Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Instead we received a call about 7:30 pm that one of the Sister missionaries was on the way to the emergency room. When we arrived she was non-responsive and we realized that the fall down her stairs was much more serious than we originally thought.
The sisters and elders were definitely lead by the spirit as they gave her a blessing, started her breathing again and carried her out to their car and rushed her to the hospital.
We were very worried as she lay there for the longest time without being able to communicate or move her legs.
The missionaries stayed by her side, talking to her and even singing softly until she began to respond.
After over four hours she walked out of the Emergency room, looking just fine. Everyone knew there were some miracles that night.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
My favorite part of being in this small, open building was when we were having Relief Society in the center of the building, I could hear the Primary children singing from the front and the young Women singing behind me in a different room.
In many church meetings there is no piano, so the person leading the music sings the first line of the song. It is amazing how well that works, but maybe because they all seem to have beautiful voices.
This Christmas party was at the church structure for Wone Branch. We arrived 3 hours late due to some missionary responsibilities and we only missed a few minutes of the program. They were giving out gifts, but before the person could claim their gift they had to do a crazy dance. We brought candy for the kids so they performed a song just for us that they wrote. They are so cute. I took a picture of the little girl with fancy jewelry and her hair made so pretty. She stuck by my side all evening.
Then we were served a heaping plate of food. I'm holding up a fish, tail and all. The plates are hand woven with Banana leaves. They invited us to a Family Home Evening in a couple of weeks where they will teach me to make them.
This was a very competitive volley ball game. When I asked who had won, both sides claimed victory. They could easily compete very well in the States. When you leave you feel well loved.
Friday, December 26, 2014
apartment making phone calls home to family. I made an old fashioned American breakfast for them, sausage gravy and homemade biscuits, sausage patties, eggs, cheese (in case they wanted biscuit sandwiches and our stand-by drink- Crystal Lite.
I thought my family could put away this breakfast, but they have nothing on these guys.
There were a few tears (mine included when we Skyped) and grateful missionaries to make that important connection with home.
Now back to work!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
He is part of a group of people who once lived on a small island that was devastated by a storm. All the people on that island had to be evacuated. Pohnpei had a street of shacks that they gave to these people.
This structure of the party is just a gravel floor with a tin corrugated roof. They decorated it with palm fronds and a fabric banner made into small triangles. Plastic flowers were added to a small banana tree for a Christmas tree.
The missionaries presented their nativity program with Christmas songs. We even had sheep crawling on the gravel floor. Last Sunday we spoke in church. Mel told about our nativity every Christmas Eve and how the most coveted role is the sheep. The sister missionaries were there and loved to be those sheep and kept looking at Mel with a sparkle in their eyes.
The display is of some of the hand crafts that were given last night. We brought the extra home for the missionaries yet to come. Ours were the boat and the hand woven purse. The intricate boat was made by the elderly man in a wheel chair just to the left of the little girl. We were truly treated well.
After dinner they were practicing doing a nativity program. We had angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph and of course a baby Jesus. The mission president sent each one a towel wrapped up with treats inside and tied with a red ribbon. They were very resourceful with those towels and ribbons as they became each character in the nativity. Even the baby was a wrapped up towel.
We are loving these missionaries as they try their best to spread the message of Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Last week when the senior couple left who we are replacing, there were more than a hundred members at the airport to say good-bye.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Her father is Bishop George. They are a great family, She is the first member of the family to go on a mission.
There were three generations there and President Ongesel told us his story. His wife and children joined the church and he would drop them off at church, but then go on his way. When the missionaries would come he would say Hi and then leave the room.
For a long time he was a BIG drinker and smoker. They would have parties in their humble home with all their friends who would drink into the night.
One day he was talking to the missionaries. He was at a point when he wanted to quit drinking so much and wished he could quit. They told him they had been praying for him and they knew if he had faith he would be able to quit. From that night on he quit and that showed him what God could do. His testimony never wavered after that.
He had a 10 foot long and 10 feet deep by 2 feet wide ditch. He walked all through his property and gathered all the beer cans and alcohol bottles and it completely filled that opening.
They are a wonderful family and example to many.
Friday, December 5, 2014
The top photo is of the stake president (on the right), Pres. Lenspur Kalio. The Panasang Pohnpei Stake was just created last year. Pres. Kalio is a very humble man and has proven to be a great leader among is people and stake. His is a bit famous in that there is a great you tube video of him and can be easily found by googling "I'm a Mormon, a Pohnpeian and a spear fisherman". Look it up for great views of our island and stake president and his family.
In the second picture a pair of inventive missionaries cut down a small banana tree from the jungle behind their house and set it up as a Christmas tree. They decorated it with native red flowers. You might notice a small ginger bread house in the background next to the key board. This elder has a family tradition of making a ginger bread house for Thanksgiving so his mother had sent him one to make. All the missionaries, 24 of them, will be coming to our apartment in December to skype or facetime with their families. Lenda will be making a ham dinner for them. We are looking forward to that.