Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ah, The Life of a Missionary

What mission would be complete without the crazed barking dog? Brett sent this picture along with his e-mail this week. He's doing well and is still working hard in Wednesfield. As a reminder, his birthday is less than a month away. Start packing those boxes!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesfield B

We received an e-mail from Brett today. It was a day later than expected, but that was because he was transferred. You can see his new address on the right. His new district is only a short distance from his old one. In fact, he still attends church at the same building. In his new flat there are 2 companionships. His new companion is Elder Hart. The other companionship in his flat are the zone leaders and they apparently have a Vauxhall Meriva, which Brett may catch a ride in sometimes. He's been in another bike accident, but seems to be ok except some bumps and bruises. Sounds like the bike took the brunt of things and will need some repairs.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snow!!!! It snowed a lot for England standards

We got an e-mail from Brett today. We'd been hearing about snow in England and wondering how he was doing. Here's what he had to say:
"Well yes! it snowed 'heavy snow' - more of a flurry for New York, but it was the most they had seen since 1991. It may have been 10 inches, but London shut down and the kids have been off school for two days and no one knows quite what to do. Some people look at their cars as if to say 'Will they even work in this stuff?' The English have no idea what hit them! It's like a plague. No one comes out of their houses and no one will be out walking in it! I don't blame them for not knowing how to walk in the snow because they never get enough to try, and when they do it's all melted the next day. I was even riding home last night when the roads where frozen over and I totally biffed it on my bicycle - flat out on the road! My back tire locked up and then like cars with rear wheel drive my back end whipped out and I was out flat in the middle of the road. Luckily nothing hurt. I quickly got up and back onto my bike in a matter of seconds. Needless to say it's not only cars that have to watch out on bad roads - it's bicycles too!"

He also talked about all the bicycle repairs he's doing. He said:
"Anyways I'm learning to be a master bicycle fixer. I have learned how to tighten the cones on the axle, and tighten spokes and all sorts of things. I fixed two flats yesterday in under 10 min. I'm learning a great deal about bicycle repair, which reminds me to tell you to tell Jared he'd better be learning how to fix brakes, brake pads, V-brakes, Disc brakes, suspension, tires, tire flats, cassettes, free wheels, derailleurs front and back, shifters, tighten spokes, raise your seat and tighten your handle bars!"

It sounds like he's doing well and learning a lot.