So here we are beginning our third week in our new home, in Lubumbashi. It feels like we have been here for a long time and the sights that were so new to us, have become a little less surprising. We have officially met with our missionaries here in Lubumbashi, and have taken a three day trip to some areas up north, to meet the missionaries there. Brent interviews missionaries for five hours straight, followed by 1 to 2 hour meetings with Stake and District Presidents, and does it all in french. I don’t know how he does it along with all of the other business he must attend to. Actually, I do know. He gets a ton of help from the office staff here. They are amazing and I am SO impressed with them all. The mission literally could not run without them. We invited them for a little get-to-know-you dinner our first Friday in the mission.
It is a hard life for the people here. Very, very few have running water or electricity, and they get by with very little in the way of material things. An average family here has 12 children, and there are people everywhere. People of all ages help carry water for quite long distances. I’m impressed by the straight postures and strong necks the women must have.
The hotels here are not quite what any of us are used to back in North America. They are very spartan and lack the comforts of our hotels back home. They have locks everywhere, and I mean everywhere! But a lock on the outside of a shower?
The children here are beautiful.
This is my first attempt at “blogging”, and I know nothing about computers but with some patient help from Sister Clawson I’ll get the hang of it.