|"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son. that whosoever|
believeth in Him should have everlasting life." John 3:16
|And she is in good company|
|Needing a trellis to conserve space he opted to grow these|
cucumbers up a tree
|Grew his own bamboo to use for trellis work. Note the lettuce that|
was planted to grow in the shade of the pole beans
|Grateful for his long bean harvest|
The next lesson came quickly when we observed that the produce had very little disease or insect damage -- a rarity in Fiji. When asked whether he used an insecticide, he said; "No, I have a secret treatment." Thinking it to be some organic solution, he brought us back home to his fundamental philosophy: "If you give it away, the insects don't bother it."
And give it away he does. We left with a armful of cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and later with a truck load of his specially planted bamboo from which we made Christmas presents for our friends in Fiji.
In the spirit of community and giving, we happened onto a community fund raiser for an elementary school in southern Taveuni. We found our friends in Vuna calmly working together to prepare a lovo meal for over a hundred with no kitchen in sight. Everyone joined in some part of the preparation or performance hoping to raise part of $5000 needed to construct a new classroom wing. If an expansion was needed, families would have to fund it and they happily joined together to get the job done. We loved our evening with them and the food was delicious!
Children are honored and celebrated in the church community as well at the annual Primary program.
| Everyone came together to laud their children's accomplishments with a|
traditional feast-gifts from their gardens and the sea
|Cassva, roti,chop suey, fish and crab cooked in coconut milk and curry|
|Fish harvest from spear fishing the previous night and cooked over the open fire|
Laughter often filters in our windows and catches our attention as local kids find their way to the nearby river. On this day, after their swim and harvesting a bag of leaves for dinner, they were anxious to enjoy their papaya and sat in front of our house in a rainstorm relishing this treat and laughing, always laughing and teasing each other. Though they won't be opening presents this Christmas, they continue to find joy in such simple gifts.
|Bathing and playing together and no membership fees|
|Luke Sherry-senior in Fine Arts at BYU|
|Jared, Laura and Isla Watts in Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Sawyer Lee Watts, born Dec. 3, 2012|
|Caroline, Tommy, Cali and Seth Sherry back home in Corvallis, Oregon|
|Isaac, Kate, Leah, Geoff and Lucy Wright in Mapleton, Utah|
|Ryan, Sage, Mila and Emily (+baby soon) Andersen in Spokane, Washington|
|Tyler, Chole, Birch, Nate, Sara, Alysee, Alex and Cooper Ditto in Yakima, Washington|
|Jessica, Lizzie, Sofia and Matthew Sherry in Salt Lake City, Utah|
|"Son of God, love's pure light"|