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Thanksgiving Overseas

Celebrating Thanksgiving outside of the USA is a bit of a different experience.  First of all, it is not a holiday and therefore not a day off.  On Thanksgiving Day we sat in orientation lectures and carried on with life as usual.  So on the actual day of, we didn't do anything although some of the Americans in our international mission are putting together a meal for this Saturday night.  They went out to the store to get the fixin' for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, or at least as many as they can find.  Turkey is rather hard to come by so I think we are having chicken, or maybe Chinese roast duck instead.   All the missionaries who are here have been invited although the number of Americans among us is not that large. 
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Sitting Up In The Stroller

Joshua can't quite sit up on his own yet however we were glad to discover that he is big enough and strong enough to stay put in the harness of a regular stroller without slouching excessively. As you can see from his smile, Joshua much prefers it this way because he can more easily see the world than he could from lying on his back in the baby carrier.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Here at OMF Intl HQ in Singapore, we are right across the street from the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is a huge park and gardens that is lush, green, full of beautiful flowers, and wonderful for going for a walk with baby. Although lectures and other business take a lot of our time, we've managed to go a few times and take oodles of photos. Here are a few.

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Orientation Course

We've been in Singapore for about two weeks now and are well into our Orientation Course (OC) at OMF's International Headquarters. We are here together with other new OMF missionaries (and their children) from a variety of countries - USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Philipines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, etc. There are about 40 adults and 16 kids. Fortunately, there are some kind grandmas from UK and Australia are helping with childcare so that Sun and I can attend the lectures and not have to watch Joshua all the time.

 

The content of the lectures have covered medical issues (insurance, malaria, dengue fever, where to get medical advice and care on the field), finances (how OMF financial system works), the vision and mission of OMF International, times of Bible study, prayer, and worship, and meetings with the International Directors and Intl Medical Advisor. Joshua was able to get his six month shots right here at OMF HQ so we didn't have to go look for some place around town or wait.