OVER THE HUMP

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.IMG_0142 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tisman, Malekula Disaster

Airport in Lakatoro, Malekula

Airport in Lakatoro, Malekula

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Flour was loaded - 25 - 50# sacks

Flour was loaded – 25 – 50# sacks

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Vegetables were loaded in a truck

Vegetables were loaded in a truck

We crossed over 6 rivers and the last one we had to  walk across. Adrian and !st Counselor in Branch checking the depth.

We crossed over 6 rivers and the last one we had to walk across. Adrian and !st Counselor in Branch checking the depth.

Truck broke rear axle.  Driver was a mechanic and just happened to have a bearing and fixed it on the spot.  Miracle !

Truck broke rear axle. Driver was a mechanic and just happened to have a bearing and fixed it on the spot. Miracle !

Children in the corner of the classroom - quiet as a mouse!

Children in the corner of the classroom – quiet as a mouse!

Handing over ceremony where we were presented the hand woven mat and the live chicken.

Handing over ceremony where we were presented the hand woven mat and the live chicken.

The chicken was handed over to Anderson Vano, the amazing coordinator that helped make the disaster management a success!

The chicken was handed over to Anderson Vano, the amazing coordinator that helped make the disaster management a success!

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We are still here and trying to make our work happen!

We did have a date at a nice resort where we saw a fire show, about a week ago.  We do not do many touristy things though.  Yesterday I was sitting on a beach chair by the pool and realized that is the first time I ever did that to relax for a few.  I asked Adrian what he thinks it would be like to be here as a tourist.  He said "YOu don't even want to think about it."

We did have a date at a nice resort where we saw a fire show, about a week ago. We do not do many touristy things though. Yesterday I was sitting on a beach chair by the pool and realized that is the first time I ever did that to relax for a few. I asked Adrian what he thinks it would be like to be here as a tourist. He said “YOu don’t even want to think about it.”

 

 

This was our next location.  It is an old chapel, but by using the gutters on this iron roof it can be piped out the the villagers.  Notticed the spelling on the sign on the old church.

This was our next location. It is an old chapel, but by using the gutters on this iron roof it can be piped out the the villagers. Notticed the spelling on the sign on the old church.

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Ambae is so beutiful.  This is where in WW11 they ent all their beautiful  young women to keep them from the soldiers

Ambae is so beutiful. This is where in WW11 they ent all their beautiful young women to keep them from the soldiers

Where ever there is water there are children having fun!

Where ever there is water there are children having fun!

Here they are taking home water for their families,  Want a drink anyone?

Here they are taking home water for their families, Want a drink anyone?

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This is the Headmaster and she teaches grade on.  Such a good spirit here , makes you really want to help!

This is the Headmaster and she teaches grade on. Such a good spirit here , makes you really want to help!

 

This is the third site... This is Elder Thurber from Idaho.  Sorry the 2nd one got out of sink.  It was the second photo.

This is the third site… This is Elder Thurber from Idaho. Sorry the 2nd one got out of sink. It was the second photo.

Great Elders and our driver Dennis.  It rained hard and he was a masterdriver to get us where we needed to go safely!

Great Elders and our driver Dennis. It rained hard and he was a masterdriver to get us where we needed to go safely!

We sau gppdbye wot a sweet rainbow in the west which Dad says is a rare thing!  It is comforting to know with all this reain....almost every day and many times a day that the earth will not be flooded again.  Love you all.  Hope the video comes through of the place we stayed.  It is called the Toa Bungalows!  We both took an Ambien to make it through the night!

We sau gppdbye wot a sweet rainbow in the west which Dad says is a rare thing! It is comforting to know with all this reain….almost every day and many times a day that the earth will not be flooded again. Love you all. Hope the video comes through of the place we stayed. It is called the Toa Bungalows! We both took an Ambien to make it through the night!

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An unforgettable Sacrament Meeting in Whitegrass, Tanna

This is the Church.  They will have a new beautiful chapel this year.  It started raining as we pulled up in the truck.  It poured rain and we were here for 4 1/2 hours waiting for meetings to be done and the missionaries to return to pick us up.  I have never seen so much rain.  A video will be on our Facebook page as this blog will not support it.

This is the Church. They will have a new beautiful chapel this year. It started raining as we pulled up in the truck. It poured rain and we were here for 4 1/2 hours waiting for meetings to be done and the missionaries to return to pick us up. I have never seen so much rain. A video will be on our Facebook page as this blog will not support it.

Notice the dog under the chair of the 1st Counselor.

Notice the dog under the chair of the 1st Counselor.

Relief Society Sisters.  There were only 34 people that came that morning when they usually have 250 to 300 members attending.

Relief Society Sisters. There were only 34 people that came that morning when they usually have 250 to 300 members attending.

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So wet and then it got cold.  the children were shivering

So wet and then it got cold. the children were shivering

Sister missionaries - they walk miles a day.  The trip before this one they had taught 57 lessons that week and had 11 baptisms.  This week 5 baptisms.

