We have been asked to have English classes at Mechitiw (near where we live) and will start doing that on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. At Uman Elder Crisp is getting a larger group each week for his lesson. We do this while we are waiting for seminary students to come for their class. These young children go to very short school days and most don't pick up much "American" language there. We hope to help them along their way to "bigger things"!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Elder Fermanis showed us a couple of new fruits that we did not know existed on the island, as you can't find them n the markets or the little stands along the road. There are Paw Paw's on Chuuk. I know them from Kentucky, but here they are!!! He pointed out another, but I couldn't really tell what it was. He will show me next time he has one.
The Lord's work continues and progresses in Chuuk!!
After our meetings we sit down and have dinner prepared by Sister Eakiins and/or Sister Crisp. This week it was Sister Crisp who did the preparations. We had one of Elder Crisp's favorites, Puerto Rican style Rice and Beans. This was a first time experience for the Elders, but I can say, nothing was left over save a couple of slices of cucumber. We also had a "dutch oven" style cobbler made of tropical fruits and yellow cake mix. After cleaning up, the Elders posed for the picture and then went right to work planning and preparing for upcoming teaching assignments and tracting.
These young men are strong in the language and grow stronger everyday. Elders McEwan, Bowers, and Walters are trainers and their companions fit right into the work methods of the mission. We opened a new area this week and there has been success already. These missionaries are just "AWESOME", and we love them.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
|Here are Elder and Sister Eakins along with Elders Toa and Bowers, they are our Sapuk Elders. The occasion is Elder Bowers birthday. Sister Eakins baked him a cake (sorry, no Ice Cream) and we all enjoyed a nice healthy piece and sang Happy Birthday. After that we brought the Elders to Mechitiw where all of our District Elders will meet up and do a blitz in the new area we opened, on Monday morning.|
Thursday, May 16, 2013
On the way home, there was a downpour and everyone on the boat basically got soaked. There is a cover on the "big" boat, but the rain blew right on in and yes, we got wet. By the time we landed in Mwan the rain was coming down hard and we had to get off the boat and get even wetter (if you can imagine that). These are just some of the highlights of our island adventures! The best part is working with the missionaries and being a part of the Lords work here in Chuuk.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Now, I offer a plea to all senior couples who even have just an inkling of serving. Right now we have two couples on Chuuk, but one goes home on the 8th of July and there is little promise of another couple coming our way. We need senior couples to come out and support these young men. There is no greater joy than to be working and serving with these young men. You will be blessed! Talk to your Bishop and make plans to come join the ranks! We are all Called to Serve!!!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Yes, we all go through the jungle. Here is Sister Crisp hiking the trail in her flip flops (the kids around here call them slippers). Some of the areas are pretty steep but we make it! Between the hikes, the heat, and the humidity, one tends to get a little slimmer as time passes on.
The final photo is a picture of the "Great Lakes" that are in front of our apartment. We drive through Ontario, Superior, Erie, and turn just as we enter Michigan. And you thought Minnesota was the land of lakes. Our roads have more than the whole state combined. We are having a great experience, and we love the elders. They are always happy, and ready to do the Lord's work. There are transfers this week, and we sent Elders Bowers, Walters and McEwan to Guam to pick up their new companions. They will get back on Friday.
Friday, May 3, 2013
All is well here and we are happy to be serving the Lord on Chuuk. It takes a little getting used to, but it really is a great place, with great people. I have the opportunity to use my educational background to work with the students and schools here along with my responsibilities for seminary and institute. We have been here a week and we have been busy, busy, busy. We truly "crash" in the evening.
That's it for now! We love the work and helping to watch out for these fine young missionaries!