Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thomas is now in Mukah

Thomas went to Singapore on Wednesday, 10/19/2011, and picked up his new companion, a brand new Elder Parker from Mesa, Arizona.  They have been assigned to work in Mukah, in the State of Sarawak, on the Island of Borneo, in East Malaysia.
Elder Parker just landed in Changi Airport in Singapore
They (all the new missionaries who just arrived from the US and their companions who will be their trainers and the mission president and his wife and some senior missionary couples) went to Little India for some authentic Indian food.
Little India

After 2 days of training, Thomas and Elder Parker left Singapore for Malaysia.  At the Changi Airport, they couldn't resist doing the Photobooth thing. 

"Postcard" from Photobooth at Changi Airport

Thomas and Elder Parker
Aerial view of Sibu as they approach the airport.
They spent one night in Sibu and they look an early morning bus to Mukah on Saturday.

Monkey on a tree along the road. 
Thomas' new quarters in Mukah.

Inside the house in Mukah, with the landlord seated on the sofa in the background.  That's Sister Cunningham talking to the landlord.

Mukah is a coastal town at the mouth of the Mukah River that is about 3 hours away from Sibu by bus.  The town and surrounding area have about 43,000 people.  Most of the population are Melanau, natives on the Island of Borneo.  The rest of the population are Chinese, Malay, and Iban.  Thomas and Elder Parker are the first full-time young missionaries stationed in Mukah.  They are very excited about the new assignment and look forward to getting to know the people in town.