Sister missionaries are amazing. They walk many miles every day.  the last time we were here they had taught 57 lessons in one week, and had 11 baptisms.  This week 5 baptisms.  They are angels!

Sister missionaries are amazing. They walk many miles every day. the last time we were here they had taught 57 lessons in one week, and had 11 baptisms. This week 5 baptisms. They are angels!

If you look closely you will see the children in the back blowing bubbles.  I had brought two large bottles of bubbles and it helped pass the time.  Church was over and we were just waiting in the pouring rain.

If you look closely you will see the children in the back blowing bubbles. I had brought two large bottles of bubbles and it helped pass the time. Church was over and we were just waiting in the pouring rain.

Soaked to the skin.

Soaked to the skin.

As you could imagine. Cold rain I had to go pee.  I took my leaf unbrella and went over behind a tree.  The people were laughing at me but I have learned if you've got to go .....you've got to go!  No that is not peep on my dress.  There was a slit in the tarp and I didn't see them lifting the tarp to get rid of the puddled water.

As you could imagine. Cold rain I had to go pee. I took my leaf unbrella and went over behind a tree. The people were laughing at me but I have learned if you’ve got to go …..you’ve got to go! No that is not peep on my dress. There was a slit in the tarp and I didn’t see them lifting the tarp to get rid of the puddled water.

Leaving finally !  Children are so cheerful and always smile when you look at them!

Leaving finally ! Children are so cheerful and always smile when you look at them!

Dad  soaked to the skin.  He helped bless the sacrament.  He helped pass and he also gave a talk.  It was about the fishes and the loaves.  Also a story about how he knew Heavenly Father knew him.  His experience when he lost his favorite knife when he was a little boy.  I had grapes and cookies in our lunch bag and I kept thinking I didn't have enough to share.  Finally I kept getting prompted to give away the food.  I gave all the children two each and then again 2 each then everyone else 2 each and then the kids again.   I know there was not enough in that bag.  Also the same thing happened with the cookies.  A real faith promoting experience.

Dad soaked to the skin. He helped bless the sacrament. He helped pass and he also gave a talk. It was about the fishes and the loaves. Also a story about how he knew Heavenly Father knew him. His experience when he lost his favorite knife when he was a little boy. I had grapes and cookies in our lunch bag and I kept thinking I didn’t have enough to share. Finally I kept getting prompted to give away the food. I gave all the children two each and then again 2 each then everyone else 2 each and then the kids again. I know there was not enough in that bag. Also the same thing happened with the cookies. A real faith promoting experience.

A scruffy Dad after 3 days in the BUSH!

A scruffy Dad after 3 days in the BUSH!

Do you see what is on the cart to fly to Port Vila?

Do you see what is on the cart to fly to Port Vila?

 

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Trip to tanna continued – just a few things I can’t leave out!

Well we needed to stop for gas !  Yes this is our new Maverik !

Well we needed to stop for gas ! Yes this is our new Maverik !

They do not take checks or credit cards.  Cash only.  Inside the station are 3 -55 gallon drums full of diesel only.  It took about 30 minutes to fill with the funnel and we put in 5 gallons at $13.00/ gallon.  Count your blessings!

They do not take checks or credit cards. Cash only. Inside the station are 3 -55 gallon drums full of diesel only. It took about 30 minutes to fill with the funnel and we put in 5 gallons at $13.00/ gallon. Count your blessings!

This is our 7-11.  Today only a cucumber, island spinach and do you see the bananas?

This is our 7-11. Today only a cucumber, island spinach and do you see the bananas?

Here is the Evergreen bungalow.  The walls are made of bamboo and the roof is made of coconut leaves.  We had no fan and the air was still.  You open the windows on both sides, and then lay there and sweat!

Here is the Evergreen bungalow. The walls are made of bamboo and the roof is made of coconut leaves. We had no fan and the air was still. You open the windows on both sides, and then lay there and sweat!

This was also in the bathroom.  Came through a hole in the screen, so we had to keep the bathroom door shut.

This was also in the bathroom. Came through a hole in the screen, so we had to keep the bathroom door shut.

They serve a wonderful breakfast with tropical smoothie, fresh fruit plate and homemade bread with passionfruit jam.  Yum!

They serve a wonderful breakfast with tropical smoothie, fresh fruit plate and homemade bread with passionfruit jam. Yum!

This was dinner,  Fish on long shell coconut and it was so delicious, I can hardly explain how good.

This was dinner, Fish on long shell coconut and it was so delicious, I can hardly explain how good.

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Tanna Schools – Bryan would you like a transfer!

This is the primary school - grades 1-6, after 6th grade the parents have to pay, so many only get a 6th grade education.

This is the primary school – grades 1-6, after 6th grade the parents have to pay, so many only get a 6th grade education.

These are the other grade and the other half of the school.  There is no air-conditioning.

These are the other grade and the other half of the school. There is no air-conditioning.

This is 1st grade and there are 53 students in this class - no windows.  He said the teacher was complaining that it was just too much - can you even imagine.  The next photo is a look inside.

