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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!

11 Dec 2009 majuro
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Majuro is one of the Marshall Islands, the Easternmost point of the Guam Branch Territory.  The flight from Guam to Majuro is on ‘the island hopper’.  Majuro is the fifth and final stop of the island hopper so it takes 8 hours to fly from Guam to Majuro.  Travis was scheduled to travel to Pohnpei to visit the Kingdom Hall Construction Group and while he was out, a 3 day stop in Majuro to check out a few things there.  I got to tag along again and this trip was so neat!  Four of the Majuro missionaries were off-island while we were there, but Paul (who has been in his missionary assignment in the Marshall Islands since 1978) took good care of us and we really enjoyed staying with him in the missionary home.  Majuro is a long, skinny atoll and there are two Kingdom Halls, one on each end.  There is also a group that will hopefully one day have their own Kingdom Hall in the middle of the island.  This is where we attended the meeting and it was a wonderful experience!


This is along the one road on the island.  Notice the ocean on both sides of the road.

Yes, it is really this narrow in many spots!!


Meet some of our brothers and sisters!


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Do you think they need a Kingdom Hall here??




This is Paul, a faithful missionary in his assignment in Majuro.  And a good cook too!!  I love his Fox hat, but he took it off for this picture!  :)

Sorry I haven’t posted many pictures lately!  But coming soon…pictures from the Kingdom Hall Construction in Pohnpei!!