Hello Again Everyone -- We are still in beautiful Borneo. It is election time in Borneo but one nice thing about their election is that the campaign season only lasts two weeks instead of the four years in the US. There are election flags and signs everywhere. There are many different parties running and each party is accusing the other parties of shenannigans and dirty politics. Sounds familiar, right? I guess some things are the same the world over. Politicians will always be politicians and you have a hard time believing any of them. The election day will be next Sunday, May 5.
This week we went to Tawau to check on three projects we have there. When we first got here a year ago we went to Tawau for the "Hand Over" ceremony for the water project we did in the little village of Quoin Hill just outside of Tawau. It was time to go back a year later and see how the project was doing. We were met by this cute granma and her two little granddaughters:
The next day, Wednesday, we were off to visit the Red Crescent/Red Cross. LDS Charities supplies them with wheel chairs for the poor and needy in the Tawau area. They received 50 wheelchairs about six weeks ago and now they only have 18 left. There are more on order and on their way. The Red Crescent Society gives out the wheel chairs to the poor and needy regardless of nationality or religion. They just have to be poor and needy. The Red Crescent Society says they have been visiting many of the outlying jungle villages and giving out wheelchairs there to people who cannot make the trip into Tawau to get one. That is Bagus (great).
The first night, Monday, the Atkinson's took us to visit a family. The oldest daughter was having a birthday that day and she was turning 14. We drove down this old rutty bumpy dirt road going deeper into the jungle. When we ran out of road, by a cemetery no less, we had to get out and walk through the jungle with our torches (flashlights). It was spooky. Soon we saw a light coming the other way to meet us and help us make it the rest of the way to the Williams' house. Their home was just a poor little two room hut, built up on sticks. But it was clean and the Atkinson's told us that this was the first time they had visited that they had chairs to sit on. The Tawau branch recently got new furniture so they gave some of the old chairs to families who could use them.
We had a great visit to Tawau and enjoyed the scenery and the all the people we met. Marcus and his wife Sharon said they would try to visit us in Utah when they come through. They come home once a year in May to visit his family and his 90 year old mother in Michigan. I hope they do come. We have met so many wonderful people here. We love them all. That's all for now folks. PLEASE send us an email and let us know how you all are doing. We love and miss everyone so much. E/S Read