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Christmas 2009
Dec 27th, 2009 by ron

Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year!

We had a great Christmas, unlike any we have ever experienced before and we realize that we have much to be thankful for this Christmas Season.

We love to share with you the things we are involved in and places that we go.  This has been a slower work week due to Christmas and will continue to be a Holiday Celebration until after the 8th of January due to the fact that the Serbian Orthodox celebrate Christmas on January 7th.  The school children get a month off for the Christmas Holidays! 

#1.  We were in Bosnia on Sunday night and Monday.  We went there to meet with our greenhouse supplier.  He and his wife invited us into their home for Sunday night dinner.  They are a really nice Muslim family and were so kind to us.  They live in Gracinica, Bosnia.

#2.  Winter in Bosnia.

#3. More winter in Bosnia!

#4.  Yes, it was cold!

#5.   We had a sudden change of temperatures.  It was -20 C last week and in just a few days time, it warmed up and was 65 degrees of Christmas Day. On Wed. we were at the piazza and were surprised to see that they finally had Christmas trees for sale—no, we didn’t buy one.  Our homemade wreath covered it this year.  Undecorating isn’t going to be a problem!

#6.  The Elders came Christmas Morning to spend the day with us and with our translator, Nikola.  They had a friendly game of Monopoly—Serbian style.

#7.  We were so lucky to get invited to the Hamilton’s for Christmas Eve dinner.  They work for the embassy and have a most beautiful home and served the most wonderful turkey dinner.  It was delicious.  Thank you Hamilton’s!

#8.  We gave Nikola a Brigham Young Univ. Sweatshirt.  He liked it!

#9.  He was more thrilled about the triple combination scriptures however.  Elder Christiansen and our new elder, Elder Beus are with him.  Elder Beus arrived 9 days ago.

#10.  Ron had to get Serbian baseball hats for the Elders.  They have the insignia that reads “God Loves Serbs”!

#11.  Another Bosnian picture.  It was even colder than it looks and the smell of coal burning took our breath away.  It seemed foggy but it was really smoke because most of the homes and the businesses are heated with coal.

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Jack and Joe Reber Wishing you a Merry Christmas
Dec 24th, 2009 by matt

Presentation
Dec 19th, 2009 by ron

#1.  Winter is definitely here to stay.  Ron insisted on buying me a new winter hat to keep my head warm!  As you can see, the snow is deep and very cold.

#2.  Ron and I took a walk to Center.  It was cold and snowy but so beautiful!

#3.  There are “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” on every corner.  Ron doesn’t like them at all but I can take them or leave them.

#4.  We visited a school for the deaf in Novi Sad on Thursday.  This little girl is quite an artist and painted us a picture of the Fortress in Novi Sad.

#5.  The temperatures have really dropped.  The temp. gauge in the car read -14.5 degrees centigrade and it got down to 15 below.  It stayed below zero all day.

#6.  We went to the city of Sabac on Friday to present a multi-cultivator to a refugee man from Croatia.  He has a bad heart and isn’t able to do hard manual labor.  They live on a small farm and this piece of equipment will allow him to do much more and provide for his family.  It has a tiller attachment as well.  We were at the implement store where we purchased the multi-cultivator with funds from Humanitarian Services.  Rijko will share this with his community of refugees.  It will bless all of their lives.

#7.  We were invited to Rijka’s home where he signed the papers stating that he will share this tractor and that he won’t ever sell it.  His wife Branka looks on.  They were so thankful for the donation.

#8.  Branka was busy preparing for a celebration the next day.  It is called St. Nikola Day and is something like Thanksgiving we have decided.  They prepare all kinds of food and their family and friends come to enjoy the meal with them.  This huge bread that she is holding is really a tradition.  The priest will come and bless the bread (for a fee) and they can’t celebrate without the bread.  They call the day a Slava.  She did a beautiful job of making the bread and baked it in a wood burning stove.  We think we have it rough!!!

#9.  Rijka, Branka, Ron and I and the new multi-cultivator!

#10.  At Rijka and Branka’s house.  It was every bit as cold as it looks!

#11.  We were able to present another family with a cement mixer.  The man, Predrag, is a brick mason.  He will also share the mixer with the other members of the community and will be able to help support his family with the mixer.  His wife, Dusanka, also helps him lay brick.  This is home to the husband and wife, two daughters and a son, and the grandma.  She was darling, always smiling!  She gave Ron, Nikola and I each a pair of wool socks that she had knotted.  They sure are warm!

