Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nketsiakrom Area/First E-mail

We have been crossing our fingers that Elder Meinzer would have e-mail so Monday morning when we received his "hello" we were so excited. It makes him seem so much closer. Waiting ten days for each letter was a long wait. Anybody can e-mail him, but his replies will have to be through the family. So, please write.

Elder Meinzer with President and Sister Sabey

Elder Meinzer left Wednesday morning with the MTC president and his wife and ten elders to his mission. It was a three hour trip to the mission home. The mission president admonished the missionaries to follow the rules with exactness and even to imagine the Savior as their mission companion. If He was your companion, how would you behave? The mission president wants quality baptisms over quantity . The mission goals are to baptize a family, a future leader (a successful individual) or member referrals. So, that is what Elder Meinzer will be working on.

Elder Meinzer is in the Sekondi zone. On a scale of one to ten, from bush to modern city, his area is a three. His residence is surrounded by trees. His home is pretty bare, with concrete floors and walls. They don't have a washing machine or dish washer. His companion is Elder Hancey. He is from Logan, Utah and has been out for seven months. The two other elders that he lives with are Elder Smith, from Ghana, and Elder Ikor, from Nigeria.

Elder Hancey and Elder Meinzer

As they go out proselyting every morning, they walk on dirt roads and paths that wind in between houses and the bush. The people are friendly and always return his greeting. People are always willing to let them into their homes. The first four days they taught thirteen lessons to people they just met. But, he is realizing that they are also friendly to the Jehovah's Witnesses, who occasionally come around as well. So, he may not be able to baptize the entire area like he was originally thinking.

Elder Meinzer believes that his call to an English speaking mission must have been a typo. Everyone there speaks the local languange, Fante. They taught 29 lessons the first four days. They had two investigators come to church Sunday out of the six that said they would. And, on average, he takes 12,000 steps a day. The Nketsiakrom area is extremely hilly so he gets a good workout walking around. Plus, his companion has joined him for his P90x workouts.

He loves everybody and appreciates your support!