Friday, November 4, 2011

Memorable Malaysia

We have just finished our first training seminar in West Malaysia and have come to love and appreciate the beautiful people of Malaysia. Our partners are Cheshire Homes and the Malaysia Council of Rehabilitation and we had 20 participants in our first course of training. We are learning so much from these people and trying to understand their culture and religion. Elder Barry and Sister Linda Johnson are the Humanitarian couple here and have been so great to work with us and help to plan for this training.


Next week we'll train in East Malaysia with Elder and Sister Larson for a seminar in Kota Kinabalu and then one in Kuching.



These are the famous twin towers in Kuala Lumpur city center.
Matt Beddes, a P. T. from Farmington, has been the other Trainer with Kim and he has been SUPER during this training. The people have loved his teaching style and his warm, friendly, funny personality.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mongolia Again!

We are so excited to be serving in Mongolia again, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WEATHER IS ABOVE 6 degrees (like it was the last time we were here!)  It is an amazing and wonderful country full of beautiful and kind people.  Our wheelchair trainings are taking place at the National Rehab. Center in the heart of the capital, Ulaanbaatar.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Grandbaby #7 Arrives on the day after we return from Nepal!

Our 5th granddaughter was born to Clayton and Amanda less than 24 hours after we arrived home from Nepal.  We felt so lucky to be here to welcome our beautiful little Baya Maree Brown.


Dusk by the bay in Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Top of the World

A political rally today has caused the city of Kathmandu (3 million+) to virtually shut down, so it gives me a chance to stay in our hotel room and catch up on our activities of the past couple of weeks.  Nepal is unusual and interesting.  We've had a once in a lifetime experience as we were invited to attend a ceremony at the Presidential Palace where the international artist, Ranan Lurie, handed over 3 paintings to a Nepali sherpa who will take them to the top of Mt. Everest in May as a symbol of world unity and the Nepal Tourism Year.

The man in the center is the Sherpa.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

MALAYSIA!

We were in West Malaysia for a day and met this most wonderful woman at Cheshire Homes, Katihjah, who we will work with later in the year to do a training session for clinicians in Kuala Lumpur.  Then we traveled to East Malaysia (on the island of Borneo) and are working with two other Cheshire homes in the north (Kota Kinabalu) and south (Kuching)  along with some Rotary clubs and other NGO's as well as government organizations.  All are excited about serving wheelchair users better and improving the level of service to better meet the needs of the disabled here in Malaysia.  It's a blessing to work with so many good-hearted and dedicated people.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AMAZING MONGOLIA

Mongolia is so cold and desolate but the people are warm and wonderful. We have loved working with the Lasson's (Humanitarian Couple) who have done such a fantastic job of juggling such a variety of humanitarian projects and have taught us so much.

We look forward to returning in a few months to do a wheelchair training with the National Rehab. Center here in Ulaanbataar.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Our Final Day in the Philippines

After three busy weeks of Wheelchair Training in four different cities, we got to spend the morning at the beautiful temple in Manila.  It was a little slice of heaven!  We love the Philippines and ESPECIALLY the wonderful people we've met.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Loving the Philippines

We are doing 4 Wheelchair trainings on four different islands of the Philippines.  We love these beautiful people and are finding much success with the quality of participants that are coming to the training sessions.

Monday, January 17, 2011

BACK FROM GUYANA

We've just returned from a Wheelchair Training project in Georgetown, Guyana, South America.  Guyana happens to be the only country in South America with English as their primary language so we were blessed to be able to conduct the training without the use of interpreters!  We had 18 wonderful local participants who did an excellent job of learning the fitting skills and then demonstrated their knowledge by actually fitting 18 disabled recipients and sending them off to lead a more productive and comfortable life in their new wheelchairs.

We had the privilege of working with some incredible team members:  The Angus' who are the full-time Humanitarian couple in Guyana, the Cullimore's who are a wonderful and experienced Development Couple for the Wheelchair Initiative and Steve Spencer, a Physical Therapist from Eden, Utah.  The class participants came from 5 different health clinics from around Georgetown and were eager learners that we believe will be a great asset in helping disabled Guyanese to get appropriate, well-fitted chairs in the future.

Monday, January 3, 2011

OH HOW WE ENJOYED THE HOLIDAYS

What a wonderful holidays season we've just had and are so grateful to friends and family who helped make it that way.  The year ended a little on the tense side when our Annie totaled her car on her 32nd birthday, December 30th, but she was just shaken up and not seriously hurt.  WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR HER SAFETY.  Then we spent New Year's day with my sweet dad in the Emergency Room as he had a bloody nose that just wouldn't stop!  Anyway, everything turned out OK and we're anxiously preparing for 4 big mission assignments that we'll do over the next four months.  Highlight of our holiday season was our visit via SKPYE with our "Mitchionary" in Edmonton, Canada.  Each family member got time to talk to Mitch and we even got to watch him open his Christmas presents.  It's wonderful to live in this day of technology!
                                                                                                                                                               My 88 years old parents at our Ottley Family Christmas party.

All our grandkids in their Christmas pj's. 





                                      My cute preschoolers on our visit to Santa







Mitch, looking like a tough guy, and his companion Elder Blake in sub-zero Edmonton!

Kim and Gaye in Otavalo, Ecuador

Kim and Gaye in Otavalo, Ecuador

Southern California Family Fun

Southern California Family Fun

Picking up Sister Jaci Croxford

Picking up Sister Jaci Croxford
from her mission in Quito, Ecuador March 2007

Picture Perfect Wedding Day

Picture Perfect Wedding Day