|Fire dance show from 'Oholei|
The Blow-pops continue to be a hit with the missionaries. We also pass them out to some of the local kids when it seems appropriate (with parental approval of course).
|The two young kids that wait for|
Blow-pops at Pelehake. Lepeka was
able to get them to smile and wave at
us but this was the better photo.
|Fire Dance at 'Ololei resort Friday, June 9, 2017|
Since it was the dentist's wife that called and made the arrangements for our group, she mentioned to them that we had some dentist volunteers that were here for a couple of weeks that wanted to see the show. As we arrived the announced us as a group of dentists from America who were here for two weeks and how grateful they were that they could get their teeth fixed for free. I guess it is true that we are known by those we associate with.
|The band for the pre-dinner show.|
As dinnertime approached, our host started his prayer for the evening with a Tongan song of thanks and then prayed for the evening (in Tongan and English). He described how Christianity runs through the country of Tonga and how grateful he is for the Savior. He said the he teaches his children about God but doesn't teach them about religion.
I think it is sad that so many do not understand that religion is the way we learn, the way we strengthen and exhibit our faith in God. Many have come to think that the understanding of man is higher (or more accurate) than the teachings of God and think that with the discoveries of science, we now understand more and need Him less. It is so easy to see that the world really needs the teachings of Christ so much more now than at any time in Earth's history.
|You can see the bamboo stalks that are|
used as plates (we did have a fork to
|Ika Lolo'o and Lo'i Kaloa|
Fresh fish and coconut cream
and marinated clams
|Talo and Salati Vesitipolo|
Taro (root) and Green Salad
|Faikakai and Meleni|
Bread Pudding and Watermelon
| Ota Ika (raw fish) and Lu and kapapulu|
Corned beef cooked in Talo leaves
and coconut cream
|Puaka (whole roasted pit)|
head and all. We didn't get
a shot after it was unwrapped.
|A better shot of the saladi vesitipolo|
He said when he first stated the restaurant in 2005, he hired professional fire dancers from Nuku'alofa but as they continued they wanted more money so he told his grandsons they were now going to be the fire dancers and they had a few days to learn. He would teach them what he could but told them if they got burned, they didn't have enough faith. Then he said, "I will pray for you".
All-in-all we had a great night with lots of fun, laughter and good food. Wish you could have been there with us.
The missionaries continue to amaze us with their Spirit and their willingness to serve. Nothing major on the missionary health front as all are doing well with a few minor bumps and bruises here and there.
Thanks to all of you who send us email. We love to hear about you and your families and we do answer them all and appreciate so much you thinking of us here in Tonga!
Ofa lahi 'atu! (we love you)
|From the Fire dance|
|more from the Fire dance|
|more from the Fire dance|
|final still shot from the Fire dance|