|Lilli Nairoqo is 5 years old and a beautiful bundle of dancing energy. She|
was so shy in the beginning but is warming up little by little.
One day, while visiting the Nairoqo family, one of the children threw a ball up on the roof. Soon, we heard the patter of feet on the roof and looked up to find 7 year old Simi retrieving the ball. How did he get up there? And how would he get down?
|Though we only met this family once when they were at the home of an|
investigator, we were taken by their happy countenances.
|A beautiful little girl at the market. Indian families dress with bright and|
fashionable clothing. They go all out when they come to town.
|Olivia spent hours braiding Faiza's hair|
|Luci Nairoqo (15) and Ben Mateiwai (13) dressed up for church|
|Pauliasi Uluvosa - happy baptismal day.|
|Cane knives and children always seems like a bad idea but it is quite common - and they|
really know how to use them! We found these kids cutting the grass by a ditch.
|Congratulating each other on a great jump . . .|
|. . . and so pleased that we took an interest in them! Wish we could find them again to|
share a copy of the picture.
|A great Fijian smile worn perpetually by Epa Mateiwai (8)|
|Church was a just a little too long and everyone is used to sleeping on hard floors. We put away|
the chairs in the chapel and she slept right through it all.
|8 month-old Isaac in a nifty home made swing|
|Epa Mateiwai long anticipated his father (Waisei) baptizing him|
|No fair -- first, chicken pox and now a slip in the mud!|
Lucky to have big sister come to the rescue.
|Ba Ward Primary Children on the day of their special church program|
A few days later we picked up the beautifully completed banner and then began going to homes of children to add their stamped hand prints, agreeing to "choose the right" and send their commitment to the children in Oregon. This captures a portion of the activity in one of those visits. Just one note, the father in this home is a police officer and was sure he knew best how to get a good finger print of each of the kids. We think he enjoyed his role:
|Load up! If you're lucky enough to have a "transport" home rather than|
walk, you jump in fast and hang on!
|Shopping along side the road is common whether you're on foot, passing by in a car, |
or riding your favorite horse
|Handsome Simione (10) loves to hold your hand and have a long conversation|
about anything, but especially our family. He doesn't live with his parents
but is a great helper to his grandma. He always greets us with a tight hug.
|Handsome boys showing off their Sunday best|
|Fijian 007 and his bodyguards|