This week has definitely been a new adventure as Elder Fonseca and I got invited to the Koro Mwaneaba of our Kaawa. To be polite we attended all three days of it. I'll explain more later. I'm glad that I'm over my sickness as that was huge hiccup for me. I just had a 100 degree fever and my body felt like I had been hit by a semi. I feel tons better but I think that my companion is getting the sickness.
Taraita's family enjoyed the rotten flavors of the Beanboozled game, but by far the best reaction was Elder Fonseca's when he ate the barf flavored one. Highlight of the night! My new companion is amazing, really good with the language and pushes me to succeed. We definitely serve each other every day. This week both of us have been adjusting to this new schedule and still trying figure out the best way to visit everyone as best as we can. Our investigators that we have been visiting twice a week are progressing really fast and we have three or four baptisms coming up next month that I'm excited about as these investigators that I started teaching are finally getting ready to be baptized! The Branch is definitely going to be formed as they asked for us to send the information again to the AP's for a form for President Tuune. Since we have started this change, we have grown closer to the members in the central three Kaawa's (villages) next to Matang. The biggest problem right now is the WOW (Word of Wisdom) as Koben and Moko (alcoholic drinks?) are huge here in Kiribati. Ritebwa is a recent convert and this week she opened up to us and asked some good questions. She asked us what she can do to help her father want to be baptized and to stop his nangkona drinking problem. We asked her has she prayed for her father yet. That has been the focus of our prayers this week as she is trying to be an example.
Now back to Bootaki to explain this bootaki - Leremia was in charge of planning the bootaki, and as he lives right in front of us, they invited us to go. I need to explain how the schedule works for each day. Each day you showed up at 8:00 for breakfast, 1:00 for lunch, 8:00 for dinner. We did this for all three days starting Thursday. The way this bootaki worked was if you were late, there was law (literally) in place that you had to pay ten dollars for being late. So breakfast usually consisted of us eating and then a few games usually done by nine. Lunch we would eat, followed by some swiss (dancing) and games. Dinner is when everyone gathers and it's more of an official bootaki as they would do the full formal bootaki program with the flower crowns, dress us with a new bai (long strip of cloth) and baby powder the back of our necks and there would be a couple of mwaiae performed for us. Then we would eat and then it is time to get out your money, for that is how you buy songs and get people to start or do certain things. Four word story that describe my dancing at the bootaki this last week - "Samba Hips Never Lie". I got everyone laughing pretty hard with my dancing. One of the strangest things I ate this past week at the bootaki was octopus.
Spiritual thought of the week comes from: Aramwa 26:37 (Alma 26:37) ni kangai "Ao ngkanne tariu [ao mwaneu], ti nooria bwa te Atua e mwannanoia aomata nako, n aba ake a mena iai; eng, e atai mwaitia ana aomata, ao nanona e onrake n te nanoanga ae kabuta te aba. Ao ngkanne aio kimwareireiu, ao au kakarabwarabwa ae korakora; eng, ao N na anga au kaitau nakon Atuau n aki toki. Amen." I ataia bwa e
tangiringkami te Atua. I kakoaua bwa e kiningkami te Atua. I atongi bwai ikai N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
(My brothers and sisters, we see that God he is mindful of all his people, to every place; yea, He knows his people, and his heart it full of mercy that he gives to the earth. And this is my joy, and my great thanks; yea, and I will give my thanks to my God to no end. Amen. I that He loves you all God. I testify that He knows you all. I say these things in His name, Jesus Christ, Amen.)
Alma 26:37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.
PS. The Backpack you asked about: I love the canvas idea, gray with a brand that you trust, bag big enough to hold Gospel art book, BOM, Bible, picture book, first aid kit, bike kit, money, so multiple compartments would be nice. That is what I would like. Love you lots!
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.