Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Super Fanastic New Year--2016--Hong Kong and Macau

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!!

Tap Sac Public Exhibition Park near our Apartment
We live near this park below.  It is about 2 blocks.  It is a place for many displays and promotional events.  We pass by it every day as we go toward our church.  Several of these big block chacters were there.  It reminded us of our grandkids.  

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
One of the things we love to do is meet with the members.  It is always exciting.  We went to see these families we teach every month and they push off our visit to the very last day.  After our lesson they threw a very nice New Year Party.  We love these wonderful people.  Our lives have been blessed by getting to know them.

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!!!

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