Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mondays are always busy in the Mission Office. The Office Elders were hauling beds, chests of drawers and desks to and from storage and Elders apartments all over the capital. They were very busy.

My errands included a trip to a shipping company to pick up a package for Elder Ortiz. I was very impressed; they had Halloween decorations up in their customer service area. We don’t see much Halloween decoration here in the DR like we do in the states.

Tonight’s FHE was presented by Bro. Bennie Lilly, the Caribbean Area Welfare Manager. It was very interesting. For the past ten months he has been the point man spearheading the church’s relief efforts in Haiti. The Earthquake on January 12, 2010 killed a quarter million people! As he spoke to us tonight there are still one million homeless in the capital of Port-au-Prince. He had a slide show presentation of the church’s relief effort there, the church’s chapel and other properties that were used as evacuation centers. Even today there are over a thousand church members that are still homeless.

The last part of Bro. Lilly’s FHE dealt with the visit of the Caribbean Area Presidency’s visit to Cuba last month. They reorganized the one small branch the church has in Havana. There are about 30 active members there. They asked officials of the Cuban Communist government if they could organize other branches of the church in other town where we have members but they were denied. Hopefully, someday restrictions will be relaxed but it doesn’t look like it will be any time soon.

At the beginning of FHE we were treated to a wonderful acapella choir made up of Elder in the “CCM” (MTC). They sang a medley of church hymns and other songs of faith. They were very, very good. We loved it.

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