Well, every so often we have to say goodbye to missionaries we have grown to love. They become good friends and we share a great bond of love as we serve together. 3 of these Elders are going over to Upolu and the one on the right will stay with us till November and then he goes home. The one with his tongue sticking out is Tongan and famous for killing and eating dogs here.
One of the families that provides housing for a set of our missionaries also entertains groups that arrive on the cruise ships. They have a wonderful set up on their property where they demonstrate many traditional customs of the Samoan lifestyle. Very similar to the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii. They climb coconut trees, dance, make mats and hats and baskets, cook in a umu (As part of Samoan umu making, guests participate in the process of pusaga o le umu (building the umu) and preparing and cooking traditional foods,
including talo (taro), ulu (breadfruit), palusami (young taro leaves cooked in
seasoned coconut cream) and faiai eleni (canned mackerel cooked in seasoned coconut milk), the guest are generally entertained. Isn't this little one cute.
is the Samoan word for all types of houses, from small to large) are just a shelter, but on some of the properties they might have a special Fale that is well cared for and has wonderful ceilings and mats to sit on. These are great out buildings because you can hang your laundry on a line inside and it won't get wet when it rains, you can rest on the cool cement when it is sunny and hot, you can hang curtains around to give you privacy if you want to live in it, you can set up chairs and use it for seminary or sunday school (often used this way), you can hold a dance or a meeting or just sit against a post and watch the breeze blow by (that happens a lot as well)
Wendy and I have the great privilege of providing support to all the missionaries on the Island of Tutuila. After teaching Institute in the mornings on Monday through Thursday, we have 36 missionaries that we take mail & parcels, cleaning supplies, clean filtered water(we clean/sanitise/and fill about 15 bottles with clean filtered water each week), missionary material(we maintain an inventory of teaching material and cleaning supplies in our storage units at the mission home) and treats to each week. Wendy is their resident medical specialist that helps keep them healthy, clean and able to advance the work of the Lord. We provide them with whatever they need to do the Lords work - even if it's a rat trap or a broom, whatever they need to be able to focus on the work. We feel like these young men are like our grandsons and we want them well taken care of just like we hope in the coming years that some Sr. couple will take care of our grandsons and granddaughters as they serve.