|Arriving at project site|
|The Richards Bay Crew|
It was a wonderful day today. It actually started yesterday morning when we received a call from Elder Peterson, the Mission Employment Specialist. He indicated that he had a package for us and that he would be at the Richards Bay chapel for another hour. I went over and picked it up along with some mail for Elders Shumway, Meistre, and Ndhlovu. I called Elders Shumway and Brinkman to make arrangements to get the mail to them and they indicated that they could meet us a about 1:00. We decided that we would go to Durnford Branch to church and meet Elders Meistre and Ndhlovu in Nseleni and follow them to the Durnford.; we called and made the arrangments. We met Elders Shumway and Brinkman and gave them the mail and asked if there was anything that we could help them with. Elder Brinkman asked if would go to an appointment on Sunday at 5:30 to a family they were teaching that needed a boost and we were of course excited to do so.
Sunday morning we got up extra early and left for Nseleni and met the two sets of missionaries at that boarding. I gave them their mail and then we followed them out to Esikhawini where we attended a PEC meeting at the Esikhawini Branch and then followed Elders Lwanga and Ndhlovu out to the Durnford Branch out through country you wouldn’t believe - dirt roads and pot holes the likes that you have never seen. We arrived at a very humble wooden building on a members property. What a spiritual feast the meeting was. They asked Sister Nuzman and I to speak. It is a 2 hour block so we had a combined priesthood/relief society taught by Elder Lwanga. The people are so humble and loving. We left having been spiritually filled and charged. Then we went home on a “paved” road with pot holes even worse than the road we came in on but it was worth every bump.
When we got home our dinner was about ready as it had been cooking in the crockpot. It was a good dinner and after it was all cleaned up we read and worked on the computer a little. We went over to Elders Brinkman and Shumways at 5:15 and then followed them over to the Muses (sp) family and they were all there except the father. There is the mother, terminally ill Granny, two sons, daughter and a young neighbor boy. Oh the spirit was there in abundance! We had a wonderful discussion on prayer and everyone participated and the mother and Granny, who has throat cancer and has a trach., bore testimony of prayer and expressed their gratitude for the Elders finding them. The two sons offered the prayers and everyone read from the scriptures except Granny. We all bore testimony to the family and everyone shared what they were thankful for and Granny said that she wanted to go to Church next Sunday. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was, words are not adequate. When we left they all shook our hands and thanked us and Granny gave us a hug.
We took the Elders back to their boardings and they asked if we would like to go with them to an appointment with Prince and Freedom whom we had met the week before at the helping hands project in Richards Bay. They live in a settlement not far from where we live and the Elders drove. It was out off the road down through little shanties and it was getting dark. We arrived to a little 2- room stone hut where the two brothers live and there was an electric cord on the ground going off to I don’t know where. The main room was only about 9 x 9. It was so humble. We had very spiritual meeting with them. They are reading the Book of Mormon and they shared what they had read and Prince offered the opening prayer. We had taken our laptop and the Elders showed a video of the first vision. They both said they knew it was true. Prince bore his testimony as did each of us. Freedom is shyer. It was a banner day. This is what missionary work is all about and to see these humble people working hard at searching for the Gospel is so gratifying.
Saturday, September 4th
|Sister Moloi with Elders Webster and Kaseke|
|Ngwelezane Branch President Mngadi|
|Port Durnford Chapel|
|One type of home in Port Durnford|
|Young boys who fill the potholes with dirt|
We pay them for their valuable service.
| Our Elders|
front row (left to right) Mutuku, Brinkman, Ndhlovu, and Meistre
top row Ssesanga, Kaseke, Bentley, Lwanga, Shumway and Webster