Sunday, April 24, 2016

March 21, 2016

We had an excellent day at work. Right away at 9:30 John Blackie came in and we hired him to counsel us on projects and to help us find places we need to go. Right after that President Clawson visited with us and told us he needs our house for the next people coming in so we need to find a place in Makeni, Bo, or Kenema. We are going to Makeni at the end of the week with Brother Doe. Brother Doe thinks he knows of a place we can rent. The church does have some options for us. From there a group of us went downtown to see the war museum. The civil war in Sierra Leone was from 1991 - 2001. It was horrific. The rebels amputated hands, arms, feet, legs and heads to send messages to everyone in their village what would happen to them if they fought against them. Unfortunately, the y were evil beyond measure and did awful things to the people. We were just leaving the museum when Bishop John O'Neal called and said he made a 2:00 appointment with the bank to set up an account. We went there but they need several pieces of ID and a letter from Sandra in Accra giving permission to set the account up. We have everything we need except our resident permit but Sister Lauritzen is working on that. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon at the office and left about 5:00. We came home and ate leftovers from last night and then went for a walk. We took in a couple of different roads. One road lead down to the river where there were children swimming and playing in the water, people were bathing, some were doing laundry, and others were hauling water for home. We ran into an orphanage and visited with the woman who runs it. Don asked her if they have enough food and she said "not all the time". We talked about many things and met some children: Princess, Cynthia and Simon. Cynthia was mentally retarded and Simon was Down syndrome. After we left there Don mentioned to me that some things didn't add up. The woman had pedicured toenails. We then walked to the other side of town and met Pastor Anna who is the Pastor of The Divine Church of Christ. She took an interest in me and asked if I would be her friend. Of course, I said I would. We explained we were going to move to Makeni and she said she has a congregation their as well. I would like to be her friend. Maybe I have found my African Jennifer. Sister Barney took my blood pressure about 3:00 and it was 172/94 but I had just climbed a bunch of steps and was hot and sweaty. She had me sit for a while and drink some cold water and retook it. It was the 140/82. Plus I had not taken my blood pressure Pill this morning. She told me not to take it so she could get a reading without it. Scripture from the grandkids: Hebrews 2:11 "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren".

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