Elder Harward has just entered the MTC in Ghana!! (MTC stands for Missionary Training Center)
Here he will spend a few weeks studying and preparing to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, after he gets some rest tonight. Its been a long flight after all.
Here is the blog for the MTC in Ghana: http://ghanamtc.blogspot.co.uk/ There is some wonderful information here about the leaders and instructors currently there, as well as church history in Africa!
Elder Harward's Mission President
While Elder Harward is the farthest away he's ever been away from home, 6, 912 miles to be exact, you can expect that once in awhile Mom and Dad might be worried about their youngest son. But God watches over these brave young men and women called to preach his gospel. He has also called a special couple to serve over the Cape Coast Mission, President and Sister Stevenson.
President and Sister Stevenson recently came from Oregon, although President Stevenson is a native of Henderson, Nevada and Sister Stevenson was born in Santo Andre, São Paulo Brasil. They have five children, and both are faithful servants of the lord, having served many different callings in the church. President Stevenson served formerly as a Stake President, Bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, temple ordinance worker, seminary teacher and missionary in the Sweden Göteborg Mission. Sister Stevenson formerly served as a Primary teacher and is a former counselor in a stake primary presidency, ward primary president, ward young women adviser and ward missionary.
We know that Elder Harward will be in good hands with these wonderful representatives of our Savior Jesus Christ. You can follow their adventures at their blog: stevensons-in-ghana.blogspot.com
Pouch mail and Packages: What is pouch mail? How do I send packages? We know that Africa is not next door, so here is all the information we have for the easiest way to send Elder Harward letters and packages.
Pouch Mail: The LDS church provides pouch mail service to the Ghana Cape Coast mission. Items sent by pouch mail, use the United States Postal Service (USPS) from your location to Church headquarters, where they are forwarded to the missionary by a private courier along with other church mail. Pouch Mail leaves Church headquarters each Friday. Items received after the pouch has been send will be held for the next week. Only postcards or one-page correspondences (no envelopes) written on one side of the page may be sent through the pouch. Notebook or other light-weight paper will not process through the USPS machines. Photographs are not acceptable. This is a great way for Elder Harward to receive inexpensive, tangible letters, that will arrive to his mission rather quickly. The address for where to send pouch mail may change periodically,but for now is currently the mission home address. It is posted on the homepage of the blog.
Packages: If you want to mail a package using a private courier (anything that is NOT USPS) you will need the mission office phone number 233-24-433-2967.Small packages of nominal value may be sent through regular mail. Photographs, tapes, CDs thumb drives etc should be sent in padded envelopes because they may damage postal equipment or be damaged during transit if placed in flat envelopes. Please be advised that packages sent to other countries often do not reach their intended destination. When they do arrive, they are subject to customs duties (taxes) that the missionary must pay from his personal funds. The address to send packages is NOT the same as the one for letters and pouch mail and is also posted on the blog homepage.
Good luck and happy writing!