MACAU at the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016
Macau was beautiful between Christmas and New Years. They city and some of the churches had beautiful decorations. Many people would wander the high volume areas and see the sites. It was Santa and Christmas cheer.
|Nativity at Macau Church|
|Christmas Decorations at Centra Macau|
Not as frequently, but there were some wonderful Navity sets too. One church used the facade of the building and had a tremendous light show for 15-20 minutes every hour. It was timed with some wonderful pleasant music. Some studies show that mainland China is converting to Christianity at the rate of about 1% a year. There are 1.4 B people in mainland China. In 20 years, there will be as many Christians in China as the population of the USA. It is amazing!!
We do not do many selfies...this was almost a first at New Years Eve. It was a sea of lights over head and on the sides. It was a canopy of ligths you could walk though. It was fun!! We enjoyed a nice walk for a couple hours and seeing the people and the sites...we finished our 2016 News Celebration about 9:30PM.
|Joy and Scott Selfie--2016 New Years Eve|
|Joy Holbrook on the Streets of old Taipa|
As our missionary expereince gets shorter, we finally decided we better do more exploring. We take a few hours every week to go and see the sites. We went to old Taipa. It was a small island across from Macau. The casino developers came to Macau and started to land fill the area and reclaim the land about 20 years ago. It is the place where all the casinos are today. This is the village that was here and some of the beautiful streets. It is full of old buildings, art and Chinese and Portuguese culture.
|Scott Holbrook in old Taipa by some old artistry 2016|
|Oldest Buddhist Temple in Old Taipa|
|The Newest Buddhist Temple in Macau. It is beautiful.|
|Home Teaching in Macau 12-31-15|
Of all the wonderful things we can see on our mission, nothing is more beautiful and fun that to be with these people. They give me courage and great faith as I see the sacrifices they make for their families. Our Heavenly Father has some beautiful children and Joy and I have had the privilege to get to know a few more. What a rich experience.
Best wishes for a Super Fantastic 2016!!!