This is 1st grade and there are 53 students in this class – no windows. He said the teacher was complaining that it was just too much – can you even imagine. The next photo is a look inside.

Look at all the visual aides and the av-equipment.  Also notice the dirt floor.

Look at all the visual aides and the av-equipment. Also notice the dirt floor.

This is the headmaster and this is the teachers lounge.  They do have a copy machine that is under a red blanket by his shoulder.  He had no paper.  We brought that soccer ball as they have no sports equipment.

This is the headmaster and this is the teachers lounge. They do have a copy machine that is under a red blanket by his shoulder. He had no paper. We brought that soccer ball as they have no sports equipment.

This is a classroom.

This is a classroom.

I asked about this room and he said it was the kitchen.  But then he said it is only used for fund raisers !  We told the headmaster to write a letter to the Mormon Church to list what he needed.  We were sending a truck to the elders on the islands so on the front seat were 2 boxes of copy paper , pens , pencils, chalk, colored chalk, and dictionaries.  He got these in about three days from the day he wrote the letter, which I am sure shocked him.

I asked about this room and he said it was the kitchen. But then he said it is only used for fund raisers ! We told the headmaster to write a letter to the Mormon Church to list what he needed. We were sending a truck to the elders on the islands so on the front seat were 2 boxes of copy paper , pens , pencils, chalk, colored chalk, and dictionaries. He got these in about three days from the day he wrote the letter, which I am sure shocked him.

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To Tanna…..into the bush!!

When we arrived there were 4 missionaries and 4 senior missionaries and one truck!

When we arrived there were 4 missionaries and 4 senior missionaries and one truck!  Then we realized the tire had a leak and there was no spare !  All fixed and we were on our way, yes with a spare also!DSCF1899

This is the site of the first water tank....the sides of the house must go up and the roof put on first !
This is the site of the first water tank….the sides of the house must go up and the roof put on first !

This is the site of the second tank.  This is the Elders Quorum President.  They are all pointing to the lucky man.

This is the site of the second tank. This is the Elders Quorum President. They are all pointing to the lucky man.

This is the third site.  All these tanks are to be shared by the community.

This is the third site. All these tanks are to be shared by the community.

The sites had to have a large metal roof to collect the rainwater, so everyone with a thatched roof which most are

The sites had to have a large metal roof to collect the rainwater, so everyone with a thatched roof which most are were not considered.

A tank done right !  We hope all the ones we are doing will come out as good !

A tank done right ! We hope all the ones we are doing will come out as good !

 

 

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Into the BUSH of Whitegrass, Tanna, Vanuatu (Jan31-Feb 1,2013)

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Our wonderful friends insisted in making dinner for us the night before we left.  Our friends from Orem Utah (who we never knew before our mission.  And new couple from Washington State.  Sister Chyenoweth lived in Japan for 5 years so knows how to cook.  Served on rice and yummy!DSCF1795Off to Tanna in a 16 seater!   Reminded me of the Scare West days.   DSCF1790Sister Merrie Nalawas, a RM from New York City that we hired to go home to her home villages and teach sanitation and hygiene.  We were so happy to have her and it helped her pay for books for school.  We love her!DSCF1798The missionaries Elder Liloux (New Caledonia) and Elder Gittens (Ogden, Utah met us and took us to the villages where we needed meetings.   We all had a wonderful lunch at the Evergreen Resort and then breakfast the next Morning.  I think they ate about 2 loaves of bread (homemade) with jam and an omlet.  One egg is 70 cents.  Our breakfast cost $40.00DSCF1794This is an areal view from the plane of the resort.  The room was cleaner than the one we stayed in before in Tanna and there was electricity.  Much better experience this time!DSCF1826 You can see the groupings.  Children with Elder Gittens.  The men and then further away the women.DSCF1814This is why we are here.  How would you like to drink out of those rusty barrels.  the branch President is on the left.  He is a tall, gentle man.DSCF1800Notice the platform in the foreground.  It was deteriorating.  The built a new on in the back out of a native redwood posts.  They gave up waiting for someone to come.  It was one of the projects we were supposed to fund.

I will follow with Part B Tanna Trip.  I have more pictures but can’t find them and am afraid I could lose this page.  To be continued……Love from E/S Hinton

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From our arms to yours!

IMG_0206This 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”

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The MARKET is the cultural gathering place

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 IMG_0142Sister Nicholas, wife of Branch President, has farm where Adrian cuts down trees and gets his hands in the soil.IMG_0133Lots of people, lots of produce !IMG_0132Root 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.
IMG_0130Hard at work.IMG_0134More little baskets with roots.  This is their mainstay and they are boiled.IMG_0133Papayas here are out of this world, had some for breakfast this morning with warm rice, milk and brown sugar.IMG_0139This sweet sister was tending her baby and trying to mind the shop !IMG_0137Tons of bananas all sizes and all sizes of bunches !IMG_0135Tables and tables of produce !IMG_0129Not 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 !!!!

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