Tuesday, 22 March 2016
On to the news. Good news for the family, Brendan has arrived in New Mexico after many delays, rerouting and much more time than expected. We have heard he is safe and there and we feel blessed that he was able to travel safely. It is a shame he gets to enjoy nice weather before us, but soon here, flowers are starting to push thru the ground. So on Saturday and Sunday we had the afore stated District conference, which was for all Moldova. The previous high was 110 attendance, on Sunday there was 144 and the building was packed. 25 of those there were not members, we also had an Area authority Seventy, Elder Dryden from Leeds, England. He had a translator from the Ukraine who was unbelievable. So in our meeting we had Russian as the predominate language, but also Romanian and English. It was all wonderful, and we met many we have travelled around to see and visit. Truly a wonderful day. The only issue- in a self reliance meeting after the main session, I was introduced as one of the brightest minds in Canada- I did loudly say nyet. I think when they said brightest, they were talking of the reflection off my head- not too many baldies over here. Anyway, progress is being made and it is nice to be a part of it. We have been asked to formulate a plan for Senior couples to teach English and I have begun to get some lectures ready on medical topics- all at our mission presidents request. Things we never expected to do. One of his favorite sayings- there is no comfort in the growing zone and no growing in the comfort zone. Well, we are not comfortable.
Then Monday we were involved- spectators only -in a conference sponsored by the University of Utah Business school. They sent 3 people over for a conference for business people here. A survey had been done and they are trying to foster good business practice and enable people here to begin businesses and kick start this very poor economy. All the leaders from Utah were LDS, all are brilliant and well spoken. As an aside, the main TV stations gave this a few minutes of news, Deb and I were on TV here in Moldova, just our pretty faces. They told these business and government leaders that several things were needed here, open banking with transparent financial statements in English, a marked decrease in the corruption and depotism, a dramatic increase in infrastructure spending and a stable government. They were open, frank and still managed to show optimism for change. It was a breath of fresh air and they promised to help this nation. It is all good and this country needs some help. We have now been here almost 2 months, and are feeling good and busy. There is more to do. Tomorrow we will help with a humanitarian project supplying wheelchairs- should be interesting. Today I am finishing up a talk for Sunday, I am to speak in Romanian. Wow, does that take some work. The lady who is helping me with Romanian, Inesa Bezede, is reviewing my talk, correcting my grammar and syntax and listening as I speak. She is a gem. She and her husband Cris, go to Kiev in 2 days to do some temple work, it is marvelous to see.
Posted by Elder and Sister Edwards at 12:05