Or perhaps you prefer the privacy of a village spa:
Need a lift to the hospital? Elder Sherry is always on duty . . .
Or, do you just need your re-bar twisted?
And, where were you when we cooked for 20 hungry missionaries?
|Makings for Minestrone soup (we also had sandwiches, fruit, banana splits,|
and luscious coconut brownies)
Most days start with a plan, which sometimes begins to unravel. Like today for instance: We wanted to support a young man we're teaching by attending his rugby game which he repeatedly assured us would start at 9am. By 10:25 the whistle blew and most kids actually had arrived and some even had their uniforms on (no shoes yet, but they were working on it).
|Fijians are crazed with Rugby but sometimes a little low on gear -- we saw one boy take out|
"the team mouth guard" and pass it to his replacement.
The week before we had a day that went like this: We found out that some American ophthalmologists would be in town to do free eye exams as a cooperative with the Lion's Club. We made arrangements with the caretakers and neighbors of an 84 year-old Indian woman to get her in to be seen if she could come by 8am.
|Get ready - here comes another kiss from a woman who is endlessly|
grateful to everyone who helps.
|Only enough money to build one column a day and fill it with cement. Then|
they knock off the wooden frame and reuse it for the next column.
|In the future, we'll do a whole feature on this house going up -- so interesting!|
Then it was off to Sonica's home where Annie wanted to explore fixing her sewing machine (and she was successful). Very few people own sewing machines and her husband was unhappy that she had spent the money and now it wasn't working. Annie to the rescue! Sewing, even by hand, is not common here and people often ask Annie to fix something even though we have no machine here and all her work is hand stitched. Recently we were at the Viliame Bainivalu home to take a picture, visit, and watch The Black Stallion together (their kids love horses). Annie had observed Joseph's torn sulu and offered to fix it, noticing the offer his sister brought out a skirt that needed to be resized, then another sister came out with a school uniform that needed a new pocket. As you can all guess, two days later Annie had everything adroitly finished.
|The whole Bainivalu family with a couple cousins thrown in|
|Simione helping out with the construction|
|Sikeli and niece|
And the greatest miracle of all is to have the privilege of teaching someone the gospel, having them discover for themselves their divine heritage, and come to know that the restoration of the gospel actually occurred. To be part of helping a person travel that path is a distinct privilege. We first met 15 year-old Miriama while visiting her grandmother. She was conscientiously studying and doing her homework by a kerosene lantern. We were impressed by her quiet yet intense nature and some weeks later were able to visit with her at church when she accompanied her grandmother. She is an only child and because her grandma lives close to her school, she can attend without having to travel and pay bus fare. The two of them do quite well together and these past few months we have been humbled to sit upon their mat and share truths and blessings of the restored gospel. She even started attending Seminary(after school religion class where the Old Testament is being studied) weeks before her baptism. Her mother willing supported Miriama's desire to be baptized and is now preparing for her own baptism. As we have so often expressed, these people live in such humble circumstances and yet are ever desirous to be be nourished by the good word of God.
|Grandmother, Mate Vidri, and Miriama|
|Miriama Saqali at her baptism, June 9, 2012|