|Ela helping Litiana with a gifted headband sent from Yakima|
|Loving sisters, Rosana and little Liti|
Ela herself would like to serve a mission in the future and has been independently studying the scriptures as well as serving as a teacher to high school age girls in the small Vuna unit of the Church. We are delighted with how well she is doing so we asked her if she would prepare a talk on baptism for Rosana's program. Ela not only wrote out a beautiful talk, but also memorized and delivered it with grace as we stood under a small tree by the shore.
|With a new haircut, Ela sits with a traditional hand-made Fijian fan|
Other kids had also gone down the shore and gathered seed pods from a tree and brought them back to where we were. With a handy volcanic rock, they pounded open the 2-3 inch pods to find a long narrow seed that tasted somewhat like an almond -- yummy.
The sea is everyone's friend. They swim and play, hand-line fish and spear fish, gather various things to eat from it's waters and shoreline, and run along the shore playing games -- it is nothing short of wonderful to us and we love that part of Fiji.
Saying our goodbyes, we headed southeast to Navakawau, the very last village where the road ends on Taveuni. We went to have a visit with a man and his wife who are also preparing for baptism (the young missionaries are teaching them). This is a village that is very isolated and we arrived just as a big gathering of people were butchering a cow. They had quartered it and were skinning it out and cutting up the meat for everyone in this quite large village. Few visitors venture down to this village -- especially white ones, and the moment we arrived one of the butchers came right over with a big toothless Fijian smile and reached out a crusty, bloody hand to welcome us to the village. Oooh . . .
|The "butcher shop" along with what we think are dalo suckers to be planted|
After dumping the coconuts near Mele's outdoor kitchen, Annie suggested we play "Duck, Duck, Goose" so we got in a large circle and taught them the game. We could tell they were struggling with "goose" until we realized they don't have geese here and didn't know what we were talking about, so we changed that to "chicken". They absolutely loved it. Since all homes are close to each other in a village, many other people gathered to see the game and cheered the kids along. When we were done, we were visiting with one mother and then she asked, "can you get them all to go take their baths now?" But everyone was too wound up for that so we raced back up the hill to the truck and played "follow the leader" for a bit.