Today I wanted to show that the work goes on in spite of the trials. The rain has continued, and we are still experiencing the loss of structures, but the missionaries are happy and moving on.
Africa South East Area President, Elder Carl B Cook of the Seventy, toured our mission and provided a welcome day of instruction and inspiration for us. We had the entire Lilongwe district come down again and stay overnight, just as we did last month. Elder Cook and Sister Jeanette Cook met with the Lusaka and Copper Belt zones in Zambia and then flew down to join our zones here in Blantyre. They had quite an adventure, their flight was delayed leaving Lusaka, and then the airline cancelled their connecting flight in Lilongwe, so they had to spend the night. Unfortunately, all of the Zone had already come to Blantyre, so there was no one in Lilongwe to help out. The airline arranged a shuttle and put them up for the night in a hotel. We were supposed to begin meetings at 7:45, but by the time they finally arrived at the building it was 9:30. It was raining so hard we had to turn the sound system up so that we could hear Elder Cook. We all decided that something great is going to happen in Blantyre because of the increased opposition we have been experiencing.
All this has not dampened the spirits of the missionaries, however, as you can see from the group photo we took (inside the cultural hall this time) because of the rain.