Enjoy the pics
This vehicle id leaning against about a 4" sapling and hovering about
25' above a porch of the house below. It's been there for two days.
"Kissy" zone conference. Front row on chairs: Barneys, Ostlers, Elder and Sister Vinson of the 70,
and the Kanzlers.
A couple of inches of rain in just a few minutes.
Kissy chapel parking lot with lots of garbage and dirt from the rain.
Kissy Chapel and the FJ. I'll miss it lots.
Elder and Sister Kanzler taking pics from their slider.
Zone Conf at the Mission Office. Ostlers and Vinsons seated.
President Ostler has his phone in his ear around the clock these days.
The first group of 50 Elders and Sisters are arriving in the am.
The Sisters will go to a local Motel and the Elders will stay here at the Mission Office.
Elder Tucker and Elder Stanford are building an outdoor shower.
Elder Evans and Elder Kvist getting travel packs ready.
Jokella is a local member that does some of the "Brooking" (laundry)
for the Elders, and grocery shopping for all the rest of us. She will
be out of work when we leave. And extremely sad!
Elders getting a bite to eat. Sister Barney and a couple of the Elders
kept huge pots of rice on the stove, it seems, around the clock.
Sister Barney and I with the APs would run to a local market and buy
36 loaves of bread, 30 jars of jam, 30 jars of peanut butter, and
laughing cow cheese to hold them between meals.
Sister Barney....I have a "Runny Tummy"
We started stacking luggage in the gated entrance of the Mission Home.
We didn't want any of it to walk off. Things tend to do that here.
A quick meeting to explain the departing schedule for this group.
4am loading for the Sea Coach.
Still more luggage arrives. Each Elder or Sister is allowed to check one 30kg bag
and carry on one "Ghana Must Go Bag" (please google Ghana Must Go Bag) at 10kg
and their backpack.
These are "Sachets". And they do not do the French pronunciation. They actually say "sa chets". A small bag of water that is sold on the
streets. People buy them to drink, then toss the bags on the ground.
I love to run over them. They make a loud pop. Oddly enough, the water is not clean. It must still go through a filter bottle.
Another group getting marching orders for morning.
3:30 load up, and off to Sea Coach.
Elder Jest and Elder Kanzler with missionaries at Sea Coach.
Elder and Sister Jest returned to England and were re-assigned to Birmingham.
About 2 and a 1/2 hours from their home.
Catching some ZZZZ's before tackling the mighty Atlantic.
Actually he is a luggage handler waiting for the boat.
This is one of my favorite pictures, but it doesn't really catch the real story.
We had 33 Sister Missionaries in Sierra Leone and at least 15 pair of shoes per Sister.
With the weight limit, they would load a bag with what they figured they absolutely needed, then they would stack shoes and other stuff on top and start taking shoes away until the scale dropped to the allowable weight. I thought I'd die laughing at the decisions that were being made about essential items.
Last minute snaps with another group leaving.
Everyone loves to pose when they see a camera.
"PodaPoda" waiting to transport missionaries.
Now it's our turn... what should we take? We each brought 4 bags. No we can each take 2! This is crazy decisions, especially with so little sleep. Honestly this was the 4th time in a few days that we had to rethink and repack. At this point we did not know where we were even going. Home? Another Mission? Africa? Stateside? Medical? How can one decide under these circumstances? 3 piles: Necessary. Nice. Never to be seen again.
Even more rice.
Our good friend Ali Kargbo (arm in the air) transporting missionaries in the Mission van.
Ali is a Branch President in Kossohtown and drives for the mission.
More snaps and more tears.
A taxi picking up Elders.
This is the next to last group loading up for the Sea Coach.
Our bags set in priority. We were told that we could take everything...
Then we were told on two checked bags, then we were told only one.
Loading the last of us at SC.
Barneys, Ostlers, and Kanzlers.
Crossing the bay on Sea Coach heading for Lungi Airport.
The end of the pier.
Walking to the bus loading to transport from Sea Coach to Airport.
Bus load of sad / excited missionaries.
Captain Ostler is the last to unload.
All of us had our temp checked at the airport.
They didn't want any of those little Ebola critters to sneak out of the country.
Here comes the jet...every one line up.
The charter from Kenya Air
Is that a bunch of happy campers or what...
The airport in Ghana. Were not even sure if we can gain entrance into
Our Hotel in Accra while we wait for more paper work.
The mission Presidents from Sierra Leone and Liberia, and the Barneys
in the hotel dinning room. Left to right...President Kirkham going home to SLC,
President Ostler going home to Virginia, Sister Ostler, Sister Kirkham, and Sister Barney
Elder Barney is in his room rocking back and forth in the corner...NOT.
The Ghana Accra Temple.
Isn't it beautiful!
The Chapel on the Temple Compound.