|Left over from "Survivor"|
It was a pretty quiet week with the President and APs off island. The biggest challenge of the week was trying to get some school classes started for the "House of Hope" for abused and neglected children. We have been working with them for a couple of months, but they keep changing our hours and what they expect us to do. In the beginning I was under the impression that we were going in to support the teacher, until I found out there is NO teacher, and there hasn't been one for the entire school year. Teaching school with no books, computers, curriculum materials, media equipment.... is definitely a challenge. Thank goodness for the internet in the office and the school librarian who has been very generous in letting us check out books. I have been working with the 14-18 yr. old girls. These girls are beautiful and anxious to learn. They appreciate anything you can bring to them in way of education. The young sister missionaries have also been going in and I give them big kudos for doing a great job with so little.
|Whittle's Going Away Party with Bruce McCarthy|
Saturday some of us drove up to Saniatu and enjoyed a refreshing swim at the waterfall. It was pretty chilly getting in, but once the shock wore off it was a delightful swim. Brent and Elder McBride had to climb up to the high ledge and jump off. It's probably good we
have to carry health insurance.
Our time here is quickly coming to an end. Brent has got it down to the days, and I know I only have to refill my vitamin caddy 8 more times. However, we still will not be home for the birth of our grand daughter who will be born this next week. Of all the sacrifices we have made to be here, this one is the hardest. My only comfort is that I know she has other family and friends who will be there to help her. Today I had a thought that cheered me up a bit - I still will get to love our Great Grand babies when they come - so this isn't really the last grandchild.
|Saniatu Swimming Hole - Nice!|
I finished the Book of Mormon last week and started to Read the Doctrine and Covenants. We recite Section 4 nearly every day so I have it memorized. It refers to the missionary work that we are involved in here and around the world. In the month of July our mission had over 240 baptisms. It truly is a marvelous work!