Monday, October 28, 2013

Flowers at our flat and sewing at Saivou Oct 2013

I noticed this flower growing in the corner of our yard. 

This is a Hibiscus in front of our bedroom. National flower of Fiji.

Another hibiscus out my kitchen window.

A double hibiscus by the clothesline in back.
I just bought these 3 pineapples for $5.00 at Saivou. Delicious!!
We went back to Saivou to watch them sew. Using a new, handcrank machine.
They crank with their right hand and feed the material thru with left hand.

They sit on the floor with the machine. They always are very
gracious to get me a chair. The oldest sister there was 80 yrs
and the youngest was 27.

This sister in pink was the teacher. She has an old machine!

Marking where the button holes will be handsewn. The machines
do only straight stitching. 
One of the many common sites in our travels! 2 bags of copra,
caneknife, son and no bridle or saddle on horse.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Vunivesi, gardens and 3 more bases built! YaHoo!! Oct 2013

S Howard is trying to eat with the sisters of Vunivesi and kids.
Bro Peni's wife, Melania is on the left talking with me.

A wonderful garden in Vunivesi with compost in the back!

More of the garden. Cucumbers!

Ralph and I got a kick out of this sign at the hospital! Where's the E's?

These ladies walked thru the pouring rain to have their picture
taken at the base they built. They're proud!! Naceryaga

This beautiful leave thing grows at our flat.

My volunteer tomato.

The neighbors orchid, our flat in the background.

Base built at Vacunimata.

Base at Seaqaqa School. All these bases finally got done after we
delivered supplies to help with the construction! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Delivering Supplies and Sites along the way. Sept Vanua Levu

As we have been driving back and forth delivering supplies we
noticed that we kept driving past 4 broken down vehicles, day
after day. This truck barely pulled over, a crane that was still in
the lane of travel, a bus that looked like it just had a flat and a
transport. The driver was with each vehicle and perhaps work
was being done to get it moving again. By the end of second
week, all had been driven away! 
S Howard drumming with the kids at Seaqaqa School, using a
utility box as a drum.
Still drumming as men unload supplies from the truck.
Unloading supplies to build a base for the water tank.

More supplies getting unloaded.

Besides broken down vehicles, this is a common site in our
travels. A worker with a load of dalo on his horse. Notice
his caneknife, their most common tool. We see men, women
and kids as young as about 4 carrying their knife everywhere!
These guys were walking along carrying huge pots! on their
heads. We have also seen a guy carrying a washing machine
on his shoulder. And they walk every where!!
I took this picture at Teresea's home of her purifying the water.
When I did a R.S Enrichment and showed them how to make
banana muffins, on the bottom of the recipe I did a diagram of
a bottle of water with rays of sunshine purifying the water. I
now know that Teresea went home and started doing their
water for drinking this way. They live on top of the hill and
their only source of water is rainfall, off the roof, into a barrel.
This man in Savusavu Bay was moving his boat. We see this alot,
when it's low tide. Once saw a man up to his neck in water, moving
his boat!

Last but not least is part of my shell collection. I'm getting lots of
beautiful shells. The sticks in the middle are actually cannibal
forks! But we aren't planning on eating anyone!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rabi Island church and our work onTaveuni

Over by Seaqaqa School, this man was plowing his field, when we
pulled over for a picture, his boys came running!

This is on the island of Taveuni. One of our new tanks has been
delivered and set up!

On the island of Rabi are very few cars! So any transport is
important. Cassy and Gabby could use this for LOTOJA next year!

E Howard is just entering a branch chapel in Rabi. 

Inside the chapel the women were busy braiding these flower leis
for all their visitors. The sister next to me taught me how to braid
my own wrist lei! with lots of laughter.

Pres Lesuma (left), then the 3 members of the branch presidency,
then Elder Wakolo, area seventy.

S Howard and S McFadden with their hair leis.

E Howard with fancy head leis. All inside chapel in Rabi.
These wonderful members had gone to such great efforts. They sang
us and then had prepared lunch, dalo, and fish and cookies!!

Pres Lesuma and E Howard present a wheelchair to a chief in Vuna, Taveuni.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Young Women, New Shirts and Friends in Savusavu Aug 2013

Sis Walker and Young Women learning how to lead music! We had
 a good turn out. The men were outside making a volleyball court. 
Our Branch Pres. Vatulevu Seniceva at M.H grocery store. We
love this good humble brother. All security just got new shirts! 

New shirts and ties from the 8th ward. Pres vatu on far right!

Our dear Bro Nem. 
Pres Vatu father-in-law

A small village in the interior, Nacereyaga. We went to encourage
them to build their base for a water tank and this was where we found
them on a Monday afternoon. That is a kava bowl in the middle.

We did teach them about clean water.

Keper and his grandfather (74 yrs) who are doing some work
for doctor.

Both are hard workers!! Keper is 13 yrs. I asked him how to spell
his name, since I wasn't sure what he was saying. He said 'E,L,M'
which tells me he can't read or write. Very Common!

This is Teresea's boy, Esala. Spends every day at the market with her.
He is finally starting to warm up to me.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Zone Conference Christmas in Aug Aug 14 2013

Terrys had asked us to bring some pine boughs for decorations.

Looks like he got some good ones!

These are the sister missionaries, all doing great jobs.

All the missionaries from our Zone, at the church.

This is the real missionaries! Acting normal!!

Fancy tablesettings.

The two elders in front are here from Rabi.E Schofield & E Vaovasa
Leftside: E Abplanalp, Wilson, Read & Henry (missionary in training)

E Wilson serves in our area, has come from Preston Idaho!

The Christmas tree all finished! Beautiful!!

I don't know this Elder but his white elephant gift was a live crab!
Legs still kicking!!

E Howard at work in his office. No shortage of sticky-notes!