Monday, March 31, 2014
We missed seeing any of these baptisms on Saturday because the Relief Society Birthday party kept going, and going! Games, food, etc.!
For March, Chuuk Zone had about 20 baptisms, a little under our goal. March was a trying month for all of us here, and our beloved Mission President! I think we will get going strong in April and surpass our goal.
Our shoes go through mud and water regularly. We wear mostly Crocs. They are washable.
I boiled the rest, and it is edible, and not bad with some butter and salt/pepper.
All right, Elders, lets get back to record setting in Chuuk!
Seated, from left around the table is: Elders Crisp, Selander, Obray, Canakaivata, Fermanis and Simpson. Elder Simpson soon went out to Uman with Elder Vanisi until transfers next week...
Monday, March 24, 2014
After completing the hygiene kits, some of the youth took off walking to the jail, to distribute some there to the inmates. Other youth went in taxi's to the hospital to deliver to all the people being kept in the hospital. It is too far to walk.
After the treat, we had each Branch do a "cultural presentation". Some did dancing, others sang songs and talked a little about their island customs. Our Cultural Hall was filled nicely, with just enough in the middle for the presentations.
The example of their Branch leaders and the local Elders are the best thing they have going for them, to learn and progress. We do what we can to help out.
Brandy Henri gave a talk, as well as Sarimino and Pres Wainis. During combination Priesthood/RS, Elder Crisp gave a short plea/message about how everyone in the Church needs to help his Branch President in whatever ways he is asked. The members won't grow in their testimonies if they don't serve others and study the gospel.
Below is zone leader Elder Selander w/Elders Peck and Payne, who serve in Wichap.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
On March 13, 2014 the Chuuk Zone lost one of our missionaries to an accident. Elder Toa was a happy young man and served his Father in Heaven well. You can find all these pictures on our blog, somewhere, but we wanted to gather them together in one spot in his memory! Elder Toa was loved by the people and his fellow missionaries and we know he is loved of the Savior. We love you Elder Toa and our thoughts and prayers are with your family! This picture of E Bowers birthday (who was his trainer) was in May, soon after arriving in Chuuk.
Monday, March 3, 2014
We visited Mechitiw Branch with Presidents Wainis and Joseph. President Weita was sick, so P. Wainis took over running the meeting. P. Weita had taken time to gather loose remnants of songbooks, do some hole punching, and used his wife's fabric scraps to tie them together. We were impressed, but wanted to add the missing pages to the books, and so took them home and made copies of pages, used a prong fastener for each, as well as my fabric scraps to get the complete books back together. The spiral binding used for these small books doesn't hold the pages in very well, especially when the children can easily pull pages out! We hope they will take some pride in these complete books! When we got to Mwan Branch a few days later and noticed their books were in the same kind of condition, we took them home and fixed them up as well. It is very frustrating (probably not only to us) to not be able to find most of the songs as they are sung in meetings. The ones most sung, are the pages most gone from their books!
We made baggies (almost like Christmas!) for each Elder, and put them, along with the balls, etc. in the larger mesh bags: one for each Branch. The Elders were delighted, and said they would do a nice Thank-You note. Hope they follow through on that score. We also rec'd nice pants, shirts, ties and some Cash!! to help our outgoing missionaries. We have been having used items from U.S. sent to us to also help with these needs, including some for the local members who don't have appropriate clothing for church. Their help was a welcome addition.
Elders Mfour Mathias and Rodley Rain leave this Saturday for their missions: Australia and Hawaii, respectively. We have been helping with departure fees, travel $, etc. for our local missionaries as they leave Chuuk. They are seldom prepared to help themselves, so lately, we have been encouraging these prospective missionaries to do more. We have offered to pay the going rate for bananas and coconuts, brought to us. We keep track of their money earned, and give it to them as they leave. These 2 young men came through for most of their money needed. Then we had to figure out how to use all this fruit!
We decided we definitely could make loaves of coconut banana bread for our elders for Zone Mtg. Preparing young coconuts is easy. Drain (and keep) the water inside, scoop out the soft "meat", blend it together, and there you have coconut milk, which I used in the breads.