A fi she a pa! (uh-fee-she-uh-paw) Merry Christmas in Fante! (Don't know if we got the spelling right)! It was so great to get to talk to Elder Randall on Christmas day! We talked for almost 2 hours! He sounded so good, best Christmas present!!
He told us all about the teaching, his companion Elder Hunt, and the trials they face. They will be companions until at least February 8th. Then he will be a trainer. Crazy. It is harder than he thought it would be, but he is adjusting and learning to love it! Mondays are his p-days, and he gave us a summary of what his days are typically like. Wakes up at 6:30 a.m., eats at 7, personal study for 1 hour, then companion study, then lunch, then appointments and out teaching and proselyting till 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. then dinner and bed. Sleep, wake up and repeat!
Some sayings he shared: abolo (uh-bow-low) big man
When Cody arrives someplace where he knows the people he says, "Abolo aha" which means the big man is here!
"spoiled" means broken
"somehow" means maybe
"kwenti" means alot
"fresh boy" means you look good
"ampah" means true
"ji case" means stop talking
and many other new expressions which we did not catch:)
He is amazed at how family-oriented the people of Ghana are. Family is everything to them. He has enjoyed the slower pace of things, even though they walk ALOT! He has had huge blisters, but is enjoying the exercise. And now, he has a bike, so they ride more, and he does NOT like to wash his clothes by hand! Also, for Christmas dinner, they went to "market" and bought 3 rabbits, and made rabbit stew! Yes, hard to believe that one, but he said it was really good. His roommate is a "country boy" and is definitely influencing the cooking. Mom is still having a hard time believing that one! haha:)
His testimony is growing and it is so great to hear him!! We love him so much and we are so proud of all the hard work he is doing! It is amazing to see the changes in him as he changes other people's lives!!
He misses us all, and we miss him, too!! He loves to get letters! So please, if you are reading this, please write to him:)
A fi she a pa!