Dear Family & Friends: We are having so many new and exciting adventures to tell you about. We get up around 5:45am and go as fast as we can until bedtime, learning our new responsibilities and having a peek at this BEAUTIFUL country. We hope in this blog we can express how blessed we are to testify of Jesus Christ and serve Him in this amazing corner of the world! HAERE MAI* to our blog, we're glad you are visiting us!.....(*This means 'WELCOME' in the Maori language)

Friday, July 15, 2011

BULA, BULA FAMILY & FRIENDS!

THE DAYS FLY BY, WE WAKE UP EARLY, WORK HARD UNTIL BEDTIME, THEN FALL INTO BED EXHAUSTED, AND DO IT ALL AGAIN THE NEXT DAY....BUT WHAT A GREAT FEELING!  I CAN'T BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE I LAST POSTED.  SINCE THEN WE HAVE BEEN ON ASSIGNMENT TO FIJI AND HAVE HAD SOME AMAZING EXPERIENCES AND MET THE MOST WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND SAW SO MANY GREAT HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS THE CHURCH IS DOING TO HELP THE GOOD PEOPLE IN
FIJI.
I WISH I COULD TELL YOU EVERYTHING, BUT THAT WON'T HAPPEN HERE, JUST SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS AS I CAN FIND THE TIME TO BLOG IN THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE.  SO HERE'S THE START:

Meet Mario
Mario lives on one of the over 300 islands of Fiji called Taveuni.  His house was destroyed last year by Cyclone Thomas and then 2 months later his wife died of cancer.  He lived in a tent for year.  Recently his neighbors and friends, with assistance from the Church, helped Mario to rebuild his house.  Mario remains full of faith and hope.  He is an inspiration to all who know him.



Mario in front of his new home



Many Fijians, especially those living on rural islands, live in very modest homes.  As you can see, there are no inside walls and contact paper takes the place of floor covering.  He has no electricity or indoor plumbing, or inside kitchen.  But the happy, vibrant colors of many of the homes we saw, match the happy, contented personalities of these people.


  This is Mario's kitchen which is a few yards down the hill.  All cooking is done on a simple fire.
You can read more about Mario in our story posted on the Pacific Islands Public Affairs website.  It was also picked up by several newspapers.

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