17 Sep 2012 more majuro….
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just having some fun with some of these photos….

woja party

 marshallese translation team, construction servants, bethelites and special pioneers

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group construction photo after the first meeting in Laura

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johnsons and brooks

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allen, brennan, tyrone, rodrigo, alan, and ricky (or romar)

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long lost family….lacey, elizabeth, starlee

majuro

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ellie and lace

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15 Sep 2012 russ and ellie in majuro
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the construction group really has become like family to trav and i.  so how awesome has it been to have russell and elizabeth be part of that family too.  they fit right in, and are loving every minute of their majuro experience with the construction group.  we had so much fun working with them, and playing with them.

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and scibettabelieve we always have a good time with matthew

14 Sep 2012 majuro construction
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This trip to Majuro was really special, well, every trip to Majruo is special.  But this time we were able to be there for the first meeting in the new Kingdom Hall in Laura!  This also meant we were there for the week leading up to the first meeting, which meant crunch time on the finishing up the new Kingdom Hall.  But we were so happy to be there for the excitement!

 

 

The first meeting in Laura was also very special, because Tyrone gave his first public talk at that  meeting.  It was almost overwhelming, sitting at that meeting, thinking of how amazing it is to be a part of something so special.  The growth not only in the building work and seeing these Kingdom Halls being built in Micronesia, but the growth of the brothers in our construction group.  Wow.  A proud moment….sorry Tyrone, if you saw tears in my eyes during your talk.  I was so proud.

 

 

The construction in Rita is coming along too.  Soon, the group from Laura will join the group in Rita to finish the missionary home renovation.  We had an awesome time in Rita and can’t wait to see the finished product.

 

14 Sep 2012 cetti bay hike-guam
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sliding down steep hills covered in sword grass, wading through waist deep rivers, and 3 hours later, ending up at a beautiful beach….sound like fun to you?  if not, don’t ever go on the cetti bay hike.  but if you love adventure and a good workout, with spectacular views to boot, then cetti bay to sella bay is the hike for you.  had a blast with everyone…including our boys that did NOT bring enough water!  shame shame.  but everyone survived, and reward at the end some mexican food at Caliente’s (even though we were all exhausted).  good times…

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14 Sep 2012 District Convention 2012
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As always, the district convention was an exciting and busy time here in Guam.  Missionaries and other delegates from the outer islands converged on Guam to be part of this exciting event on Aug 3-5, 2012.

 

Baptism is always a highlight…but this year, of the seven baptized, two were from our congregation and very special to us.  And to top it off, Travis had the privilege of doing the baptizing.  Travis studied with Jacob for the past year, and the Perez family has treated us like family since the moment we arrived on Guam.  We love them! 11 year old Renee….well, she needs no words to describe how special she is.

 

 

I’m happy to use up most of my lunch guest passes during the weeks before and after convention!  It’s so fun to invite friends from the outer islands in to see bethel.  They show so much hospitality to us when we are in the islands…its really the least we can do to repay their kindness.

 

11 Jul 2012 eneko island
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while majuro itself is a beautiful island, there is nothing like taking a nice leisurely boat ride out to another tiny island, to enjoy some fun in the sun.  we were so happy everyone took this rare opportunity, with both construction groups working on the same island, to enjoy some recreation together on our day off.  eneko island is about a 30 minute boat ride away from majuro, and yes, that’s me driving the boat.  the pictures can do the rest of the talking….

as a side point, I might mention that it did take a little bit of persuasion to talk some into going on this day-trip.  I guess when you grow up on an island, and you are currently working on an island, it seems a little wasteful to spend money to go to another island.  but in the end, I think everyone was really happy with the day. 

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volleyball at eneko….these guys mean business!

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matthew, the idea is to get it over the net.  here, let alan show you how

mustache mania needs no explanation….

25 Jun 2012 oh majuro!
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i know how long overdue i am in posting…so i may skip around here a little bit for my next few posts……but i just can’t resist putting up some pics from our recent trip to majuro, marshall islands.

both construction groups are now on the island of majuro (yay! majuro!).  group B is in rita, group A is in laura, and travis and I were able to spend some time with both groups last month.  the group in rita is working on a renovation of the kingdom hall and missionary home, while the group in laura is building a new kingdom hall.  both groups are AMAZING, there is no way to compare them so I wouldn’t even dare try.  just enjoy the pictures of both….and yes, that’s russell and elizabeth working with group A in laura. 

 

 

25 Jun 2012 frooches!
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it seems like just yesterday we were introducing you all to the Frooches: Jared and Marisa.  Well here we are 4 years later, 4 years older, and 4 years into a friendship that will last forever.  the frooches are leaving guam next week for their next assignment in South Africa.  saying goodbye?  well, its about the hardest thing you can imagine.  so here we are out in service together (it took 4 years for us to finally do that)….along with a few other of our favorite times with them. 

 

14 May 2012 guam south….first meeting
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After 4 months of hard work, the Guam South Kingdom Hall was complete….just in time for the special talk on April 8th.  The next day, Vinnie, Chris and Tyrone left for Pohnpei to help Group B for a few weeks.  The Guam South project definitely went by quickly….it was sad to see the group leave Guam.  But it is exciting to know that another Kingdom Hall has been completed, and we know there is more work that needs to be done in the islands of Micronesia.  Now both groups are on the the island of Majuro….more pictures of that coming soon!

21 Apr 2012 not a bad setting for a bible study
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a few weeks ago debbie had the idea that we take elaine down to see the new Kingdom Hall being built in the south. afterward, we stopped at nimitz beach park to have our bible study….what great way to enjoy learning about Jehovah, both from creation and from studying the bible together