It’s a Monday morning and President Stephen L. Graham and his wife, Sister Vanessa Jane S. Graham, are getting ready for “intake day,” when they will welcome 83 missionaries.
The three-story MTC building houses elders and sisters assigned to serve in a variety of French- and English-speaking countries throughout Africa.
“We get missionaries from all over the world,” Sister Graham said. “England, France, the United States, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and, of course, from many countries in Africa. We even have one from Cambodia and Angola. It’s very diverse.”
Among those in this eclectic group of 83 includes some of the first missionaries from the nation of Burundi, where the Church has been established for only a few years. The Burundi missionaries took two flights to Accra — it was the first time they had been on an airplane. The Ghana MTC has also trained missionaries from Tahiti where the Grahams served a mission in the 1980s. The Ghana MTC saw its first missionary from South Sudan in June 2013.