We had a great time talking with Elder Rybin on Mother's Day - despite the time waiting to connect! Love those talks! Here are some of his comments about his missionary life.
Travel between Cotonou, Benin and Lome, Togo is about 3-4 hours. Roads are pretty beat up. There are a lot of big old semi truck that were used in the 1960's. They drive a 15 passenger van between countries and when they transport many missionaries. The mission also has a truck. He saw a camel on the road yesterday, a one hump Sally, with the top of the hump about 7-8 feet.
Elder Rybin was in Togo for a transfer. They are taking a lot of missionaries back to Benin. The mission is opening a new area in Porto Novo, the capital city of Benin.
They are super busy with meetings, driving around. His companionship does not have a lot of investigators. They have zone conferences. They do splits with the missionaries after zone conferences. The last one he went with a Congolais Elder and a new elder.
When asked about the differences between the Togolais and the Beninois people, he said the Togolais might be a little bit friendlier.
In his area there is a group - not a branch or a ward. The group was split off from the branch in Cococodji because there were too many people attending. The group meets in the missionary's home. They have 50-65 people attending. They have sacrament meeting, then primary (outside), YM/YW, Relief Society and Priesthood. A person is called as the "Chef de Groupe" - group leader.
As a missionary it is hard when their investigators are not able to read the scriptures.
Azandé means goodbye in both Fon (Benin) and Eve (Togo).