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27 Feb 2010 Saturday, January 23…..the roof pour!
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What an exciting day!  It began at 4:30AM with 76 in attendance for consideration of the daily text.  The mixers started right on schedule at 5:00AM and the work began!  Throughout the day the number of volunteers rose to 95.  There was much anticipation in the  weeks leading up to the roof pour, and everyone was eager to help. On one side of the Kingdom Hall, the bucket brigade worked non-stop handing buckets of concrete up to the roof.  On the other side of the Kingdom Hall, concrete was mixed and then lifted up by a crane.  The last batch of concrete was mixed at 4:30PM and there was loud cheering by the bucket brigade crew when we knew it had been accomplished!  The pictures can tell the rest of the story.  It was a great witness to the many onlookers that said it could not be accomplished.  The crane operator said we set a record for a roof pour on the island of Pohnpei.  And even more shocking to the crane operator and his helpers was the fact that all of the workers were volunteers, and the majority of those working were women.  Many wondered why we chose to use our own mixers and manual labor when ready-mix is available on island.  Well, most islands throughout Micronesia do not have ready-mix and we were anxious to see how it would go so that we will know what to expect when building on more isolated islands.  It was so exciting to see it come together so nicely, no doubt due to much advanced planning by the Construction Group as well as hard work by the local brothers and sisters.  And did I mention that the weather was perfect that day?  What a privilege that we were able to help with this monumental event!


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Above:  The bucket brigade and ground mixing crew celebrates when we were finished! 

Below:  The roof crew also celebrates!  What a day!


06 Feb 2010 preparing for the roof pour
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We spent January 18-26 with the construction family in Pohnpei.  Saturday January 23 was a big day….the roof pour!!!  The group has spent weeks preparing for this big day and we were very happy to be able to help with it.  There are a lot of pictures……most of the pictures I am posting now are from the week before the roof pour.  I will put pictures from the day of the roof pour in a separate post.

Another warm Ponapean welcome at the airport!




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Above: I can always count on Amy to help me shop!  And Emily was making delicious cookies when we arrived!

Below:  Meet Jarrod and Dawn Klingbeil.  When you hear loud laughter on site, you can usually trace it to Dawn!  :)


Here are several of our construction volunteers that came from Guam to help out.  Those that live in Micronesia can apply to help from two weeks to three months depending on their availability. 


Tamara and Valerie are finishing up the homemade granola and the kitchen crew on site stops for a quick picture.IMG_5765



This is a group shot of all of the Kingdom Hall Construction Servants, International Servants, Construction Volunteers from Guam and four that came from Guam Branch.  What a crew!!



27 Dec 2009 not bad at all
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Who says you can’t find everything you need on a remote island in the Pacific?? 

Pohnpei has Wallmart and Target….what more could you ask for?


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27 Dec 2009 more pohnpei
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It has been a month since we were in Pohnpei, but there are still a few more pictures I wanted to share.  The block walls are nearly complete now, and now there are eleven in the construction group working along with the local congregation. 


Chris and I worked on organizing the tool crib




This is Moses.  He willing helps on the project nearly every day. How exciting to see this Kingdom Hall being built on land that he and his family generously donated.




The meetings are temporarily being held in a school across the street from the construction site.  The brothers and sisters truly a beautiful sight to see.




This is Annabelle.  She is one of the  full-time translators here in Pohnpei.  Because the translators are working Monday-Friday in translation, they take advantage of the Saturday work days to help with the construction project. 






Tatsuo and Yoko are two of the missionaries.  What an important job they both have working with the translation team!  No easy task considering Ponapean is their third language after Japanese and English.  They too are taking advantage of the work Saturday.  We stayed in the missionary home with them during our stay in Pohnpei.




This is Alan Perez.  He is a construction volunteer that comes from our congregation here in Guam.  I think he knows what he is doing…don’t you? 

We are really happy he is taking advantage of this opportunity to volunteer!

Fun with the congregation at the park on Sunday afternoon!


What do you do if there is only one pair of rollerblades?  Share them, of course!

We were given a grand Ponapean send off at the airport when we departed for Guam.  The brothers and sisters in Pohnpei are truly loving and hospitable.  We hope to see them again very soon!

13 Dec 2009 working hard and loving every second of it!
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The local brothers and sisters are providing fine meals for the construction crew!

Travis taught the guys some ballet moves…




The Kingdom Halls being built throughout Micronesia are reinforced with a LOT of rebar.

Hi Dad!

I may not be using your masonry skills in the office, but at least I got use them a little bit in Pohnpei!!


12 Dec 2009 pohnpei
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Pohnpei!!!  Finally!!


I was so excited to finally meet the brothers and sisters in Pohnpei and to see the members of the Kingdom Hall Construction Group!!  Travis has been to Pohnpei twice already, but this was my first time and I loved every second of it!


We were welcomed at the airport…then headed straight to the construction site…just in time to see the crane moving the two containers.  Alan and Tamara took good care of Travis on past travels through the islands, and Tamara knew the first thing Travis would need is some food!  Thanks Tamara!


It was so fun and such a privilege to work on the construction site with the group and with the Pohnpei congregation for a few days.  While we are working back in Guam at the Branch, we know how hard everyone is physically working out on the construction sites.  But to see this work in person really helped me see what a great privilege it is to have a tiny part in supporting this great work!!  Hopefully these pictures will convey some of the excitement!


Morning worship with the Construction Group, then daily text with congregation volunteers.







Meet Dave Daniels, he and his wife are construction servants and both a valuable part of the team.  And they love a good laugh every now and then too!




…….more pictures coming soon.  Seriously, we took a ton of pictures in Pohnpei!