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Monday, September 8, 2014

Potpourri of Botswana Experiences


Because I have been so remiss, horrible, lousy at updating our blog this past at least 6 months, I'm going to post a "potpourri" of pictures of somethings we've experienced in Botswana.
This is Pauline on her baptismal day. It was pretty chilly and the water was down right cold! She was so delighted to be baptized and become a member of the church. She has 5 boys, the older is 23. I asked her how that could be when she was only 16 :-)

This is the Sister flat in Mafikeng. Yes, it is just that purple. At least everyone is happy when they see it :-)

Elder Alidi showing one of the seven cars we sold to members. It was a closed auction with bids. Pretty interesting. All of the cars were sold and everyone was happy.

Elder Gubler and the Cars. These 7 cars were getting on in miles and years and needed to be sold. It was a very painful process for Elder Gubler to get ready for the sale. Luckily, Elder Davis came and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He sells cars professionally when he's not on a mission.

The Botswana Consumer Trade Fair.

Excited that we've almost finished setting up. We actually thought we were finished when we decided to add "decor"
From l-r: the Taylors, Bro Thebe, the Humphries, Caiphus, the Gublers, Sister Wilson and Andrea Wilson
 (please notice how our church is worded in our title signs)
The Botswana Consumer Trade Fair 
We decided, as a mission, to enter the Botswana Consumer Trade Fair and get our presence out there. We had stake members and missionaries cycle through and help with handing out information as well as explain, very simply, our doctrine. We had a very spiritual and amazing experience talking with many people. We handed out pass along cards like candy. The children especially loved having a picture of Christ of their very own. (While Elder Gubler and I were walking around and enjoying the Fair at during a lull in activity I heard a little boy yell, "Mama, see her, she gave me CHRIST" pointing at me) I know that most of these cards actually made it home because people here not only love Jesus but also keep things and don't throw them away. I told the children I handed cards to that the pictures should go by their beds so they could look at Jesus first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I got to use a few of my design skills by making the pull up banners we used at organizing how all the information would be set up. The Fair was definitely a highlight of our mission.

We also won 1st place in the Consumer Fair.

Sister Wilson loving the consumer fair and our display

Isn't that the best smile ever? We had a great time at the fair and loved meeting new people.

We won 1st Place for our display. Notice, the "the" is in the correct place in our title.