In the MTC - Sam is kneeling down in front on the left pointing to the Ivory Coast in West Africa

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

November 6, 2010

Things are getting crazier in the Ivory Coast. Both candidates have declared himself the winner and has sworn himself in as President. The risk for violence or even civil war has escalated, so the missionaries haven't been able to go out except for church yesterday and a quick trip to the computer today. We are praying for a quick resolution and for safe missionaries. I feel pretty calm, however - I have faith that they will be protected.

Hey family!

Still stuck in lockdown. Havent left that tiny apartment in over a week (except to go to church yesterday and cyber today). Im going a little insane but not toooo bad. There are fourteen of us in this appartment (Starita, Carver, Cruz, Legere, Leach, and eight africans). Apparently things are still pretty unstable outside (the country now has two presidents creating their own governments) but hopefully they will be able to resolve it.

President Ayekoue is still locked out of the country (he was in Togo when the boarders got shut down) but we're hoping he makes it back soon.

Well gotta go, just a quick note to let y'all know that i'm doin fine! I love you all! Thank you so much for the prayers! I hope i get the packages soon! The church is true!

Elder Bertoch

PS The inter-region is now creating the Togo Benin Mission. Great news!

PPS Im considering studying Arabic when i get home

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