Christmas is coming and we are loving this season. The Indian people don't celebrate it unless they are Christian (a rarity), but Fijians are nearly all Christians, so they are living the season. They are poor so they don't buy gifts, but they love to feed the missionaries, so everyone is happy. I wish this attitude would last all year.
We are busy to the end. I just found a flat two days ago for a couple of Elders, and had to furnish the place. I am still looking for two more flats for the new missionaries before I leave next month, and a new one for the couple that is replacing us, so I'm pushing to the end. The Lord always provides for His missionaries, so I'm not too concerned as long as I do my part. The difficult part is finding them in a specific area that Pres. Klingler wants. Mary is also busy with preparations for 16 missionaries coming in January (you know, all the paper work that immigration requires), and the 16 departing missionaries with all the letters and flight schedules for each of them. She's a trooper but goes home tired every night.
We had to move out of our flat this week due to a "difficult change of plans" with a different senior couple's flat. We will be in this flat for a month and then leave it for a Canadian couple who lives here. It was sad to leave the old flat, an emotionally draining situation. The new couple who is living there is called to be the Institute director and teacher, and they needed a flat close to the institute, so we left. The new flat is just fine but we miss our familiar, well worn, flat.
|The lady in pink is sneaky Sister Wells...she invited us over to dinner and to play games on Friday Dec 6th |
and it turned out to be a belated birthday dinner for me complete with a large iced banana birthday cake.
|These 5 Elders headed home December 10th |
Elder LeDoux, Elder Olsen, Elder Gatoloi (not going home but in the picture) Elder S Smith, Elder Peleseuma
|Elder Olsen headed home, was home a day before flying back to Fiji with his family for a two week visit.|
|We will miss these guys, they have been strong and faithful missionaries|
|You'd think I would get tired of taking pictures of flowers, but I guess I will do it until I head home.|
|Friday Dec 13th we had a zone conference with 3 zones (fed 120) then headed to Suva First for the traditional talent night|
|Some danced, Sisters traditional and Elders from US improvised|
|This group came from the back of the room with lit candles and sang a beautiful Christmas hymn|
|This large group did a skit and song. There is no stage so they had Sister and President Klingler sit on the front row|
|More dancing with beautiful arm movements and two elders in the back |
(one from French Polynesia lead out while the US Elder followed his lead)
|The improvised costumes says it all|
|and they got President Klingler to join them in a sort of can can line|
|Elder Pence came over to us after the program to get a picture, before heading back to a|
small island to the East of Suva, called Ovalau where he is currently serving.
|Surprise, the beautiful natural wood house that was being built next to our old flat is now pink! |
All I can say is the people of Fiji love to paint their houses all sorts of bright colors.
|This is an archway off the driveway at our newflat|
|a long the side of the driveway a traditional shell here that used to be used to summon villagers |
and is not allowed to be taken off of any of the islands of Fiji.
|I had to unlock several doors that are not used much that opens ontoto a slim porch to get a good shot at |
this pretty pink Frangi Pani (plumeria) that grow outside our kitchen window.