Eventually we arrived in Cape Coast after a 3 hour drive with one break an hour and half into the drive. I met President Stevenson and his wife and they are amazing! :) We had some lunch then did some training and had interviews with the president and watched Meet The Mormons while we waited for our turn. Then we had dinner and it was delicious, and had more training after dinner. That night 6 of the elders (including myself) slept at the assistants' home and it was fun to talk to them and to hear about their mission experiences. morning finally came! :) We all had breakfast together (Which was pancakes!) and then we sat down and waited to hear our assignments and who are trainers were going to be. We all were nervous because we didn't know what to expect and they called everybody' name one name at a time (and all of us really were hoping we would have awesome trainers). President Stevenson said that Trainers were inspired, along with our areas and that he prayed again about our assignments and felt like this is were we needed to be. So alphabetically he started down the list. Eventually my name was called. He said I was going to a place called....... Swedru! It's about an hour and half away from Cape Coast and we drove past Winneba (Which is my zone's name) it on our way into Cape Coast and I heard my trainer was going to be Elder Day.
So our MTC group got spilt up into two groups and we headed out one group at a time to specific stations where tro tro's would take us. It was a little crazy at the station but eventually I was in and headed down to Swedru.
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Eventually I arrived at Swedru and I met my trainer Elder Day who is from Delta Utah. He played Basketball, Football, and Rodeo at Delta High School before he came on his mission. He has almost been out for one year now. He is a really cool guy and I am learning so much from him, and my training with him is just really great! Elder Day took me to our apartment and I unpacked and then we went out to see the members, and I met a couple of people. I don't talk a lot and I just have really been trying to discern our investigators' needs but it's been difficult. Any missionary advice would be amazing.
Swedru is interesting. Sewer systems definitely don't apply here and they are open and huge. Also goats, chickens, cats, run around all the time in the side streets so It surprised me the first day, but I am more used to it now. we did our weekly planning and went out to start teaching. It has been great! We have two really good progressing investigators and they even came to church (Really good sign because they have to come to church at least 3 times before baptism) and they are Paa Joe and Sister Vida. Hopefully things will work out for them, but I will for sure keep you update on everything that is going on with our investigators. Ghana is amazing and so is Swedru. The people are amazing, but it is definitely different and things like even Water (They drink from a little plastic bag), and definitely the language barrier has been a struggle, but it's been so great and the ward that I am serving in the Swedru 1st Ward has been so kind to me, especially since I don't know a lot of Twi or Fanti but I am slowly learning. :) I even had the opportunity to bear my testimony in church that was really awesome! (Okay so Mondays are my official P Days). So today for P day the zone leaders planned a zone activity and we roasted some pig and we interacted with the whole zone. It was great! I even did a little dance and all the sisters were laughing at me haha! :) It has been great!
I have just been trying to focus on the savior because I am weak right now but he can make me strong and I take it one day at a time. I miss you guys a lot but I really love you and I'm sorry I didn't take more advantage of all of your love and I could have helped out more but anyways I love you all. Anyways I hope everything is going well over there!I hope the best for you and I keep you in my prayers. Have a great rest of the week! :)Love,Elder Harward
Here are some pictures of where Elder Harward is serving!