Below you can see additional pictures that I could not include in the Prayer Update e-mails.
teaching at the
classes twice a week for the freshmen, sophomore, and seniors.
The workers from the Batbaigal bakery listen attentively to the Thursday
morning character training.
The most important part of the work is not the trainings and translation
projects, but that we are personally growing in our walk with the Lord.
Some of our family poses in traditional dress.
Some favorite memories of growing up in the Waller family are the times
when Dad measures everyone to see how much we have grown.
Getting out the tape measure to see how much we grew.
Creatively decorating cookies is another enjoyable special occasion.
Got milk? While visiting a Mongolian family, we watched this little
whole family in
our visits with Mongolian friends.
One of the
highlights of Derrick's time in
countryside for a week with Dorjoo, one of our Mongolian staff. Derrick
and Dorjoo helped a missionary family with several projects, including
building a tool chest.
Here is a closer view of the tool chest. There was a place for every tool,
and the closed case could be turned in any direction without disturbing
Sarah has also enjoyed teaching at some of our character trainings.
Here she teaches on the quality of obedience at the Songinkharkain
district World Vision training.
Barely visible behind a pile of gifts, Matthew finally reached his long
anticipated eighth birthday.
Our staff gathered for a picture just before Matthew began opening his gifts.
A few weeks ago we had a special reunion with the two Korean doctors
that became so dear to our family in the events of Isaac's Home-going.
On the right is Dr. Choi who answered our call at 5:30 AM and assisted
Isaac's blood tests, and arrangements for the flight to
left is Dr. Chin Pak, who met my parents in the ambulance when they arrived
to show us an unforgettable demonstration of Christ's love in our time of need.
In early April we held a Basic Seminar in English and Russian with over
fifty Mongolians attending.
In preparation for the seminar, the copier vendor brought his machines to
our office so that we could finish making the English/Mongolian seminar
workbooks. Rachelle managed the project, making about 14,000 photocopies.
Derrick led the Children's Institute team, assisted by Erin, Cindy and a
wonderful team of Mongolian young people from church.
A few weeks
ago we visited a daughter church of the
that we usually attend. This church meets in a large ger. (This is the
same ger that I helped construct two years ago.)
David tries his hand at the Morin-khuur, a traditional Mongolian
Our family poses with Pujaa and Erdenee. A former translator for high
the Basic Seminar transcript into the Mongolian language.
Mom, Dad and I on my twenty-sixth birthday. It was a little different this
year, without Isaac, but the team found many ways to make it special.
Derrick visited Dorjoo's family one afternoon. Dorjoo's mother (far left)
came to Christ after attending Isaac's funeral.
Some of you may have prayed for Altanhoig, a young man I mentioned in
an update some time ago. He wrote us a very special letter from the
countryside where he is teaching character and establishing a church.
This visiting boy enjoyed playing a game with David.
At my Mom's suggestion, Matthew and I took one day to do a wood
From going to the market to buy the wood, to screwing in the final screws,
Matthew loved every minute of it. We built a small cabinet with a hinged
mirror on the front.
Dad opened his birthday present a few days later.
This is the front gate of our apartment where we so often flag down a
taxi on the way to our character trainings.
Matthew shows us the latest creative project of the smaller Wallers.
This was scale model of a chicken house that they would like to build
when we return to the farm.
Even Matthew gets to help with some of our trainings. Here David
tells the story of how the Monarch Butterfly demonstrates patience
while Matthew "hangs in there" waiting for the cue to become
Matthew stretches his "wings" in a similar story for our Saturday
Last Friday our whole family visited the MIU classes where some of our
staff teach three classes twice each week. Dad shared about how we try
to build character as a family, and then all the children sang the
This hand-selected group of leaders from six churches in Erdenet took
part in a two-day training, equipping them to teach character in the
public high schools, as well as their own churches.
a smaller mining town an overnight train ride from
Here Derrick teaches on the character quality of attentiveness to a group
of World Vision staff in Erdenet.
A nearby military museum gave our family an interesting outing one
We enjoyed getting a closer look at some of the old tanks outside.
Early in April, our family took time to visit Isaac's grave site. What a
blessing to know that we will see our brother again!
We were not the only ones to experience grief recently. Here Mom and
Dad pause at the grave of a well known Korean pastor who died unexpectedly
A time to remember. Isaac's life and testimony live on in our hearts,
inspiring us to live for what matters in eternity.
With just our family, and a dear couple that drove us to the site, we were
able to take some time together as a family.
Last Sunday many shared testimonies of the impact that Pastor Enkhee
and his wife Sodnom have had in their lives. This was the last Sunday
before Enkhee and Sodnom left for Hawaii.
When we arrived at the Batbaigal bakery on Monday morning, the workers
inside were lining the hall, waiting to greet us.
We learned later, (with a twinge of regret) that their workers had come
in to work on the weekend so that they could take the whole day to be
with our family.
Bat and Baigalmaa had their whole family there to meet us.
The bakery is famous for their decorated cakes. Here one of the workers
shows us how they prepare the cake for decorating.
We spent a long time in the decorating room, watching the beautiful work.
This lady has trained many of their workers in the fine art of cake
Baigalmaa and the other workers even gave our family special lessons
on making various types of flowers.
It was fascinating to watch them work.
Sarah tries here hand at a flower.
Can you recognize the animal?
They even let us help with real cakes that they would sell.
The creativity and skill of their workers was amazing.
Are you getting hungry yet?
Even the younger Wallers got to try their hand at decorating.
...with some coaching from their workers.
It is a lot harder than it looks...
...as Matthew would tell you.
After the tour, they brought us down to a special room where they had
prepared a beautiful meal.
Samples of many of their cakes and other dainties were arranged on the
table for us.
The younger ones pose for a picture together.
I so appreciate the heart of Bat and Baigalmaa as they lead the Batbaigal
bakery company. Rather than trying to increase profitability, they have
chosen to invest in the lives of their workers.
At the conclusion of our visit, Bat and Baigalmaa presented Mom and Dad
with two copper bowls of milk, a very appropriate traditional Mongolian gift.
Again lining up inside the door, the workers thanked us as we left.
The Batbaigal bakery is an example of the fruit that is coming forth from
just one life that was reached for Christ through a character training two
years ago. I believe that God will do great things through their company
in the months and years to come.