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.