President Armstrong passed away today. They do not know for sure what he died from, but they are guessing liver cancer.
A very busy day.
We met this morning with the Bellair Community Development Organisation to receive
their deep appreciation for the completion of the project WE16SLE0008 which was for
two 10,000 liter Milla Tanks on platforms and basements. There were 10 people in
attendance including Don and me. We began with prayer which was given by the
Chairman Elect and then we were given a blessing by Bishop Samba, the Chairman of
the project. The blessing extended to us came from Psalm 41:1,2 & 3 "Blessed is he
that considereth the poor: The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 2. The Lord will
preserve him, and keep him alive, and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt
not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 3. The Lord will strengthen him upon the
bed of languishing: that will make all his bed in his sickness. (Heal all his infirmities
when he is sick.)"
Allusive Kamara, Chairman of Bellair Community Development Organisation, then
extended the deep heartfelt appreciation of the community. He re-emphasized their
commitment to take care of the Milla Tanks, to have a caretaker who will watch over
the tanks and collect a small fee for each liter of water promising the fee will be equal
to the economy of the people yet be enough to keep the Milla Tanks full. He made the
following statement: "You have let us into your purse and you are testing us." The test
is to see if they will take care of the tanks and keep water in them to ease the suffering
of the people. If they do, we told them it is possible we will do another project in their
area. The other thing he said was "Spiritual Development is the most important part of
a person's development. We will let the Latter-Day Saints into our community".
After he spoke a woman representing the women and children of the community
thanked us for helping them because they live in an area where there is no water and
the young girls have to go more than a mile from their homes to fetch water. They
leave their homes at 4:00 a.m. To get to the water then have to wait in line. Sometimes
they do not get home before school starts and they do not go to school at all. If they do
go to school, they are very tired. When they come home from school they have to
fetch water again. She also said that having the girls stay within their own communities
will reduce teenage pregnancy.
There was a closing prayer offered by Bishop Samba. We all stood and held hands.
This community would like to have an opening ceremony on October first.