We are about 1/2 way through our mission. Sometimes is goes fast, sometimes slow! It is that the whole culture is slow. Waiting is a way of life. Hymns are slowed way down. Adrian has lost 25#s , but sadly I have stayed the same. Doesn’t seem fair.
We have been working hard to get all these clean water catchment tanks in place. They are finished on Ambae and half finished on two other islands. The water runs off the roof of a metal roof into gutters and then into the tank they use this for drinking and cooking. To bath which they call swim, swim they go to the nearest creek , river or ocean. They sometimes stand out in the rain and let the water was them and their clothes at the same time. We have at least seven more to do this year. We are finding it hard to do videos on this media so will put some videos on facebook.
We want everyone to know we are fine. We love this missionary work and feel it is life changing. We miss all the special occasions at home, but know that is how it has to be.
We will be happy to return home an take up all our friendships and loving you all!
Elder and Sister Hinton
This was a special day to say good-bye to Sister Louisette Waiane from Port Vila, Vanuatu, who has been called to the South Utah mission and will be working at the Temple visitors center in St. George. She will be in the MTC for 2-3 weeks and then in St. George. We have told her all about our family and we hope you will all have the opportunity to meet her and love her. Last night we took her a chocolate snowman , come cookies and chocolate milk for her going away party. We hope that Russell and Megan Hinton family will take especially good care of her! She speaks French, English and Bislama. She is very shy, but has a great testimony. We plan to visit her after we return home from our mission. Hope when all the of you visit the temple you will check to see if she is there in the visitor’s. Elder Hinton says she is very thin and need lots of “southern utah cooking”
Last post there was the photo of the market in SILENCE. On Sunday it is all cleaned out swept up. The rest of the days of the week it is bustling with people of all ages and ethnic groups. It is with excitement I approach to hunt for the best little bananas (my favorite), tomatoes, papaya, pineapple, onions, green beans, cucumbers, passion fruit…etc.Last post there was the photo of the market in SILENCE. On Sunday it is all cleaned out Sister Nicholas, wife of Branch President, has farm where Adrian cuts down trees and gets his hands in the soil.Lots of people, lots of produce !Root vegetables that we don’t even know. They make these little boat baskets to transport them and then they just through these cute little baskets in the trash.
Hard at work.More little baskets with roots. This is their mainstay and they are boiled.Papayas here are out of this world, had some for breakfast this morning with warm rice, milk and brown sugar.This sweet sister was tending her baby and trying to mind the shop !Tons of bananas all sizes and all sizes of bunches !Tables and tables of produce !Not uncommon to see people sleeping all over anywhere. Shocked me when I saw it the first time, now it is island normal. We love Vanuatu !!!!