In Windhoek our days consisted of conducting semi annual audits with the branch leaders and clerks, holding three firesides with the members to encourage them to prepare for the Temple and to make a Celestial marriage part of their goals. Also they were given some great instruction and role playing with the branch mission leaders and missionaries from Preach My Gospel by the Wilsons.
Following our return flight through Joburg and drive back up to Francistown it was time to prepare for our annual branch conference. This was really special as we have all been working and planning for sometime to hold this conference at the F town Civic Center and re-divide the area and make three actual branches from one branch and two groups. Under the direction of our Mission President, the Branch President and the two Group Leaders were released with a great vote of thanks and then Jeffrey Mosweswe was sustained as branch President for the Gerald Branch, Billy Mabote was sustained as the President of the Monarch Branch and Boitumelo Bakoko was sustained as the President of the F town branch. Ironically all the buildings have just received new paint, some new tile, cabinets, one chapel expanded in size, private clerks offices plus many other great improvements. It was just over a year ago when we helped get the first bids from contractors and this project started to unfold with a new FM director for the church buildings in our area. We were almost convinced it would not happen while we were here, but the members faith pulled us through.
Sometime this blog gets us frustrated as we use this old PC to organize it and we lose pictures and have a difficult time with the format. We do enjoy trying to give you some of the flavor and the feelings of our mission and of the people and circumstances here in Botswana. It seems that our thoughts are beginning to shift to making preparations to leave here and it seems a bigger task than it was to prepare to come on the mission. We just now have learned that there is a couple who have gained some of the permissions they need to stay in Botswana for a while. They will continue to work on other documents and visa paperwork but we are encouraged that they may be coming to replace us. This would be so great and make things smooth to be able to hand over some of the connections and contacts we are enjoying, not to mention that they would be great for our missionaries serving here and the five flats and four cars will surely need their attention. It would also be so awesome to turn our flat over to them fully stocked and ready.
We pray everyday that each of you are doing well and serving to the best of your ability in your callings. Our health has been great (zero sick days) for I Elder Davis, and we have more comfort and convenience than we would need. Although we sure do like having our comforts!
May God bless and keep each of you as you strive to use the Gift of the Holy Ghost in all your choices.
Love always, Elder and Sister Davis