Monday, July 29, 2013

Ghana Accra West Mission MAIL

Just a quick post since so many have asked.  There are 2 ways to send mail from the United States (besides email).

First through the U.S. Mail.  (The address, of course, will be the same from anywhere in the world.) 

Regular package mail.  A Priority Mail envelope (9 x 12) may be used and filled.  It is best to tape all around the envelope to prevent easy opening.  That costs about $24.00.  It is like any flat rate mail in that you can fill it till it bulges. (I have seen other small packages arrive here that cost up to $70?!? because of the weight)

Missionary Name
Ghana Accra West Mission
P.O. Box 12741 Accra North
Accra, Ghana

A regular envelope may also be sent to the above address - the cost about $1 for a couple of pages.  You get it weighed at the Post Office.

The pouch in Salt Lake City is also available.  If I understand correctly, a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper should be folded in thirds, taped, addressed, return addressed and stamped and sent to  Salt Lake City at:
Ghana Accra West Mission
P.O. Box 301050
Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0150

Today Marks One Month in Accra

I can't believe we've been in Accra for one month.  Our time here has been pretty much non-stop.

The day after we arrived we went to church in Tesano.  It is the ward we will belong to when we move to our mission home that is under construction.  (It is about 1/2 hour from where we are living right now.  When it is finished our mission office will also be on the property.) 

First view of the Tesano chapel:

We were greeted warmly, invited to sit on the stand and share our testimonies.  I do know that this is where the Lord wants us to be!

That evening President and Sister Dickson came by our home to visit before they left Ghana for Utah.  He has been Area President here and will always be special to us for the precious experience we shared together when he called Norman to the Stake Presidency in Lagos, Nigeria.  We are sad they are not staying here but know they have much to catch up on with their family back in the US.  

I shared a couple of pictures last week from our conferences with all the mission - the Tri-Zone, which includes the 3 Stakes we are responsible for - Kaneshie, Tesano and Kasoa (the names, as well of our 3 Zones) and Asamankese Zone which includes two districts, Abomosu & Asamankese (both 2-4 hours away in the bush).  Here are a few more pictures from those events held that first Friday and Saturday.

Kaneshie Stake Center, where we held the Tri-Zone Conference.

 A few spontaneous shots of the Tri-Zone Conference.  Brother and Sister Wall on the left - our awesome office couple from Centerville, Utah.  We're trying to convince them to stay our full three years!!!

We split the group into Zones and had the Assistants instruct 2 of the groups while President Hill and I visited with the third group.

3 Zones:

It's hard to say goodbye when you are gathered with all of your friends!

We drove out to Asamankese on Saturday, the 6th of July.
Pre-Zone conference visiting:

First view of Asamankese Chapel:

 Closer! An OASIS!

Pre & post-conference:

The lawn-mowing team:

Our great Senior Couple in Asamankese, the Nielsons, from Monroe, Utah - the Hills and President Wellington.   Brother Wall in the background doing a "street contact" with 2 local girls. 

Group shot - Asamankese Zone with Walls, Zone Leaders and District President, President Wellington in back.


I'm trying to post as many pictures as possible.  For those of you wishing more pictures from your missionaries, let me just say, downloading pictures is EXTREMELY SLOW and I have lots more time than they do.

Thanks for being the greatest missionaries (our missionaries here) and a great missionary support team back home, wherever home may be!   Know that your sacrifice for the Lord is honored and you will be blessed!

Monday, July 22, 2013


We've been in Accra now for 3 weeks.  So much has happened that I'm not sure where to start.  First I probably want to share a disclaimer.  It seems every time I've had time to work on this blog we haven't had internet - so there's my excuse.  I'll probably have to come up with something new when the internet is more reliable:)
From leaving Houston, to the MTC, to my parents 89th birthday celebration, to saying goodbyes, to a new mission, meeting new missionaries, Zone conferences, missionary apartment visits, district meetings, transfers and getting our first missionaries from the MTC, trips to the "bush"& lots of new sights and sounds it has so far been quite an adventure!
I'll start with our first day in Ghana, but reserve the right to post later about the MTC and goodbyes.
Our adventure began with our flight to JFK airport.  We met a Ghanaian Brother from Bountiful and 2 missionaries who were heading to the MTC in Ghana.  Their flight had been delayed out of Salt Lake City and since they would have missed their flight in New York the missionaries got to spend the night at the home of the Elder from Bountiful.  (That Mom got one extra night with her missionary son)  As we were getting off the plane in New York we met Sister Reeves from the Relief Society General Board Presidency.  She was off to pick up a son from a mission.

We arrived at the Ghana airport on Saturday June 29th (2 hours late).  Our first view out the window of Accra.

A mural on the wall just as we walked in the airport

As we waited for our flight out of JFK we discovered another Elder who had missed the flight to Accra the night before only he had spent his night in the JFK airport.  Here we all are leaving customs heading out for our adventures in Ghana.  They were all going to the Cape Coast Mission, though we thought we should get first choice since we found them first:)

President Hill and our luggage.

Our new AP's, Elder Christensen & Elder Kyeremteng and Brother and Sister Wall, our office Senior couple, were there to greet us (after patiently waiting for our late flight - we found our later).

 Our first view of our Mission Home (temporarily while the other is being built), as we arrived with our AP's and Brother and Sister Wall.

Saturday evening we met President and Sister Judd, who preside over the Ghana Accra Mission.  They not only greeted us warmly, have helped us regularly but have also shared some really awesome missionaries with us.  We couldn't be more grateful for their generosity!

We met all of our missionaries in the first week.  Here's a preview of those awesome missionaries!
Our first Tri-Zone Conference at Kaneshie Chapel.

 Tri-Zone Conference #1

 Tri-Zone Conference #2

Sister Missionaries and Sister Hill

 Missionaries in the "bush" at Asamankese Chapel

We began with 93 missionaries, added 10 from the MTC July 10th and will add approximately 60 more in the next 6 months (sadly losing a few as they are released and return to their families.

Our first missionaries from the Ghana MTC!

 One Elder had a Visa delay, went to the MTC in South Africa and arrived later in the day.

I apologize if I missed missionaries.  I'm trying to capture & share them all!  More about our awesome missionaries next blog!