Hurricane, schmurricane, natural disasters...... who cares? Here's the latest:
Well this week was really really good. We set a baptismal date for the 2nd of January with a seventeen year old girl named Sulu; she is awesome and has a rock solid testimony.
In Fiji, we hear all the time, "dua ga na Kalou", which means just one god. They say that the church you are a member of doesn't matter, only that you have faith. It is very frustrating and I cringe every time I hear it. But it worked for our good for once. I was worried that Sulu's parents would object her being baptized, but thats when this saying worked for us. They didn't care.
We also had 3 more who don't have a date yet, but have accepted the commitment for baptism. Kini and her mother Tiko from Wailoku, were both baptized Saturday. That was really great to see. I am really happy for them. It seems like just yesterday I contacted them, but really it has been like four months. It is crazy. Time goes so fast.
Christmas is going to be a little bit slow I think. We are going to be eating a lot. That is basically the extent of Christmas here- Big lovo feasts. Lots and lots of people have gone back to the villages so this week is going to be very slow. I think we will be pretty busy trying to get all our baptismal commitments taught so we can baptize them at the beginning of this next year.
As for the Hurricane last Monday, I thought it was a lot of fun. It was my first natural disaster! Lots of strong strong wind and rain. Driving the roads was awesome: dodging downed powerlines and fallen trees. It was fun! We played football in the hurricane though; it was sweet. Who can say they played football in a Hurricane??? I can. Ha ha. We had no water until Friday and no power Tuesday. So that was not very cool. But it was a good experience. I am not sure how many died, but nobody I know. We got to chopp up some fallen trees and had good service, so that was cool. Other then that, it was just amazing to see how fast everyone cleaned it up. On Tuesday, everyone just got together and cleaned it all up and by Wednesday, there was little evidence that anything had happened. It was crazy. But I am doing great.
I'm excited to talk to you all.