Departure Dinner for Elders whose time has come to cross the finish line of their mission!
This time, I got the idea to have a South African dinner instead of making a menu that I am more used to. It is much more meaningful to have a special dinner that will remind the Elders of the time they served here.
So, I enlisted the help of Irene Shabalala, our wonderful mission housekeeper. She had invited me to her house on September 30th for a delicious dinner when her son came home from his mission. It was then that I tasted Irene's famous Pap. * South Africa's staple food made with corn maize or mele, as they call it.
We cooked this afternoon and prepped for this special dinner.
Irene has a special recipe and it was so fun and informative to learn from her.
|She also made a side dish that goes with the pap, called chakalocka. We made it with vegetables sauteed together with beans.|
Around 5:30 pm, Elders started arriving. Elder Bird and Elder Luthy arriving with their companions Elder Dalton and Elder Lucking. This is the last time they will move these suitcases from place to place.We spent time as everyone was gathering, having each Elder make a final page for the mission scrapbook.
With the Braai fired up, we put the Steaks, Kabobs and Wors on the grill, while hot rolls came out of the oven.
Elder Davies conducts the testimony meeting, also expressing his appreciation and feelings as he is being transferred from his current assignment as Assistant to a Senior Companion in the North East to serve out his final 6 weeks with Elder Garnica.
Elder Lohmann from Germany, Elder Luthy and Elder Bird from Idaho and Elder Louw from Cape Town! This is a wonderful group of Elders. We loved hearing from each of them as they reflected on their two years in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. (SAJM!)