|We drove with Sana-Maria from Helsinki to Lahti (B) where we picked up Ella;|
then on to Oulu (C) where the event was held: On Sunday we stopped for church in
Kajaani (D) on the way home.
|This is a typical winter scene in the country - a red house tucked away in the trees, gray sky, white snow. It is beautiful! Unfortunately my photography doesn't do it justice.|
|Saturday lunch included grillattu makkaraa (roasted hot dogs), although most|
people chose the build your own sandwiches inside.
|Sunday morning we went to church in Kajaani. We also started a|
photo collection of these road signs. Each community has its own
crest. We collected about 20 of them on the way home.
|As we drove around the south harbor in Helsinki, just a few blocks from our apartment we saw this beautiful scene. The sky had been overcast for most of our trip, and cleared up just as we came into Helsinki.|
|A few of our young adults - one of the smaller groups we had for dinner. The young man next to Anne was just baptized a few hours previous. And the other two joined us to celebrate with dinner. He is Nepalese and is amazing!|
We continue to love our mission and our association with these remarkable young people. The gospel is true and is wonderful to see how it blesses their lives and adds purpose to what they do. As much as we love them, we also look forward to the opportunities to FaceTime with our family at home. It's almost like being with them!