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16 Dec 2010 First meeting in new Kosrae Kingdom Hall
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These pictures were taken by Polli Andrews, photographer extraordinaire.  Jeff and Polli Andrews are newly appointed Kingdom Hall construction servants and they are a pleasure to be around.  They are currently in Kosrae helping wrap up the construction project.  Travis and I had the privilege of working and living with Jeff and Polli for three weeks in Majuro while working on the Woja Translation Office project….we shared many laughs and many good times, some of them I may eventually share, but many will forever remain locked away in the Andrews-Brooks vault of secrets.  Thanks, Polli-ay for letting me use some of your pictures to share this very special occasion in Kosrae.


16 Sep 2010 smiling faces
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we are so happy to see new ones volunteering to help out in the islands.  here are a few that have made a great addition to the group:

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Kevin Lee from Guam South Congregation




Brennan is ready to fight, yes, fight the relentless rays of sunshine that will no doubt be beating down on him all day long. 

Here’s another picture where you can actually see that Brennan is a normal human being.  He is from the Dededo congregation in Guam and we are so glad he is getting to experience being part of the construction group. 


And not to forget our hardworking construction servants…….

Alan actually gave me a few smiles for pictures this time:

….and of course Alan wouldn’t always give me a smile.  But, he does always work hard.  We love getting to work with Alan when visiting the group!


Shem has skilz.  And he is always wearing a smile (except when his boot got caught in the rebar during the pour) :) 

Everyone is all smiles as they load up at the end of a long but satisfying day of work.  P9070296


16 Sep 2010 roof pour in action
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Kingdom Hall roof pour

Kingdom Hall roof pour

(click on links above to see quick video clips)

I know, I know….my video taking skills leave much to be desired.  But at least you can get an idea of how we pour concrete on Kosrae.

11 Sep 2010 coconut anyone???
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There is nothing more refreshing on a sunny roof pour day than a cold coconut!  While some refreshments (gatorade, juice, etc) are in short supply on a small island like kosrae, coconuts are the one thing you can count on.  We were so grateful that the local brothers and sisters made sure we had plenty on a day like this! 



Amy and I take a short break on the roof…as usual I am a disaster and amy looks awesome.  How did I get so much dirtier and sweatier than you Amy?  What can I say, you make construction look good!



Jony Medina enjoys his last coconut in kosrae.  Jony headed back to texas on friday…the group will sure miss him!  Thank you Jony for all your help!






P9070275Scibetta strikes a pose:  Matt definitely earned coconuts on this roof pour.  Once again Matt showed that his Georgia crete slingin skills are valuable even in the most remote part of the earth.  Matt will stay with the crew in kosrae until november 10, and at that point we may have to kidnap him and keep him around for just for comic relief. 

Hi Mike and Elaine!  Matt said to tell you hello!  :)

10 Sep 2010 kosrae kingdom hall roof pour
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If you’re thinking “wow, didn’t they just pour the roof of the missionary home less than two months ago?”  you would be correct.  The construction group really kicked things into high gear over these past two months.  On July 19th, they began digging the footings of the kingdom hall (by hand).  And this past week, on September 7th, we poured the roof of this beautiful 80-seat kingdom hall in Kosrae.  We were very excited to have 10 sisters and 2 brothers from Pohnpei come over to help!  The construction group has welcomed 4 new construction volunteers in the past month (Obed and Ramir from Saipan, and Kevin and Brennan from Guam) and Zak and Naomi Debeque were appointed as construction servants last month.  It was so nice to see good friends in the construction group again, and great to make new friends too!  Here are a few pictures…I will post more soon. 


Current picture of construction servants and volunteers in Kosrae



Kingdom Hall with missionary home in the background




These volunteers came from Pohnpei at their own expense.  Not only did they provide much needed help at the construction site, they also brought coolers full of food and snacks for the construction group.  The snacks kept coming all week, even after the pour!  It was great to see these friends again, most of them I had not seen since the roof pour in January on Pohnpei!




More pictures soon…….

