Posted by: capetownelder | January 30, 2012

Namibia to Be Without Missionaries for (another) Season :(

Hello everyone! Yes, yes, yes I am doing much better, thank you! I haven’t had any complications since I was released from the hospital (thank goodness) and my health is good.

Latest news in Namibia is…no new visas, which means no new missionaries. President Wood gave the OK for me to call the elders in the zone and inform them no one will be staying here another transfer (except for the Ladles, the senior couple who leave in March) and we will all be going down no later than the 15th of February 😦 Can you believe this is happening AGAIN?! It was not easy news to break.

So, we as a 6 man zone have been busy with several projects to arm the two branches we have here with enough ammo to carry on the work we’ve started.  In the Katutura Branch (where I’m serving) we have organized “Branch Missionary Training” where Elder Andriamitantsoa and I have enlisted 5 branch missionaries for our area (Khomasdal) and Elder Zarbock and Elder Khanyile have enlisted 5 branch missionaries for their area (Katutura) to continue teaching the investigators we have.

We are teaching these branch missionaries how to fill in teaching records, progress records, and how to use Preach My Gospel, the missionary handbook. We are also teaching them how to tailor their teaching to investigators. This is a task we are trying to accomplish every Saturday (starting last Saturday) until we leave. That really only gives us 3 weeks to train them! So yeah…it’s crunch time. And guess who’s one of the branch missionaries? Alu! (the one I baptized in December)

We are also busy preparing a branch missionary fireside for this coming Saturday and we have been putting on a very successful branch scripture study class that convenes Saturday evenings. It has consistently had 20+ people in attendance, so we have been happy to see the branch continuing to strengthen their already strong testimonies.

I am grateful for the work up here. There’s still a lot to do these last two weeks, though. Elder Zarbock and I are setting an appointment with the main newspaper company here called “The Namibian” to discuss writing an article about the missionaries and our current situation. We will of course need to be delicate when talking about home affairs and their refusal to accept visas, but we feel having a newspaper article published will help our cause.

Thanks again for all your love and support!


Elder Leach


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