December 31, 2008
December 30, 2008
This is what it looked like during the first stage of the project
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I borrowed these really nice photos of Latter Day Saint Chapels in Ukraine from my friend Olga in Kiev she use to work for the construction department of the church and has some wonderful photos of the chapels.
Posted by Melinda at 10:54 AM
December 27, 2008
I think I have discovered something new. If you click on the photo below you can go directly to Picasa Web album and view the photos from our trip to the boarding school. Once you are in Picasa you can view the photos in a slideshow. The photos at the end of just the missionaries are the group games we played. As you will see they got a little physical but it was really fun for everyone. We played alot of really fun games that encouraged cooperation and team building.
|Christmas 2008 Boarding School visit|
Posted by Melinda at 2:24 AM
December 25, 2008
Posted by Melinda at 12:05 AM
December 24, 2008
We celebrated Christmas with the missionaries in the Donetsk area on Sunday night with a fireside and a very nice dinner. After the talks that were given by the Senior Couples including President Fry and Sister Fry the missionaries were given gifts of handmade scarves that Sister Fry made. They were also given gifts that were donated by Sister Fry's daughters, mother, her neighbors, missionary moms, and ward members. Sister Fry made beautiful blankets for the Clark's and for us which will always be a special treasure.Then on Monday we spent the whole day together. We met at the church for a few hours to play some fun group games. You will see from the pictures that the missionaries had a great time. Then we had a great lunch and then boarded a very nice bus for a trip to Makeyevka to visit a Boarding School. The children live at this school. There were over 100 children of all ages who have been removed from their homes. They were not orphans they just did not have parents who were capable of taking care of them. The children were developmentally delayed. We divided the missionaries and the children into three groups and they were able to play together for an hour. We brought puzzles, board games, and balls that we played with and then left for the children. It was so much fun and the missionaries did such a wonderful job jumping right in and having a really good time with the children. In the one room with children who seemed to be between 4 and 10 years old where I spent most of my time they started out playing with puzzles and then balls and by the end of the hour there were about 20 children in a big circle playing duck duck goose. The director told us to "please come back anytime" she said, "you don't have to bring gifts the children just love the attention". I could tell it was so hard for the missionaries to say good-bye. It felt like the time just flew by. The Elders that live in Makeyevka are going to try to go back and visit on a regular basis. We encouraged the other missionaries to find orphanages, or boarding schools in their areas and do service there. We sang Christmas Carols on the way home. It was a very special Christmas one I am sure the missionaries will always remember. I know that I will.
Posted by Melinda at 8:39 AM
Elders Thompson, Norman and Goodfellow with some of the children they played with
Posted by Melinda at 8:25 AM
December 13, 2008
Dear friends and family,
If you are wondering how we are all doing here during this holiday season just take a look at the happy faces in these slides. We just had transfer day here in Donetsk and it was so fun to be together. We have such awesome young men and women in our mission. They are so faithful and eager to share the gospel. We have been busy with the Zone Conferences with President Gibbons the missionaries were certainly inspired by his wonderful talks. This week Khakiv will begin their celebration of the birth of our Savior with a fireside with the Fry's, The Crittendon's, and the Jacob's on Sunday night. Monday morning the Kharkov missionaries will be going to visit an Orphanage to bring games, balls, and books to play with the children for a few hours. They will be leaving the games as gifts for the Children. The missionaries will spend the afternoon together with games and a program that the Fry's have organized. The day will conclude with a nice meal. We will repeat this same Sunday night fireside and Monday visit to an Orphanage the following Monday in Donetsk. We are excited that the missionaries will have an opportunity to provide service during this Christmas season. What a joy and blessing it has been for all of us to help others come unto Christ and to witness his atoning sacrifice take effect in their lives. We are filled with gratitude and love for our beloved Savior. Peace, and love to you and your families.
Posted by Melinda at 12:22 PM
December 11, 2008
Posted by Melinda at 12:56 PM
December 8, 2008
I just wanted to share a note that Bruce recently wrote to our friends who are serving a mission in Africa. I have been trying to get him to do a post for the blog for a long time now. I am sure many of you have been wondering about his impressions of the mission. I have still not convinced him to write a post for the blog but he did agree to let me share this letter with you. I thought it expressed very well how our Mission experience has affected him personally.
Bruce's letter to the Hafen's
Thank you for the birthday wishes. You can see from Melinda's blog that I was the center of attention for the day of my birthday. We love being with the missionaries and sharing their experiences. There were some days during the last year when I thought the mission would never end, but when you reflect back over the entire year it went by quickly. We enjoy the mission experience and, on many days we can even say we love the mission experience. We have the pleasant duty to provide help and material assistance to organizations that assist and provide comfort to the poor and the needy. The people who staff these kinds of organizations are most always good and caring individuals who really appreciate the help the church provides. Because Melinda and I represent the church we are the benefactors of their good well and expressions of thanks. We both feel, that in some small way, we are making a difference for the people we are able to help. However, the best part of this mission has been our growth in the gospel and the unity and deepening love and respect that we have for each other. Our lives have become richer, fuller, and more appreciative of the things that we have been blessed with in this life. I believe this growth could have only come through our mission experience. Melinda and I have become better saints, better parents and grandparents, and stronger role models for our member and non-member friends. Who would have thought that these blessings would extent out of serving others?
We are looking forward to returning home to family and friends. I have used this time away from home to improve my health so I can be more actively involved with my grandchildren. Before the mission, I had let my weight and physical condition deteriorate to where I wasn't very active or pleased with my self image. Since leaving the MTC, I have managed to lose 75 pounds and, with all of this walking, believe that some of my physical conditioning has returned. Looking forward to seeing you when we return to the United States
LOVE FROM UKRAINE, BRUCE AND MELINDA
Posted by Melinda at 4:03 AM
December 7, 2008
December 4, 2008
They even cleaned up after themselves.
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Health Fair click on the photo to see what is coming up
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