Monday, October 24, 2016

Transferred After Just 6 Weeks!

Oopsies... I have to type fast because I've got lots to do! hahahha!

The internet is going really fast today, so hopefully it will come through this time ! :)

In a package in the future, can you add in some pretzels? I am missing them a lot! Strange things that I miss, I know... :)  No worries if they come broken, I will eat them any way shape and form they come!

Well, what a crazy week it has been for sure!

First off, this week we had exchanges with the zone leaders which was fun! We taught this guy who didn't really understand the principle of marriage, so we were helping him out with that, and then they had to leave unexpectedly for another call. Short sweet and to the point exchanges!  :)

Well.  I have got some crazy news...we had our transfer call this week, and turns out I am going to the other side of Ghana to Mpraeso near Nkawkaw!  :)  I will be training a new missionary from the Provo MTC so that will be sweet as well!  I am super nervous about the assignment, but if it is the Lord's plan for me, then I will follow.  It will be a little different in Mpraeso, it is in the mountain, so it is a little colder there than most of Ghana, and it will be Harmattan, so it will be dusty and a little cooler from that as well.  Most missionaries say that internet is a little interesting there, so next email time will be interesting.  :)  I hope that all goes well for the both of us. I will love to give my new companion a big hug and get to know him throughout our many hours of travel to the mountains!  :) I hope I can help in his training and help him to become a powerful missionary.  I am really nervous though....

Repacking was a pain, but I guess I get a little better at packing every time I do it, so that is good.  It is strange that I have only come for 6 weeks and then will go again since my companion has been here for 6 months, but I am way excited to go and adventure in the mountains!  :)))

We took pictures as an apartment which turned out to be really great, and some are really hilarious!  They'll show up soon...

I ordered some "Angelina" ties and a scripture bag this week from one of the members in Nkwabeng, so hopefully in November I will get them.  They look SUPER SWEET and can be washed as well! I am waaaay excited to get them when they are done.  :)

Not much different this week, it seemed like a normal week to me, but the transfer call is what was crazy!!!  Next email will be full of our travels and tons of pictures! :)

This week, I shared an awesome scripture I found in Moroni 7:29-32.  It talks about the calling of being an angel, but it is nearly identical to the calling of missionaries.  Talking about ministering under the command of God, calling men to repentance, declaring the Word of God to those who have faith, bearing testimony of Christ, etc... It was really a booster to my testimony of the importance of the calling of being a missionary. To think that I have been called to do similar work like the angels.

Love you guys, and sorry it is a short one!

Elder Wawro

PICTURES:


Hair Salon Sign (LOL)




Heading to Kintampo Waterfalls











































VIDEO:

Spiders for Brittan - Part 2
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Eating a 'soft bone'
("It's like eating a hundred little toothpicks" LOL!)
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People everywhere like to jam in the car.  Ha ha
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Explaining what happened when he fell off the back of the tro 
(previous post)
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10-5-16 Report from the Week &
Seeing the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama!
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From October 17th

Update from last week - posting twice today to catch up.  :)

I am on and from now on I get 1.5 hours every single week!!  :)

With my next companion hopefully I will be on at 2pm every single week. B ut we shall see what the future has in store.... Sorry about the crazy life schedule, hopefully soon it will change!

Thank you for the sweet update! The Church is true, and God looks out for us always!  I wish I could write more, but I am running out of time!

Alrighty, time to knock out another weekly email!

First off, this week we had the painters come all the way from Accra to paint our apartment Tuesday.  It was sweet and our apartment really needed some help in the paint department. Turns out, it was the same guy who painted my apartment in Nkoransa, so that was fun to see him again. :)

This Wednesday, we had our Zone council and President Cosgrave showed up.  It is always funny to see people get super nervous about President coming, but when he shows up, the discussions are much more focused and everything runs smoothly, and most of the awkward or lame questions don't come up  We had an interview afterwards to talk about my life and my situation and it was so helpful. He interviewed me and then my companion, so we both got some counsel. We talked about a lot of stuff in my interview and it lasted for 15-20 minutes, but afterwards, I felt so relieved. And now, my companion and I are getting along much better as we have heeded the advice of our mission President.  We had a powerful companionship inventory.

NOW THE MISSIONARIES OF THE GHANA KUMASI MISSION HAVE 1.5 HOURS (email time).  HALLELUJAH!

"Harmattan" (a dry, dusty easterly or northeasterly wind on the West African coast, occurring from December to February.) has officially begun.  It is one of 2 seasons in Ghana. There is rainy season and Harmattan season. IT IS POWERFUL.  I am so glad to spend my Harmattan in Sunyani for sure. The weather currently is like Texas weather - a little more humid, but it is bright, a little cooler, and a nice cool breeze every few minutes makes life awesome.  The dust in the air messes with my throat a little, but it is worth it for the decreased humidity and blocking out the sun for a little while. This morning I was enjoying the morning, I opened my window and sat listening to some music and loving the cool breeze in our room.  It reminded me of the summer mornings in Texas.

I cut my hair today, which as interesting. I didn't go the route I went last time with the "faux-hawk", but I just trimmed up the sides and it turned out pretty well.  I had Elder Isaako help me in the back because I can't see there very well, and everything is better! That was one thing President said somehow jokingly during our interview, but really meant it, so I had to cut it!  :)

I changed the filters for our water this week.... I swear they haven't been changed in a year... yikes, but everything is running sweet and clean! 

In zone council, we watched "Missionary Work and the Atonement" and the Spirit that was there while we watched was so strong.  I had seen it before, but there was something that really hit home, especially now that I am a missionary and ask some of the same questions.  One scripture that popped into my head was about taking up our crosses and following Christ.  Matthew 16:24 says "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow me." I love this scripture because it speaks to me and tells me that no matter what I go through, Jesus Christ has already suffered for me. I can take up my cross and follow Christ because he has already suffered the pains I am feeling, and all I have to do is trust in Him and rely on His grace to get through. This really touched my heart, especially as I am struggling with some difficult things in life, and the Spirit truly helped me understand that I am not alone. Let us all lean on Christ. Take up the cross and follow Him because no trial in our life should be faced alone.  This is my thought in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love you guys,

Elder Wawro

PICTURES:

Since the internet isn't always great in the internet cafe' they use, the pictures we post don't coincide with the email for the day.  Most of these pictures seem to coincide with the email from October 4th HERE.

Gabe said he wanted to take and send pictures of how people in Ghana live, so that we can see the difference in the U.S. and appreciate where we live, because it's very different.












Gabe liked how he showed up for a meeting and his name was spelled "E. Warrol" on the board.  LOL!












Trying his hand at making fufu



























Meetings and watching General Conference







This is our sachet water (sashey)  
You just bite a hole in a corner and drink it.
It's become pretty normal for me.  :)




VIDEO:

So this is what Gabe was talking about, that Ghanaians don't play Basketball.  LOL!

Part 1
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Part 2
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A spider video...especially for Brittan.  Ha ha!

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