Saturday, July 12, 2014

July Zone Meeting and Conference w/the Zarbock's

 Top left, clockwise on all pictures:  Our young men from Sapuk (Emerson and Nuno Kata), heading to Australia in August, made a little trip to Pohnpei to get retested. Australia doesn't trust Chuuk physicals.
This week we had a Zone Mtg on Wednesday, then Zone Conference on Saturday morning.  The pictures throughout this blog may be a little out of order, to make collages.  Elder Jonas is our regular song leader.  He does a good job for us.  On the plane that brought our prospective elders in, our Zone Leaders along with 2 other sets from Pohnpei and Kosrai were heading to Guam to get their training, to teach us.
This lady, Kalika Kastein, is our new Field Director for World Teach.  She will oversee around 25 teachers around Chuuk, mostly at the high school.  These English speaking teachers have greatly helped the students to pick up on the English language faster.  THANK YOU WORLD TEACH!!
 On Thursday we met our new Mission President and Wife:  the Zarbocks.  They are a great couple to replace the Mechams.  They have a little different style, as all couples do, and will be great for this Mission.  Our plane to take them and us to Guam for Senior Conference was delayed for 24 hours because of mechanical problems in Hawaii, so we had an extra Zone Conf on Saturday, including pizza for lunch and "oreo cookies" for lunch.  The cookies were almost nutritious... made with 1/2 whole wheat flour!  They were 1/2 c of cookie dough in each cookie, and we didn't get any complaints.
 Our Sapuk Elders: Plocher and Ladore.  He is DL, and one of his sets of elders told us he is the best DL ever. He is running a good, tight ship!  That is a nice complement to Elder Plocher.  Elders Kleven and Telona are on Udot.  We visited there last Sunday, and the Group was meeting in the Elders cottage, since heavy rains had done damage to the outdoor "hut" they had built out of palm fronds and poles.  This week they were able to get and set up a new tent for their Sunday meetings.  Elders Peck and Tafuna are on Tonoas. E. Peck is the DL with Uman.  Elder Peck is very good at Chuukese, and has done most of the final proofreading of our translations for Seminary and Institute curriculum for this coming school year.  As Sister Rotuk said, who helped re-write some pages: the Chuukese think in a different format than English speakers.  Her brother Herman Walter has been proofreading the entire Book of Mormon, which will soon be printed for them--very exciting news for the Chuukese people!!
Elders Fabiano and Vehikite serve in Mechitiw, which is our area.  They are coming up with a large number of investigators nearly ready for baptism. Way to go Elders!
 Elder Vanisi (our gentle giant!) serves in Wichap with E Roque.  E.Vanisi is always finding young men (and women) who want to serve a mission.  We are working with 2 men from Wichap now, and they seem to be very nice men.  He had a group of 4 men and 3 ladies from Uman "wanting" to be missionaries when he last served there, however, the young prospective missionaries were willing or able to come up with a penny of their own to help them get in for physicals, dental work, paperwork, etc.  Their Branch President had got them in one time, but they wouldn't do anything on their own, and have dropped off our list.  Missions can be subsidized, but the young people need to find a way of providing some of the resources for getting ready to serve.
Elder Jonas is training E.Andrada from the Philippines. He doesn't speak English, so is learning 2 languages at once!  With the help of the Holy Ghost, he will be successful.  They serve on Romanum.
Elders Payne and Simpson are in Nantaku, near us as well.  They help us a lot because they live near the hospital and courthouse.  With their help, we recently got a birth certificate completed for a young man with a mission call, but no Chuukese ID.  Being from Wichap, but not living there anymore is challenging to bring everything together to get a B.C. when there isn't one for you at the hospital or courthouse.  Thanks Elders, you are the best!!
Elders Schroath and Garae serve in Neauo for the Mwan Branch.
 The Crisp's serve "at large"  wherever needed... especially when FOOD is wanted... Elders Fermanis and Holmes serve in Uman.
Our Zone Leaders:  Elders Selander and Rainey are always busy and hard-working.  They manage several baptisms a month, even with duties on all islands and all around Weno.  We are short an elder right now, so we have 3 Paata elders serving together:  Elders McEwan (the "boss"!!) and Elders Paulis and Canakiavata.  One of the Church Groups there is very small, and may be attending with the larger group, which is quite a walk. The Elders live in a missionary house near the smaller group and the main church bldg.
District P. Wainis came to our Zone Conference.  We all appreciate the work he does around here.  A very nice man.  He has been serving for 8 years and getting a little "tired"!!  No wonder.  His counselors are nice, but not real helpful to take the burden from him.  Elder McEwan did some training at our Zone Conference, as did Elder Peck.  
This group sang a beautiful number for us.
The Elders did role-plays to help in their training.  The young missionaries who complete their missions are so much better prepared for LIFE than those who do not serve!  It isn't usually called FUN, but is very rewarding and life-changing.
The Crisp's, along with both Zone Leaders: Selander & Rainey & Elders Vehikite and Peck all bore their testimonies of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, of which we are all a part of sharing with the world.  All churches contain some truth, but we share the Restored Gospel to all who will listen to the message.
 If a person will read the Book of Mormon, with real intent, and ask our Father in Heaven to know if it is true, they will be made to know the truthfulness of it, by the Gift of the Holy Ghost. (Moroni 10:3-5)
These are the Chuuk Principals that Elder Crisp spoke to during one of their meetings.  He spoke about having high expectations and holding teachers and students accountable.
The success of the school really depends upon the principal and that they, the principals,  are responsible for everyone and everything on the campus!  He will be training many of them during the summer months in preparation for setting and meeting yearly goals.

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