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29 Nov 2010 don’t blink your eyes or you will miss something
 |  Category: Kingdom Hall Construction Group  | Leave a Comment

Yes, that is how quickly it seems things are happening around here.  Just wanted to give a quick update on the Kingdom Hall construction group.  The group has been working so hard to help the congregation on Kosrae get their Kingdom Hall completed.  Yesterday they held the first meeting in the new Kingdom Hall on Kosrae!  Peak attendance was 63, very exciting for this congregation of about 20 publishers!  Jared and Marisa were with the group this past week, and we were so happy that they were able to be with them for the first meeting.  I’ll try to snag a few pictures of the completed Kingdom Hall from Marisa when they get back to Guam.  (Thanks Maris!)  The first members of the group first arrived on Kosrae back in February, so Kosrae has been home to some of our construction group for ten months!  The missionary home is also nearly complete.  The missionary home has two rooms for the two couples assigned to this island, and the third room of the missionary home is the translation office. 

In the meantime, five members of the construction group have already moved on to the next island, Ebeye, to make preparations for this project.  Ebeye really will be a thrilling project and actually the preparations for this project began nearly 18 months ago.  I can’t wait to share some details about this project with you as we get closer to it.  But just to give you an idea of what Ebeye is like,  the total land area of this island is 1/8 of a square mile.  There is nowhere on the island to buy any of our construction materials, so that means we will be shipping ALL construction materials to Ebeye.  This includes cement, block, aggregate and yes even the sand.  Seems funny that we would need to ship sand to an island, but that is the truth.  So we look forward to sharing many details about this next project with you.   As each project ends and another begins, we are constantly reminded of what a privilege it is to be a part of something so special here in Micronesia.  Jehovah’s people are truly beautiful, and although Jehovah is allowing us to have a part in this amazing construction program, it’s really not about the construction, it’s about the people. 

09 Nov 2010 hike to sigua falls
 |  Category: guam is the bomb!  | 2 Comments

this hike is not for the faint of heart.  however if a slippery, muddy, and at times physically challenging hike is what you long for, then this is the hike for you.  of course, when I showed these pictures to others that have been on this hike, they said it was nothing like this when they went.  but TGB, that’s guam baby, never the same thing twice, a different experience every time.  the main reason we planned this particular hike is that it is a favorite of Hannah’s.  Hannah wanted to do this hike before she moved back to Texas.  she was able to help out here on Guam for the past year, and I was sad to see her go.  hopefully she will be coming back soon.  Hannah and I were the only girls to brave the hike on this particular day….I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking……

 

 

the hike starts out nice and easy….but very muddy.  tyrone was the first casualty he slipped into that big puddle of water but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera!  and after about 30 minutes, notice how clean Micah’s shoes are compared to mine.  how did he do it??

 

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AJ is in mid-air as Josh and Hannah prepare to leap over the water.  Travis is ready to help on the other side….such a gentleman.

…….after passing this WWII tanker on the trail, we see the falls below and the trail started getting just a little tougher

finally we make it to the falls.  you may be thinking, man that water looks muddy, but believe me when you are hot, sweaty and already covered in mud, it doesn’t matter you just want to cool off.  so here we are jumping into the falls, literally. 

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going up was more fun than going down, but there was some definite slipping going on.  Hannah is crazy, once we climbed out she wanted to go back down and climb out again.  She called it ‘monkeying up’ the rope.  I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but that is what it feels like when you’re climbing up there using the rope. 

apparently many people lose their shoes along this trail…..I thought it was strange until it happened to one of our own.  Josh went in with two shoes but came out in only his socks.

it was a fantastic day.  thank you hannah for forcing us to do one last hike before you left.  we miss you!!

06 Nov 2010 september 11, 2010
 |  Category: guam is the bomb!  | One Comment

hello friends and family!  there will be some updates coming soon on the construction end of things here in guam, but just in case you thought we were too busy to enjoy the island, here are some photos to prove otherwise.  our anniversary was on a saturday, and travis surprised me with renting scooters for the weekend (something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time)!  we got caught in the rain a few times, but that is to be expected here in guam.  enjoy the pics!

 

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Last weekend we went on a hike to Sigua Falls.  It was a muddy, slippery and fantastic day.  I will post pics of that as soon as I get them downloaded.  Also coming soon, an update on progress in Kosrae and the news on the next project…..Ebeye!