Our mission president entertained us too!
They can make many things from the palm leaves.
A woman weaving hats, baskets, etc., from palm branches.
One of the islands of Chuuk from the airplane.
We are in Chuuk now! This is at the airport
Our Island is called Weno (pronounced wood-uh). This big ship was unloading the day we arrived.
Our First day in Church at the Mwan District Center Building. There are four church buildings on Weno.
Here is the Sapuk Branch building.
Inside the Mechitiw Branch. Most of the chairs were full during church.
To one side of the main building of the Mechitiw branch building is this little building where the Primary meets.
Here is our church building in Wichap.
.Betel nut trees look like coconut trees at first. But the trunk looks more like bamboo, there is that smooth area underneath the palm fronds, and the palm leaves seem to face more upward.
Our truck. A truck is a necessity here to traverse the bad roads.
When we first saw these license plates we thought it said, "Driver's Heaven." What a joke!
Another senior couple and a church employee and husband came from Guam to train the church and community leaders about the "Self Reliance" program. It is a wonderful program that will help the people here a lot. We were able to go with them to the island of Romonum. There is a branch there that averages 100 people in church each Sunday. These outer islands are quite primitive. The missionaries who live there don't have electricity or running water. They catch rain water and boil it and cook on butane stoves.
Here is the Church in Romonum. Many of the people on this small island are part of one large family. They are faithful church members.
Going from island to island on a small boat is no joy ride. The sea can be very rough.
I am sorry that this picture of the medicines in the dispensary just won't turn upright for me. But you can get the idea.
We have started working in the outpatient clinic of the hospital (pictures later). It is pretty humbling to see how the people live here and makes me very grateful for the blessings we have in our wonderful land! We are enjoying meeting many wonderful people too!