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Mitch Densley Visit To Serbia
Nov 23rd, 2009 by ron

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We have really had a great week in many ways.  The best part was that our son Mitch, who is on R&R from Afghanistan, came to visit us.  The visit was short but was sweet.  It would be so fun if all of our family and close friends could come to see us.  I must admit, Mitch’s visit made me homesick for a few days.  I cried every time someone would mention family but I am over it—thank heavens!

#00.  Mitch as he came off the plane in Belgrade, Serbia

#1.  Around the table eating Moms homemade chili.  They promised they wouldn’t use any stupid pics. of me—I guess they were kidding!

#2.  We visited some museums while Mitch was here.  This is inside the Serbian National Bank’s Museum.  This is the Mitch we all love so much.

#3.  In the museum.

#4.  A real bar of gold—don’t worry, security was really tight!

#5.  Ron, Me, Mitch, Elder Knight from Crescent Valley, Nv., E. Jasper from Tooele, E. Christiansen from Highland, Ut, E. Beaumont from Vancouver, Canada, E. Porter from Bountiful area,  E. Armstrong from Taylorsville, Mitch’s comrads-Koko from Pennsylvania and Andre from Logan.

#6.  The Serbian Orthodox Temple near our flat.  It is really pretty at night.

#7.  View inside the temple.  It has been under construction for over 100 years and is a long way from completion.  Their head patriarch passed away the day Mitch arrived and in lieu of flowers, it was suggested that people donate money.  They estimated that over 1,000,000 people passed by his body or attended the funeral.  If everyone gave just $1.00——-.

#8.  On Tuesday Evening I made an early Thanksgiving dinner—3 roasted chickens (couldn’t find a turkey)  mashed potatoes/gravy, stovetop stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the rest including pumpkin pie and banana cream pie.  Thanks to those of you who brought pumpkin, stovetop stuffing, cranberry sauce, pudding mixes and Crisco for pie crust!  We love you!!!!!

#9.  Mitch enjoying a piece of pumpkin pie and a glass—-NO, a CARTON of milk!

#10.  At the train station buying tickets for their night train to Greece.  We were headed to take a boat ride on the

Sava & Danube Rivers.  How do you do them both you might ask?  We were in the area where they join together and so it possible to do them both simultaneously!

#11.  On the trolley, headed home from our river cruise.  Bro Savic, the man on the right, was our river guide for the day.  He has been a faithful member of the church for 20 years.  The boys left at 10:00 that night and took the night train to Greece.  They are traveling all over Europe for their R&R.

#12.  Kalamegdon Fortress here in Belgrade.

#13.  Mitch at the fortress.

#14.  Pizza is a big thing in Serbia.  It is paper thin but is quite good.

#15.  After Mitch left, Ron and I had to do some traveling.  We are sharing some of the pics. that we took as we traveled along.  This one happens to be a working moonshine still in progress.  This man was making Rakia (grape brandy).  This happens to be a staple item in most homes in Serbia.

#16.  On our was to Slovakia to our Seniors Missionary Conference we passed through beautiful farmland.  This is a wagonload of cabbage.  They make tons and tons of sour cabbage for their winter food supply.  Everyone has a barrel of sour cabbage in their basement!

#17,18,19.  We stopped to take pictures of these people digging acres and acres (hectars and hectars) of carrots by hand.  They were so thrilled that Americans stopped to take their pics!  They gave us a bag of freshly dug carrots and when Ron tried to pay them they wouldn’t accept it.  This is one of the things that makes our mission so much fun!

Sava River Bridge
Nov 15th, 2009 by ron

What the bidge will look like

What the bidge will look like

The Three Crane

The Three Crane

Guard at the Bank

Guard at the Bank

Annett at the Guard house

Annett at the Guard house

We continue to have once in a lifetime experiences here in Serbia!

#1 pic is of Nikola, our Serbian teacher and translator and Elder’s Christiansen and Knight after Sunday dinner in our flat.  They were having fun modeling Ron’s new sesir (hat). 

Pic’s #2-16 of the new Sava Bridge being built over the Sava River to connect Belgrade to New Belgrade, of the river and of the city. Belgrade is really a beautiful city and a beautiful part of Europe.   Ron seized the once in a lifetime chance to take a ride in a wire basket suspended from the giant crane pictured here.  He accompanied Nikola , who is the official photographer for the progress on the bridge.  Ron was his 1st assistant for the afternoon.  He said it was a hair-raising experience but was so thrilled to get so many cool photos of the progress on the bridge, of the Sava River and of Belgrade.

#17 &18 are of Ron and me outside the Serbian National Bank.  This bank is still in use today but and is also a museum where you can take a tour and see some of the old inflation money and even have your picture printed on some currency.  There were two little guard stations outside the door that aren’t used anymore so Ron and I decided that we would be the guards for a moment!

We continue to love our mission and are experiencing more than we ever hoped to do in a lifetime.  The next few weeks are so booked that we won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving officially this year as we will be in Novi Sad running a Neo-Natal Resuscitation Training seminar.  Our thanks to Dr & Sis Bennett and Dr Groeberg who will be giving up their Thanksgiving with their own families to come to Serbia to conduct the 3 day seminar.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Elders & Nikola
Elders & Nikola
Crane over the SAVA  River
Crane over the SAVA River

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Novi Belgrade
Novi Belgrade
Boats on the Sava
Boats on the Sava
Part of the new Bridge
Part of the new Bridge
Sky Line
Sky Line
Sail boat of the Sava
Sail boat of the Sava
Main Post of the bridge
Main Post of the bridge
House on the Sava
House on the Sava
Temple St Sava
Temple St Sava
Going up in the basket

Going up in the basket

First Week November in Serbia
Nov 11th, 2009 by ron

Old Green house

Old Green house

Green Gardens

Green Gardens

At home on Tractor

At home on Tractor

Agg School and Red Cross in Kraljevo

Agg School and Red Cross in Kraljevo

Farm in Agg School

Farm in Agg School

Stables for the Animals

Stables for the Animals

Kraljevo's Hospital  Doctor

Kraljevo's Hospital Doctor

Corn & Out Reach

Corn & Out Reach

A Fierce Competition

A Fierce Competition

The weather has turned of cold and rainy.  We had experienced a few days in the 50’s with sunshine and it almost felt like a heat wave but we are back to cold and rainy.

