Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Almost here!

Christmas is right around the corner, now!
Our District organized a choir for Christmas. You know, the equivalent of the Stake Choir thing! Or maybe not! They held a fireside on Sunday which we attended. This choir was really quite good! In fact, they were really good! They sang songs in both languages (English and Mongolian) and presented quite a program. It was so good, that we invited some people we met on our flight here from Seoul, to come to a Christmas open house the mission held which included a repeat of the choir presentation tonight. There names are Beaver and Rebecca Eller. These folks are here with another church (the Christian Ministry) and are trying to bring in and operate a small airplane here to help reach remote areas for different needs, such as emergency medical evacuations.

It has been rather challenging, apparently. The Mongolians have no concept of a private aircraft. It is either commercial or it doesn't exist. So these folks are needing to convince them of the concept, and then obtain permission to fly as a private enterprise. They would, of course, be the first private aircraft to fly here. But our church has an interest in this service for cases of emergency evac of people we associate with -- members and none members alike. So Sister Caldwell and I are sort of spearheading the effort to for form some sort of
cooperation with them (as if we didn't have enough to do!).

They did come to the concert, along with one other member of their group (see our picture together with them). It was a nice evening and we had a very enjoyable time visiting with them and introducing them to others in the mission, though, as it turns out, they had actually met some of our missionaries before! But no one knew what the Eller's purpose was in being here! We will need to keep in touch with them and hopefully work together here.

We also thought you might enjoy some pictures of our Christmasdecorations in the apartment, particularly of the Mongolian nativity we purchased. It's kind of nice around here. We were able to put the smaller nativities in other areas of the apartment so we had more decorations than just in one room.

Tomorrow we start three days of meetings, conferences and social get togethers. We'll let you know how that all turns out.

To answer Cindy's question under comments in the last post, we have no problem keeping the apartment warm. It is heated by steam from a central location in the city and we have no control over it -- can not adjust the temperature or nothin'! Often, it is too warm in here! I actually wrapped a blanket around the heater in the bedroom and partially open a window to cool it down enough to sleep at night. Go figure!


meglex said...

I am glad that you are able to have some nice decorations, they look good. And it is probably going to be nice to be kept busy for Christmas, than you won't have enough time to get home sick for the holidays. By they way, Merry Christmas Eve. That is the first thing the girls said to me this morning was that it is Christmas Eve in Mongolia. We are suppose to get one monster of a storm for Christmas Day. The weather guy said that it has the potential to be one of those storms that you tell your Grandkids about. So, think of it this way, at least no one in our family will need to be traveling in it this year. We will all be safe at home. We (here in Magna anyway) didn't get any snow yesturday like they said we would. But I hear that Jason got pounded with snow. We love you, and look forward to talking to you for Christmas.

The Cowley Clan said...

Love the Christmas decorations. Matthew and Sarah also mentioned that it was Christmas Eve for you this morning but that was at 8:15am so I told them it wasn't quite Christmas Eve and you were still sound asleep! But Merry Christmas Eve now! They said on the news that SL was the only area that didn't get pounded by the storm yesterday. The rest of us did!

Bad Dog said...

We'll be traveling in it...

We got about 12-16 inches over the last two days and more to come.

meglex said...

We are tracking Santa on the Santa tracker and he is right around your area. We are keeping a close eye on it, because the girls want to see when he will be in Mongolia. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!
p.s.-Sorry Jason that you have to be traveling in the yucky weather. I didn't think you were. Be careful!