|Sister Missionaries for dinner on Sunday night. They|
tend to get left out because they are not around the office
very much like the office Elders.
When the celebration started last week on Friday the main road in front of our building was shut down just past us where it crosses the river and goes into downtown Naga. All roads in downtown Naga were closed. There is a statue of someone (probably Penafrancia) which is taken from the old Catholic church and moved in a procession to a downtown area where it sits for over a week while other festivities go on. Then tomorrow, the statue will be taken in another procession back to the church.
|Wednesday morning waiting for parade to start. In|
front of our building.
|Waiting for parade to start. The leader of these girls is a|
member and she brought them to our parking
lot to have chairs and wait for the parade to start.
|Our Bishop and his family. The tallest girl in between was|
the one who got baptized.
Isa came to our home on Monday night after her baptism with her mother to bake some cupcakes for her birthday party the next day. She was here without her sisters and just helped a little; chatted, smelled all the DoTerra bottles; and looked at all our pictures. She had a lot of fun being here by herself. At one point she kind of skipped into the kitchen and I heard her kind of sing or say outloud to herself, "I feel so good"!!!
|Isa and her sisters with her mom behind.|
We were invited to the birthday party on Tuesday night. Sister Hoopes offered to help bring something and was asked to make some hot dog buns for the party. She spent all day on Tuesday working on the "pigs in a blanket" style hot dogs for the party. It was definitely different from our birthday parties. There were a lot of her friends there but apparently when you invite a child, you also get his/her parents and all the family. So there were lots of older people there.
|The "pigs in a blanket" prepared by Sister Hoopes. 80 of them.|
|Besides a full spread of food in the other room, Sister Bigtas|
made all these cupcakes and cookies. Very nice!!!
|Right at the beginning fo the parade on Friday. They stretch back|
a long way.
|Parade watchers taking shelter under our awning to the office.|
We were watching from the stairwell above.
|Stake President selling the Shomai to us. You can see what|
they look like. You add soy sauce, or sweet, or HOTTTTT.
|A picture of one of the brass bands. Most were drums and Xylophones.|
A lot of things happened last week but nothing that I really need to comment on. I will point out that there was a 8.3 earthquake in Chili; Europe is being invaded by thousands of Muslims; continued weakness in our financial system; China's economy imploding and they have started "dumping" US Treasuries of which they hold or held 1.2 Trillion $. Perhaps I should comment on what didn't happen. While I was expecting a major market crash that didn't really occur on a given day, it is interesting to note that the Dow Jones Industrial Avg is down over 2000 points in 3 weeks. Interesting!!! By my calculation that is over 10%. So not a single day record drop but certainly huge over the course of a few weeks.
Also, we are approaching Sept. 23 which is the Day of Atonement for Israel or Yom Kippur (the most holy of days for the Jews) and then on Sept. 28 is the Blood Moon which is the last of the 4 (2 from last year and 2 from this). The last time this will happen for 500 years.
There is still a need for our country to repent and turn back to God and again be a support and strength to Israel. Short of that, we will come under judgement.
Until next week.