Friday we drove once more to Vereeniging – this time for Zone Development meeting. We made great time and got there really early. I saw a man working in the yard putting in a sprinkler system so I walked over and started talking to him. Joseph had been working for this company for four years. I shared a couple of our cookings with him and after the meeting I introduced him to the missionaries from Orange Farms where he lives. Hopefully the Lord prepared him to be be ready to hear the gospel and the brief meeting with us will change his and his family lives for Eternity. The Sharpeville chapel is a good functional meeting house – we wish we had one in Ikageng.
Still while waiting for the elders to arrive I got to meet Jeffery – it is nice that they had names that I could both pronounce and spell. Jeffery has worked for the security company for about 18 months and is responsible for four areas in Sharpeville. He says that alarms going off keeps him busy. Unfortunately I did not get his phone number or address but I did give him a passalong card. We will see what kind of ground the seed will fall on.
I took some photos before the meeting. Elder Rizk is with elder Rodgers who was transferred back into the Vaal Zone for the third time on his mission. He has served in Sharpeville and Ikageng but now he is serving in Ennerdale. The other companionship in the Orange Farm district is elders Nicotra and Yates – elder Yates in the district leader.
I caught elder Savage smiling as he played the piano before the meeting and also elder Tukia one of the zone leaders.
The Ikageng district was the last to arrive about 10 minutes late. Elders Todd and Dye are the most noticeable in these photos. Elders Wild and Turauskis are also visible but the bright light from the window kind of washed them out.
Elder Mdletshe’s new mission bag – he served in our district some 7 months ago. Elder Neuenschwander gave his testimony as this is the last zone meeting he will attend on his mission. Earlier he told how he and one of his companions set goals to find and teach father led families – they set a goal of talking to 5 fathers each day. I asked him if it worked and he said it did.
Elder Dye also bore his final testimony to the zone. After the meeting everyone gathered around and made decisions on where to eat lunch together. We could not go with them because we need to hurry home so Mary could get ready for Seminary.
I have waited until now to talk about my earlier experience of not listening to the spirit. I had gone out to get the car fueled, pick up some treats for ZDM and then went to the school to pick up a missionary application that I was going to give to the Klerksdorp elders to take to president Robbins. He will make some copies for his branch and for president Mogapi – they both have young men who want to go on missions. As I drove into the school parking lot I realized I did not have my keys with me. I had left them at home because I ignored an earlier prompting to find them and put them in my pocket as I would need them later. So two days in a row I was not sensitive to the spirit and in both cases I soon knew it.
However this time it just cost me an wasted trip to the school because after we got back from ZDM we got some lunch and went to school to eat it – this time I had my keys. I called the Klerksdorp elders, who were still in Vereeniging, and told them I needed to meet them as they drove past Ikageng to give them the applications. I kept in touch with them and when they stopped off at the Ikageng elder’s flat for a break – a game a chess and some reading – I went by and successfully gave them the application.
Since then I have been praying that I would be more sensitive to the spirit and its promptings. We will see in the future how it works.
While I was running around doing errands Mary was holding seminary. Only 4 students showed up but their spirit was strong. Our changing to Friday afternoon should make it more available to the youth but some of them seem to always have something going on. I am proud of those who do come and also who have done the work so they can get credit for their work. After the lesson they played a really long game of Go Fish – which everyone loves – where Shavonne Kruger was the clear winner and Papa Thulo pulled in last. But there was lots of laugher and smiles all around the table. Apples and cookies were the welcomed treats for the trip back to their homes.