Below you can see additional pictures that I could not include in the Prayer Update e-mails.
We are so grateful for the efforts of the Johnson family as they handle our
mail and other State-side responsibilities while we serve on the field. We had
delightful visit together shortly before our family returned to
protected us through icy weather as our family drove from
Our camper and van received a much needed car wash after our arrival in Oak Brook.
"How many pounds to go?" Rachelle and I worked together to pack
the last few bags the night before we left.
We lined up our baggage on the driveway for a picture before loading it into the trailer.
The reduced weight allowances on International travel limited us to about 1500 pounds
luggage for the family. (Much of this being materials and supplies for the work
A Mongolian friend was able to finish making some traditional clothing items
for Mom and Rachelle, just in time for Sagansar.
This round tent-like structure is called a ger. ("Gare") It is the traditional
Mongolian nomadic home, and still quite common, even in the city.
It was a bit slippery, but no one fell too hard as we visited some Mongolian
families for the Sagansar holiday.
Another view of the ger district. You can see the haze of smoke as the
families burn coal to keep their homes warm in the sub-zero temperatures.
Nordema, a student for one of our character classes, invited our family to visit her ger.
they were expecting our host to keep piling more food on their plates. :-)
The round tower on the center of the table is built from bricks of fried bread.
It is stacked taller or shorter, depending on the age of the oldest member
of the family. On top are little sugar cubes, dried yoghurt and other little dainties.
Tim refers to the Character English class flyer in his "State of the Training
After Tim's address we posed for a staff picture. Not pictured here are the
younger Waller children, who are just as much a part of the family at CTI.
Derrick ponders his next move while playing a game with a missionary boy.
While visiting the same family, David was able to write out some hymns for
their children to play on harmonica.
Altan-hoyig, a young man from our church has been working as a missionary
in the countryside for the past several months. He came to get some
materials and advice as he prepares to teach our character materials in
countryside town, hundreds of miles from
Ideree to the rescue! A small electrical fire in the kitchen caused some
excitement one day as Rachelle was cooking dinner.