This past month has been interesting; with the Wikles in Arizona for the birth of their baby, there have been just the three of us to church. She speaks Russian fairly well and speaks very little English; and of course, we know very little Russian! But the spirit is still the same! We sing in Russian and she talks in Russian but her prayers are in Mongolian and she reads from her Mongolian scriptures. We all enjoy of the spirit no matter what language! She is a wonderful addition to our group.
Everywhere you go in the older sections of town, we see the remnants of the Soviet era. These pipes are the two hot water systems. One is for heat, the other for domestic use.
They go up over the streets and up over the driveways. And yet the cold water is buried underground so that it won't freeze! There are two huge coal burning power plants that provide all of this hot water and also the electricity for the city of Astana.
That same day, a father came in to pick up a wheelchair for his young son. Kamka wanted to have our picture taken with him receiving the wheelchair. He was very grateful. Our substitute translator, Zarina, is on the far right.
We visited Murat Abdymomynov, who is the Director of the Society of Young People with Limited Physical Abilities. He himself is blind and we are in the process of doing another project for him. He wanted us to try out the massage bed that was given to them by the Church to help the handicapped and others. We both tried it out and thought it would be great to have one in our apartment!!!! This handicapped young lady supervises the use of the machine.
Here is Roy standing at the base of the statue of Kenesary along the river. (Notice no hat, no boots, no coat!)
This is taken at Kenesary's monument looking up the river toward our apartment behind the Radisson. It was actually warm enough that the mosquitoes were out!!
Four days later it snowed and blew all night and most of the next day!! Notice the 6 foot drift outside our apartment.
This is inside the door below the mailboxes! It has since warmed up a little and the snow is nearly gone but they tell us that it can happen through May and into June!!
We will be going to Bulgaria next week for a Humanitarian Conference with all of the couples in the East European Area. We may not get a post on the blog because we won't be back until Monday morning. But stay tuned.
Just a side note: Kenny and Michele's daughter, Taryn, will be having open heart surgery on April 28th, the day we get back. Please keep her in your prayers!! Thanks again for all of your love and support!
Elder and Sister Welling