Monday, August 3, 2009

Kortrijk, Belgium

As I have mentioned before, we often go to Kotrijk to teach with the missionaries there when they find French speaking people. This is Elder Thompson from Sandy, Utah. He is a brand new missionary of about 6 weeks. He is so sweet and nice. We really love him. This is Elder Lystrup from Las Vegas. He is a great missionary, smart and faithful. He has just been made district leader today.

These two missionaries are a lot of fun.
Today I took some pictures of Kortrijk. If you click on them, they will enlarge.

When we park we usually are here facing the canal. Notice the signs. Which is the right street name? This sign is right in the middle of a street.

Several of oour appointments fell through today, so DH and I decided to walk around a bit. Here is the center square. It's very nice. In the background you can see one of the churches. There are lots of churches in this city.
The bell tower on the square.

This is the old State House. The new one is around the corner, just behind it.

We were able to look around inside. This is the chamber room where they had meetings,

One huge wall is this lovely mural.

The mural on another room.

The third wall is all of beautiful, stained glass.

Upstairs is another meeting room and just outside of it is this modern painting that is huge. It takes up the whole wall.

A tapestry.

Look at that ornate, carved doorway.

There are those tiny seats again. I think they were quite common in the day. A nice window seat.
One side of the street where Faustino lives. It's just near the center of town.

Going the other way on the same street.
This street is named Holy Ghost.

Sign going to our city.

A busy corner. We always turn on this street to get to the auto route.

Some auto route signs.
Today we had four appointments and none of them were home even though we had called and confirmed all of them yesterday. We finally spotted one of our appts walking home. Turns out she had an argument with a former friend who always is mootching off her, getting money, food, drink, etc. (encouraging her to drink and smoke) even though he gets 5 times as much money as she does. Anyway, she told him that she was done with him. She is trying so hard not to drink or smoke and is doing so well. Then she had to go and buy bread for dinner. We were able to have a nice, but short visit with her.


Yvonne said...

You are always so busy.

Love how you take such good care of the missionaries. They are very lucky to have you there.

Remember you are appreciated.

The Wendler Family said...

Love the pics, especially of the clock tower. :) And I like that there is a street named Holy Ghost. hehe
I'm glad you got to keep at least one apt.
Keep up the great work!
Sending my Love

Connie said...

What a wonderful experience you must be having! I'm envious! I'm sure it can be frustrating when the appts are no shows but it will all work out in the end.
Love all the pictures.