What an amazing trip we just had. We have just come from the most beautiful spot I think I have ever had the opportunity to see. I didn't think villages like this one, and the others near it, ever truly existed. I thought they were just found on picture post cards or in National Geographic. It will take more than one post to share all the great things we saw, we did, we ate, we learned. The pictures we took don't really do it justice, but remember, we are not professional photographers. Merely to old missionaries having the time of our lives. I still have a hard time believing the Lord has sent me here and I am seeing and doing the things I am. I never would have believed it in a hundred million years, and now here I am. How did a poor city girl from Ogden Utah end up in the beautiful little village of Buduk Bui? (Pronunciation: BooDuck Boo ee) (now abbreviated BB).
We left KK last Tuesday morning for the city of Miri in the state of Sarawak, very close to the border with Brunei. We met with the other senior missionaries there. They had a possible project for us to look at and some people they wanted us to meet. The next morning we were off to BB. We were a little bit hesitant about our plane, it was an 18 seater and they weighed everything before you got in the plane, including each person. You can just imagine how much I loved that.
Our next stop was at Ba'Kalalan. There were rice paddies at both ends of this run way with workers in the paddies planting away. The plane only comes to Ba'Kalalan on Mon., Wed., and Sat. mornings so everyone comes out to watch the plane land, all 20 of them and 40 dogs.
We were met at the airport by Martin who owns one of the few trucks in town. He loaded all our luggage and all of us in the truck and off we went. I need to mention that we were accompanied on this trip by Patrick and Ann Panai and their daughter Phyllida. Patrick is a member of the Rotary Club which was the partner of LDS Charities on this water project. Patrick was also born and raised in one of the villages which received a water project. His village was next to BB.
I will post more a little later and tell you more about the project(s) LDS Charities did in this area. You will be very proud of what the church has accomplished in helping these people. Stay tuned for more news from BB. In the meantime, our love to all. Keep the emails and blogs coming. We love to hear from you. E/S Read