We have spent a good part of this week in the car. Our little coke can on wheels. One thing I am definitely not going to miss is all the traffic congestion here in KK. It is awful. It makes you want to tear your hair out at times, whick could partially explain Elder Read's condition. Some times it is worse than others. But it seems to have been particularly bad all this week. I get so frustrated trying to get anywhere and arrive on time. You really have to plan well in advance to get anywhere you want to go. If you think a trip should only take about 10 minutes, plan on it being at least a 30 minute trip. And once you arrive at your destination, good luck on finding a parking spot. They are few and far between so people just double park and block whole lanes of traffic. They will park anywhere they can find an inch of free dirt. We have had people who are driving in front of us just stop in the road, get out of their car and lock it and go to the shop or buiding they want to go to. AAAGH. It is so tense you come home literally exhausted from driving.
For July 4th we invited a family over for a good ole American picnic, indoors, at night. They are about the only family in the branch that all speaks English and they would appreciate American food, or at least they could pretend they appreciated it.
The theme of the evening was "Dining in the Dark". They wanted people to experience what it would be like to eat a meal if you were blind and completely in the dark. First they brought out everyone's first course:
On Saturday morning we were invited to the Sabah Society for the Deaf for a "Field Fun and Sports Day". We are also doing a project with the deaf. Many of the deaf students and their families were there. The first game we saw them playing was bowling:
As you can see, the pins are actually water bottles partially filled with water and set up in pin formation
On Saturday night we were invited to Gideon's 2nd birthday party. Gideon is the son of Jared Ling, the district president, and Mary Liew. They invited a lot of people to his party.
We had many late nights this week and went to bed tired and happy. There is a lot going on right now and a lot we hope to get done before we leave. But we love being busy and going to bed tired but happy and satisfied.
Our thoughts and prayers are always with everyone back home and if you ever have a thought about us, please drop us a line. We appreciate all your prayers too. Love to All E/S Read