Last month (oops - 2 months ago now) we had an Open House for a newly completed building in Kwabeng, in one of our Bush Districts - Abomosu. The Assistants, the Office Elders and President Hill and I made the trek for the event.
The ride to Kwabeng starts out in Accra on a very nice highway. After the first hour it turns into alternately a dirt road and back to a partially finished highway for most of 2+ additional hours. Here are a few scenic pictures of our road trip.
This bridge is complete but the access on either side isn't. Vendors have taken advantage of the cement umbrella to set up their wares.
Our first view of the new chapel and missionaries in Kwabeng:
Are the Elders excited to see us or the mail? (Disclaimer - Volunteer in blue - not a missionary)
We had just barely parked when we looked over to the front of the building as the local Chief arrived with his royal party to visit the new chapel. (Chief with headdress under the royal umbrella)
Elders - part of the Royal Party???
A view of the new chapel and grounds while waiting for opening ceremonies:
Open main level courtyard - baptismal font to right (open doors) - separate Relief Society
building is to left.
Who is this white lady with the camera?!?!
Chapel ready for Opening Ceremonies:
President Hill with President of Abomosu District:
Chief & company make their way to the chapel.
Royal umbrella waits for return of the Chief:
Chiefs:) on stand prepared to make a few remarks.
Village chief shared that he had been to the U.S. many times and
several times to Temple Square in Utah.
He said: "I know all about Mormons. One day, I too, will be baptized!"
Back to chapel before departing. Final words with President Hill:
Open House continues. Bringing passers-by in from the street.
Behold, OUR Royal Army!
Ready in the chapel for closing remarks following the Open House.
The Road Back:
Are we almost back?
Blue Skies (a local fresh fruit drink) & road trip tradition - enough to re-energize
near the end of a long day!