The Damtse Family

The power is currently out so we had to go to Medina to retrieve and send emails. Our week was filled with service: from a service project to a baptismal service, and of course our weekly church service. Our ward missionaries were very helpful in planning the service project. They were resourceful in getting us tools and food. They also helped us plan the baptismal service.

With the help of our Ward and our District we filled in the water logged front yard of the Damtse home. The before picture I sent is how their home looks when it is dry. When it rains I don’t know how they leave the house. That is why we decided to do something about it. The Damtse family were so surprised when we came. I think they might have thought we were joking when we said we are coming to help.

Thursday we did the project and finished it by about lunch time. We filled the yard with broken pieces of cement from some old construction then filled it over with dirt. We also made a raised pathway out of rock and cement for when it rains. Then we made a way for the water to drain when it rains so it won’t sit. Stagnate water becomes mosquito breeding grounds and that is not what you want. We had finished the majority of the work as the Damtse family finished preparing banku for us. So we stopped and ate and took a break. After lunch we finished everything up. The Damtse family expressed their thanks and we packed up and took all of the tools back. It was a great day.

Saturday was the baptismal service for Matthew and Anthonita Damtse and it went well. We are teaching the rest of the family.

-Elder Orton

P.S. The suitcase I brought with me was the one Rob used on his mission to Tijuana, Mexico. It has worked hard and was really beat up during the evacuation from Liberia. It finally broke. I had to use some money for a new one. I found one that is very nice and it will last long after my mission. My broken suitcase is being put to good use. The Ward Missionary donated it to an African friend who had nowhere to put his clothes. He is happy to be able to use the old suitcase.

The yard we did the service project in.

The yard we did the service project in.


It was fun to see the difference now that the water can drain

It was fun to see the difference now that the water can drain


There was a great group of people to work with

There was a great group of people to work with


Matthew and Anthonita Damtse  Family

Matthew and Anthonita Damtse Family

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