#12.  Dusanka also made Slava Bread.  It was really pretty even before it was baked and the symbols on top have meaning.

#13.  It gets dark here around 3:30 and the cement mixer was delivered after dark so what do you do?  You stand outside in the dark and take a picture.  They were sure happy and appreciative of the donation.  Thanks to all of you who donate to Humanitarian.  It really does go to a good cause!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter in Belgrade
Dec 15th, 2009 by ron

Greetings to all!  We have enjoyed a slower week than usual  but have still managed to stay busy and take a few pictures to share.

#1.  On Monday we had all of the Serbian Elders for dinner.  Elder Knight managed to sneak in a 2 liter of coke—he said he needed to celebrate.  It was transfer day and he is going to Novi Sad, Elder Christiansen is transferred back to Belgrade and Elder Armstrong is headed to Croatia at this very moment.  Pictured here are Elder Christiansen, Ron, E. Jasper, E. Beaumont, E. Porter, E. Knight and E. Armstrong.  We are getting a new greenie elder straight from the MTC.  He will be here on Wednesday.

 

#2.We won’t be having a Christmas tree this year but I did manage to find some Pine Boughs and Pine Cones that I made into a wreath.  We bought 1 strand of colored lights and 6 ornaments and it made a real nice wreath that has brought Christmas into our flat!  We also found a poinsettia at the piaca      (marketplace) and we were so happy to find that.  Today is Dec. 15 and it is snowing wildly outside.  We got up early and got ready to leave for Novi Sad but as we looked out we realized we weren’t going anywhere so we changed back into our jammies and have enjoyed a beautiful snow day from our 11th floor flat.

 

#3.  A look at the snowy rooftops.  It really is beautiful and very cold!

 

#4.  The view across the street from our flat.

 

#5.  We continue to find ourselves pictured in the most unusual places.  Someone found us in Dr. Grebeldinger’s publication along with Bro. & Sis. Jackson from Draper and Dr. Grebeldinger as a younger man.

 

#6.  This is from the newspaper in Sremska Mitrovica along with Dr Minislav Kendricic (we call him Dr. Mike) and his wife Mirjana.  They are really great people.

 

#7.  Pres. Hill, our Mission Pres., Dr. George Bennett from Farmington, Utah and the Hospital administrator in Novi Sad.  Dr. and Sis. Bennett are toying with the idea of moving to Kayenta (Ivins, Utah).  They would be a wonderful addition to our area.  This picture was taken at the press conference for our Neo Natal Resuscitation Course 3 weeks ago in Novi Sad.

 

#8.  Dr Mike Kendricic and the newly donated equipment that Latter-day Saint Charities was able to supply to the General Hospital in Sremska Mitrovica.  The equip. included 2 infusion pumps, 2 respirators and a blood analyzer.

 

We send our love to all of you at this Christmas Season and especially to our Sons, Daughters-in-law and our Grandkids.  We sure do miss you this special time of year.  As we celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ,  may we all find love and peace in your hearts and in your homes.  May the Lord’s Choicest Blessings be yours.

 

Our love to you all, Elder Ron and Sis. Annette Densley

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Decembers Up DATE
Dec 9th, 2009 by ron

We have had a very busy and interesting past 3 or 4 weeks as depicted by the photos!

#1.  Ron and I were able to purchase a multi-cultivator for a refugee returnee to Serbia.  We found a really great deal on one that is brand new but has a bit of sun fading from being on the sales lot.  We were able to save $500.00 by purchasing this little tractor and the recipient was thrilled.

#2.  Just 2 weeks ago we completed the Neo-Natal Resuscitation  training in Novi Sad.  We had dinner with the head Dr., Dr Boba as we call her.  Notice the beautifully lit bridge in the background.  It is a bridge over the Danube River in Novi Sad.  Babies will be saved because of this training which is to resuscitate babies that don’t immediately breathe on their own at birth. 

#3.  This pic. is in Cicevac.  This is the water project that we are still in the process of submitting.  Pictured are Ron, Annette, Slavica-the Red Cross Secretary in Cicevac, The Mayor of Cicevac, and Sid and Louise Allsop who are water specialists from Utah.  They came to Serbia to assess the need of this water project and their conclusion is that the water project is definitely in need of our help.  Incidently, Bro. Allsop is 80 yrs. Old and Sis. Allsop is 76.  Aren’t they a great example to all of us to never giving up.  I think they will leave this life (when their time comes) kicking and screaming to stay and keep on working!

#4. Bro. & Sis. Allsop and the Mayor at one of the 12 water pedestals in the city of Cicevac where the residents now get their drinking water.

