Below you can see additional pictures that I could not include in the Prayer Update e-mails.
At a meeting of three different schools we were treated to
several performances including this class in traditional dress.
Each of our staff was presented with gifts and special
recognition in appreciation for the teaching that we have
been giving to these school teachers over the past months.
After a Basic Seminar Follow-Up Course meeting in our home,
some of our Mongolian friends were very interested in the
newly completed Mongolian Bible software.
This is how
you flag down a taxi in
your arm, (preferably your right arm) and wave your hand
up and down when an empty taxi goes by.
A final training for a selected group of students and teachers
in the Songinokhairkin district before our family left.
Hey, what's one more family? The Morley family joins us
around the dinner table for a meal. They have been close
of ours in
One more group picture. In the center is our Director, Tim
wife Angie. They, along with
and Naomi in the pink are the remaining American staff
on the work in
On our final Sunday at church, our family sang a hymn
together after my Dad shared a few words.
We then played a couple verses of "I Am Bound For The
Promised Land." (Meaning Heaven, of course.)
With tears running down his cheeks, Pastor Dugermaa
led in prayer for our family.
session on the character quality of forgiveness. I shared on
the importance of seeing the bigger picture of what God
is doing through the offences of others. (Ideree translating.)
Continuing a CTI tradition, Tim presented each one in our
with a special pin, recognizing our service in
Our family was also presented with special gift by the leaders
we were given was not a tourist model, but a professional
A closer view of the instrument. It has two horse-hair strings
and is played with a bow, much like a cello.
The sun was bright, but we enjoyed getting outside for some
the grass outside the
We had a
seven-hour layover before the flight to
The final rays of sun disappear beneath the clouds as our
made the 12 hour flight back to the
Dealing with this many pieces of luggage required a detailed
inventory checklist system, which David carefully managed
at each airport.
Making use of some extra hours in Chicago, the smaller
Wallers assisted in a collation project at the IBLP Headquarters.
I quickly discovered that I had underestimated how fast and
efficiently they could complete this type of project!
The Lord gave us safe travel over thousands of miles going
The green grass and trees seemed so vivid when
contrasted with the Mongolian landscape below,
where our staff had joined some Christian students and
professors from MIU for a holiday outside the city.
I think all
of us noticed how soft the beds were in
Here my Dad shared at a small church meeting in
enjoyed playing the piano at the
After the full days of packing and travel, it was nice to take
some time to rest and be together as a family. Here
Derrick challenges Samuel to a game of Stratego.
I even had a chance to take care of some pending sewing
Loading up for travel early one morning in
A typical morning scene the week of the conference in
for us to stay, but the other campers must have thought we
were crazy to be camping with suits and ties. :-)
But at the conference we fit in perfectly. It was a real blessing
to be among so many like-minded families.
Hmm... I pause for a moment while trying to troubleshoot
a virus on David's computer.
Turning eight this year, Matthew was finally old enough to
attend the ALERT Cadet program for young men. He had
been looking forward to this conference for months. In the
evening he would be tired and muddy, but excited to tell
us of his adventures with his team.
Through the eyes of a missionary: "Such wide roads, and
so few cars! Look, people are driving in actual lanes!
Those trees are so green, and so many! Look how tall those
buildings are in the distance! Wow, we are really going
fast. It feels like the Indy 500!"
Matthew loved swimming in the lake at the campground in
Grandpa engages Dad in a game of carroms while Samuel
Even Matthew got to try his hand at this game.
Burgers on the grill were a treat that we had not enjoyed
in a long time.
I chased this little guy down after I found him in a building.
I was amazed at how he just sat in my hand after I picked
him up. Maybe he thought I wouldn't see him if he held
He was definitely more camouflaged on the trunk of a tree.
The Blom generations. In the pink and gray are my
grandparents. (The yellow shirts designate Wallers, as
you probably already noticed.)
David and I worked to try to fit everything in the van and
Derrick's serve sends the volleyball over the net at the Olson
Rebecca isn't quite big enough to kick the ball very far, but
she has learned that if she just taps it, she can usually outrun
the throw to first base.
Finally home. I climbed the silo to get this picture of our
house as we worked to unpack our things and dry out
tent and camper.
The younger ones have especially enjoyed being back
on our farm.
Haying time is always exciting, and a good chance for a
ride if you are in the right place at the right time.
baby rabbits in our front yard.
They were very cute, and even held still for pictures.
These are potato blossoms, a tribute to Derrick's hard work
in the garden.
had found near the corn crib.
She was really curious about the long featherlike antennae.
All around the farm we are seeing new evidence of the
Sunset over the treetops.
Rachelle carefully climbs down the ladder while painting
some sections on our garage.
David works to weld a broken front axle frame on our riding
lawn mower. Somehow farm use tends to wear a little more
on these machines.
You can see the home page of our family website for a
full size Prayer Card picture. We are so grateful for
each one that has been praying for us!