This is the building closest to our apartment. It's been in use for several years and is currently home to two branches, Bastos 1 and Bastos 2. It's right across the street from a huge high school, so people usually know how to find it. Bastos 1 has 71 members who speak English (although not many come because services are almost totally in French.) There are plans to create an Anglophone branch very soon! Bastos 2 is ready to be divided. We hope to have a different building for them to move to soon--one that would be closer to their members.
|Bastos building exterior within the outer walls....|
|Bastos classroom (young women)|
|Bastos hallway leadng to district president's office|
|Bastos kitchen area|
|District President and first counselor--Pres. Bala and Pres. Tchanda|
|Bastos Primary room|
|Bastos Relief Society Room|
The following pictures show our building for the Anguissa and Mimboman branches. It's amazing how many members you'll find at the church, just about any time of day.
|Ekounou building exterior--Relief Society and Primary are on the top floor. The chapel is on the lower level.|
|Baptismal font (outside the upper level)|
|Branch president's office|
|Stairs leading down to the chapel rear entrance and additional classrooms.|
|Seating in the chapel. (Not very comfortable.)|
|Piano in the chapel.|
|Primary classroom (where we give piano lessons on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.)|
|Primary room. Notice the colorful chairs!|
|Relief Society room (upper level)|
|Kitchen (no propane hooked up to the stove......)|
|Sister Dimond next to the unplugged fridge (not much cooking/heating of food goes on here.)|
These next photos are of our newest building--Ekounou. The remodeled house didn't have a room large enough for a chapel, so a pad was poured behind the building, and metal walls and a roof were added. It gets really HOT there in the afternoon.
|Relief Society room|
|Upstairs hallway with supply closet|
|Ekounou primary room|
|Narrow stairway leading to upstairs classrooms (one person at a time, please!)|
|Wiring in the kitchen|
Here are a few photos of the land the church owns. It's in a beautiful spot--a nice view across the land below....it's just quite a ways from the current members. Hopefully we'll be able to find many new members right around the location--it's been purchased with the plan of building a district center on it.
|Dirt Road in front of property|
|It's a large parcel, but lots of slope.|
|Quite a view!|
|Right now a man and his family live on the property as security. Here's their corn patch outside the "house".|