Friday, April 12, 2013

"Friendships that last a lifetime"

We have had the pleasure of getting to know Clark and his beautiful wife Chineina Graham.
The Grahams are the parents of three children, 2 sons and 1 daughter.  Daughter Kimberly works at the Trukstop and the young elders love her.  She is so good to them and she is always smiling when they come to eat pizza.  They are some funny boys and she is a good hostess!
Clark started and runs a Non profit organization called "Ships Hoops"
SHIP, The Society for Historic Investigation and Preservation, is an FSM non-profit corporation founded in 1989 to promote historic preservation and environmental protection to educate Micronesians, assist in preserving valuable knowledge & information, encourage pride in the past, provide a bridge to the future, and use this information to empower young people.
HOOPS, “Helping Ourselves: Outreach ...Programs in Sports,” a subsidiary organization. This was established to offer sports programs, meaningful activities, lifestyle education (tobacco, alcohol, substance & violent abuse, literacy and health information) to Chuukese youth.
Through this organization he decided to start a school, The AKOYIKOYI CENTER.
The center’s motto “Awakening Opportunities” comes from a Chuukese word, akoyikoyi: a small bird piping that literally wakes people up in the morning, and also stands for the figurative and symbolic meanings of enlightenment: it enlightens people.

Sadly Clarks and Chineinas youngest son who entered the Summer Olympics last year as a roman/greco wrestler, was taken suddenly from the earth just before Christmas. Keitani was a 33 year old young man who was full of vigor and strength.  He was a leader in this community and an example to all youth everywhere.  He is greatly missed by the people of Chuuk and significantly missed by his loving family.
 Having been so richly blessed by Christ's friendship, we pray that we will now be to others what He is to us: a true friend. At no time will we be more Christlike than when we are a friend.
With Easter week and the rememberance of our Savior shortly before His Crucifixion, said He to His disciples: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends.” 
We truly feel blessed to know this wonderful couple and thank God for leading us to them. 

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