Author Archives: Ann Laemmlen Lewis

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It’s Ramadan– A Month of Fasting and Prayer

We have entered into the month of Ramadan here in Mali.  We notice changes around us everyday in our neighborhood and among our friends.  Here are some of the things I’m learning about Ramadan. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the … Continue reading

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John’s Turn With COVID

On Thursday, 11 March, the day after we returned home to Bamako from Abidjan, John took a COVID test.  We learned that the Mission President and his wife had just tested positive, and we’d just spent the day before we … Continue reading

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The Temple is a House of God

From the 15th to the 19th of February we were with a group of 24 missionaries in Accra.  These were missionaries who started their missions after the COVID pandemic closed temples all around the world.  Usually young missionaries go to … Continue reading

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COVID testing in Abidjan

Our missionary work in the Cote d’Ivoire Mission requires us to travel back and forth between Abidjan and Bamako and each time we fly we’re required to show proof of a negative COVID test.  After only 2 weeks since testing … Continue reading

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My COVID Test was POSITIVE!

I have one thing to say.  I am GRATEFUL. Last week after the expedition left us (Sunday evening) we learned that Judy was sick when she got home on Tuesday with a bad cold:  runny nose, fever, cold symptoms.  Thursday … Continue reading

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“To leave the world a bit better. . . .”

This week we visited an IDP Camp (Internally Displaced Persons, or refugees) just not far from Ouelessebougou main town.  After our visit, John recorded our experience as follows: Djiba, Ann, Roger and I piled into Madi’s sedan and drove to … Continue reading

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Character is Already Determined

President Ronald Reagan sums up the idea of the fundamental nature of character and what it takes to make good decisions as a leader. In a May 1993 speech to the cadets at The Citadel in South Carolina, Reagan said: … Continue reading

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An Accounting of my 2020 Year

This has been one interesting year!  There has been nothing like it on record, in the history of the world.  In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters that have swept our globe and our hearts with emotions ranging … Continue reading

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Writing My Fingers to the Bone in Bamako

I started reading Old Friend From Far Away by Natalie Goldberg last February right before the trip that took us from Bamako to Accra, then Abidjan.  I was only one chapter in, when I decided to leave it on my … Continue reading

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Words Tell: Descriptions of the 2020 Election Fallout

I’ve spent a few hours yesterday and today reading through news reports following the 2020 Presidential Election.  We are now day 10 and 11 post election.  Joe Biden is the President Elect.  Donald Trump has lost.  I find it fascinating … Continue reading

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