Monday, December 15, 2014

Church chapels

There is quite a wide variety of meeting places on Pohnpei.  There are eleven units from wards to branches to groups.  Some units like the photo above meet in what we could call a car port.  They are referred to as a nas.  Basically they are open structures similar to this one.  Chairs are put up and a makeshift pulpit is set up and the service is essentially outdoors.  The largest church on the island is the Sapwalop ward building in the bottom photo and also serves as the stake center.  It is a beautiful, modern building with air conditioning.  When attending church in the open nas you won't be surprised if dogs, cats, chickens or pigs wander into the meeting. But the spirit is strong among these humble people whether the meeting places are crude and rustic or beautiful and modern.

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