I have been back in Mongolia for two weeks now. My time in America and Vietnam was great. And now back here, I know it is the right place to be for many reasons. God has placed Kathy and me here, and we are content.
I started teaching at LEI as soon as I got back. It is a new experience for me teaching English speaking. But it is going well. We had classes for a week, and then a week off for the Mongolian New Year celebration called Tsagaan Sar, meaning White Moon. It is a special holiday in Mongolia when families visit each other, have special food and have time off from work. Kathy and I visited several families, who showed us much kindness and love.
We also said goodbye to Nasim, our "son" from Afghanistan who is now an exchange student in a Korean University. And we spent time with other dear friends as well, which was great. Take a look at the photos to see... :)
|We visited Munguu and her family, where her grandfather greeted us in the traditional way.|
|And we visited my "daughter" Anu's family also :)|
|Anu with her mother :)|
|Didi and Anu :)|
|Kathy being welcomed by Munguu's grandfather|
|Munguu with her grandfather :)|
|Nergui giving some traditional mild to her mother :)|
|Nergui, Munguu and Kathy before heading out into the cold :)|
|Our dear friend Munguu welcomed us home from our long trip ... :)|
|A basket full of cool folded paper stuff...|
|Anu, Bishrelt, Didi and Uka at our home|
|Bishrelt, Uka, Suugii and Kathy at our home :)|
|June, Michidmaa, Kathy, Nasim our "son" and me before Nasim flew to Korea|
|Kathy, Michidmaa, Nasim and me :)|
|Mr. Cool :)|
|Michidmaa, Kathy and I at Cornerstone Church|
Kathy and I had the privilege of being invited to our friend Tuul's award celebration before Christmas. Tuul is ranked 3rd in the world in women's under-18 chess competition. We had a super time with her, and met some of her close friends.
|Tuul with Kathy|
|Tuul's close long-time friend Badmaa|
|Me with Badmaa (former Miss Mongolia), Kathy, Tuul and Kivanc Haznedaroglu, a chess grand master|
|A performance by some tremendous young acrobats|
|A scene during one of my recent morning walks to MIU|
This last photo was taken on a sunny morning the other day. As I have mentioned, many of the homes in Ulaanbaatar burn coal and wood for heating. With the cold temperatures, much coal is burned some mornings, and the air can be horribly thick. But the smoke is generally blown away by 10 or 11am.