We enjoy and are blessed with so many experiences while serving in the office. Here's a few from the past couple of weeks:
The younger missionaries finished their Zone Meeting then dropped in for a few minutes...
|Elder Matalolo - that looks serious|
Sister Aviata in the background just received her Chuukese Language Mastery booklet to learn. Sister Misinale buying postage from Sister Martin. Her letter got returned needing more postage. The young missionaries always ask us how much to send a letter to somewhere.
|Sister Misinale and Sister Aviata|
|Yes...Sister Aviata is excited to learn Chuukese - "Ran Annim" means "Hello"|
Over 1 1/2 years in the postal system before they returned this letter.
You can never be in a hurry in Micronesia.
People often ask if we've seen a package for them from the states, that is delayed. I ask them to tell me what their tracking says. Whenever it says "Richmond, CA" on the USPS tracking, we know it's on the slow boat. It takes from 5 to 7 weeks to arrive in Guam and a few extra weeks for the outer islands.
We've been tracking two bikes we sent to Yap Island about two months ago. They finally arrived. They were on sale at Kmart for only $94.00 each + $68.00 for the slow boat shipping each.
|Elder Roque, Elder Roberts and Elder Mott checking out the new, low maintenance red cruiser bikes for Yap.|
Another classic example of Micronesia is communication challenges. For example, in the office we have back-up Wi-Fi box we plug in, just in case our GTA internet stops working. This happens almost once a week.
Dropped off some leftover curry to the Mangilao Sisters while they were cooking a hamburger sauce to go over rice.
|Sister Kichiro and Sister Kuau making dinner|
They ate dinner with the member outside on the balcony.
Looks like they are going to try my curry with their dinner right now.
Vehicle Challenges are ongoing for missionary cars.
Where did that bolt go that helps hold the bumper tight for this Yaris? Gotta keep 'em on the road.
During the last couple of months, we bought 6 tires for Guam cars, 8 tires to Chuuk, 4 tires to Palau, 16 tires to Pohnpei, 6 tires to Yap, and just received a 4 tire order for Kosrae. 44 tires. People sometimes ask if I'm in the tire business and I say, "Yes".
|New LT 10 ply truck tires bound for Chuuk|
|Sister Martin and Elder Martin on our way to the post office to ship 4 tires to Chuuk and 2 tires to Palau|
I started using USPS "Click and Ship" recently and was able to create our own shipping labels on our printer. Then the postal truck picks them up and it's done. This was a huge time saver. But then their system quit working out here and so we're back to taking them to the post office and filling out the customs forms by hand. We are crazy busy and we love it.
We always get strange looks with all of the tires at the post office, and sometimes at the tire store. Sometimes we can get into conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We try to tell them that we are sending these tires to the outer islands to keep those missionary cars going, so they can continue spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For Family Home Evening the other night, Elder and Sister Guercio took us on a little field trip to some of Guam's historical sites.
We started at The Father Duenas Catholic School for Boys in Mangilao, not far from where we buy our weekly groceries.
|Elder and Sister Martin in front of a statue of Father Duenas, a religious leader|
during WWII in Guam. He was killed by the Japanese in 1944.
|Elder and Sister Guercio|
Next we drove down near Yona, Guam to a Menenggon memorial. This was the site of a WWII concentration camp where most of Guam natives/Chomorros were forced to go, just before the US forces re-captured Guam.
|Sister Guercio telling us about the memorial|
|This was their water source. Now people jump and play in this pond.|
|Sister Martin bought me this cool purple tie for Father's Day|