(We asked about his language oopsie last week at Teebwa's baptism.) Teebwa's baptism - Let's say she just laughed and life is still good. It is now a joke of the aro (church/religion) so now.... well we will have to see how long it lasts.
We woke up at 3:00 in the morning to get Teuabu to take Tekaie's boat because that is the only way to reach Numatong. We walked around the island looking for the eggs of the birds but none could be found, so we left that island and went to it's neighboring island and looked for eggs there. None to be had, but found that rock path that was really cool. After that we went to Abemwakuro and gave our thanks to Uni Mwaane for allowing us to be there and ask for his luck (the tradition of Nonouti). We went on a tour of the island and then took a nap while waiting for high tide. Finally we went to Nangnii and toured that island. Lots of birds in a place on Kiribati that looks like the Jungle Book, and a beautiful sunrise that I couldn't capture.
This week so far was the start of the Koro Mwaneaba in Matang. This means that nearly all of our investigators are checked into the mwaneaba. The bootaki started last Saturday and so we went to lunch and dinner but skipped Sunday because of the Taoramauri's. We held and just finished the morning part of the bootaki today and still have tomorrow.
Elder Fonseca and I are little frustrated with the car that we hired. In the past, we haven't had problems but yesterday after we got back from doing our church services in the North of the island, a car hadn't gone yet which would mean that church would be starting later on the south side of the island. We got the car started, but it didn't get back from Nanoraoi until a little after 5:00. We finished our church service and waited for the car until 8:00. It still didn't come, so we motorcycled back to Tekai's house and got him to take the motorcycle and take back the people back to Nanoraoi. The car didn't come until 9:00. By that time they were already on their way back. Just a little frustrated.
I love you and hope you are helping mom out with chores.
My favorite thing that has happened this week is spending time with Tearabi and dying her hair black this last Friday. Well hope all is well.
The baptism last week was a lot of fun. Sounds like you are having a lot of fun with soccer practice. Sounds like the project was a lot of fun. Love to hear more about your aeronautics class.
Te Kekeaki, I tangiria naba toau, ao akea e bou te investigator ibukin te bootaki n te wiiki aei. Ti kataia ukoukouia te investigator. (I'm hanging in there. I love my companion. And no new investigators because of the party this week in the kaawa. It sounds like quite the project! I'm glad that you were able to spend time with Dad. (Project was installing shelving in the garage.)
Haven't heard from you in while. I know the dance has come up. I hope all went well and I hope that you had a good time. I want to hear all about it. I'm sending some pics of the beautiful sunsets this last weekend.
I attached some pictures the first being the sunset on Thursday, second being the bootaki, the third being sunset on Sunday, and the last pic Tearabi before her hair is dyed.
My thought this week is simple. CTR in Kiribati is Rinea te Eti. Just the small decisions we make help us stay on the path and we are guided by the Holy Ghost in what decisions we should make. (see 2 Nephi 9:49; 1 Nephi 10:17-19). I know that God loves each of you and knows you by name. I love this gospel as it is simple and easy to teach, but at times hard to understand. I love you guys and want you to keep moving forward. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love you All,
2 Nephi 9:49 Behold, my soul abhorreth sin, and my heart delighteth in righteousness; and I will praise the holy name of my God.
Elder Samuel Haycock
I am called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This blog is about my adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for the next two years in the Republic of Kiribati.
Rachel Haycock - I am the mother of 6 amazing children and the lucky wife of a dear, sweet man. I love to write, read, cook, teach and sew. I hope you feel the Spirit of the Lord as you read about Elder Haycock's adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.