East London, South Africa is our new home. As of September 3rd, we have been assigned to one of the far outreaches of the mission, which is about 1075 kilometers (670 miles) up the eastern coast of Africa. The geographic distance of the mission makes it very challenging for President Wood to support and monitor the Elders in distant areas, so Elder Fowers has been called as the 2nd Counselor in the mission presidency to watch over the Elders in this area.
|Elder and Sister Fowers, Sister and Pres. Wood in front of Mission Home|
We had a beautiful drive, which took several days and we continue to be in awe of the beauty and majesty of South Africa. We were able to visit two small mission branches at George and Kynsna and four other senior missionary couples along the way. Each couple is committed to lift and love the saints in the area they have been assigned.
|On the Road to East London|
We have now settled into a beautiful flat overlooking the Gonubie River valley. Along with our many other supervisory responsibilities, we will be working in the Mdantsane township to help support the new ward leaders and find the “lost sheep” in that area.
|View from our Back Window...Gonubie River Valley|
We love working with the young Elders! (There are no young Sister missionaries here due to safety concerns). They are full of righteous energy and are working hard to serve and teach the happy message of Jesus Christ and the restoration of truth to the earth. We are blessed everyday to interact with these young men who have given two years of their lives.
|Queenstown Zone Elders|
Just last weekend we attended a Stake Conference in East London. It is difficult to put into words the power of the spirit we felt as we sat among these humble members. Their words were profound and the music stirring. They love music and you can feel their love for their Savior through their singing. Their Stake choir, of about 25 voices, raised the rafters with their hymns that rivaled the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We couldn’t help but be moved.