Halelujia and Yipee!!! Kathy and John arrived! They got here on Firday morning, May 3 at 12:40 am -- that's right AM. We had to wait until way into the night to finally get to see them. I was so excited I couldn't sleep anyway. I just ran to them when I finally saw them in the waiting area. I was bawling and laughing and crying and smiling so so big. What a wonderful day/night. And we have been going ever since. Friday was spent showing them around KK and letting them get accostomed to the heat and humidity. When we walked out of the airport they both went Whew at the same time. The humidity always takes people by surprise. I guess we are used to it now because I don't hardly notice it any more -- except for my hair. My hair really takes notice and sits up and salutes and twists itself into a tight coil. Well, I digress. Enough about my hair.
Saturday, Kathy and John were doing white water rafting on the Padas River. It has class 3 and 4 rapids. We were picked up at our condo early in the morning -- 5:15 am (what's all this am time? Makes me tired)
From our condo we were put on a very nice motor coach bus with nice seats and air con. Great. We had to ride on the coach for about 1 1/2 hours to the city of Beaufort. In Beaufort we had to transfer to a train for the rest of our voyage into the interior -- jungle. The first train we got on was probably built in 1940/1950 and was pulled by a steam engine. There were about four passenger cars with seating for only about 20 per car. There were a lot more on the train than that. (Aside -- it is election day in KK today and apparently you must go back to your original Kampung--village--to vote. Kinda reminds me of having to go to Bethlehem to pay taxes). Back to the train, two kind boys did offer their seats to Kathy and me but Ben and John had to stand all the way to the next station where we had to transfer trains again.
We all came home and rushed and got showered and headed over to the church for a baptism. Sis. Verronica was baptized and she is quite the new member.
Today is voting day in Malaysia. Every five years they elect a new prime minister and cabinet and other offices. There has been a whole lot of campaigning going on. And today it comes to an end. We only had one hour of church with both branches combined today so everyone could vote. Pres. Mains and the Hong Kong Asia Area Presidency advised all missionaries that they were to go directly home after the meeting and they were to stay in their apartments the remainder of the day. They didn't want anyone proselyting or visiting today. In the past elections they have had some trouble, so just to be on the safe side, all missionaries are to stay home. Not much fun for John and Kathy being cooped up all afternoon. But Ben, Kathy and John did take a hike on the hill behind our condo. That's our condo in the background. See me waving from the 14th floor right hand corner?
Love to all and we miss all of you so so much. Please drop us a line if you can. We would love to know what is happening in your lives too. God bless you all. E/S Read