bybee must be taking a picture too) and Jill (friend of the Lyberts)
Before we had dessert some of us played a friendly game of soccer, while the rest of us were either watching or cleaning up dinner. (The Elders did a great job of cleaning up!)
We all sat in the living room and enjoyed a movie….
…can you guess which one?
If you guessed The Santa Clause…you are right! So fun!!! The fun part was it hadn’t been seen by all.
After the movie we enjoyed dessert! Pumpkin Pie was even an option!
These two are GREAT kids. Everyone enjoyed them because we all felt like we had grandkids present! We are so glad they could come!!!
While President Shulz was in Swedru taking care of some Priesthood responsibilities…I stayed home to prepare our house for Christmas. It was very fun. I felt bad because we had an Elder who wasn’t feeling well. So I invited he and his apartment mates and companion down to help me decorate the tree. These three were hilarious! I put the lights on the tree then gave them a lesson in how to decorate the tree. They took it very seriously!
They were so good!
They stood back several times to observe and see if it was balanced! It was so fun to watch them! And I want my kids to know that I didn’t move a single ornament!
Finished product! We have Elder Walston, Elder Cavaness, and Elder McKeon.
After they were finished I thought they needed to look like Santa’s helpers. They were very cooperative!
I forgot…they made themselves turkey cupcakes while they were here. We had a very fun day! These guys are AWESOME!!!
I can’t believe I haven’t posted this picture yet. This is at Cape Coast Stake Conference. These are our Stripling Warriors greeting the members and investigators as they enter the building. Isn’t this an AWESOME sight? Love those missionaries!!!
Today we had the opportunity to attend Nkroful and President and Sister Bybee put on the program. They did a beautiful job. It was so nice to understand and there was such a wonderful spirit there. But it sure did make me realize how much we are going to miss them so much when they leave. They have done such a wonderful job and brought so much to the Ghana Cape Coast Mission! We love and appreciate them. Pictured below is the Nkroful Branch.
For three weeks President has been doing interviews while the Assistants and I instruct. This is very draining on President Shulz! Although he loves to meet with the missionaries on an individual basis – it makes it hard when he has 22 missionaries in one day! But he does say the interviews are so much nicer than they used to be because of the level of obedience in the mission! We have such incredible missionaries! We love and appreciate them SO much! I took pictures of most zones but missed a few. I’m going to make these pictures bigger so the parents of these young men can see them better.
TAKORADI ZONE Front Row: Elders Chishinji, Mngoma, Williams, Hackmeister, Cardon, Moore and Ndah Second Row: Elders Darlington, Merrill, Ntlhaakgosi, Tuai and Riehle Back Row: Elders Keetch, Ani and Brown, President & Sister Bybee (not pictured…Elder Richards ~ he was being interviewed :()
KOJOKROM AND SEKONDI ZONES I didn’t get very all the missionaries there! Sometimes I’m not very good at remembering to take pictures! :( Above: Sisters, Lyomu, Baah, Agbai, Imagomah, Sibiya and Mekonen
Front: Elders White, Larsen, Brown, Moffitt and Miskin Back: Elders Dikane and Ani Sorry – many are missing from these zones.
CAPE COAST ZONE On table: Elder Beck First Row: Sisters Adjin, Mnisi, Asuquo and Bankole Elders Thipe, Otieno, Dearing, Gqweta, Mitchell, Larsen, Halverson, Cavaness, James, McKeon, Walston, Holt and Hodges
YAMORANSA ZONE Back Row: (If you can tell where it starts and ends) Elders, Nakedi, Molefe, Jones, Lujan, Halterman, Nwojo, Hinckley, Kallon and Longjohn Front Row: Elders Oodoh, Ntsie, Ayang, Ord, Hintze, Ble, Oluk, Brown (sitting) and Ani
ABURA ZONE First Row: Sisters Babirekere, Maliele, Afful (mini-missionary), and Okorie Second Row: Sisters Modimakwane and Zaccheaus Third Row: Elders Ekpo, Loader, Harris, Mthalane Fourth Row: Elders Rowe, Wasden, Gyansah and Ukaegbu
Sorry…that’s only six out of nine zones. One I forgot to take pictures and two of them I asked to be excused. Here is a tender mercy story. I have been very stressed about getting our Mission Miracles book done. It is a book that we will give them for Christmas. The missionaries were challenged to read their white handbook and become more “exact” obedient and expect miracles. This is a book of the miracles they experienced. It is awesome! I knew the time was getting close when the books needed to be done. I knew that they needed to be done by Tuesday morning. I also thought that I could spend all day Saturday, Monday and Monday night on them and I would be in good shape. Just to make a long story short. I had missionaries with health problems wednesday night/thursday morning and I got literally an hour and a half sleep. So I asked the assistants to fill in for me at the zone meetings. After getting a sister home from the hospital Thursday morning I went back to sleep but could only sleep for a couple of hours. I knew I needed to get started on finishing that book. I soon found out that it was not going to be an easy task…actually I was thinking it was going to be impossible to finish. Well it just happened that the Crittendens had asked the office elders to come in on Thursday instead of Friday. I don’t have room for all the details but…if I wouldn’t have had a sick sister and been up all night I would have gone to the zone meeting which would last all day. I would have come home at night and then realized what an impossible task I was looking at. And even if I would have stayed home but did not have the help of Elder McKeon…who was in a threesome with the office elders…and if Elder Walston and Elder Cavaness were not there as well…I could not have completed the book! Elder McKeon helped me take it from my apple computer…change formats and put it on the office Dell so that we could print it. He helped me make it look much more professional!?!?!? And they all helped print.
And I can’t say thank you enough to them and to Sister Crittenden who was key in putting it together. Sometimes we don’t recognize things that happen in our lives as tender mercies but I know that Heavenly Father really helped me out and lined things up just right so I might accomplish the task at hand. I see His hand in every aspect of our lives!
Well I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season. It seems a bit hard to do when it is hot but we are managing. We love you all! President & Sister Shulz