We have had another adventure last week with our Humanitarian trip to the area called Lahad Datu. I have spent most of the week in tears. We have seen poverty beyond anything we ever imagined. We started our visit at a school in Lahad Datu that was literally held on a rooftop. They had made a make shift roof out of tarps and sheets of tin. When it rains, and it is the rainy season now, the rain pours into the school.
Whenever you enter a school, all the children immediately arise to their feet and the designated class leader leads the class in saying, very loudly, "Good morning visitors. Welcome to our school. We are happy to have you visit us." And they stand until you tell them they can sit down.
The next day after leaving the rooftop school we went to the Island of Bum-Bum in this beautiful sailing yacht
It has been an emotional week for us as we have seen so much poverty and heartbreak. But we have also seen the determination in the eyes of the students to learn, even if they have everything in the world going against, they are determined to learn. And learn they will. I hope we can make their learning a little easier for them.
Several of you have asked what you can do to help. The best thing you can do is to donate to the Humanitarian Fund box on the tithing receipt form. The Church is doing wonderful work here and throughout the other 164 countries they have humanitarian missionaries in. You can be proud that you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the church is using your money so wisely. The donations are truly helping lives and strengthening families.
Please don't forget about us over here on the other side of the world. It seems like much of the rest of the world has forgotten about these precious children here. We love you all. We love to hear from you. We check our email everyday to see if anybody reads our blog and if any comments have been left. We hope you are learning a little bit about what we do through the blog. We can really only share a little bit of what we do. It would take pages to show everything. We love you all. E/S Read