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28 Jun 2009 camping at shark’s cove
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We took this picture from the airplane on our way to Saipan.  We have walked down to this beach before, and when I saw it from the air I knew right away that bright blue spot is the place called Shark’s Hole.  It is a fantastic snorkeling spot and it’s a fun, beautiful 30 minute hike from where you can park your car.  So we made plans to ‘rough it’ on a Saturday and we planned a small camping trip to Shark’s Cove!!  We headed out on Saturday after field service and we were back home on Sunday with plenty of time to spare before our 3:00 Sunday meeting.

 

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Here are the ‘survivors’ heading out for an adventure!  Jason and Miki Schultz, Jared, Marisa, Travis and Lacey.  Look out Shark’s Cove, here we come!!

 

 

 

 

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The 30 minute ‘hike’ is really just walking along the beach.  Usually there are a few locals fishing along the way, but other than that, there is no one around. 

 

 

 

 

Setting up camp.  Thanks to Marisa and her $10.00 find, we had a tent!  And for some reason, the sand seemed so soft as we were setting up the tents.  But it sure didn’t feel soft later that night as we didn’t exactly get the best sleep ever.  :)  But what an unbelievably beautiful setting to spend time with good friends.  We had a great time!

Travis and Jared gathered coconuts and Jason collected firewood for the campfire.  The girls were busy chillin in the water.

 

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                   The sunset was AMAZING.  Definitely one of the best we have seen yet!!

 

We feasted later that night on freshly caught lobsters and parrot fish cooked over our campfire.  Travis, Jared and Jason braved the water after dark to catch our dinner.  And Jason even spotted a shark!  After all, it is called Shark’s Hole!

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We survived the night…barely!  What a refreshing 24 hour break from our busy lives at here at Bethel!  Even though we got back to our car and we were back at the Branch in ten minutes, it felt like we were a world away for that one night.   Jason and Miki head back to California on July 1st, we are really gonna miss them!!

11 Jun 2009 saipan missionaries
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We enjoyed breakfast with the six missionaries that are serving on Saipan.  We also enjoyed time spent with some of the most wonderful families you can imagine.  Saipan is indeed a beautiful place, but the brothers and sisters there are out of this world!

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11 Jun 2009 saipan
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In March, Travis was assigned to go to the island of Saipan to do some preliminary work for their upcoming Kingdom Hall renovation project.  I was thrilled to learn that I would get to go with him on this visit.  Yipppeee!  So we spent about 4 days on Saipan and 3 days on the island of Tinian.  Saipan is a small island, only 12 miles long and 6 miles wide with a diverse population of people from all over the world.  Saipan has two congregations, one English and one Tagalog.  Both congregations have about 90 publishers.  The English congregation is very unique because about 90% of the publishers speak English as their second language!  There are over 20 different language groups represented in the English congregation.  We were only with them for a few days, but we definitely felt the love that can only be found in Jehovah’s organization.  We stayed in the Circuit Overseer’s apartment and different ones from the congregation lovingly provided us with meals during our visit.  There are six missionaries serving with the English Congregation, and we enjoyed breakfast and morning worship with them while we were there.  We had a lot of work to do, including taking detailed measurements of the Kingdom Hall so Travis and Jared could plan the work that needs to be done there.  We also scoped out some potential apartments that will serve as rooming for the Kingdom Hall Construction Group and took hundreds of pictures of the Kingdom Hall and Missionary Home.  Now the Kingdom Hall Construction Group is preparing to start the work in Saipan!!  We are excited to see the improvements made to the center of pure worship on the island of Saipan!!

 

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We were able to see some of the beautiful sights Saipan has to offer.  The water is an unbelievable shade of blue!  Gary Summers, one of the missionaries, was our tour guide. 

 

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