Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sierra Leone is about 40% Muslim and Gregg saw many mosques and often heard the call to prayer as Ramadan was just beginning. Because the Muslims fast from sun up to sun down during Ramadan, there was quite a flurry of activity at the markets before sunrise and after sunset. He found all the people, Christian and Muslim alike to be helpful and friendly.
On his return trip, the Mission President asked Gregg to escort 5 brand new Elders headed to the Accra Missionary Training Center. They chose to take the small speedy ferry. Gregg got a bit uncomfortable when they were all required to don a life jacket before the trip started. The seas were calm and it was a much faster ride (30 minutes). None of the eager, wide-eyed missionaries had ever been on a boat, an airplane, or ever left Sierra Leone. At the airport one missionary became distraught when his checked bag disappeared down the conveyer belt, as his mother had instructed him not to let the bag out of his sight. He repeatedly asked Gregg if he would ever see that bag again. Sure enough, it showed up in Accra. None of the missionaries had ever gone through customs or ever filled out any of the necessary paperwork. Fortunately, most of them spoke passable English and Gregg was able to patiently work them through the process. All arrived safely in Accra and Gregg turned them over to escorts from the MTC. Mission accomplished.
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