NEW YEARS EVE IN KYRGYZSTAN IS CELEBRATED MUCH MORE THAN CHRISTMAS
Since this is a Muslim Country - the focus is on New Years.
They make this event - really big. Last night we celebrated with our Dayspring Family. And all over the city there were major celebrations going on. People visiting around the town - from one home to another - eating along the way. Then at midnight (actually a little before) the fireworks started all around the city. We have never seen anything like this.....You did not know where to look, as 360 degree bursts in the sky were happening all at once - and this lasted for almost one hour.
We stood outside with the children and 'OOED AND AWED' for most of the hour.
Lynn brought over a Santa hat - and it was a hit.
Olga made a fabulous New Year's Eve dinner and all the children were dressed up in their finest! It was beautiful and so very tasty. Chicken, whipped potatoes, olivie salad and some of the greatest cakes we have ever tasted in Kyrgyzstan! And Olga said she could not cook! Who is she fooling?
The boys really thought the chicken was the best....
Each of the girls received a personal book - and they were thrilled! Here Genya is so excited to see this book is just for her. Each girl spent time later looking at their books and really enjoying that they were special to them.
Dasha is a great example of health. We look at her and marvel at how great our God has been to this little girl. Loads of Love sponsored her heart surgery - and we watch her grow, do well in school (remember she had NEVER attended school in her life - until after the surgery!) Her father comes to visit, her mother comes to visit. Dasha is a little miracle.
Sejanna just needed papa's hug.
Omerbeck, Costa and Slavik are real buddies. Slavik sent an SMS message to Costa the night before - just to say good night. Then the next morning another message - I need minutes for my phone. Seems he found he could download two games for about $1 and that used up all his minutes. Great laughter about this one.
The girls loved their hats and mittens. Thank you dear sponsor for making these! They were are real hit and of course you can see the results - six little snow bunnies ready to play.
When Costa and Olga decided to come to Kyrgyzstan and work with us, they discussed how difficult it would be to leave Gerta - their dog. So we said - hmmmm. We will fly her too. Bring her along - she is part of the family. Well, you can see here how comfortable she is with the girls and they with her.
It was an awesome night - a movie with our VGA projector, triominos, checkers, great laughter, fireworks and just a wonderful family night out....topped off with a comment that tell it all:
Slavik - (invited to join us overnight from the orphanage) said, "Living here as a family - you would never want to run away again."
We were driven home by Costa at 1:30 am - only to have our washer hose blow off the washer and fill our bathroom with a pool of water. Crisis contained, water mopped up and off to slumber land - remembering how blessed we are to be called to
SERVE THE KING OF KINGS AND
THE LORD OF LORDS
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!