After church today the kids were playing in the parking lot at Belliar Park. The game is called Akra (emphasis on "kra"). The leader is challenging the responding player. When the leader moves a foot forward, the other player must move the same foot forward in response. If the responding player gets it right two times in a row he becomes the leader. All the other foot movement is just deception to mislead the other player. Every time they match the foot movement they get ten points. First one to one hundred wins.
We went for a walk today after church. This cistern collects the rainwater in rainy season. In dry season they have to walk a long distance to get water from a small stream. The few stalks of corn behind it look healthy.
We frequently meet Chris Johnson on our walks. He is a marathon runner.
Marlene wanted a picture of the little boy with the yellow sun visor on backwards. All the other kids wanted their picture taken too.
This bashful girl came up to us and it was apparent she wanted her picture taken too.
There was a neighborhood football game in the street. We watched for a while along with this man and his little girl. The little girl was afraid of us but when she saw her "snap" she smiled.
A young lady we met along the way walking by herself.
We pass this lady on our walks and every time she sees us she waves and says "kushe" (pronounced - kooshay, means - hello). We stopped and spoke with her today. Her name is Kadee (pronounced "caw-dee" with emphasis on "dee".)
Here is Kadee on her balcony where she sits every day watching over her neighborhood.
Marlene and I took Elder John A. Koranteng to church with us and then delivered him to Sea Coach to catch his flight back to Accra. He is a new Area Seventy over Sierra Leone. We were very impressed by his down-to-earth thinking and his excellent English. He went to college in Norway. I asked if he ate lutefisk and he said "It isn't very pleasant." He is right.
Elder Koranteng took a picture of us at the Belliar Park chapel.
At the stream below the mission home it was wash day. The mother was busy scrubbing with her "brooking board" while the kids bathed.
We buy our ground nuts (peanuts) from the lady in the orange blouse (Isatu - pronounced I-saw-too) at a stand near the mission home. She roasts the nuts in a large metal bowl over a charcoal fire. They are very good.
The two on the left were grinding casava leaf. Usually it is chopped by hand. The casava leaf is cooked with spices and served over rice. Everyone seems to love it. We have eaten roasted casava root. It is good.
Road to Grafton just below "Washca" is washed out. Had to turn around and take a big detour. Washca is the name of every location along the road where there is water and young men gather to wash cars for money.
New bridge out of Grafton with temporary cover for the rainy season.
Elders Mills and Dancan at the Grafton apartment. We took Elder Dancan back with us. He's headed to Bo.
Elders Pond and Manzini at Grafton. Elder Manzini is on his way to Bo.
Coming back to Freetown we had to take another detour along Fourabay Road. This part is narrow and very congested.
We finally got to the clock tower at Eastern Police and thought we were almost home. Then we got sent on another detour through the center of the city.
Our last detour through Freetown just before Siaka Stevens Street. This is a Sunday afternoon and the vendors and everyone else were crowded into the streets.
Alpha Koroma, Marlene's first piano student to play in church. Marlene led the singing as he accompanied the Hill Station Ward today on three numbers and did very well. He was thrilled. The bishop was proud of him and said he is the new ward organist. That is Elder Mongolo in the background. He is from South Africa.
Martha and her sister. Martha was baptized yesterday and confirmed today along with three others. She was very happy.