Ok, so here is my crappy excuse for not emailing last week! It contains some bad news, some not great news, and some ok news.
Bad news: I got transferred, so I had to Leave Kasoa.
Not great news: I am now a senior companion and my companion is 5 years older than me, it's hard to be in charge, ugh.
Ok news: I now live in Oda, which is the farthest east I can possible be from the mission home. I live in the bush and I am and I am farthest missionary east.
So I am coming onto this week's email now. I am really sorry!
Ummmmm. So is it bad then if I just got some money out! I didn't know! I moved so I can't do anything at the other ATM or bank anymore! ugh sorry!! (missing ATM $ saga continues)
SO YEAH I have been transferred to place called Oda. I went from Central Region, to Greater Accra Region, to Eastern Region, and finally got to my house 6 hours later. The branch here is way cool and our chapel is suuper nice. But it's a pretty small, but the compound is gigantic! So we have a nice volleyball spot, a basketball half court, and plenty of grass for football.
Sometimes we will go farming, and literally, we have to take a cutlass and hack our way through the bush! Sweetness!
Ty: Sheesh 19 year old councilor!? Dude it sounds like you are having a super fun time holy cow! I am glad everything is doing well. For me my time for getting my Patriarchal blessing was when I was 17. I was praying about it, but so many people were talking about it, and I wanted to make sure that I wasn't just getting it because others were talking about it. It took me until I was getting ready for the mish before I finally got ready for it. If you think it is time then don't waste any time, just get it. It is really sweet, and it will give you a lot of strength. One thing that I always remember from mine is that I "will be blessed with confidence in my walk" so yeah I done been blessed with swag! Good luck bro!
Ok, so one thing I have been wanting to share, but keep forgetting, is that the names of churches here are ridiculous! The funniest church I have ever met had a huge billboard right near the market in Kasoa. It had a big pastor holding a gavel saying, "Objection over ruled." The best thing about this church is how they wrote their name. So this church is called "Overcomers Praise Assemblies International." But on the billboards sign they abbreviated Assemblies different than we would. So the sign said, "Overcomers Praise Ass." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Ugh, so obviously you can tell THAT must be a true church :P oh man I just thought that was the funniest thing!
Also my District Leader here in Oda is Elder Forrest and he is all about getting them baptisms. You hear plenty things about the church booming here in Africa and why that is, is because us missionaries baptize everybody and anybody (of course that isn't true........ this was actually just a mix up) He had a baptism last week for a super sweet little girl who was 9 years old. This week we were going through her records and discovered that she is only 7! For those who know about the age of accountability, you know that you cannot be baptized until you are 8 years old and that the baptism of children is an abomination, because children are innocent and taken in by Christ. It's super funny, and so we had to tell a little girl that she definitely has not been baptized!