#5.  The main  primary lines are being installed at this time.  The primary lines are being funded by the Serbian Government.  This is a look at the trenches where the lines are being installed.

#6.  From Cicevac we went to Kraljevo to visit with the hospital about having a Neo-Natal training there in May.  They are really interested and are hopeful that we can get it approved for the southwest portion of Serbia.  This pic is with the hospital staff, Ron and I, Nikola our translator and Dr. & Sis. Bennett in the office of the Hospital Administrator.

#7.  We took a much needed P-Day to show the Allsops a small bit of Belgrade.  We visited the St. Sava Temple just down the street from our flat on a very rainy day!

#8.  On Sunday, after church, we went to Tuzla, Bosnia.  We went there to meet the Colton’s and the Durrance’s to show them our projects that we are working on there.  They are our leaders in the Frankfort office that we have worked with since we arrived in March.  Bro and Sis Durrance go home in a few days as their mission is over.  The Colton’s are their new replacements that we will be working with.  Pictured here are the Colton’s, Connie Durrance, Tanja from the Tuzla Red Cross, Joe Durrance, Me and Ron.

We have 250 wheelchairs on a ship headed for the port of Croatia that will them be trucked to Tuzla.  They are scheduled to arrive in 2-3 weeks.  We also have a container of used winter clothing also in transit to Tuzla.  We think it will arrive in January.

#9.  One of our favorite projects is our greenhouse project. We donated this greenhouse to the Vocational School and Red Cross in Kalesija, Bosnia.  They will be joint owners.  The students will learn how to grow vegetables year-round in the greenhouse and will in turn donate the vegetables to the Red Cross who will use the vegetables in their Soup Kitchens and distribute to shut ins who are in need in their city.  We think this is a real win-win situation that will benefit many people, the students, and the needy of the area.

#10.  Elder Jasper, Elder Christiansen and me.  They are hungry boys and so we keep feeding them.  Incidentally, they will eat anything!!!!

#11.  Back to Novi Sad.  Sister Bennett and I preparing for the Neo-Natal Training. 

#12.  We have a wonderful  Mission President.  He lives on the road as he travels from place to place to take care of his Missionaries and still finds the time to come to our events to talk to the media as he is the spokesperson for the church here in Serbia.  We love you Pres. Hill!  This photo is of Pres Hill, Dr. Bennett from Farmington, Ut. And the administrator of the Children’s Hospital in Novi Sad.

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Saving Babies One Breath At a Time
Dec 1st, 2009 by ron

Dr Bennett from Ut

Dr Bennett from Ut

Dr Grobreg & Dr Bennette

Dr Grobreg & Dr Bennette

Dr Groberg

Dr Groberg

Dr B & Nevena  &  Nikloa

Dr B & Nevena & Nikloa

Doctors and Nurses in the Training

Doctors and Nurses in the Training

Bro & Sis Bennett & Dr Groberg

Bro & Sis Bennett & Dr Groberg

Stimmler Family after Thankgiving

Stimmler Family after Thankgiving

Saving Babies One Breath at a Time

 

Over 50 doctors and nurses from the northern region of Serbia gathered in the city of Novi Sad to be trained in the techniques of resuscitating new-born babies.  They were trained by Latter-day Saint doctors George Bennett, an anesthesiologist from Farmington, Utah and Dr. George Groberg, a pediatrician from Idaho Falls, Idaho.  They were accompanied by Sis Marcia Bennett who is the nerve center of the training.  They gave up their Thanksgiving with their families to travel to Serbia to present the two-day training course.  The Bennett’s have been doing this for 5 years and have just sighed up to continue for another 2 ½ years.  Dr Groberg is one of the pioneers of this program and has been involved for over 15 years.

The doctors and nurses were taught the special techniques of resuscitating new-born babies that don’t breathe on their own at birth when time is critical.  The special techniques must be performed within seconds after the birth if the baby doesn’t breathe on it’s own to prevent lack of oxygen to the brain or death.

The church donated mannequins and other equipment for the training.  The idea is for the trained doctors and nurses to go back to their respective areas with the mannequins and equipment they have received and continue the teaching process by teaching the other doctors, nurses, midwives and other health care professionals the techniques of resuscitating babies.

The Doctor specialists receive calls frequently from doctors and nurses they have trained saying “I saved another baby today using our techniques”.

Elder & Sis. Densley, the organizing Humanitarian Missionaries in Serbia, heard the comment “if the life of just one baby is saved, the program was worth it”.

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