Sunday, June 7, 2015

I love Sundays!  Sundays in the mission field are the best.  You get to attend church, partake of the sacrament, be spiritually fed and connect with branch members and missionaries.  IT is also a day when you take stock of yourself and what you are doing (or supposed to be doing) and try to figure things out so you can so better.   There is so much to be done out here.  How do you find that fine line between leading and guiding to just being compassionate and doing it all for them.  I'm trying to recognize other's choices and ways of doing things are going to be different than mine and that is okay.  I am here to help and serve.

To recap the week, we made 4 trips to Nicosia on mission business -- mainly bikes.  Yes, the saga continues.

We really are beginning to think that a local bike shop is trying to sabotage us.  The missionaries take the bikes  in and the very same day the work  comes undone.  The pedal falls off again and then they put the wrong tube and liner in.  It just never ends!  So now whenever we have a bike issue we are taking them to Nicosia.  It is an inconvenience but we know that we can trust the people there and will get quality work and products.

Just a couple of fun signs that reminded us of home.

This aqueduct was built in 1746.  It was used up until 1939.  It is right in the city of Larnaka.  Pretty amazing to even comprehend how it worked for all those years and up until fairly recently.

We visited this church and were so glad we did.  One of the finest ones we've seen.  IT was built in the 11th century and has one of the rarest mosaics in the world. It is of the Madonna and child with two apostles on either side.  

The site was probably the best kept one we have been too.  They actually had real  grass!  The whole setting was very calm and serene.  Not commercialized at all.

Not sure you can see this very well. It is at the end of our street and the boys meet there daily.  I took the picture through our car window because I'm not sure how they would feel if I just walked up and took a picture.  They meet pretty much daily.  I'll try to get a better one later.  So typical of this culture and area.

Well, blogging must be good for the soul because I feel better already.  Hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  It seems strange to not have been part of the end of a school year.  It seems like a lifetime ago!

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