Friday, April 21, 2017

April Memories - An Eventful Month So Far in Masai Branch

This month of April started out with changes in the Branch Presidency of the Masai Branch.  Elder Lamb was called as the new Branch President with two counselors, Bro Taha and Bro Ngaranter.  He will be training these brothers so they will be able to take over the leadership of the branch in a few months. 
Our calling as Member/ Leader Support missionaries, has taken on  new meaning.

It is always a treat to have President & Sister Simmons join us. 
President John was released after serving faithfully for over 6 years. 
His beautiful family are so supportive of the branch.

Bro. Taha, Bro Ngaranter, Elder Lamb and Bro Tan, clerk
were all set apart for their callings by President Simmons.

Our Masai Branch building was vacated by us and we are now temporarily meeting in the Swan Garden Hotel meeting rooms.  We will be getting another building by summer. This used to be our church, but it is now in the process of being a restaurant. 
They use it even though it is not completed.

The Swan Garden Hotel

I have been helping the branch get Primary going again.  The children have not been able to come to church for about three years, unless it was a school holiday.  We changed the time of church in February to 3:30-6:30pm.  It is working well because we are getting Primary children now and some parents who were not coming before.  Hopefully the new Branch Presidency can encourage some of the members to start attending again.  One of the young women in the branch was called as a Primary teacher, so I have been training her.  Her mother is the Primary President, but she cannot come too often because of her work schedule. Last Sunday I was able to let her conduct and she helped out during Primary.  It was great.  This room is a little awkward for Primary, but we make it work.

The children love playing Book of Mormon Bingo. 
Last week we had them practice singing "Did Jesus Really Live Again?" 
They sang it in Sacrament Meeting and it was so cute.  Their parents were happy. 

We had an Easter Activity at the park close to where our new chapel will be. 
It is a great park and will provide a space for lots of fun Branch Activities. 

Elders are hiding the eggs before the kids get here.

The Easter Egg Hunt was a success

President John and our new Counselor Bro Taha

The Elders planned some fun games and relays.  Everyone had such a great time. 
You can see from all of the smiles that it was a successful activity.

They all had fun coloring Easter Eggs with markers. 
Quite original I say!!

Sister Alan, Sister Lamb, and Sister Sira

The First of many  Branch activities to come.  What fun everyone had. 
We will hope for more people each time we have an activity. 

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