On a day like yesterday, I don't even know where to start ..
The team cleared the airport without a hitch.. strait threw customs all bags arrived , no bags even checked , Isar and Jengish were waiting as we came out .. Isar in a beautiful new bus (I will show pictures soon ) and Jengish in our old Volga .. wide and smooth.. like the river .
we were back in Tokmok within 30 minutes of when we had scheduled , not bad at all for a 2 day 7000 mile trip. The girls had the apartments all ready , right down to the chocolates on the pillow . The girls are in the guest apartment with Altynai there with them, and The guys are in another apartment close by with Jengish with them .. Jayne we drooped at the foundation with David, Lynn at his apartment with Ruby, and Costya home to Dayspring with his family..
some might think that as enough for the day ... but the day was just beginning . A couple hours after settling in, we all gathered up and headed to church . We sit up in the balcony at the back so we can slip out after the worship service. .. the sermon is always very difficult for the translators.
From church we went over to See Aigoola, and to pick up the mattresses and have a chance to say hello. , from there we went to the bazzar to pick up chickens for Jeremiah house , along with some food for them .. we found some nice brown chickens 8 months old , so they will be laying right away .
Lunch was at Dayspring with the girls , David and Jayne and Lynn and Ruby. We had a pizza party, the team had a tour of the house, and then Lori from the team gave each of the girls a special letter and picture from young friends of hers from Parkside . The kids were so pleased , especially to have a name and a face with each personalized letter .
next stop was to Jeremiah house . I was excited to go , and to meet all the kids .. this was my first time to see it, as well the team represents the sponsoring group from Parkside that purchased the home . WE were all suitably impressed.. the home is incredible .. solid built, in great shape and has a great garden with fruit treas, a couple good out buildings wired with 3 phase heavy duty wiring , were we could set up a work shop and a sewing room , or who knows what .. great potential. there is a bonya ( sauna ) a soker tub, and chicken coop as well as some great covered area's that they could put some tables to sit out in the garden to eat or for projects.. It was so impressive .. Lynn and Ruby did a great job you would think that the Jeremiah home has been here for years , you would never know that 3 months ago, some of these kids would have had no place to go.. but today they have a home where they can learn the skills for a new life.
from there e went to do a quick shop, as well as unpack a few bags and put together some gift bags for our next guests .. tooth past, tooth brush , shampoo, soap, deodorant, an a chocolate bar.. all extra's for children and young adults with limited resources
There were 27 kids that cmae to meet us for supper , along with a few helpers and the team.. It was so geat to see them all again. I wanted to spend some time with each and every one of them, but just no way . but this team was incredible .. lots of times , teams will become overwhelmed and clump together.. not these guys , they spread out with the kids and there translators , and took the opportunity to get to know the kids around them .
We had a great meal , and weer also able to make some planes with the kids for a couple outings later in the week.. they were all invited to a soccer camp in the mountains , then they ere also given a choice is they would like to go bowling or to the hot springs. we will bring about 15 to 20 kids to each event .. that way they will get to spend some time with the team when there are not so many other kids . I have so many great pictures of supper .. it may look like I am posting them all, but really this is just a sample ..
|good heavens .. Colya is now taller then me... Victor is still such a charmer
What a wonderful Easter supper ...