President Jameson invited the three outlying couples to come to Kinshasa for a "Couples Conference". We started by driving to Douala and spending the night with the Gailey's. Then we flew to Brazzaville, with a "short" stop in Pointe Noirre. It ended up being 3 hours, while they waited for another flight to arrive and fill up the airplane. They had us wait in a little cafeteria and gave us free drinks and chips.
We arrived in Brazzaville and stayed in the Adonis Hotel. It was very nice and the food was good.
It was nice to be traveling with President Kola, President Jameson's 2nd Counselor. He had been staying with us and was returning home. He helped us get through the airports.
The next morning, we crossed the Congo River. It is very swift and very dirty. It took us about 15 minutes to cross. There were Church employees helping us on both sides. Still, it took us 2 hours on each side to get through all the paperwork. Elder and Soeur Wheatley, from Pointe Noirre, joined us to cross the river.
Once we landed, we went to visit the Mission Office and Mission Home. They are right next to each other. The Mission Home is on the 4th floor of a large apartment building. It was beautiful.
|This is Pascal. He said, "You are Elder Whitesides and I am brother black-sides".|
|President Jameson in his Mission Office|