Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Tribute to Enid Miller

My dear friend Enid passed away on Friday May 16th - she was 92 years old.  Enid loved the Lord all her life when she received the call to work in Africa at age 10.  When she was 20 years old she began to serve the Lord in Africa where she stayed for 35 years.  Enid was instrumental in translating the New Testament into one of the Bantu languages while she was in Gabon Africa.

I met Enid when she returned from Gabon while she was living in Pasadena California.  Enid knew a friend of ours, Norman Meeten, whom she met in France at a Bible conference.  Norman came to California to speak in our church and invited Enid to join us.  That was our first meeting and the beginning of many years of friendship and fellowship in the Lord.

Enid was 40 years older than I, yet she was a true friend and sister in the Lord.  Her lively spirit full of praise and thankfulness to the Lord was an inspiration to myself and to many.  She loved to tell stories of Africa and what the Lord did while she lived and worked there.

Enid was a living example of a soul who loved God all the days of her life, she exuded joy and praise, and testified to God's faithfulness on a daily basis.  

At Town & Country Manor where she spent her last several years

Enid often joined our home church on Sunday mornings

She also joined us for Thanksgiving each year for many years

Here's Enid with our home church picture back in 2010

We often had lunch after church - Enid enjoyed our lunches very much!

Enid came to my Mother-in-law's 80th birthday.  She and Enid were good friends.

Enid often invited many for lunch at The Manor.  We were just one of many of her guests.

Enid and Norman Meeten. 

Enid at our Christmas Party - we played a game where we all dressed up and took group pictures!  She was  good sport!

Here are some photos of her life in Africa. 
In the first photo Enid has just arrived in the Congo by train. She had to travel through jungle country to get to and from her work in the Gabon.
She had to go by truck to her destination
Enid arriving in the Congo by Train (age 22)
A fellow worker on the compound

Crossing the river

The jungle roads were quite rough

Working with Dr. Albert Sweitzer

Enid being carried along the jungle trails

Enid with a friend

The Bible compound where Enid worked

Displaying the finished New Testament which Enid and her co-worker had translated

Fresh monkey for dinner!

The women which Enid became close to in Africa
Enid's closest friend and prayer partner (in orange) saying goodbye as she was returning to the States after 37 years of service to the Lord in Africa      

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Semester in Pictures

A lot of time has passed since my last blog post.  It has been super super busy!  I'd like to express in pictures what I've been up to.  Check it out!

Torch Church outing

This is the famous dinosaur which was returned to Mongolia after many years

Our friend Maria took us to see it!

Our first meal at Round Table Pizza - yes the best pizza in the world!
It sure is GOOD!

Mona, Richard and I went to a Chinese performance in UB City

Chinese performances are very colorful!
This is our friend Amaara who was quarantined in a hospital and then died.  We were very sorry and shocked as he was only 24 years old.  He was a part of our church.  He had liver problems and was in a coma for 2 weeks.  His body was too weak to survive.

Bobby and Sarah from Torch church

MIU had a Teachers Workshop before the Semester started.  These re all the teachers

Torch Retreat Fall 2013

The ger where we slept

Torch friends

Lunch is served.  Typical sausage sandwiches

Bat, Bujee and their lovely daughter

Oyuka and Bogi

Shinne Bagsh and Sarruul - Bagsh means teacher

Wonha, Gracey and I

The beautiful countryside

The skies in Mongolia are beautiful

Torch Church now meeting in the Full Cup Coffee House

I baked goodies for the Full Cup Soft Opening

Torch friends

Bold, the owner of the Full Cup Coffee House

Me and Gracey - Bold & Wonha's daughter


Ouyka is learning to be a Barista for the Full Cup

Everybody helped to work to get the Full Cup up and running.  This is Tuvshin - a great brother!

MIU has a Culture Day - Here are the different national outfits of the students who attend MIU.  This is a traditional Mongolian dress

A traditional men's Mongolian outfit.  The long robes are called "Dells".

Traditional women's outfits - from different provinces in Mongolia

Traditional Mongolian foods - goats meat with pickles, bread with milk products, milk tea

Korean traditional outfits

Russian traditional clothing

Mongolian outfits

Love the hats!

Surviving winter in Mongolia!

This is David from Ireland who visited Mongolia.  It was a chance meeting which was a Divine appointment.

David really encouraged us in the Lord!

Smoggy winter in Mongolia

This is the coal store!  People buy coal to burn in their Ger's

Typical cemetery in Mongolia

Our church cell group last semester - It was a great group and we really bonded!

Bold, Wonha, Gracey & Shekinah with Bold's sisters on both sides

Our Bible study in our home - one of the girls brought her violin to play for us.

Every winter there are ice sculptures to enjoy!  This was in front of a department store

Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs??? However, Richard is not very dwarf like!

MIU Christmas Party - we had to dress one of our table up.  Richard was chosen and we won the prize!  Most unique!

Our Table at the Christmas Party

Christmas party held at Sunjin Hotel next to MIU

MIU Staff - they all come decked out!

LEI Teachers

Richard and Chimee

Torch baptism held indoors

Bayarmaa getting baptized

Ariuka getting baptized

She just sobbed!  Bless her!

Mona getting baptized

Those who came out to the baptism from Torch

Bible Study Christmas Party 2013

Unan, Ali, and Hamed

Torch Christmas Party - we made Turkey!!!  It was expensive but worth it!

Torch Christmas Party at the Full Cup

Food and Fellowship

Bold and his Grandfather, Bogi and Carey Koh

These girls were part of a dance performed at our Christmas party

The guys sang "The Prayer"

We had a games time - teams dressed up to get the prize!

Team One

Team Two

Team Three

Team Four

He loved the glasses!

Christmas in San Diego - this is Mission Bay - what a contrast from Mongolia!


We had Christmas with Kim and Lenny in San Diego.  Christy and Audrey came after Christmas

Kim arranged for us to sing at Sea World on December 27th - our gift were 4 free tickets to Sea World each!

It was an awesome experience

This is Shamu's water tank.  Nice to see they acknowledge the LORD!
We were not disappointed!

We had to wear robes and carry a candle

Greeting the people as they left the show

Lenny decked out in his Navy Uniform

For Richard's 60th birthday we rented a sailboat and Lenny sailed us through the San Diego Bay

It was wonderful!

Dad and Kim

Happy Birthday Richard!  He loved it!

The happy couple!  Lenny is a pretty good sailor too!

Where in the world do you get views like this?

The sea was like glass

Closing up the boat - trip over!

New Year's Party at the Bush's house - Caleb's birthday too!

Resurrection Life Church New Year's Party

It was great fun!  Great food!  Great fellowship!

Back to San Diego - Wow!

We took a walk along Coronado Island

The beauty is undeniable!

Christy and Audrey came - our favorite stop - The Coffee Bean

Sea World

Audrey in a sea of colors!

The rides were fun

Kim's friend Noel Drazin came with us

Shamu - a great show

Hi Shamu!

Richard and Lenny got in a few games

Sea World

What a great day!  Who can beat the weather!

We met some Mongolian friends in Santa Ana - its a small world!

Resurrection Life Church - our home church - our dear friends

Can't get enough of these folks!

Laguna Beach with Noel - its tradition!  We go to Las Brisas for brunch.  Wonderful!

I love the flower and fauna

Fabulous!  My favorite place