Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Here's a little game for everyone - who can identify all the fruit in my basket? I'll be super impressed if you can. :) And here's a dried out breadfruit (that was a bit moldy - not sure if that's supposed to be the case or not) from Mota Lava, an island way up in the north. It was called "biskit blong bredfrut" or like a breadfruit cracker. It didn't have really a taste at all other than just a bit moldy and maybe a slight smoky taste. :) Apparently drying these out helps with preparation for cylcone season when other crops may be wiped out, but it's not common except in the islands in the far north of Vanuatu.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Magreth was a good friend to me when I was here in Vila last time and we've been hanging out, usually about once a week or so. Here's some pics of her and her girls, Lin and Sava along with her sister Jen and two of her kids, Kalo and Lee.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
It was a beautiful drive, great fellowship, and a great chance to learn more Bislama and culture. I also ate duck (they call it dakdak) for the first time. Unfortunately, I was too much of a chicken to ask for pictures of the ladies I was with, but I did get a few of the view from the beach we ate lunch on. In the distance are a few other tiny islands. Whew, beautiful, huh?!
Our last Sunday at church in Australia was a good but emotional one. We hope to stay in touch with friends from there for many years to come but it is always hard to say goodbye to the physical part of fellowship. We were prayed for before the church and sent off with love.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Last Sunday I got to see my friends Madeln and Bali again. (See this post for picture and story Madeln-Bali post). We didn't get to chat long though, so I hope to see them again and get their phone number this coming Sunday! I also met a new friend, Elder Ann, who is the head of womens' ministries for her denomination throughout Vanuatu. She lives on the way from my house to Gretchen's so I saw her again later in the week and she invited me to come with her to a girls' purity conference she was speaking at over the weekend. Saturday night I attended with her and enjoyed meeting and fellowshipping with ni-Vanuatu women who had come to share with the girls. It was a great opportunity to be among Bislama speakers. I met one ni-Vanuatu woman who is single and older than me...that's a first for me for here! So we had some good discussions about singleness and serving God. I believe her name is Lelinau and I hope to run into her again at some point. She went to Talua College (Presby Bible school on Santo island up north) with Sophia, my friend who went to Equip Summer School with us in Australia last year and whose husband invited us to translate the Bible in his language in N Ambrym. Here's a picture of the girls having an opportunity to "wake up" again by singing Father Abraham with actions. :) Pray that these girls will apply what they've learned from this purity conference as the temptations are great in Vanuatu as anywhere.