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Friday, January 31, 2014

World Teach, New Island for Chuuk, LDS Dr comes for our Elders

 Last week Helen Sievers visited Chuuk.  She is the Executive Director of WorldTeach, which has 400 teachers placed this year around the world.  Approximately 25 are here, at our high school.  She is LDS, and we were happy to take her to meetings here with us, at Mwan Branch.  It is the most comfortable of our buildings, so we thought we would all enjoy that setting the most.  Our elders did some translating for her.
 As we look over in the reef from our apartment, we can see a fairly small island called Fono.  President Wainis, our District President, lived on that island when a young married, for 2 years.  He made an appointment with the mayor to visit, with us and our Zone Leaders.  This is his family.  They were very cordial toward us.  We had taken food to their family, and they cut coconuts for us to drink.  This is all local customs.  We have been invited back this coming week, which Elder and Sister Crisp will go, along with the Zone Leaders, to look for housing for a new set of Elders!  President Mecham has given the go-ahead!  Guess we will be up to 26 Elders soon!
 The island has several different religions, and this mayor is Catholic.  We will see what we can do about that!  I believe he said the island has about 600 residents.
 This past week there was very little educating going on.  Only the private schools were in session all week.  The high school took off Thursday and Friday.  It was all for a type of track and field event.  You could hardly drive on the streets in the area, and had to make a bunch of detours.  Sports are far more important around here than education.  Even on a regular week, the elementary kids are going home very often by 9 or 10 a.m.  The high school goes from 8:30 till 12:15.  If you have $40-50 a month per child, your best bet would be enrollment in a private school, or Clark Graham's Akoyikoyi School.  They work in English all day long, and the kids learn a LOT!  They utilize a full day for school.
 With 10 Branches/Groups around Chuuk, it is hard to have baptismal clothing around when you need it.  It is hard to get clothing returned to Mwan Bldg. after being used.  Sister Crisp made 2 more baptismal muu muu's and put a bunch of small to medium white shirts in the closets.  Guam gave us some more shirts for our collection that we have been acquiring from thrift stores.  Tokyo sent a bunch of nice, even mostly new white shirts for Micronesia Guam Mission.  We save the best for our prospective missionaries and new members.

 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!

 Dr. Skinner with Elder Fabiano, past neighbors in Gilbert, AZ.  Elder F. has had ear infections, etc. and was able to get a clean bill of health from the doctor, although he does have some hearing loss due to the severe infections he went through.  The doctor was able to talk with other elders and give our mission nurse some advice for treatments.  Nice to have a doctor visit!
 Dr. Skinner with E. Fabiano and E. Mackie.  They love their little island.  Paata has a new Branch on the other side of the island (Sopata), which Elders Allen and Ladore teach and visit around.  Our actual building is located with these 2 Elders at Pokocho.  Their group is much smaller.  All 4 elders attend both sets of meetings on Sundays.
Yep, these Elders were so excited to get some "real food" that they needed to document it with pictures!  They eat a lot of breadfruit, tapioca, bananas, coconuts, fish (?), taro, etc.  We aren't daring enough to eat most of the local food.  We have food from our home pantry shipped here regularly, so we know what we have!  Many items are not even available here, such as dried beans and sour cream.  Speaking of sour cream, Dr Skinner was nice enough to bring us some food as well!  This included sour cream, real "never frozen" cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, flour tortillas, etc.  What a treat!  We bought some gr pork and made buritos. Yea!!

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