Elder Stomps, Elder Reese, Elder Bua and Elder Rizk all joined us around our table this morning. They actually helped make the pancakes and set the table and together we enjoyed pancakes before they hit the road. The reason they are in P-day clothes is that they came down to Joburg on Monday for a P-day activity (paint balling) and someone stole their phone at a restaurant. They lost time getting their phone back (but they did!) and ended up having it get too late to drive back to Rustenburg, so they asked to sleep at the mission home.
Then later in the day we hosted another Braai...BBQ for our two friends Sid and Rati and their darling families. I found out that "Sid" was his North American name, since he found many people were not good with African names. So, tonight we learned that "Sid" is actually named Mteteleli Sidzatane and Ayanda is his darling wife. They both were in the Johannesburg mission during the years with President and Sister Poulsen. They introduced their little boys to us, Siyabulela and Athandwa (such beautiful names.)
We also invited Rati and Sydney Mogotsi, with new little baby Yamasa, for a dinner honoring their new little baby boy. Both baby boys have been born since we arrived, and are born one month apart. We have the chance to work with Sid and Rati, so we have been planning this dinner since we knew of their little babies coming.
Sid works for the facility management with the church and assists with house maintenance issues for us. He purchased a BBQ for the mission home when we arrived and we promised him that we would make him dinner on it, and they had a new baby on August 1st, so even more reason to celebrate.
Rati works for the church in the Seminary and Institute Building. He opens doors and lets us use the facility. He also had a wife having a baby when we got here. The fun part is their baby boy was due on my birthday, September 5th, and actually came on that exact day.
So, tonight we invited them over together and had little babies in the house. What a treat!
|Siyabulela, goes by Siya, had a lot of fun finding balls to throw, games to play with, food to eat and stories to tell us. he is smart, precocious and full of energy. We loved having him in the mission home. He really loved the picture of Jesus!|
|Mteteleli and Ayanda Sidzatane and their darling boys, Siyabulela and Athandwa|
|Rati and Sydney Mogotsi, with new little baby Yamasa|
|^President Dunn holding little baby Athandwa|
|Michele and Garth and Kelly and Rebecca|
with Angus and Michele below!