Monday, August 19, 2013

What, NO EGGS in Weno, the shopping destination of Chuuk ??

 Apparently, the only people able to get eggs right now, are those people with chickens.(if they know where their chickens lay their eggs)  We agreed to bake a cake for a wedding of some investigators, who, will hopefully be baptized this Saturday.  We had just ran out of eggs, so Elder Crisp went to at least 8 stores, and no eggs to buy.  Cake mixes aren't that good without an egg or two.  We found a recipe online, which is our new favorite of cheap desserts!  Everyone loved the cake (of course, you need to add icing for it to be really good).  The ingredients are: flour, sugar, cocoa pwd, salt, baking soda...sift together.  Mix together vegetable oil, distilled white vinegar!, vanilla and water and add it to a well of dry ingredients and mix well. Bake, and yummmm!  It's as good as Texas Sheet Cake, and a lot cheaper to make, especially with eggs at $4.50 per dozen.
So, we witnessed Meinet Edward and Nesleen Daitus get married, and then they enjoyed the cake with about 25 other people.  They got the only normal-sized pieces!  Who would know all the neighborhood children with nothing to do come to anything happening at the church, and participate.  This Saturday should be a record baptism day for Chuuk.  With Udot recently opened up to missionary work, and all the other elders working hard in their areas, we are in for a great day.

Part 2 Elders of Chuuk--especially for their families!

I hope that you can pick out your own Elders from these pictures...

The Elders of Chuuk and the things they do!!! Part 1

 These guys are Awesome!!  You just gotta love them!  We do!  Enjoy the pictures, the Elders do, as you can tell!

You can probably find your own sons throughout these pics...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Shopping around Chuuk is an adventure!

This post is in response to an inquiry by one of our grandsons:  "Where do you shop"?  Well, here is where we shop! This is a picture of the "Fresh Catch of the Day"  We went to Sapuk to deliver a letter to one of our prospective missionaries and ran into a large group playing basketball.  The three young men here are members and attend our institute classes in Sapuk.  The one in the middle asked if we wanted some lobster, so when he said that it was $8 for two, we bought these guys in the top photo and boiled them up!  Along with a baked potato from Sami's (a store in Nantaku) we had quite the feast, but we worked for it!!
 Here are a couple of our stores in the Downtown "Mall" area.  The Kinesou Store (Thank you store), Shigeto's. the Cash and Carry, and another local stand.  Shigeto's is like a regular grocery, while the the small stands are for fresh items, breadfruit, bananas, cucumbers, and everywhere sells rolls.  The Cash and Carry is like a "Pick and Save", but not with much stuff. 
The Island Mart has some good deals and likes to sell things by the case, like ramen, canned meats, etc. Sami's is like a Wal-Mart  in that it has groceries and some clothes and fabric and school supplies, a touch of most things, but not everything you would like. The little orange place is where we buy most of our bananas, but we get them at others as well.
 You notice in the picture on the right that we have an ACE Hardware.  It also has a section that sells appliances, paper products, machette's, and sports equipment.  AWM is a store like Shigeto's and even has car parts!
This is our main Fabric Store, our local bank, the store right below our apartment.  We live on the second floor.  It is a decent place and it has a Laundromat on the first floor. If you look close, you can see the "coolers", this is how we get our fish.  You look in the cooler and choose the ones you want!  So, there you have it, shopping on Chuuk!!  We have about decided that fish aren't worth the trouble, unless we can find some tuna.  Too many bones in a large carcass and large eye sockets, etc!  Not much to eat, if you buy small fish!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Duty Calls

 With help from 3 daughters and sister Linda buying clothing at Goodwills and the like,, and shipping everything,  shopping on Ebay and our local and Guam thrift stores, we have been buying and making baptismal clothing and "new missionary" pants, shirts, ties, slips, dresses, etc.  Well, I hadn't had time to think about actually sewing up new baptismal dresses/muu muu's, until the call came Friday night from our zone leaders.  They were preparing for 7 baptisms in one day, all at the same building.  Several boats came in from the islands to participate together.  Four girls and 3 boys/men were all to be baptized.  I worried a lot about them not being prepared with the clothing needed, so I arose at 4 a.m. and got busy.  I made a medium sized dress and mended a number of shirts and pants to add to the collection at the Church.  The young lady wearing it didn't protest, but I neglected to put any trim on it, and all the Chuukese dresses have glitzy trim.  I bought some later in the day and will add later, so that next time, the lady will be proud to wear it, hopefully!
Now, waiting for me to continue sewing, is about 70 more "Seminary Totes" in student size, several more baptismal dresses and mending more pants and shirts.  I cut off long sleeves and re-hem them.  (It is never cold here!)  I might be able to find a couple of women who actually have a sewing machine, and know how to use it, to help me with more dresses. 
Elder Crisp and I have a good partnership.  He teaches English, Inservice Meetings, Seminary and Institute classes when needed, Temple Prep., etc (you get the idea), and I do the sewing, baking, cooking, visual aids, etc.  Pretty much like it was at home.  The people here are wonderful, and it is a joy to serve them.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Seminary In-Service and District Training

