School is in session now, almost everywhere, but we have scheduled S&I to start up September 1st. We got in our Branch Presidents, Counselors and Seminary & Institute Teachers to present the new curriculum to them, which is Church History and the Doctrine and Covenants. One-third of the Book of Mormon is all the LDS scriptures they have at present, so we put together some curriculum for them, translated into Chuukese, to accompany the "Doctrine and Covenants Stories" which we DO have in Chuukese. We found large pictures of the Manilla Phillappines Temple for each Branch Building, along with some varied Church History pictures we had brought with us. They will do more good with them, than sitting in our apartment! With 10 Groups & Branches in Chuuk, we couldn't possibly do the teaching of these classes. We train and encourage, and pray for them to do the rest. We showed the movie: Joseph Smith, The Prophet of the Restoration. They don't see much videos around here, and it was well received. Most of our B. Presidents speak a bit of English, although they don't read it much. Elder Crisp gave some training about the program, and had District President Wainis translate for him, to make sure he was understood. Each Branch was given two Triple Combinations, in English, if they can be of use to them while teaching.
We had promised to buy "uniform" shirts for the children at Mechitiw Branch who had not been going to school, who said it was because of not being able to afford the shirts. To them, that meant all the Mechitiw children who would be attending the 2 schools involved! So we bought 8 yellow shirts for Iras kids, but no blue stripe shirts were available for Mechitiw School. The Principal declared that a collared white shirt and dark pants or skirt could be worn. I was able to get a good price on 44 white shirts in sizes from 4-18, and since more than half had long sleeves, I spent a day cutting the sleeves short and re-hemming. We gave them to the B. Pres. to sort out with who needs them. We were able to get some backpacks from the District left over from last school year, and gave them out with some school supplies while they lasted. We caught "Branch kids" on the road to school and gave then out. We know that some high school and elementary kids went back to school after years of absence, or started for their first time ever into school. We know that education is the key to a successful life. We hope they will continue on, and improve their situation in life.
Brothers Branch and Dalton came to Chuuk for nearly 2 weeks to help fit Chuukese into prosthetics, who have lost some body parts due to diabetes. They came with us 2 Sundays to Church. We thought that they needed a better "cultural experience" than the "real building" we have at Mwan, so the second week we took them to Mechitiw for meetings there--see next pic.
Now a note to parents of Missionaries... please think before you send your missionary items that are NOT on the approved list of missionary accessories! You might find your missionary home before you expect it. We as missionaries are expected to "follow with exactness" the mission rules. We are NOT a "social media" mission...we can't even keep the internet going at Mwan Branch!