Archive for ◊ September, 2009 ◊

13 Sep 2009 palau
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We spent a busy 8 days in Palau, searching for property for a new Kingdom Hall.  Finding the land is one thing,  but then the difficult part is finding the land owners, making sure the land has a clear title and that it is not being disputed, then negotiating with land owners to see if they are willing to lease or sell some of their property.  Often the owner is chief of a certain clan, or family, and negotiation could take place in any given place.  In this case, one chief asked Travis to meet him in his office.  Travis asked where his office was and he said “over there under the bamboo tree.”  The congregation in Palau is as loving and hospitable as you could ever imagine, and desperately in need of a new Kingdom Hall.  They are bursting at the seams with about 90 publisher but around 150 in attendance.  They have recently had 5 couples from the states assigned to move there as need greaters and more are on the way.  While most of our time in Palau was spent working, we were able to see the awesome Rock Islands on our last full day in Palau.  

 

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Travis with two local elders looking at one potential property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch out for the sword grass Travis!!

 

 

 

 

 

Field service and buying some lunch at from a local fruit stand.

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We toured the Rock Islands with 3 of the couples that are need greaters and one local sister.   

 

 

 

 

                                       Can you believe the color of this water???

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coming soon…….pictures of jellyfish lake and milky way (not the stars)

04 Sep 2009 Yep, we went to Yap!
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Travis was scheduled to visit the islands of Yap and Palau, and I was more than happy to find out I would be accompanying him on this trip.  Our two days on the island of Yap was quite the experience!  Yap is considered the most traditional corner of Micronesia and it is definitely a mixture of the past and the present.  Yap is known as “The Land of Stone Money” and you can see that culture and tradition still exists in the daily lives of the Yapese people.  It was an awesome experience!  We stayed in the missionary home with the four missionaries assigned to Yap.  We were only there for two days, but we really enjoyed our Yapese experience.  We are now in Palau, with somewhat limited internet access, so I will post a few pictures of Yap now and I will try to add more later. 

 

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Yapese stone money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stone Money Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The brothers in Yap arranged to have the public talk on Thursday night so Travis could give it.  As you can imagine, the two elders in this congregation on this isolated island were happy to have another speaker.  The talk was translated into Yapese.  Notice anything else unusual??  No shoes!  And yes, the fan is on the stage because it is HOT in the Kingdom Hall.