Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Mission report

Just a quick email to let you know that we are home safe and sound.  We will report out mission in Church this Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Reunion Chapel in Airdrie.

We are getting out house put back together slowly.  It is good to be home!!

Love, Jim and Nancy

Monday, 2 March 2015

Story of an African member

This is a story of a young missionary at the MTC right now.  President Robison shared this.   So many stories like this here!  

Reid Adams Robison

MEMBER MISSIONARIES. Do you know what African Eyes are? People who visit Africa and experience the wonderful love being shown to Heavenly Father's children are never the same.
This tender story of a member missionary in Togo is a great example: When Folly Ama-Gbodonon was four years old his mother became ill and passed away. (He was born February 12, 1990.) His dear mother left behind a 7 year old daughter; Folly, age 4; a little sister aged 2 and a little 8 month old baby boy. His father felt he could not face raising the four children so sent the oldest daughter to live with a aunt in a different town, left the other three children with their 65 year old ailing grandmother, and moved to another country (Benin Cotonou). He does not wish to have contact with his children and has only seen them a couple of times during Folly's life.

Little Folly remembers well the lack of clothing or food as a child. They lived in a one room house without electricity. He and his siblings and his grandmother were always hungry. And his sweet grandmother was often ill. At the age of ten he would go to the market and beg for money to go to school and run errands for people for money. His little sister sold small bags of water. Using this money, and fending for themselves, he and his siblings attended school when they could. At the age of 17, Folly would work one year and go to school one year, and thus completed high school in what should have been 3 years, but took him 7 years. He recalls that during his childhood life seemed pretty bleak and was merely a matter of survival. During those high school years, the missionaries found his older sister and she wanted him to listen to the discussions with her but he was not interested. Life was not good to him and he did not see how religion could help.

At the end of his high school experience in order to go on to college, he was required to pay for the exams. Folly decided once again to ask people in his neighborhood for help. This time he asked a very kind man, named Joel Lawson-Kiniadga for help. It just so happened that Joel was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joel and his wife had a small child and he felt prompted to help the plight of Folly and his siblings. He also invited Folly to Church. Folly took the lessons and joined the Church in 2013. His older sister, who was still interested in the Church encouraged him to serve a mission. She had just married and had a baby. However early in 2014 she was taking a taxi to work and was killed in an auto accident.

Brother Lawson-Kiniadga offered to not only support Folly on a mission but help him and his little brother and sister through school. Brother Lawson-Kiniadga is the first counselor in the Be-Kpota Ward, Folly's home ward. This is in the Lome Stake.

Elder Folly Ama-Gbodonon is filled with the light of the gospel. His future and that of his siblings is now bright. He is honor-bound to serve a wonderful mission in gratitude to the Lord, in tribute to his deceased Sister and in appreciation to the member missionary who brought him the light of the restored gospel. He leaves the MTC on Tuesday, March 3rd to serve in Cote D'Ivoire.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Fwd: FW: newsroom

A article from mormonnewsroom about some of our medical projects.
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From: Nancy Karen Bullock <nbullock@ldschurch.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 8:55 AM
Subject: FW: newsroom
To: "noflattires@gmail.com" <noflattires@gmail.com>



From: Africa West Public Affairs
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:53 PM
To: Africa West Public Affairs
Subject: newsroom


An article about a visit by Church leaders, to the Ghana Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Victor Asare Bampoe, has been added to the newsroom.  The article also mentions several projects that LDS Charities has been involved with, to improve health care in Ghana.


To read the article, go to  www.mormonnewsroom.com.gh 


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Some interesting information about Africa

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Busy! Busy! Busy!

Just a quick note ---   We have 2 months left here in Ghana.  Maybe it is because we now kind of know what we are doing, but we are sooo busy.  

We will head north next week for 5 days, with E/S Kimball (short term specialists from Utah) to visit families who are taking place in our member chicken project.  They have received their hens who are now laying eggs, and they are able to sell the eggs.  Each family was to get 50 hens but some got less, for now, because the chickens died due to poor delivery service.   Overall, the projects is looking good and when we travel next week we will meet more families for the second phase of the project.