27 Jul 2010 beautiful faces in beautiful places
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Kosrae is a beautiful island.  There is no doubt about it.  It is quiet, serene and the scenery  will take your breath away.  But I think you will agree that this is one beautiful group of construction workers  (well, some of us can pretend to be in construction for at least a week).  It’s so difficult to get everyone together for a photo.  Absent from this photo are Jake, Amy, Sammy and Louis (sorry guys).  But other than those four, this is our current group of volunteers/servants in Kosrae. 







These are the six brothers and sisters that flew over to Kosrae from Pohnpei to lend a hand with the roof pour.   It was great to see them again, and we were all so happy to have their help!  Annabelle, on the far right, works full-time with the Ponapean translation team.  She took two weeks of vacation to work in Kosrae with the construction group!  All of these brothers and sisters have such a generous and willing spirit. 

26 Jul 2010 Friday, July 9…..Kosrae missionary home roof pour
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What a day!  At 5:30 AM the only thing pouring was the rain, but as the events of the morning unfolded, there was no doubt that Jehovah was going to give us all the help we needed to make sure that the roof pour was finished.  A lot of planning goes into a day like this, but we learned that no matter how much planning we as humans can do, certain things are just out of our control and that you just have to trust in Jehovah.  You may remember than in Pohnpei we had about 95 volunteers helping with the roof pour.  Our much smaller but just as determined number of volunteers for the roof pour in Kosrae was about 35.  This includes our construction group, our 3 international volunteers (Matt, Johnny and Javier) 6 brothers and sisters that flew over from Pohnpei, 4 of us from Guam, and brothers and sisters from the Kosrae congregation.  So we were all set to pour 75 yards of concrete on July 9th with the help of some locally rented equipment and equipment operators: a truck for mixing the concrete, a front end loader to lift the sand, concrete and gravel to the mixer, and a crane to lift the concrete to the roof.  One week before the pour,  the construction company informed us that the mixer was broken but they would try to fix it.  Two days later they called and said the mixer had been fixed, but now the crane (yes THE crane, the only one on the island) was broken and they would not be able to fix it in time for the pour.  They offered a forklift instead….not exactly an equal trade, because now we would have to use wheelbarrows to move the concrete once it was lifted to the roof.  Then yet another phone call…this time the company that was supposed to deliver the 700 bags of concrete called to say their delivery truck had broken down.  The group determined that it would take 3 days of non-stop delivery using the group vehicle to get the concrete to the site.  But then a favorable farmer that lived nearby was hired to deliver the concrete.  So fast-forward now to the day before the roof pour.  Everyone is anticipating the big day.  The heavy equipment operators hired to run the equipment said they would start work at 7AM so it was announced to the congregation that we would be on site for morning worship at 6:30AM.  At the last minute on Thursday, the operators agreed to start earlier, so phone calls were made and a change was announced.  We had breakfast at 4:30AM and were on the site by 5:30AM, eager to get started.  Would things run smoothly from this point forward?  The answer to that is No.  As previously mentioned, at 5:30 AM it was pouring down rain.  After Sean Miller conducted morning worship at the site, we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our heavy equipment operators.   A few of the sisters headed back to the house where food preparations would be taking place throughout the day (about a 15 minute drive from the site).  Suddenly, the electricity went out on the site.  So its pouring down rain and the electricity goes out.  Still, excitement is in the air because all present are determined to get this roof poured.  Then the sisters return to the site with the latest news: a tree has fallen across the road and no one can pass through (yes THE road, the only one around the island).  And this was not your ordinary tree.  This was a gigantic mango tree and it just so ‘happened’ to fall directly across from the old Kingdom Hall.  So the brothers quickly jumped to action, at first thinking they would just go drag the tree out of the road.  But when they saw the size of the tree, their plan quickly changed to using hacksaws, machetes and any other available weapon to gradually move this obstacle out of the way.  Many locals also joined in to help, keep in mind it is STILL raining.  And yes, this is why the electricity had gone out on the site.  The equipment operators arrive at the fallen tree, and on a normal rainy day on a sleepy island like Kosrae, they may have just called it a day.  But our brothers were waiting for them by the tree, letting them know we have a vehicle on the other side of the tree ready to take them to work.  Eventually the utility company arrived and helped clear the tree off the road.  So after that exciting start to our day, the rain had lightened up a little and we are all ready to pour the roof!  Oh and did I mention that had the time not changed at the last minute to be at the site earlier, we would have all been on the wrong side of the fallen tree……

4:30 AM breakfast the day of the pour.


