You've gotta love Africa

You've gotta love Africa
Elder Chambers and Elder Kivaya in Oda

Going to Save the World

Going to Save the World
Elder Donovan Chambers

Monday, June 27, 2011

27 June 2011

Hey everyone, I hope you guys are doing great. This week we had transfers. My companionship was assigned to be the missionaries for the new Teshie 3rd ward. So once again we are pretty much starting over with no investigators to teach. My companion, Elder Kanu, was transferred back to Cantonments and Elder Sesay from Sierre Leone was brought to be with me to get the work started for teshie 3rd ward. Basically we did a lot of finding and scouting out the area. Our area seems really big and less densely populated compared to the other areas of teshie. The ward meets at noon for the moment, but they are looking to rent a building that will be in the ward boundaries so we won't have to share with wards 1 & 2. On Saturday we had a kind of join ward baptism. Celestina, Doris, and Nora were all baptized and are members of the new ward 3 and Angela was baptized for ward 1. Anthony was supposed be baptized but he traveled, so the sisters in ward 2 will take over the teaching with him. After the baptism there was a funeral at the church for a young woman in a family of recent converts. It was pretty sad to see how hard it was on the family. She was one year older than me and died in the hospital after getting sick. The family is in ward 1 so I didn't really know them. After the funeral they had a wedding at the church. Everyone there was a lot happier. So those were the highlights of the week. Love you guys. Love, Elder Chambers

20 June 2011

I hope you guys are all doing great. This week we were quite busy. We had a baptismal interview for Anthony and a woman named Celestina on sunday. Next month we are also planning for Anthony's wife, Magdalene to be baptized. We spent a lot of time tracking down some referrals we have been getting. The ward here is really good about doing their missionary work when it comes to referrals. Elder Kanu and I are getting along great and it seems like we should be able to have a lot of success in July. On sunday we had a combined ward conference with Teshie ward 1 and Teshie ward 2. This was so that the wards could be divided into three. We haven't had any word yet on how this will affect our assignments as far as proselyting areas go. Before there was a companionship in Teshie 1 and then a companionship of sisters and Elder Kanu and I in ward 2. Probably Elder Kanu and I will get assigned to Teshie 3. Transfers are this week but I'm guessing things will stay the same for me. For the district we'll probably get 1 or 2 changes. The weather is cooling down here and it's been raining a lot. Mostly it rains at night. I love you guys a bunch. Love, Elder Chambers

Monday, June 13, 2011

13 June 2011

Congratulations to Donovan! Las Vegas will be a great mission! It seemed like half my freshman ward was from Vegas so that's sweet!. Happy Father's day and birthday to Dad. This week seems like it went by super fast for us. I can't believe how fast my mission is going. First of all on Tuesday we had our last interviews with President Smith before he goes home at the end of the month. It was nice to talk to him for the last time. He said I was very "steady"--which he also said was a good thing. I also got the packages Mom sent. Thanks so much, we really enjoyed them. We also had our district meeting on tuesday and our district leader said we are doing a great job. Also it seems like the ward is getting used to us and is being helpful. On sunday we had a lot of rain and we had a lot of people at the church. We had investigators that came as well as a lot of visitors for a wedding and for a naming. Hopefully this week we will be able to get a lot of new investigators out of those. I love my mission. I love the work and I love Ghana. Also I love you home and you guys. Take care. Love, Elder Chambers

Monday, June 6, 2011

6 June 2011

Hey everybody! Happy Birthday Dad! and happy summer vacation to everyone! I hope you guys had a great week. Things are starting to get back to the usual in the proselyting. Meaning that now we are having some people to teach and we are not having to build everything from scratch. We just have to do the usual amount of finding and teaching. It's not been fun whitewashing the area, but Elder Kanu is a cool guy and we haven't had any big problems or discouragements. Just a ton of small ones... This week a lot of people were able to make it to church on sunday and it looks like if we work hard we'll be able to have a baptism at the end of the month for one couple, Anthony and Magdelane. From what I've been hearing is that all over the mission it seems like missionaries are struggling to have baptisms. One thing that I think is keeping the mission back is exact obedience. I'm sure when the new mission president come next month that will be one of his big focuses. Well I love you guys. I'm doing well. Enjoy the summer, and have a happy father's day. Love, Elder Chambers