Monday, March 16, 2009

Yum Shig Probably Yup

Huh... If you could deflate a football and send another one, that would be cool. I donated the other one to Choibalsan. Trying to get anyone to play any kind of sport here on p-day is like pulling teach out of a bobcat. [I'm pretty sure he meant teeth but this suits my mood of late]

So anyways, the only interesting thing from my end of the world is that we're teaching the second counselor in the district presidency sign language now and more importantly to his younger sister. She never got any education because the right kind of schools were really far away and she couldn't deal with it when she was really young. She's way freaking smart though. Most of the people we teach that never went to school have memorized like 5 words in 2 months. She's got 50 in the last week.

The other thing is, I don't know how to describe it well, but it's this art where you fold up little paper triangles and stack hundreds of them to make stuff like birds and ships etc. The book I was looking at has a picture of the basic folds, then a pictures of the finished thing, and a count of each kind of fold and how many needed from each. She made like this huge stork in a day, and it's the first one she ever built. I'm still trying to figure how the paper folds work.

I asked her mom what happened to her hearing and she said that something got botched in medical treatment with her eye, so the eye went bad and it effected her senses a little. And after that, at the time the only treatment they thought would fix it was sticking a whole bunch of needles in her all over the place, which of course hurts like nuts so they stopped doing it, and in turn the doctors blamed her for her hearing not coming back. I think she still worries about it to this day.

But anyways, on that note I'm trying to make a lesson book for all our deaf homies like that. Starting of with simple stuff like << picture of chair-chair spelled out- picture of someone signing chair >> then working on connecting verbs that go with the object << sit on chair >> then going into pictures involving time << will sit - someone standing next to chair, sitting - on the chair, sat - getting up >>. using a lot of kids education books etc. as a basis, but if you've got any connections with someone who knows how to do this, that would be great.

We cleaned a stairwell Saturday. That's a feat here. It is now the only graffiti, pee, dirt, carrion free 5 flights of stairs in all of Mongolia; and it has a minty after smell.

We had eight deaf investigators to church and one inactive member,that was sweet. Every area I serve always gets sweet right when I leave. Baganuur went from 30 to 80 people at church when I left. All the work in Sukhbaatar went nuts and attendance went way up when I went to Enkhtaivan. Enkhtaivan is already the promise land so that didn't change much. Then in Choibalsan I was so happy when attendance went to 130 my last week, and now it went to 181 this week. If our work is getting like this now it's gonna be sweet when I leave yum shig probably. Yup.

Anyways, going to go try and find a B-ball.

What is Sarah's snail mail address?

If you could vacuum seal a thing of Hot&Spicy Chicken from Grand Buffet that would be magical.


  1. Hey desmerin, its me eurocracy off facepunch, i think i am the only one who still has your vmf's XD.
    Are you coming back to facepunch when you get back?

  2. We are very proud of you, Babe. And we're looking forward to having you closer to home soon. Love and hugs from Granny and Pawpaw Byrd.