The Church donated 6 new gurneys to the hospital. We were able to see them and meet with some of the nurses and doctors who use them. They are so grateful to have them!
One of the head doctors who took us around to look at the gurneys also took us to the operating area. They had us put on the hats and masks and everything!! We thought that we were just going to take a picture of a gurney, but the doctor motioned us right over to where they were operating!! (They actually thought Roy was a doctor and wanted to consult with him!!) We were really surprised that they even let us in there!!
Saturday we had our last English club with the handicapped children. We made peanut butter cookies with M&M's because it is an American treat! It was hard saying goodbye to all of them. We were able to visit with the parents too!! What a treat!!
Sunday was a pretty special day because we had the Jones family, who are living in Sharbakti, visit us for the last time! Heather and the children are flying to New York Monday morning! Nathan will stay here for a month or two and finish up his research and then fly to the US and spend some time with them.
We are so grateful to have had them in our home this past 9 months. It has been good for us and we hope it has been good for them! We knew that they were going to try to come each month and we would look forward to it!! It helps when you have members of the Church that you can interact with!! One doesn't realize how much you miss that until you don't have it!! They made our stay here in Astana more enjoyable. Zhanna especially liked it when the Jones family came because Nathan speaks Russian fluently. The Lord is continually aware of what we need and provides for us!!
I'll bet you are all still wondering about the customs problems!! All of the documents are in to customs and the deadline is Tuesday. We are still waiting with baited breath!! If this doesn't teach us patience, nothing will!!!! Hopefully, by next week, we can let you know of the outcome!! We just have to remember that the Lord is in charge and everything will work out!
We have been blessed greatly and especially for the love of friends and family! It's wonderful to have such support in our lives!! The gospel is true!!
Elder and Sister Welling