This is the last day of July. Tomorrow is August, the month we are to go home. We will try to keep our nose to the grindstone for the little bit of time we have left.
The first T we would like to address this week is trials. As we wrote last week in our blog, one of our members was beaten up by 3 men because of the colour of his skin. Ed helped him by being there for him and by taking him to the hospital. As this week began this particular trial was not over. Stephen and Ed went to the police station to file a complaint. In order to do this they had to return to the hospital to get a certificate from a doctor of the nature of the injuries. All was done and the complaint was filed. We hope to put this unfortunate event behind us and move forward.
Testimony - the second T focussed around an activity we had Wednesday night. We had a Cultural Activity that focused on the international nature of our church. We had presentations from 7 different countries from members of our Branch and from the missionaries. The countries represented were Canada, USA, France, Nigeria, Netherlands, Zimbabwe and French Polynesia. They displayed things from their countries and provided snacks to eat. They testified of the gospel. There were also a slide show, songs and dancing. It was a truly marvellous evening that was a testimony of the worldwide nature of the church. Ed shared some facts and growth of the Church around the world.
|Our District Picture and our 15th transfer|
|Beauty using my sweater as a great headpiece.|
|African donuts, Polynesian banana cakes, Zimbabwean Sadza, Canadian Maple Syrup caramel popcorn, Dutch cookies, American hotdogs, and French cheese and bread were our treats.|
As a result of these purchases and a little elbow grease we set up some shelves in the kitchen for kitchen materials. We got rid of some garbage and took a packed car of excess stuff with us to be taken to the dump. We set up chairs, shelves, trolleys and beds. We moved some things around and got rid of unnecessary things. This was a two day project but the results were rewarding. The apartment looks great and the missionaries are happy as a result.
|The view from our hotel|
|Eating spatzle overlooking the canal from a little outside café. Heaven right there!|
The last T has to do with transfers. This weekend missionary transfers were announced. This affects us in two ways. We are losing a missionary and gaining a new one. Elder Asato is being transferred to Auxerre and we are getting a "bleu", a new recruit straight out of the Missionary Training Centre. We will miss Elder Asato and we thank him for his service and for all he has done for us and the Branch. He is a great guy and you should hear him speak French already. We wish him well.
Today was Elder Asato's birthday and Elder Hein's was on the 15th while we were away. Clara made a birthday cake for a celebration after church today and we had them over for dinner tonight.
|He asked for Poutine. This is the closest we could come up with. Served with a salad and the dessert below. It tasted pretty great|
|And of course the French desserts!!|
|What a treasure. Each square is made with a different pattern. What a generous and thoughtful gift.|
|Beaty decided it made a good wrap. It is so soft and warm.|
Au revoir de la France,
Lyndi-lou and Eddie, too