Wednesday, November 26, 2008

As you can see, we seem to be back online and doing fine.

Today, we feed about 115 missionaries a Thanksgiving Dinner! And if we do say so ourselves, it really was a good dinner! Actually more tasty than it will likely sound. We had chunks of chicken (turkey is about $15-20.00 per pound here!) in a chicken gravy, over potatoes, stuffing, cooked vegetables, fruit salad, coleslaw, rolls, fresh vegetables and desert (see pics). And we managed to get every one of those missionaires full to the gills! It was a really successful get together but it sure was alot of work. By the time we were finished, we were exhausted! But we didn't mind! These missionaries are terrific and we were happy to do this for them!

We even managed to share with a few hungry people we noticed on the street, as well.

The desert was a make it yourself turkey constructed from cookies, marshmellow, candy sprinkles, pretzels and a couple of other candies. The missionaries had a good time with that! Some of them were pretty creative with their efforts. Some just put something together but then couldn't wait to eat them! But, as you can see, they were pretty proud of their creations!

About half or so of the missionaries serving here are native Mongolians. And some of them do not speak much English. Most have an American companion, so one is trying to learn English while the other is trying to learn Mongolian!

Also, as you look at the first picture, you are actually seeing the Chapel here in the Bayanzurkh building. The buildings here are not full sized chapels and the rooms must serve as multi-purpose facilities. They do not have benches in the chapel, and we sit on chairs only. And, yes, they do get a bit uncomfortable after a three hour block of meetings! So we just remove the chairs and now we have a cultural hall!

The final pictures we've included are of the 'master bedroom' of our little apartment (not all that bad really!) and the front of our apartment building. Just in case you are interested.


meglex said...

It sounds like your talents are being put to great use over there. I said it before, and I will say it again, those missionaries are very lucky to have you both there. I love the pics. The girls loved the one of the turkey cookie. My favorites are the ones of you or your living quarters. They help us feel some what connected to you so far away. The missionaries look great!! What a wonderful experience it seems to be so far. We will give everyone hugs and kisses for you tonight. Love you!!

The Cowley Clan said...

Sounds like the dinner went great. I am glad you found something fun for the missionaries (the cookie turkeys). Love you!