Friday, November 18, 2011

Hello from Chuuk

We have arrived here on the island of Chuuk.  It was raining very hard when we got off the plane but the missionaries were all here to greet us.  The rain only lasted a few minutes which is how it usually is here a few times a day.  Then the sun comes out again and warms up everything.  Oh yeah, it warms up pretty good.
The other senior missionaries took us under their wing and showed us the ropes and all.  They are Elder and Sister Eakins.  We are very grateful to have them here because they got us situated very well with our apartment and furnishings.  Not to mention showing us the island. 
We are still acclimating to this climate but we guess it’s better than shoveling snow.  At least Elder Tiffany thinks so.  The temperature is pretty constant and the length of days stays the same we are told.
We have been put in charge of finding all the members on the roll here and putting them on the map with a GPS unit.  We’ve only been able to work on that one day so far because we need to go out with the Elders and the Branch President, one to interpret and the other to locate where the members live.  We are now learning the Chuukese language.  After a week we have only learned a few phrases.  The Lord is after us to lengthen our shuffle and we’re up to the task.
Communication with the outside world has been something of a challenge so far but we will overcome.  Technology is a gift and we expect to be blessed with it soon. 
We want to thank all of you for your support and prayers.


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