Thursday, October 6, 2016

September 23, 2016 - the blessings of an inspired aid program

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.

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