|A CROC's EYEBALL WATCHING OUR BOAT!!!|
|NOTICE THE LDS CHARITY LABEL ON THIS PIECE OF EQUIPMENT|
|THE HIGH POWERED SURGICAL SCOPE FOR EYE SURGERY|
AND HAPPY STAFF
YOUTH CONFERENCE AT SIBU
YOUTH PUTTING TOGETHER HYGIENE KITS
From Sibu we flew to Kuching to be present at the clean water hand-over at Begu. This is a project that we started last November or so with a Rotary club in Kuching. Begu is a kampung about a 75 minute drive from Kuching. It is up in the mountains near the Indonesian boarder. They have beautiful clean water but their system had become inadequate and the PVC pipes had deteriorated. A member of the ministry of health engineered the raising of the dam and better intake for the water but the people of the Begu did the work. The Kuching district of the church had a service project last January in which they helped carry the pipe up the trail to the dam.
|TRADITIONAL WELCOMING CEREMONY/DANCE|
AT KAMPUNG BEGU
|THROWING FLOWER PETALS...JUST LIKE A WEDDING|
|THE HEAD TABLE|
|CHILDREN AND WOMEN ALWAYS EAT SEPARATELY|
AND THESE PEOPLE ARE EATING IN THE KITCHEN
|PERMANENT SIGN FOR THE KAMPUNG|
We took lots of photos. Everyone wants their photo taken with the white people. They are such friendly people. They are of the ethnic group known as Bidayuh (bid-aye-you, with an accent on the second syllable) who were converted by the first missionaries who came to Borneo back in the early 1800's. I believe they are Anglican and every time we go there their 'Relief Society' prepares food for us. They are farmers, growing their rice and vegetables on the hillsides where they live.
We flew back to Kota Kinabalu that evening, got a good night's sleep and were at church by 8 AM to attend the branch leadership meetings. Our block is about 6 or 7 hours long for us. It was Father's Day that Sunday and we both spoke on the subject of fathers/Father in Heaven. We didn't have any teaching appointments that evening because families were gathering for Father's Day celebrations so we went to one of the really posh resorts to visit with 3 senior couples who are here on vacation for 3 days. Did you know that senior couples get to take a vacation?? So, all you couples who are considering serving a mission, we do have a lot of fun, too.
|MCKELLARS, DAVIS', BUDGES, AND ORIENS ALL 8 OF US IN FRONT OF MT KINABALU....ABOUT 13,000 FEET HIGH....CLOSE TO MT RAINIER'S HEIGHT|
|BILL'S ARTSY PHOTOGRAPHY|
The 3 couples are McKellars and Budges, who we served with in Bintulu, and the Orions, who just arrived in Bintulu. We took Monday and Tuesday to spend with them. Monday was a trip up to Mt. Kinabalu and it was a glorious day. The first day without rain since the first of May. We visited the botanical garden again but very little was blooming. We saw just a few clusters of orchids and they were a bit gone. We also went to the Poring Hot Springs where most went on the canopy walk---high up in the trees. Tuesday afternoon we went back down to the Klias River to see the proboscis monkeys, fireflies, and crocodiles. Again it was a rain-free day. What luck! It was fun to be with the other couples and the 3 of us who are going home within the next 3 months really tried to not talk about that with the new couple. We are so glad they will be in Bintulu and working with the people we love there.
|SEEING DAVID LIEW OFF ON HIS MISSION|
THIS WAS TAKEN INSIDE THE KK AIRPORT
|HE WILL BE A GREAT MISSIONARY|
|ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT ARTSY PHOTOGRAPHY...NOTICE THE GLASS REFLECTION?|
|THEY ALWAYS PROVIDE A BANNER LIKE THIS ONE|
|THEY ALWAYS WANT SPEECHES.....|
MINE WAS ABOUT GETTING THEM TO COMMIT TO
MAINTAINING THE NEW SYSTEM
ELDER COMPTON TRANSLATING
|OUR MISSION PRESIDENT AND WIFE AND TWO AP'S|
|TURNING ON THE WATER WITH THE HEADMAN|
|BANK REP, HEALTH MINISTER, ROTARY PRES AND US...ALL "VIP'S"|
|OUR LITTLE 'GO KART' FOR KK|
IT'S A MYVI, A NATIONAL CAR