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22 May 2011 ebeye
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Let me tell you a little bit about this tiny island called Ebeye.  It is in the Marshall Islands and the total land mass of Ebeye is .14 square miles.  Yes, that is .14, about 1/8th of a square mile, also about 80 acres if that is easier for you to picture.  Now for all of you in Missouri that can visualize 80 acres, now imagine 15,000 people living on that 80 acres.  Now you can picture Ebeye.  But I hope you are imagining people that are beautiful and happy, even though they live in what most people would consider less than desirable circumstances.   This was my first time to visit Ebeye, and all those beautiful people made a deep and lasting impression on me.  I can’t wait to go back!  It was fantastic to work with the KH construction group and to see first hand how hard they are working there along with the very excited and eager Ebeye congregation.  Needless to say, on an island this small, the construction of the Kingdom Hall is being noticed by everyone.  Everything about this project is unique, including the fact that it will be a two story building – a Kingdom Hall with a missionary home on top.  Enjoy the pictures of this amazing project. 

 

for several days my assignment was to help out at the beach….no, I guarantee it is not what you are thinking.  at the ‘beach’ in ebeye we have the enormous task of sifting the sand, then loading it into the truck, driving to the site, and unloading the sand.  this assignment has been great for the many youths in the congregation that are SO eager to help with their kingdom hall, but too young to safely work on the site.  they willingly shovel sand at the beach every saturday, and because we needed a lot of sand on the site for the slab pour, we spent a few days shoveling sand. 

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16 May 2011 majuro
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As if April didn’t hold enough exciting events for us (Zone Visit, Missionary Meal, Memorial, etc),  Travis and I left on April 16th for a two and a half week trip to Majuro, Ebeye and Chuuk.  First stop: Majuro.  Here we stayed with the fun-loving and very hospitable translation team that lives in Woja, Majuro.  Here’s a photo of the Woja family from early April when they were all in Guam for the Zone Visit:

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We loved every minute of staying in Majuro, and while we would have loved to just kick back and enjoy the company of our friends at the Woja house, we had a lot of work to do in that week we were there…..to get a barge of materials loaded and on its way to the construction project in Ebeye!

Here is the boat loaded and ready to go, along with a few pics of the loading process

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These large bags each hold 1 cubic yard of aggregates, and there are about 230 bags on this boat.  The boat (the Deborah K) took about 36 hours to sail from Majuro to Ebeye.  

We stayed a bit longer in Majuro than originally planned (yes there is a story, no I do not want to tell it) and while we were very anxious to get to Ebeye to be with the construction group, we did enjoy our additional time with our Woja family.