Monday, October 20, 2014
We enjoyed our 17 months in Micronesia and Chuuk, specifically. We hoped we made a difference. We remember many good friends and acquaintanances and will always remember our good times there. Now we move on to a new chapter in our lives. Best wishes to all who continue to serve in Micronesia Guam Mission.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
We "borrowed" a few pictures from President Zarbock's facebook pages from our last meeting with him and our Elders. Here are E/S Crisp giving final testimonies, our group, and while we were doing "Sacred Role Play" with Elders Kleven and Siren (Chuukese)!
"We call it "sacred" role play because it is through role play we create "spiritually" those things we want our investigators to learn and understand, before we teach them in their homes.
Just as the earth was created "Spiritually" before it was created temporally, role play, when done in this manner, can be a very powerful tool, and inevitably we feel the Spirit as we practice our teaching.
The Chuuk elders are a wonderful, powerful group of young men the Lord has chosen to bring the gospel to a beautiful people. It is my belief that Chuuk is on the cusp of amazingly spiritual growth. I have the utmost confidence in this group of valiant elders. I love you elders. President Zarbock"
|Chuuk Police Station and Jail|
We go to the police station when we need a "police clearance" for a departing missionary who needs a visa for somewhere. We did one for Mfour Mateaus, who is currently serving in California. Australia has been VERY SLOW at giving him his visa, and now, 9 months after first one, Australia wants another "clearance" on a person who hasn't been here for 6 months, and guaranteeing his good conduct for the next 18 months!! What government could do that, when a person is not living here, and who knows ANYONE'S future conduct! Maybe USA should give them one, since he is living there now.... So we got a clearance up to this weeks date...
This mountain is out our back door. E. Crisp thinks these Koreans or Japanese are doing something "scientific". As Eakins said, "nothing is very scientific" in Chuuk! It looked like they were mixing up some cement. We won't be around to see what they are actually doing. They are NOT building a house. The mountain is very steep!
We were invited to lunch at the Blue Lagoon by our friends at the education department for Chuuk. The Director, Gardenia Alik (sitting next to me) put together the luncheon. Her Deputy Director Noah Ruben sits by E. Crisp. Our high school principal, Paul Hadik sits by Gardenia. The other ladies help hold everything together! Paul also helps the district office with accreditation and teaching some at the h.s. Great people!!
Wow, they were generous. In addition to giving us (lunch), leis, we were given a shell necklace each, Christmas ornaments for the tree, a lovely fan (with embroidery) and this beautiful floor (or wall) mat. It is made from tree pieces, sort of like palm fronds. Very lovely.
I posted both, since some look better in one than another pix. top row: Elders Payne, Schroath (new zone leader), Crisp, Plocher (z.l.), Simpson, Kleven, Holmes, Jeffrey, Heim & S.Crisp. bottom: Elders Vanisi, Rainey, Peck & Telona. E.Payne will be heading to Guam to train a new elder in a Chuukese area and E.Telona will be going to Saipan to be a zone leader! Meanwhile, 7 of our Elders are currently in Guam, being trained to train 7 new elders coming to Chuuk! With 14 Elders to get plane tickets for, there is a slight delay. They will be gone 9 days before getting back to begin training. The elders who will be training are: Garae, Tafuna, Fermanis, Canakiavata (Coach for short), Hokoa, Siren and Paulis. Vanisi will continue training Jeffery, Simson w/Heim, Jonas w/Andrada and Fabiano w/Maughan. Busy place...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
President Zarbock got the impression Chuuk Zone needed him, and his wise counsel. He came with Sister Zarbock, and didn't do a zone conference, but rather training meetings. We weren't invited to all of it, but enjoyed the parts we attended, including lunch!
Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday evening we had our Sept Zone Mtg. Elder Plocher is a new Z.L. and did a great job, along with E Rainey. Two good elders. Crisp's, the A.P.'s from Guam (Elders Petersen and Barrus), and the Hurst's are shown here.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
School is in session now, almost everywhere, but we have scheduled S&I to start up September 1st. We got in our Branch Presidents, Counselors and Seminary & Institute Teachers to present the new curriculum to them, which is Church History and the Doctrine and Covenants. One-third of the Book of Mormon is all the LDS scriptures they have at present, so we put together some curriculum for them, translated into Chuukese, to accompany the "Doctrine and Covenants Stories" which we DO have in Chuukese. We found large pictures of the Manilla Phillappines Temple for each Branch Building, along with some varied Church History pictures we had brought with us. They will do more good with them, than sitting in our apartment! With 10 Groups & Branches in Chuuk, we couldn't possibly do the teaching of these classes. We train and encourage, and pray for them to do the rest. We showed the movie: Joseph Smith, The Prophet of the Restoration. They don't see much videos around here, and it was well received. Most of our B. Presidents speak a bit of English, although they don't read it much. Elder Crisp gave some training about the program, and had District President Wainis translate for him, to make sure he was understood. Each Branch was given two Triple Combinations, in English, if they can be of use to them while teaching.
We had promised to buy "uniform" shirts for the children at Mechitiw Branch who had not been going to school, who said it was because of not being able to afford the shirts. To them, that meant all the Mechitiw children who would be attending the 2 schools involved! So we bought 8 yellow shirts for Iras kids, but no blue stripe shirts were available for Mechitiw School. The Principal declared that a collared white shirt and dark pants or skirt could be worn. I was able to get a good price on 44 white shirts in sizes from 4-18, and since more than half had long sleeves, I spent a day cutting the sleeves short and re-hemming. We gave them to the B. Pres. to sort out with who needs them. We were able to get some backpacks from the District left over from last school year, and gave them out with some school supplies while they lasted. We caught "Branch kids" on the road to school and gave then out. We know that some high school and elementary kids went back to school after years of absence, or started for their first time ever into school. We know that education is the key to a successful life. We hope they will continue on, and improve their situation in life.
Brothers Branch and Dalton came to Chuuk for nearly 2 weeks to help fit Chuukese into prosthetics, who have lost some body parts due to diabetes. They came with us 2 Sundays to Church. We thought that they needed a better "cultural experience" than the "real building" we have at Mwan, so the second week we took them to Mechitiw for meetings there--see next pic.
Now a note to parents of Missionaries... please think before you send your missionary items that are NOT on the approved list of missionary accessories! You might find your missionary home before you expect it. We as missionaries are expected to "follow with exactness" the mission rules. We are NOT a "social media" mission...we can't even keep the internet going at Mwan Branch!