Friday, February 26, 2016

We have been here in Freetown for two weeks. Each day has been full. The president says we are only half-time workers because we only work 12 hours a day. There is lots to do.
Returning and meeting our old friends is far better than had been imagined. We were greeted with thrilled gasps and hugs by everyone. These truly are the most loving people in the world.
It's a much easier adjustment the second time around. The crowded, noisy streets, the smoky, dirty air all just make it feel like we have come home.
We feel spoiled in our new apartment with quiet generators and dependable (so far) pressurized well water.
We are loving the experience.

Returning to Sierra Leone

Organizing everything as part of the mission re-opening process
Happy missionaries as we prepare to depart from the Salt Lake Airport on February 12th, 2016.
Here is where all the memorable missionary group pictures were taken.
Our dining room in the new mission home building.
Our livingroom.
Meeting with President Clawson and Damoa Manu (Accra Finance) in the secretary's office.
The new mission home.
President and Sister Ostler contributed this carving at the entrance to the mission home.

On our way back to Sierra Leone to help re-open the mission after ebola.

Sierra Leone was declared ebola free at the end of last November. The new mission president asked if a group of us would come and help get the mission going again. Here we are on February 13th, 2016, at Charles DeGaulle Airport. All on our way to Sierra Leone. Elder Miles on the left and Sister Miles on the right. In the background left to right are Sister Sherwood, Elder Sherwood and me. The Sherwoods are on a 23 month mission. The Miles are returning in June. The Lauritzens will return after the new office couple is trained.