Sunday, April 27, 2014
We had a great opportunity to travel to the island of Abiang, which is located just northwest of North Tarawa where we went in the fall. This time we were able to use the mission boat which is much larger and much more comfortable with cushioned benches. The seven senior missionaries went with a hired boat captain and his assistant. The mission president is placing two sister missionaries on an outer island for the first time. They are both from Kiribati, so it won’t be such an adjustment for them. The flat they will have is the typical 1 bedroom, very small modular that is placed on the church property. Two elders were moved from there a week ago and Sister Cassita had gone out to clean with a couple of young girls. Elder Rasmussen repaired the bicycles for them, Elder Wall put up some curtain wire and Sister Bogh, Sister Wall and I made curtains for the 5 windows in the flat. Sister Cassita brought along an old sewing machine and we were able to buy some fabric at a small store across the road from the flat. The electricity in these flats is from 4 – 6 volt batteries that are charged by four solar panels on the roof. They didn’t produce enough juice to run the iron and the sewing machine at the same time, so Sister Bogh was able to iron the hem and casings in place by going to the chapel and using the electricity there. That helped us go faster.
The boat captain then took us down the island a way to Bebe and Ukenio’s home. Bebe has applied for a grant to start a preschool so we took 6 of the ABC books that Kelani's family made to her. I plan on taking 6 each to a couple of preschools that I’ve seen on the island. I think they will get used much more there than at the hospital. We left the house at 6:30 in the morning and it was 4:30 before we got back. The boat ride is two hours each way so needless to say we were very tired when we got home and just chilled and read till we could go to bed.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Kelani and her girls, Jordan and Hailey, made blankets for the children at the hospital. Rich and I took them down and passed them out to the mothers. Within five minutes we had given all of the blankets away. I'm sure they will be well used. We've had a very cool and rainy spring for Tarawa.
|Jordan sewing blankets|
Saturday, April 19, 2014
On Wed. March 26, we had a going away dinner for Elder Wacolo. He has been the area authority seventy over Kiribati for almost seven years and was being released to serve as a mission president in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wow, what a change. Being from Fiji, he has never been to Arkansas before. We told him he might need an interpreter there as well. He shared some of his story with us. Over the years he and his wife have raised 20 children, including their two biological children. It is Polynesian culture to raise children of family members and friends if you financially can do so. Their own two children include a ten year old daughter and a 17 year old son. When he was called to be a member of the seventy he was a stake president and had only been a member of the church for twelve years. His calling took him away from home a lot, sometimes as long as three weeks at a time.
|???, Pres. Uoritaki, Elder Wacolo, Tiorika, Elder and Sister Rasmussen|
|Turian, Sister Rasmussen, Marinoa, Lita, Mai|
|Elder Rasmussen eating again!|
|On March 2, Elder and Sister Bogh arrived. They are part of ITEP, |
(International Teacher Education Program) also, but will be working
specifically with the TVET (Technical Vocational Education Training)
Thursday, April 17, 2014
On March 3, the dedication for The Learning Garden took place. Elder and Sister Youngberg have worked long and hard to have this project completed before they left to go home. Several dignitaries were there including the vice president of Kiribati. It was renamed The Learning Garden as it is a place to teach the saints how to garden and become more self reliant.
|Elder and Sister Youngberg, left-compost shed, back - manieaba|
|President Weir and Elder Youngberg taste testing the rock melon (cantelope)|
|Corn is now a success! It is very good.|
|We now have large tomatoes. You have to 'spank' them or shake the stems|
so the male and female can pollunate.
|Cutting our first large tomatoes for the feast.|
|Elder Youngberg visiting with Richard Turley, church historian from SLC, |
Stake Pres, and Vice Pres of Kiribati
|Richard Turley, Church Historian, Bishop Banimone|
|Elder Youngberg visiting with Taiwan dignitary and his wife|
|Our YSA return missionaries are our servers for the feast|
|Mai Tune cooking the chicken legs for the feast|
|Dignitaries gather for the welcome and feast|
|Young girls prepare for the garlanding|
|Peter and, ??? , enjoying the corn|
|Elder Youngberg welcoming everyone|
|Vice president cutting the garland (ribbon)|