Our next stop was Bishkek, Krygyzstan. We traveled back to Dushanbe on Saturday, then traveled to Bishkek on Sunday. Elder and Sister Colton, the area welfare specialists joined us there. One of the doctors returned back to the US.
Bishkek is a beautiful place. The weather was great for us. There seems to be quite a few Americans in town. There is a US Air Base there. The food was great and as usual, the people are friendly.
The trainings have been going on for several years here. The medical professionals have all been trained. The main focus here was teaching students at the medical school. This will now be a part of their curriculum. Krygyzstan has done a great job with training their people. The church will now be a supporting presence and will help provide equipment when needed.
One of our main tasks to take care of was to get a new visa for Kazakhstan. Our visas expired the day we arrived here, so we needed new ones so we could get back into Kazakhstan.
We met these cute kids while we were waiting for our visas. They are from Korea and their parents are teaching school in Almaty. The little boy was born in the US!
We normally go to Kiev to get our visas, so we were on new territory. And without a visa clerk to help us. We hit a few snags since the system is a bit different here than in Ukraine, but in the end we made it and got our new visas the day before we went back to Kazakhstan.
This is the city center. We were in time to see the changing of the guard.
This is the "White House" or presidential offices for Krygyzstan.
This is the hotel where we stayed. The ancient silk roads came through this part of the world.
We took a little tour into the canyon. The mountains are beautiful. We don't see that in Astana! It is quite similar to the Wasatch Front Canyons.
A family was having a celebration here and invited us to join them! It is very common to see men with these traditional hats all over Bishkek.
Then our driver took us out to the countryside to see a memorial.
This area reminded me of Cache Valley. I almost felt like we were home!
This memorial is for those who were killed in a revolution a few years ago. It's so peaceful now.
There are many felt souvenir shops here.
We had an opportunity to meet with a director for assistance for the handicapped and elderly of Krygyzstan. We hope we can set up some wheelchair projects for this country. The church has donated clothing here and wheelchairs in the past and we hope to have more cooperation with them in the future. Hopefully, the success of the neonatal projects can help us go forward with more projects.
We also met with the leaders of GIZ, an organization based in Germany regarding future cooperation.
This is a traditional village set up as a restaurant. We had dinner there with the NRT team and the church members in Bishkek. There are sister members here, but no priesthood. We enjoyed visiting with them and getting a tour of the village before we all returned back home.
This is Missionary Fun!