Here is an email update I received today.
I'm giving up on the initials. It was fun while it lasted.
I'm just getting myself confused.
Thanks to the team for this update and here it is....
Hello family and friends.
Here are a few photos to whet your appetites, along with some comments from the team members who are still awake to report. We will look for an internet café tomorrow in the capital city so you will hear more from us then. (Photos were not recceived....I'll pass them on when they arrive)
Marilyn and Jennie: This is our fourth day with only 10 hours sleep but we are all fine and so excited about the work that is going on here. There have already been miracles happening especially with our four plane rides to get over here. In Kiev we had to leave the extra 20 pounds put in the hockey bags which will be going to the orphanages in the Ukraine. We had to pay in the Ukraine airport per poundage of the extra weight that we had. The original 40 pounds in the hockey bags were the most important things to bring to Central Asia. The officials said that the amount would be $2000 to get the extra baggage there, Ed “negotiated” while we prayed and in the end we only paid $50!!!!PTL!!!! Today was an exciting day of seeing all the spots we would be helping at. The new building that will be the orphanage for the street children still needs a lot of work but you could just feel the vision and excitement. After that we went to see Lena who looks after seniors here in town. She is only 24 and is such an inspiration. I’ll let the rest of the crew tell you the rest. We miss you all (Love you Bill and kids and Dad) but we are having the time of our life.
Shirley and Kate: Today has been very busy. After we landed in the capital city, we had another hour’s drive to town. It was dark when we left the airport and the sun was just coming up as we drove to the dorm where we will be staying for the next couple of weeks. We could see the Himilayans from the van. What a beautiful sight! The driver was all over the road, avoiding bumps, potholes and cattle, so the drive here was quite an adventure in itself. Even the food is an adventure – trying to taste everything being prepared for us, sometimes enjoying, sometimes trying hard to enjoy.
Jamie: Well it happened, I was expecting it to happen and I knew it was just a matter of time and it happened today. If anyone heard a crack today it was my heart breaking. We were given a tour of the building that will be turned into an orphanage and I saw the condition of it, I saw the twelve children who were living there already even though there is no real kitchen or bathroom set up at all. Then we were taken into the back yard and the director was sharing her vision and my heart broke. That people could have such hope in the midst of such desolation. Oh my. May I never complain about anything again. Our trip here was very exciting. We arrived in the capital city at 4:00am and then had a very interesting ride into town. It was about an hour and between passing cars (I didn’t know that you could have three large vehicles, Mercedes 15 pasenger van, dumptruck, and another Merecedes Van all abreast on a two lane road). We had to dodge cattle being driven down a major highway by drovers on horseback, not to mention, assorted people, geese and chickens. We have seen the orphanage where we will work next week, we met Lena and heard about how she works with seniors, we were presented a show by the school children at the Christian school, singing, dancing, and testimonies.
So I am going to sign off, we have had about 14 hours sleep total since we left Toronto Tuesday morning, and I am going to sleep. Good night.
The needs here are great, my heart is about to break. We laugh a lot, sometimes we can’t stop. I can’t explain, it’s such a shame, the children’s needs, my heart also bleeds. So remember us always, so that we may remain, to proclaim, that his love will remain
Glenna: When we arrived in town this morning, it was overwhelming to think we were really here. We were really here and it’s not all that different from down the road, however we drove beside snow-capped mountains while the sun was rising over the white caps. We parked the van this afternoon beside some weeds that we recognized – they were exactly like the hemp we had growing in our area. Looking forward to a good night’s sleep tonight. They have been few and far between.
Julie; Hi Everybody. We are having a great time and all is well. Once again we are pleasantly surprised and our accommodations are supreme. It is comfortable, clean and you can feel God’s anointing and blessing. More later Love and hugs to all.
John What a great felling to be here with such wonderful people. To see the hearts of the workers here is a real incouragement to us. They have so little, but they give so much. We will write again soon.
Until we meet again