Friday, January 31, 2014
Knowing that Dr Skinner, an LDS doctor that is acquainted with one of our elders, was coming for a short visit to Chuuk, Sis Crisp baked mini loaves of banana bread to share with our elders on this trip out to Paata. Our 4 elders there, the z.l.'s, Dr. S. and the boat drivers were given a loaf each! Very well received, along with a bunch of nutritious and desirable food brought out by the doctor!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
OK, so we will start down here in the middle of things because the computer has decided to act like HAL in 2001 Space Odyssey! The first photo shows all the senior missionaries at the Seniors Conference. This included President and Sister Mecham along with two doctors from the Asia North Area. These doctors help out with 12 different missions in the area. Then we have a picture taken at Vitale's Italian Restaurant. We all went there on Wednesday for lunch. Vitale's Restaurant for a nice meal! Here we have Sister McClelland, the Crisp's, the MacCabes, the Norton's, the Carter's, the Chandler's, the Strother's, the Eliason's, the Graham's, and Sister Mecham at the end!
The Mecham's gave their usual uplifting and inspirational message for our conference. They will be greatly missed when they return after their 3 year mission to Micronesia-Guam.
They also had all the Sisters up with a bolo type instrument that you swing around and get to do some fancy things! Yes, it takes a bunch of coordinations but our sisters did well!
Here are some of the seniors gathered for a nice dinner at Tony Roma's with the Strothers, the Carters, the Crisp's, and the Chandlers. These are good times, as you don't find such things on our islands and we only get to see our counterparts once every 6 months. Then to top is all off, some of these people will be leaving before we meet again!
The pictures below show us at Family Home Evening at the Norton's. Leading the music is their 13 year old neighbor and very active in the church. The next picture is of the Stake Patriarch, Brother Gittens and his wife Liz who works at our service center. They were both very entertaining in their presentations and told us of things in their early life and then how much they loved each other and the gospel.
This final shot of the Seniors Conference shows our CES leader, Freddie Nicerio as he reviews the issues about Seminary and Institute he asked us to provide so he could share this with the Area Leaders. It seems we are not alone when it comes to transportation and other things that slow our progress. But we still work with it all and make the headway we can each week! Overall, this Seniors Conference was inspiring, heart warming, and fun! It is great to get to know those who serve with you, even if it is distant!
Monday, January 6, 2014
This picture below is of the three Sapuk young men ready to fill out their missionary paperwork. (They will all have less hair as missionaries!) Smart Kata is in the front and the three potential missionaries are Nuno Kata, J.T. Ande, and Emerson Kata going left to right! All three are good young men and should be great missionaries. We expect them to leave right after the school year ends in June! They are Seniors at Chuuk High School.
Below is Elder Crisp with Deputy Director of Education Noah Ruben. Noah is a good man and really cares about the education of the Chuukese youngsters. I have been working with him at two different elementary schools and training principals. Over the holiday period, we worked together on creating directions for teacher evaluations., School Improvement Plans, and basic data analysis for the improvement of test scores! He wants me to stay for another 18 months. I told him I would give him another good 9 and get things started in the right direction for more of their schools! It is a pleasure working with him!
Below you see evidence of the tuna (angarap) sandwiches and chocolate chip bar cookies that were provided for both meetings by Sister Crisp. It is hard slaving over a hot stove in Chuuk, when you just don't know if it is going to work like it should and it is just as hot outside!!