Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Update on Honduras

After we posted the other night, we got a call from the brothers in Honduras. It turns out Honduras no longer has a branch, but instead has a translation center. So our information is being forwarded to the Mexico branch and we should hear back soon. Zach talked to the brother (Bill something) for a little bit about the area, and he told Zach that him and his wife served in the area we want to go to for over 15 years, and the English congregations need help still.

It's so exciting to know our information was received and they actually seem to want us. Especially considering the work they had to do to get ahold of us just to let us know what is going on. We thought they would respond by letter, so we didn't put down our phone number or email in the letter we sent. They would have had to call New York to get the info for our brothers, then call our brothers to get our info. I imagine international calls are expensive, although they do have a MagicJack with a New York area code, so I don't know. I just thought it was really loving of the brother to call us just to give us a heads up.

I know our plan is to spend some time in Honduras then come home and go to Nepal, but I get the feeling we will go to Honduras and end up loving it so much we decide to stay. The only thing I don't know about is the Visa requirements. It's been really hard to get info on how to stay for a year or longer. I figured out how to stay for 6 months, you just leave the country for 72 hours after 3 months, then come back in. That really sucks, cause then, you know, we might have to go to Nicaragua or Belize or something. O the horror....

Until next time....

Monday, October 24, 2011

Honduras here we come.......maybe. :)

So today when I got home from the RBC build in Black Forest, I checked the messages on our machine, and guess what! The brothers from the Honduras Branch called us to ask for our e-mail so they could send us further information. This is so awesome. We'll keep you all up to date on what happens next, till then........

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday News

Today was exciting. Zach and I got to work on the hall build in town. Zach is doing drywall and I am in sound now.

You know what this means...NEW TOOLS!!!!! Super excited by all the new things we got. Nothing special really, just tape and exacto knives and wire strippers, things of that sort. But since it's all stuff I need for my new assignment, it makes me feel really special, like I belong. My team is really nice too, I already knew two people from different congregations we've been to, but everyone else was really welcoming as well. Of course, as Jehovah's people, they would be, but it's still nice to experience.

Zach finished his assignment today, but mine is just beginning. I am supposed to be there tomorrow until about 11pm working, and I'll be there again on Sunday.

Here are some pictures I took today.

Friday, October 14, 2011


I got my RBC assignment. I'm the newest member of the Sound Department.
I'm excited because this means I still get to crawl into small spaces and put things together. At least that's what I've been told. The brother also told me that Sound is really good to learn for international building, where HVAC isn't because not all countries have a/c or heaters in their halls. I hadn't thought of that before.
I think this will be a really good assignment for me. I can't wait until my first job!

Monday, October 10, 2011

RBC News

I'm so excited. This am I got an email from our RBC saying they had received my application. I was worried about it because it's gotten lost a few times, and I really want to be able to work on the local assembly hall. Looks good now.

In the email, they said that I would hear from them for my interview within the next few months. Well, I was out in service this morning and got a call- my interview is on Friday. That was fast!

I'm really hoping I get assigned to HVAC since I have experience in that from New Orleans. But of course, any assignment will be awesome.

SO Happy!!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Catching Up

We had a really nice trip to California. It was great to get to see the family, especially the little kids. Playing Auntie and Uncle is always fun.

We did get out in service a couple times, but we still need to get a lot of hours. The next 3 weeks ought to be fun, probably we will go out every day. My grandma is coming in Wednesday to pioneer with us for a couple weeks, which will be a lot of fun.

Zach has a job interview tomorrow. Hopefully, he will get the position. It's part time and temporary, which could get us right up to March when we plan to move.

We'll let y'all know what happens!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hindi Service

Still in California. We went out in Hindi service with Jessica Haston, who is in the local Hindi group. Zach and I wore our Nepali outfits, which led to a funny experience.

We went into a mail stop to visit with the owners. Jessica was hoping that one of the employees would be there because he speaks Nepali. Well, he wasn't there, but it turns out that employee is related to the person there, so he called his cousin and Zach spoke to him in Nepali over the phone!

The employee (owner?) was so excited about our outfits. He kept telling us how great they look and asking questions about it. He actually wanted to get pictures of us. He didn't have a camera though, so he told his wife to bring one when she came in to work, and told us to come back.

So we came back an hour later, and sure enough, his wife brought in the camera. We got a few photos and then got to talk to them and their customers for a while.

We picked up a couple Hindi movies as well. Yay, someting to watch on the plane home! 

This has been a great trip so far, I'll be sad to come home.

Side Note- please comment occasionally folks. We'd like to know who is reading this. Thanks

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Yay Photos

Coming to you Live...

From the CAR!!!!
Currently posting using internet from Zach's phone on the computer. This is the coolest thing ever.

Just finished with the first Nepali Meeting and heading out to Cali.
The meeting was incredible. There were soooo many people there. We were expecting like 60 or so, there were 119! That's a congregation. We realized we seriously need to brush up on our Nepali, everyone spoke so fast we could hardly understand....

There was great participation from all the Nepali people as well. The brothers are talking about trying to make this a regular thing, hopefully with yahovako pavitra shakti it will turn out well.

I would post pictures but the SD card is acting up right now, so we will have to figure that out later.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

ZachnRobynn to the Rescue!!!

We went out in service this am, being as it's the first and all. We had done one call when I noticed a dog walking down the street with a rope trailing behind it, looking like he had escaped his yard. We were somewhat debating what to do about the dog and did another call on the same street. As soon as we got back in the car, we saw the dog dart out into the busy road right in front of us and get hit. It sounded horrible, we thought for sure he was dead.

Until we saw him start running away. Now there was NO way the dog wasn't hurt. We decided to try to catch him and take him to the vet, or at least call the owners. So there we were, running down the street, into backyards, behind the Safeway....finally caught up to him before he ran into another street. SO we got him calmed down, had him drink some water and waited for the Humane Society to come pick him up and take him to be looked at.

His injuries didn't look all that bad, cut his tongue and mark by his eye, but his breathing was terrible and hissing, like a punctured lung or something. Hopefully he'll be ok.

Zach thinks he was being raised to be a fighter, he was pretty defensive and angry and malnourished. So really, the Humane Society is a good thing, getting him away from that environment.

Quite the adventure, and yes, we did actually manage to do some service after that.