|Poling his way across the inlet on his |
home-made raft. There was a pretty
strong current trying to take him out to
sea but he was obviously experienced
and made it across pretty quickly.
|Headed back home with his two young|
daughters. No life jackets, nothing to tie
them to the raft but they sat quietly as they
crossed on this home-made raft. You can
see the island in the back-ground.
This blog is as close as I've ever come to writing in a journal. I have started several times but never kept it up for more that a few days. I suppose mostly because my life can be pretty stagnant at times. One of the things this mission has made me do is get out of my comfort zone and do something good every day. When we finish our Tongan mission I want to try to keep that up. I have really enjoyed looking for people to help good things to do everyday. I have also added a new feature on this blog listed under "Stories of Faith". You can find them under the "Stories of Faith" tab on the upper right. My intention is to add stories here that strengthen my Faith. You can read my first contribution about my dad by clicking here as well. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. More to follow.
A few words for parents and families of missionaries serving in Tonga.
|Elder Woods and Elder Purdy at our|
home. They cooked dinner for us one
night. Burgers, rice, and baked beans.
There are a few good practitioners here in Tonga that we work with on occasion as well as a Pacific Area Medical Advisor who is very responsive when needed. Sister Kapp is so good at following-up on any issues with the missionaries and alway tries to make sure they feel good about the care they are receiving (they may get sick of seeing and hearing from us as they heal and the follow-up afterward). I am at her side and am amazed at how much she does to take care of any and all missionary concerns sent our way. She never lets anyone slip through the cracks and takes all of their health concerns seriously. Some of the outer islands are difficult to get medicine to but we are constantly working to improve our processes.
We also inspect their MQs, when we visit them for any reason, and inspect them for cleanliness and encourage the missionaries to call in any issues they may identify with their MQs. Most are pretty good but a few are still learning the finer points of cleanliness.
We really enjoy learning about their pre-mission lives and about their families at home. We send photos and post on facebook as well. You can find us on FB by clicking here if you are interested (we accept all friend requests). In fact, we feel like we are good friends with many of you even though we have never talked or met.
There was an old man who was dying but wanted to do so at home. He was not expected to live more than a few days as he was very weak. As he lay there listening to his favorite music, just a few hours from passing on, he smelled the aroma of his favorite rolls wafting from the nearby kitchen. With all of his strength he crawled into the kitchen and reached up onto the cabinet to just taste the rolls one more time. As his hand got close his wife smacked it and said, "Those are for the funeral!" ... That's kind of what I get here occasionally relative to cookies, brownies and casseroles ... "Those are for the missionaries! (Okay, I'm just kidding she always makes plenty for me too!)
Keep your knees bent, arms folded and heads bowed! ... We feel of your love and appreciate all of the prayers and any communications sent our way (oh say ... like email).
Ofa lahi 'atu kiate kimaotolu! (We love you all!)
|Early morning rainbow after it had been raining hard for two|
straight days. You can actually see some of the double rainbow
if you look closely. It almost looks like the different shades of
blue are separated by the rainbow.
|This is an interesting tree they are finally cutting down.|
If you look closely you can see that two of the main branches
grew together. It was by their carport and needed to come out.