March 12th we will head to Cote D'Voire (Ivory Coast) for a week - also with the Kimballs.  We hope to develop a chicken project there and we are also looking for a water project in Ivory Coast for 2015 and we need to find a couple of members there that can monitor the project for us since no couples serve there.  E/S Panter will work on that project after we finish our mission.

We had a conference call this afternoon with SLC and 5 men here with Ghana 4H.  Yes, they have 4H here.  We will do a project to help support them and SLC really seemed to like it.  It will be what is called a 'Benson' project.   They are starting 4H clubs in some schools here and teaching gardening and other things. 

Our Trauma training project is moving along but there is much preparation to be done so the training team won't likely come over for a few months.  Too bad we won't be here since this is all Jim's ideas that got it going.   It should do really well and then the concept will be used elsewhere.  Headquarters really liked the whole idea from the start.

We are preparing a project to drill 2 wells at a hospital and we hope to see that get done before we leave.   We are submitted a project in the morning to help an NGO that takes a mobile clinic out to rural communities.  We were impressed with them and what they are doing.  One community they are going to in April is nicknamed "Witch's Camp" where people are sent when they are suspected of causing property damage, death etc. through witchcraft.  Also children that are born with disabilities are sent to live there and the family may go with them.  So sad. 
It is up in the northern part of Ghana. 

We have other projects going to and will try and get as many closed as we can before we finish up.  Another couple has been called to replace us and will arrive a couple of weeks after we leave.  We don't know who they are yet, but are really glad someone is coming.  There is so much to do.

We are doing well and looking forward to being home with family and friends in the near future.  Please make sure that spring is in the air when we get there.  ;)

Love to all,

Elder and Sister Bullock

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Fwd: Link to an article- Newsroom | Ghana

An article that just went onto Mormonnewsroom about our water project.
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From: Nancy Karen Bullock <nbullock@ldschurch.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 7:37 AM
Subject: Link to an article- Newsroom | Ghana
To: "noflattires@gmail.com" <noflattires@gmail.com>

I found this article on the Newsroom | Ghana Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I thought you might find it interesting. Click on the link below to view:


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Friday, 23 January 2015

Assin North Visit to look at possible borehole for the Village

Today we met up with the Chief of this Village (sitting next to us at the table).  He came to our apartment at 7 a.m. and he rode with us to his Village.  Clarence also went with us since he is the manager of our water projects.    It took us 4 hours to get there and the villagers were waiting for us.   We met  and Jim, Clarence and the Chief did some talking.......none was in English except for Jim's.  
We will consider if they qualify for a borehole since LDS Charities does have some criteria that they must meet which helps to ensure the sustainability after it is done. 
We were impressed with the Chief though and what he has done for his village and the people.  He has lived in the USA for 20 years but is back to do business in Ghana and live here.  He was asked by his home Village to be their Chief.  He really cares about them.   His wife is still in USA (nurse) and his two children are in University there.   His wife is from Ghana too and will eventually join him here when their kids are settled in their lives.
We loved being in the Village.  After the meeting we walked around and saw the boreholes (handpumps) that they have now but it isn't really adequate for 2000 plus people.    We also saw a rice mill that the Chief has set up.  The mill employees 8 people and gives the villagers a place to bring their rice to sell and have it milled (the outer husk is removed) and it is bagged for selling. 
We then sat by the Chief's home under the shade of a couple of huge trees and they went and cut coconuts off the coconut palms.  They cut the top off and we drink the coconut water and then we get a scoop made from the husk and use it to scoop out the soft coconut meat.  It is quite refreshing.   After some pictures we headed out for the 4 hour trip back to Accra.  Lucky for us the traffic through Casowa Junction was not as heavy as usual (we think it was lighter because Ghana was playing football (soccer) and everyone was watching.) 

All in all, it was a good day and we are tired.  It was hot and humid.  The weather is warming up again for the hot, dry season. 

All is well!

Love,  Elder and Sister Bullock/Jim and Nancy