Yesterday we held our initial Seminary and Institute In-Service.  We had 15 of our teachers, along with the Branch Presidents come to the meeting and get the information and materials to start the study of the Book of Mormon.  This year we will have classes of each in 8 different branches, along with the addition of having seminary at Chuuk High School and Institute at COM (College of Micronesia).  We have a number of new teachers this year and each is excited to begin working with the youth of the church.  Though we target those 18-30 for institute class, we have opened it up to all individuals 18-99 to attend.  Classes will begin on September 2, 2013.  We held our meeting in conjunction with a visit from President and Sister Mecham, along with President Davis, who were come to do a leadership session.
The old adage; "If you feed them, they will come", held true this time.  President Mecham was pleased with the turn out.  Sister Crisp and I promised to feed the entire group right after our in-service, so we did.  We had rice, teriyake chicken, fruit salad, rolls, and cookies.  We fed 75 people with quite a few coming back for seconds.  It was a great turn out.  President Davis met with everyone and went over some things out of the handbook for leaders.  Particularly he covered the care and use of the buildings.  There were many questions about building usage, but it was all covered and now there is a better  understanding of what can and can't be done in our buildings.   We even discussed its use in case of a major typhoon.  Following this meeting, President Mecham met with the Branch Presidents and went over some Priesthood items.  Overall, it was a great day.  However, I will comment that preparing food for 75 is quite an undertaking, but we were successful, tired, but successful.

Chuukese Engineering

You have to admire and love the youngsters on Chuuk.  Our children in the USA,  love cars and get them in a variety of shapes and sizes, from Tonka Trucks to Hot Wheels, cars are fascinating.   Driving home form the chapel in Mwan one day we passed several little boys with sticks pulling some interesting looking vehicles.  So, we checked it out.  I don't know if you can see these very well, but the cars they are pulling are made from cut up oil containers (like Pennzoil), old plastic pint bottles, and even canned meat cans.  They cut holes for the axles and use sticks,  The wheels are made from limes.  We grow a unique lime here and it is small and round.  Even when they dry out they make good wheels (if placed on the car while fresh).  Then they attach the car with fishing line to sticks and pull it along.  These young men were very proud of their cars.

New Elders In Chuuk

With transfers come new areas and new missionaries.  Our latest transfer took place last week and we lost Elder Huppe to Guam, but gained Elder Jonas from South Weber, Utah, pictured here with Elder Hunter, and they will be serving together in Wichap.
Our other new Elder is Elder Telona, from Oahu, Hawaii.  He will be serving on Romanum with Elders Obray and Vehikite.  It is always great to get new Elders in the field.  We are now at 23 Elders and one Senior Couple on Chuuk.  The work progresses and this group of Elders has set some lofty goals (ones that they will accomplish).  They are a great group and work hard at bringing the word of God to these islanders. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Our Seminary Bags Project

 One of our most reliable teachers, Oriko Ewar , wanted to do a project for Mwan students.  She asked if I would help with it on Saturday morning.  It was to make a bag for the students for their B of M, a journal notebook, red and black pencils, and of course, we have the folders with their reading charts for daily scripture reading, scripture mastery check-off,  and the entire Book of Mormon for the years' reading.   I thought it would be a good thing for all our students, so I bought  45 yards of fabric, plus some white lining, nylon cording and thread.  I did preparatory work, so 42 bags would get done with their help pressing down the top edge, Oriko and I sewing top hems, them threading the cording, etc.  We got that many finished up. She had invited the entire Young Women's group and promised them a bag to take home. I'm thinking it might get used for other things... and we said, they who go to Seminary will get one when Seminary starts up in September...
 That is a lot of people for the small amount of stuff left to do on these bags, but they worked as hard as possible. During this activity, all stopped while Oriko stopped to have a song, prayer, lesson on something (in Chuukese), another song and prayer.  They love to eat, so afterwards they were eating some traditional foods.  They expected to take all day, but there wasn't much that they could do for the project, so it was mostly done ahead.  I have about 70 more bags to make at home in the next month, without their help!   One of the girls thought she could do some sewing on the Church machine, and the machine didn't work after the first 30 seconds!

So, I hope the kids use this for their Seminary materials ONLY.  I made teacher bags larger to carry extra manuals, etc. that they use to teach from....  Sister Crisp