 

We have been traveling again and so will share some photos from our photo album again.  Pictures speak louder than words!

 

!.  In the mornings, we get up and take a walk in the park near to our flat.  It is beautiful there and we have especially enjoyed the changing and falling leaves.  This is Ron in the park.

 

2.  We traveled to southern Serbia to a place called Prokuplije.  We met with the Red Cross, who in turn set us up with the Agricultural High School there to see about their need for a greenhouse.  We think our idea of providing greenhouses for agricultural High Schools to grow vegetables and give them to the local soup kitchens and for the Red Cross to distribute to the needy is a good project.  #2 picture is of the Red Cross and Agricultural High School Director, as well as Ron & I.

 

3.  This is an old greenhouse in the area.  They last for years and do a good job of growing and protecting vegetables from the cold weather as you can see in Pic. 4.  This is baby spinach growing inside of a greenhouse.

 

5.  We also traveled to Kraljevo where Ron found a tractor to drive.  It made him feel right at home.

 

6.  We were really impressed with the Agricultural High School in Kraljevo.  The principal of director is a woman and she is really with it.  This was the nicest school we have seen since we arrived in Serbia.

 

7.  This is a view of the barns and outbuildings at the Kraljevo School.

 

8.  Cows and lambs like these live inside of a barn most or all of their lives.  They don’t go outside to pasture or to walk around.  Their stalls are amazingly clean and they don’t smell as you might expect.

 

9.  We visited a hospital in Kraljevo with the Red Cross ladies there.  We went there to meet with this really great doctor (on the right side in this photo).  He has the best attitude.  He feels that you are never too old or too knowledgeable to take more classes.  He is interested in the Neo-Natal Resuscitation class that our specialists teach.

 

10.  We just reopened the “Outreach” center at the church.  Ron and I are in charge of it.  We organized a ping pong tournament and made mounds of popcorn for those who came.  These people take their ping pong seriously!  We had a nice plaque made to award to the winner at the conclusion.  We will have ongoing tournaments and a person has to win 3 tournaments in a row to keep the plaque permanently.  If someone else wins the second tournament, he takes the plaque from the first winner and so on until someone is able to win 3 in a row, at which time it will be his (or hers) and we will have a new plaque

made.

 

11.  We had 35 people attend our first Outreach for the fall of 2009.  This pic. is a serious foosball game in progress while the ping pong was going on in another corner of the center!!!  Everyone had so much fun and we are all looking forward to next Saturday as we weren’t able to finish the ping pong tournament as we ran out of time.

12. This is the Vasica Family.  Bro Vasica teaches institute.  He and his wife have 5 children.  Pictured with Bro Vasica are his son Dusan ( who just turned 12 and is our branch’s only deacon) and Katarina who is 15 and is a runner.  She has won many championships for her ability in running.

 

13. Just to prove that the Lord lover Serbia too, here is a beautiful rainbow (taken from our balcony on the 11th floor flat

Looking for a Winner
Looking for a Winner
Rain Bow In Belgrad

Rain Bow In Belgrad

Morning Walk in the Park in Belgrad
Morning Walk in the Park in Belgrad
Agg shool Staff

Agg shool StaffOld Green House SpinachRd likes this ToyAgg School Staff Barns SheepDoctorYSA at the ChurchPop Corn

Green House Projects
Nov 2nd, 2009 by ron

Major

Major

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We were on the road this whole past week.  Some of the things we have seen and done are shown in the pictures that follow.

 

#1.  We visited the city of Cicevac to check on our potential water project there.  We didn’t arrive until after dark—7:00 pm to be exact.  They were still at city hall waiting for us to show us the progress water lines.  They were working like mad to get lines in before it gets too cold.

 

#2.  This is a very old water truck that they were using on the job.  We thought it was pretty cool that it still worked!

 

#3. The mayor of Cicevac is really a nice guy.  Here he is at one of the existing water stations where the citizens have to go to get clean water to use in their homes.

 

#4.  This is an old school that was used to house refugees.  There are still 2 refugees living there.  It was in pretty poor condition.

 

#5.  We are working with Benson Food Projects and are hoping to supple some greenhouses similar to this one. 

 

#6.  Some of the produce that is grown in greenhouses, namely, tomatoes—they call paradise, cucumbers, peppers and so on.

 

#7.  This house was over 100 years old.  It’s owner had it moved from it’s original location and has completely restored it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8.  You can see the original wood that the house was built on and still rests today.  Also the old stone foundation was moved to accommodate the house.  They took us under the crawl space and it was so interesting to see the old tools and antiques that are housed there.

 

#9.  Another view of the greenhouse and the beautiful village where it is located. 

 

#10.  It was oh so cold this day.  The Red Cross felt that our coats weren’t warm enough so they presented us with very heavy and warm “official Red Cross coats” so that we won’t freeze to death this winter!  Notice how beautiful this area is.

 

#11.  Notice the beautiful fall colors.  I imagine that this is what the New England states look like in fall back home.  We never get tired of driving through the countryside to see what we can see.

 

#12.  This is a sight we see all the time—Pa is taking Ma for a Sunday drive!

 

#13.  This is the local Pig Hauler!!!!!

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