Thursday, June 11, 2015

January 2015 comings and goings

Below, we said goodbye to Elder Chhuong who was called to serve in the US

We welcomed a wonderful group of new missionaries on January 2nd-- from left, Sister Kong, Sister Nhem, Elder Khiew, Elder Chao, Elder Morgan, Elder Lauritzen, Elder Allred, and in front, Elder Xiong, Elder Uhi, and Elder Wolfgramm

Enjoying KFC for lunch-- trainers and trainees

The first baptisms in Pursat Branch on January 4th -- Puu Thy, Sister Vanny's father, was the first baptized.

Together with Elders Brittain and Buo

Members and investigators in Pursat

A training January 9th - role-play!

Welcoming Elder and Sister Tam Le to our mission - the second time they have served in our mission as MLS couple

Above saying goodbye to Elder Ang-- below saying a sad goodbye to Elder & Sister Bailey-- we miss them!

Below with Elder Seaver and his family upon his departure, January 2015

Wonderful new converts in Teuk Laak-- below Elder Hibbert, Mark, Samnang, and Elder Choi

A new family in Steung Mean Chey above

Sister Moon and Sister Mathews above in coordinating colors!  And below with Sister Ha having ice cream at Toto's

December 2015 - Christmas with family in Vietnam

We were so happy to have Shealyn, Mackenzie-- and Chantelle just back from her mission in Japan-- join us for Christmas in Cambodia-- the day after Christmas we flew to Saigon and enjoyed a couple of days together there.  I had the opportunity to release Chantelle from her mission which was a wonderful privilege and blessing

Above just before releasing Chantelle as a missionary

Our wonderful missionary daughter Chantelle

Christmas tree in Aon Mall-- where we enjoyed a "shabu shabu" meal together...

Above Mackenzie with Sisters Allen and Chan

Above and below at the CIFCO orphanage enjoying a show by the children with dancing and music

The main Catholic Cathedral in Saigon

Complete with the bird woman!  "Feed the birds"...

Another very pretty Catholic cathedral in Saigon-- pink!

And the outdoor "garden path" showing the events in Christ's death and resurrection via statues

We also spent time at the HCMC zoo and botanical gardens-- a wonderful place to see flowers, topiary, and animals.. we enjoyed riding a "train" through the park first, and then wandering back to places we wanted to see more of...

The HCMC opera house lit up at night...

We also took a day trip to the Mekong Delta region and My Tho - where we were able to have fun with bees, snakes, crocodiles, and coconut candy...

A fun ride through the "jungle" river -- complete with pointy hats...

The monastery of the "Coconut Monk"