Sunday was an exciting day. All 3 branches met together at Branch 1 for a special "conference" meeting to meet the new president. There was a great spirit of anticipation as people started gathering. We had hired 3 buses to bring members from branches 2 and 3 over to Branch 1. We picked up the mission president from his hotel and arrived at the branch about 20 minutes before the meeting began.
It went well, the theme being "Real Growth in Faith, Conversion, Retention, and Activation."
This is President Thomas greeting Branch President Mabishwa from Uvira.
Afterwards, the president did interviews and Gary did his presidents' training meeting. While this was going on, I sat under the big tree with Sister Thomas, Sister Clawson and Sister Van. Later we all came to our house and we had dinner for eight. Wow! Entertaining in Bujumbura! We had Gian Franco prepare a delicious grilled chicken, green salad and bread, to which we added rice, fruit, my sour dough bread, brownies and beignets. Elder Van also brought cassava bread wrapped in banana leaves so we could all taste it. Thumbs down on the cassava bread!
This is cassava bread. Don't buy it 'cause you won't eat it!
It was fun being with everyone and visiting and laughing. More white faces in one spot than I have seen in 5 months!