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.