Bremen is currently serving in an area called Monte Sossego in the city of Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente in the country of Cape Verde that is 350 miles off the western coast of Senegal, West Africa. If you are like me, the first word you probably recognized in that sentence is “Africa”…maybe “Senegal”. He has been in his new area about four weeks now. Following is a quote from one of his last e-mails.
How is everyone doing???? Things are going pretty good here. I am now in an area called Monte Sossego. It isn´t very big, but it’s pretty sweet. We opened up a new branch, branch 5 here in Mindelo. Things are looking pretty good, we have a good branch president and good leadership. Right now there are only about 40-50 people going to church though. It will definitely start growing here pretty soon. I am working with a new comp, Elder Pugmire. Things were a little bit better this week, and we are working hard, so that’s what matters anyways. The language and the culture and the climate are all very different here than on Santiago. No joke, every Island is a completely different mission. The Creole language here is A LOT different, but I’m used to it now. A lot more people here actually speak Portuguese though. Unlike Santiago, I have met very few people here that can’t understand Portuguese. The people here are also very different, everyone is much lighter in color. There is a lot more education here and people are always out doing stuff, like soccer or volleyball or handball or dancing... Mindelo is one of the more recently established cities, so it’s actually pretty nice. I can get almost anything food wise, except for real milk and good meat... I can’t even tell you guys how much I miss really good milk... That is probably the number one food or drink that I miss. The milk here is just nasty... We get to play basketball here on p-days so that is a lot of fun actually. Better than soccer! So ya, things here are pretty good, the next place I want to go is Santo Antao. It is sooooo pretty and green and has waterfalls and stuff. Its sweet. I hope everything is all going good back at home. I love you all soooo much! have a good week!
For those of you who are like some of the rest of us and know nothing about Cape Verde but would like to know more, please use the links below to learn more! The Church's video is so touching and soooo great! If you have no time for anything else, make sure you make time to watch it!!! It is amazing!!!
Church Facts and Statistics about Cape Verde
Church News about 1st Stake in Cape Verde,