|Agnes Chirwa and granddaughter in front of their home|
|Elder Nuzman with Thobani Chirwa in front of his uncle's house.|
|top l to r - Elders Ndhlovu, Shannon, Ssesanga, Skinner, Mwita, Jensen|
bottom l to r - Elders Rainibe, Mutuku, Shumway and Meistre
Saturday, September 18th, we did a presentation on food storage and “how to begin” for the Richards Bay Branch. We prepared several handouts and spoke to a group of about 15 people. It was fun but we had to qualify everything since all our materials were geared to food and people’s tastes in the U.S. We tried to show how they could adapt much of it. The District President’s wife prepared several dishes from food storage items to illustrate how bulk storage items could be used. The hot humid weather here creates a challenge for them as things go rancid and spoil very quickly. Metal cans rust and many people do not have air conditioning. Our theme was store what you eat and eat what you store. We felt it went well.
We have been asked to purchase and deliver Bishop’s (Branch President’s) food orders as needed. There are no Bishop’s store houses here so we have a standard list and we purchase the items and deliver the orders as well. The branches are not close to any stores and they do not have transportation to get to Richards Bay, so we do that. We delivered an order about 9 days ago to a very ill sister who was dying of TB. She was wrapped in a blanket on a couch and was just a little skeleton. She passed away yesterday. Her uncle died the day before in the same house. People in their 30’s and 40’s are mostly gone from disease; AIDS mostly; they will say cancer or TB and won’t admit to AIDS. There will be a missing generation. The gogos (grandma’s) are raising the children. You will see houses full of little children being raised by the gogo’s.
We were traveling out to one of the distant branches and on the way we looked into the cane field and there was a hippo grazing. My, what a huge animal, we knew they were large, but not as large as they are. We had to stop and take pictures. That was so fun. Last week we were taking an elder to Swaziland on a transfer swap and on the return trip we saw a small herd (about 8) of elephants down in the river drinking. That was a beautiful sight.
|This hippo was as big as our car!|
|Elephants just south of Swaziland.|
|Elders watching and listening to the Prophet|