|A large spider just outside the |
Missionary Quarters and part of
the kuli gang (dogs) after they
dispersed the spider just adds to
On Tuesday, we were driving through Vaotu'u, a small town along the South West coast of Tonga, when we noticed two rival gangs (the Puaka and the Kuli) approaching each other and we thought surely there was going to be trouble. There is only one road through the town so we thought we might end up right in the middle of things. Just as we got to the supposed battle front both the puakas and kuli turned and ran away at the same time. We were grateful to avoid the conflict. We weren't fast enough to get a photo to share and ... just for the record ... Puaka are Pigs and Kuli are Dogs.
|L-R, Filite and Hounga - Our flat tire guardian angels|
|Changing our flat tire.|
|This photo was taken about 10 minutes prior to |
the beginning of the meeting. The stage in the
back filled up with students as well. They are so
respectful and courteous (as well as reverent).
I found out the night before that I was also to speak to add a few words of encouragement. I took about 5 minutes and she did a great job of keeping the interest up as she spoke. Since it is an all LDS school, we were both able to share our testimony of the Gospel with them as well and that didn't feel awkward at all even though we were in a school environment.
We have found a little place downtown called Sabrina's where we love to eat. Last week we were taking two missionaries back to their quarters after a visit to the Hospital for a couple of stitches, we realized they had missed their fofanga (evening meal provided by a ward member). We told them we wanted to make sure they had food and asked them where they wanted to eat. They guided us to Sabrina's. Lepeka and I had already eaten but we bought them food and it looked so good we went back earlier this week (and again today - Saturday). We can both eat a nice meal for about $8.00 US. We have had the chance to talk to many people while there and they make us feel very at ease.
Safety is not an issue here with the locals in fact, after we drove down a small dark alley surrounded by trees in an unfamiliar place, I didn't think anything about asking a man carrying a large machette directions to the nearby Missionary Quarters. We laughed afterwards and realized how comfortable we are now here. We would not have even turned down the road when we first arrived in Tonga.
We always seemed to be at the right place at the right time this week taking care of injured and sick missionaries. We are fortunate that there haven't been too many serious injuries or illnesses to this point. I think most of the missionaries do a good job of following the rules.
We feel so blessed and protected. We hope our hard work lets the Lord know how blessed we feel and how thankful we are to be serving here in Tonga. Our testimonies have been strengthened and we certainly love the Lord.
|Sister Kapp in her Keikei belt. It goes over the skirt and is|
hand-woven by locals. She wore it to church today.
|The young missionaries on Tongatapu after a service project. |
There are many more on the outer islands as well.
We should meet most of them as they transfer around.