Ready to work….waiting for the equipment operators to arrive

Once the mixer was started and we began pouring concrete, guess what happened?  Yes, it stopped raining,  and we had beautiful cloud cover the entire day!  We finished pouring the roof around 6:30pm.  It could not have turned out to be a more perfect day.  Everyone worked hard all day long, for some of the brothers it was about a 20 hour day.  But everyone had smiles on their faces all day long.  It was truly a beautiful day and a great opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can ‘trust in Jehovah’ during this incredible time in history.   

Ready to Go!!

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Johnny: our international volunteer from Texas waiting for the rain to clear and the mixer to start.  qual es tu problema, Johnny?? :)







And the wheelbarrows begin rolling……



Amy, Marisa and Donna ran the stinger all day, while Dawn and I did the edging.  Sorry Dawn I don’t have any pictures of your awesome edging skills!  Val and several other hardworking sisters were vital to the success of the day. 


This is Matt, our international volunteer from Georgia.  Let me tell you, this Georgia boy knows his concrete.  Besides being a hard worker, he’s also always good for a laugh or two on site.  Mike and family, thank you for sharing him with us.  We hope to return him in one piece  :)

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More pictures coming soon……

05 Apr 2010 next stop….kosrae
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While a few members of the construction group are still in Pohnpei putting the finishing touches on the new Kingdom Hall, part of the group has moved on to the island of Kosrae to get started on the new Kingdom Hall, Missionary Home and Translation Office to be built there.  We only have a few pictures of the Kosrae project so far. But some of these other photos will give you an idea of some of the behind the scenes work that has been done here in Guam to prepare for the Kosrae project.  The members of the group in Kosrae have been busy getting the accommodations prepared for the rest of the volunteers that will soon be arriving there.  Getting accommodations ready involves more than just finding a place to rent, it involves many weeks of clean-up and minor renovations to the rooms and homes that will be ‘home’ to the construction group for the next 6-8 months.  The group is working very hard and adjusting to another island, language and congregation after leaving Pohnpei.  There are five remaining construction servants and volunteers in Pohnpei, we hope to show photos of the finished Kingdom Hall very soon! 



This is the property in Kosrae for the Kingdom Hall, Missionary Home and Translation Office.  Last week they poured footings for the Missionary  Home, so already the property has transformed from the way it looks in this picture. 





This lovely congregation has about 18 publishers.  The congregation will basically double in size during construction.  Already 11 construction servants and volunteers are in Kosrae! As you can imagine the impact will be great for both the congregation and the territory. 





IMG_5843This picture was taken back in January.  We were able to be in Kosrae the same time as Joe and Barak, two of our Branch Committee members (the two in front).  Also pictured here are two missionary couples; Jun and Evelyn Reselva and Sean and Kathy Miller along with Livingston, one of the Kosraean brothers.  By the way, after we left Kosrae Joe and Barak had also made arrangements to be with the construction group in Pohnpei for the unforgettable roof pour.  These brothers work tirelessly in behalf of the brothers and sisters throughout Micronesia and always with a smile on their face.  We are so happy to be a part of this family with them!


IMG_5948 Back in Guam….we received a container of rebar to be used for a few different upcoming projects.  We had a crew of willing volunteers come to the branch to cut and bend the rebar needed for the beams and columns in Kosrae.  Then we started packing up another 20’ container full of materials they will need in the coming months in Kosrae.  This is where the fun begins!  Home Depot becomes our best friend as we load up on appliances, lights, electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, paint, thin-set, rebar, and yes, even food.  It is quite a process, and as always, a deadline to meet so we can get our container on the next ship out!  Here are some shopping and packing pictures.  Iris was my shopping partner one of the days…..all work, no play.  :)


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And then we wave goodbye to the container and hope everything makes it safely to Kosrae.  This container should arrive in Kosrae in mid-April.  All in a day’s work!  Well, actually that is weeks of work :)