Friday, July 3, 2015

THAT'S A WRAP

After 5 years of service as LDS Charities Wheelchair Specialists for Asia, 21 trips around the planet and over 300 flights, we'll finish up our full-time service in 9 days and have committed to stay on as part-time specialists for Nepal and Vietnam for at least one more year.   We are anxious to reconnect with our ward, our neighborhood and our family.

In thinking back over our experience, I've pinpointed a few very specific lessons I've learned:

1. In America WE ARE VERY SPOILED!!!  We have so much and don't really appreciate all the blessings we enjoy on a daily basis like clean water, a home, food, etc.

2. There are people all over the world, whether they're Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or whatever, that are filled with the "light of Christ" and live their lives in a spirit of selflessness.

3.  I’m grateful to belong to a Church that cares so much about the basic needs of the human family in all areas of the world.  I'm grateful that the Church provides me with opportunities like this mission to expand my brain power and to better understand the diversity of mankind.

4.  Modern day pioneers are blazing trails for the church to grow in remote places of the world just like the American Pioneers did in the 1800’s as they came to the Salt Lake Valley. Their trials today are just as extreme,  in almost every way, as the pioneers who crossed the plains.

5.  Blessings come as I dutifully and faithfully press forward with Church assignments that I might consider “uncomfortable, inconvenient and/or unnoticed.”  The blessings I received during our years of  mission service  FAR outnumber and outweigh the sacrifices I made.

6.  God's great earth is a beautiful place!!!!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pokhara, Nepal

Sister Hymas and Sister Gatherum pose with Huong Pham in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2 comments:

Adri said...

What an amaxing chapter in your life! I'm so proud of you and all your service. One of the blessings of service is that it changes you or the better, don't you think? Sure love you! Maybe with all these post-mission free time I can talk you in to coming to see me in Colorado!

kristeen said...

What a awesome service you've had and outstanding experience.
I found you why looking into Malaysia.. My husband and I will be living there (work) in the coming year. We are LDS and looking forward to have a great experience to service the members there.
God bless.
Hugs

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