Kyrgyzstan – our new home

Ever since we left Louisville, Kentucky back on May 20 we have been working our way mostly westward with the hopes of reaching the country of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Well, now we’ve made it! We flew from Urumqi, China to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on August 29. God has been so gracious to us. We have arrived in several places either days before or after local attacks, earthquakes, or plane crashes. He has taken great care of us and we are now safe in our apartment in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan.

We have new friends here who are helping us to settle in as we wait for our classes to start at the Hope Clinic and Youth Center. We will be teaching both English and Chinese to mostly high school students here. Mark may also teach at a local high school.

We are very fascinated by the people and the culture here and though we are still adjusting, for the most part we are enjoying it. Our friends and acquaintances may be Russian or Kyrgyz or Kazakh or Dong Gan or Uzbek or Tatar or even German, Korean, or Han Chinese. Russian is spoken by most here and we are finding it a very difficult language. We live on Lenin Street right next to the Lenin statue and wonder why some cars have the steering wheel on the left side of the car and some cars have it on the right.

The bazaar is a great place to shop and it’s got lots of life. The money here is the Kyrgyz Som and we go to the bazaar to buy bread, milk (which is straight from the cow), eggs, and other items, including choosing from many, many different kinds of snacks that they sell here.  

We have our own furnished two-bedroom apartment with almost everything we need.  We don’t have a TV or computer at home, so in our spare time we have been playing games and reading.  The electricity and water go out twice daily, once in the afternoon and once in the middle of the night, for several hours.  We are trying to get used to that.

Classes will begin next week.  We are looking forward to meeting our students and sharing our lives with them for the next three months.


5 thoughts on “Kyrgyzstan – our new home

  1. Wow! Glad you made it to Krygyzstan. The milk sounds fresh and great! Do you have to strain it with anything, though, to keep out the bacteria? Donkeys, donkeys, I’m not sure I want a pet one. You should do a post elaborating more on why you love them so much!

  2. Glad to know you arrived there safe and sound!! How i wish i were there! Then i can pick back some of my Russian words. Russians is a hard language, many noun cases and verb endings.

  3. Hi Jennifer and Mark,
    I’ve been reading about your travels all summer and have really enjoyed keeping up with you. The photos are great! I especially like you on the yak, Jennifer. Your yak hat looked right out of Dr. Seuss. I’m so thankful you were able to spend time traveling before settling down, but it must be just as exciting to have reached your destination. I want to hear how those English and Chinese classes go. Just put some marbles in your mouth when you speak at the market and Russian will flow out! Russian always had a melodious, gurgling sound to me. I wish you well and love you both.


  4. Hi there Bro. Mark and Jen,

    Great! We prayed for you just this recently concluded Renown Camp for TUPV students. Glad you arrived safe there.

    We’re looking forward to hearing more about what’s going on with you there.

    By the way, I find it most confusing to spell Krygstan. And Roselle keeps on asking where in the world is that. hehe =) Both of us have been thinking about missions also. No serious plans yet. But after the wedding, I expect it would begin to form.

  5. Hi, Mark & Jennifer:
    Now, you have been there for one month. How was it? I was there for more than 3 years. I know it is not easy to adjust and to work with and work among people of different culture and personality. Please be patient and the Master will guide you and bless you. Encountering difficulties and being is situations of frustration will let you learn a lot of spiritual lessons. I am sure you will benefit more than the students. We have been remembering you ever since you left LA. Friends at our “family” are asking how you two are doing in Tokmok. Please share with me. Do you prefer me to call you there?

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