This week our Elders have been especially good in helping Elder Mitchell with his little projects at night after proselyting all day. The cover for our outdoor baptismal font has been ready to cave in since we arrived here. The Church has purchased property across the road to build a new District Center complete with a new baptismal font, district offices, classrooms, chapel, etc., but the wheels turn slowly here in the South Pacific. The purchase was complete on November 30th last year and we are still waiting for the architect to arrive to start the design. We are concerned that the millennium may get here before the building is completed or maybe even before the construction starts!! Well, maybe we can finish it during the 1000 years.
Elder Mitchell directs his craftsmen as they reinforce the broken font cover.
Skills were learned and talents honed as the Elders used power tools they had only dreamed of.
Since we arrived here in September we have had many very heavy rains. Because we live about 15 feet below the road we get flooded during every one of these storms.
Well, this doesn't set well with Elder Mitchell so he decided to buy sand bags to divert the floods back into the street and away from our house and the chapel.
Here he and the office girl at the cement company load the Land Cruiser with sand bags. Too bad the picture doesn't show the 6 inches of water they were standing in.
This office girl might have been small in stature, but she was strong!
When we got home Sister Mitchell and the Security guard helped place the bags outside the gate.
All was well for about a week until the locals decided to break the bags and scatter the sand.
Well, this didn't set well with Elder Mitchell. So.....we bought new bags and a bag of cement to mix with the sand and some water and re-bagged it.
The Elders help mix the concrete, sand and water and refill the bags. They then placed the concrete sandbags to divert the floods.
Now Elder Mitchell lays in bed at night with a little grin, listening to hear someone attempt to kick open the sand bags. LOL
We really appreciate these hard working Elders and all they have done this week.
Elder Mitchell has had a little problem with his back lately and could not have
done this work without the help of the Elders.