Saturday, January 10, 2015

Macau and the Wonderful People We Work With

We have a super fantastic mission president and his equally impressive wife, President Val and Julie Hawks.  They direct the efforts of 150 missionaries in Hong Kong and Macau.  We only have 2 senior couples assigned to the mission president.  One works in the mission office and we are in Macau.  There are other missionaries that work at the temple, other district and area assignments, but we have limited contact with them.  Macau is the place we expect to spend for about 18 months.

The people are wonderful.  They are so giving and generous.  My heart is softened each week as I see the sacrifices these people make to provide for their families.  Many of these Filipino sisters come here to work without their families and sending the money back to provide for their families.  They labor here for years in support of the their children (who is usually raised by grandparents) and their father who also working.  
One of these Sister Missionaries was a helper in Hong Kong.  She joined the church and is now serving a mission here in the China Hong Kong Mission.  The other has limited family support but had a burning desire to serve the Lord and is here with much sacrifice.  Can you imagine the faith of these wonderful people?  It touches me to the very soul.

Sister Holbrook is supporting the missionaries with medical issues.  While these missionaries are young they still have stomach problems, colds, bumps and bruises.  Plus, some much more complicated issues.  This week one missionary had some emergency surgery--it was very rough week for the missionary and Sister Holbrook was right by her side all the way. She is really involved.

We live down a beautiful, cobbled street.  See the pieces carefully laid into place for 1/3 of a mile.  It is like some of the streets of Europe.  It is fun to walk down, but it can get slippery.

We are very fortunate to be by all these high committed young missionaries and good people you live here.  Their energy and excitement for the gospel is never ending.  We are proud to be representatives of Jesus Christ!

1 comment:

  1. Much cleaner and nicer than I thought it would be. I know the people from Macau are in good hands. How is the language barrier?