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Weekend in Novi Sad
April 12th, 2009 by ron

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Shooting  some hoop with nomember

Shooting some hoop with nomember

Our host for the game

Our host for the game

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Watches Broom

Watches Broom

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We had quite a week. First of all we have had company. Sam and Kate arrived last Sunday and we aren’t sure how long they will be here with us but they have skills that havebeen helpful to us as Sam served a mission here 4 years ago and is fluent in the language. We have contacted hospitals to see if they might have a need of any of the services that we provide. We contacted the Red Cross a week of so ago and will be going back tomorrow to meet with higher up officials to see if there is anything we might partner up with them to do.
We went to Novi Sad and met with the pediatric hospital there with favorable results. They are so skeptical about us and don’t know if they trust you at first It’s like they are afraid that we are going to gain their trust and then steal some of their babies. While in Novi Sad we met a man and his wife who have been friends with the missionaries for about 8 years. They claim to be Athiest but love being around LDS people and especially missionaries. His name is PJ. He and his wife took Ron and I and Sam and Kate to see the old fort that was built to protect Novi Sad many many years ago. It was really neat–see the pictures in out blog- and really has quite the history. They invited us back on Saturday to have a picnic and for Ron and the Elders and Sam to play basketball with him. They took us to a private park on a hillside overlooking Novi Sad. It was so beautiful and green with grass and flowers and trees. Pj seemed to take a real liking to us and has offered to help us in any way he can. When we were ready to leave Ron talked to him about the church. He said the only problem is that I am Athiest. Ron said look at your beautiful wife and adorable little 3 yr. old son. Where do you think he came from. Ron told him that all he needs to do is ask God if he is really there and he will get his answer. We shall see what happens.
Earlier that day we stopped in Sremska and visited with another family. They are very active in the church. They are the Ivanovic family. Djordje (George) helped translate our manuals for the Humanitarian Dept of the church and we need him to do some more translating. They served us a wonderful lunch of home cured ham, homemade sausages(we’re not sure what meat they used!) cheeses, pickles, potato salad that was just potatoes,onions,vinegar, salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar. It was actually quite good. Georges mother does all of the cooking for the family and is a real sweet little grandma! She also made some tasty rolled desserts that were like a cinnamon roll some with ground walnuts, some with chocolate, and some with a very thick layer of poppy seeds. The poppy seed one is nasty as all get out. Matt , you remember the kind that you called dirt in the Czech Republic because you said they tasted worse than dirt?! This family is quite poor but so awesome. They live in a 4 room house, 1 bedroom, a livingroom, a kitchen and 1 bathroom. Three kids sleep in one bedroom, the mom and dad sleep on the couch in the li9vingroom and the grandma and grandpa sleep in the kitchen on another couch. The oldest son sleeps in the barn. George teaches school in two different schools and then does translating for the church. He is the sole breadwinner for the whole family. It is quite an amazing thing. If we can get him some more translating work it will help the family immensely.
We had the missionaries for dinner today (4 of them) along with Nikola the branch Pres. and Sam and Kate. I made fried chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed carrots,corn, and french bread. How about all those carbs! They just love a home cooked meal just like mom made and it was so fun. The elders even did the dishes and then they all gave me a blessing because I have my old cough back and it is driving me crazy. It is getting in my way so I need to get rid of it fast.
Hey, if you read our blog, please leave a short message so that we know you still care!! Our e-mails are dropping off! I might get homesick otherwise!!!!
We love you all,
Elder and Sis. Densley


7 Responses  
  • Mitch writes:
    April 13th, 20094:00 pmat

    Well, sounds like you all had a great time!! as you know i was given a 4 day weekend and so i hopped a plane back to hsv to visit some friends. i went to the driving range and also did some shopping, saw movies and went out to eat at some great restaurants! : )
    I’m very pleased to see that you both are doing well!

    Hugz n kisses!!

    -Mitch

  • Greg & Julie writes:
    April 14th, 200910:17 pmat

    Get feeling better! It sounds as if you’ve had a full and wonderful week! The contacts you are making sound to be promising. We check in all the time, but we’ll leave more comments so you know that we love hearing about your adventures! Love Ya

  • Cindy Larkin writes:
    April 15th, 20095:26 amat

    I don’t feel so bad now. We have been looking for a new home as the one we were renting went into foreclosure. We thought we were picked on if we had to look at a 3 bedroom house. I can only imagine living with 4 adults and 3 kids in a one bedroom! I guess I won’t complain anymore. We did find a four bedroom that we really like, and it’s in the same neighborhood, and school and ward…so now I really don’t have anything to complain about. I love reading your stories. And just so you know, I’m sure there are hundreds of people reading your blog, and only a handful will comment. It’s just how blogging goes. Keep it up! We all love reading it!

  • Jana writes:
    April 17th, 200911:19 pmat

    Well I have to say that I leave a comment every time I read it. I to hate it when you feel like nobody even reads what you have to share. Like Cindy said though, that is how it goes. I absolutely love hearing all of the wonderful thing that you have to write about, and share. I love the pictures too. You two are getting experience such a wonderful thing. I hope my parents go on some kind of mission like that. I know that my mom wants to go on a historical mission, but I really think she need to experience another culture, and the differant people. I hope that some day when Dondi and I get to the age to serve as a couple, that we will get to go somewhere like you and Ron have been sent. I know that it would be hard, but I realise that we learn so much about ourselves when we are in a place were they have so little. I love you guys and hope that things continue to go well for you. Get over that cold will ya? 🙂

  • Norene writes:
    April 19th, 20093:47 amat

    Dear Ron and Annette,
    So good to check your blog and see new pictures. I’ll bet the missionaries LOVE having you there to do some of that down home cookin’ for them! Like Cindy said, we should never feel picked on because we are so incredibly blessed. Sounds like you have been having a good week contacting hospitals etc. to see if you can be of help to them. Your company sounds really fun and interesting too. We have been praying for you every day and will pray that ? forgot name, will come to realize that there really is a God and will some day soon accept the gospel in his life. We love you. Keep up the good work. Love, Norene

  • cheryl writes:
    April 19th, 20097:33 pmat

    I am so excited to read all about this amazing adventure you are on. How it strengthens my testimony and knowledge of the gospel. I look forward to see what is next on your blog, so don’t worry we all read it and love it. How spoiled we are to have such a nice a big home, my kids don’t even understand what others have to go through in this life. I am going to make your story part of our family council every Sunday evening so they can feel a part of this great journey you are on. I am like Jana I hope my parents get to go on a mission soon and help bless those around them. I am excited to here you were able to cook a traditional yummy dinner for others, I was worried you would have to eat yucky food all the time. Take care and you are in our prayers. Love you.

  • Caroline & Dick writes:
    April 20th, 20091:16 amat

    Can hardly wait to check in and see what you guys are up to. I feel like I am missing so much since we don’t have skype, but it is getting closer. I want to be included by talking to you so we can too know all that your doing. It is good to see Mitch’s comment. Sounds as if everything is going ok for him. We pray for him always. Please keep in touch with email sometimes too. It makes my day to hear from you. Proud of you guys and keep up the good work. Sorry you have a cold. Thanks Jana for letting us know that. Hope you get over it fast. Get all of this ucky stuff out of the way really fast and the rest of your mission should go really easy. Take care, work hard, and trust in the Lord. We love you guys


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