Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Busy Week

Greetings from the Philippines!  This past week has been busy.  We will take you along as we share our week in pictures.

We saw this trike as we were riding along, crammed with school children being taken home for lunch.  The kids have an hour break where they go home, or buy some street food before resuming school in the afternoon.  No school lunch for them, or no buses to transport them.  You find your own transportation or walk.

Monday afternoon the Zone Leaders texted us and invited us to Family Home Evening with all the zone missionaries.  We had a short lesson, then a spoon fork game.  Then I got in the party mood and taught them how to play fruit basket and Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  They loved playing games.  Zone parties will never be the same!  Of course, there is always food! 
 Some of the elders made spagetti and transported it by jeepney several kilometers.  Very impressive!
We went visitng with our Relief Society President one day.  These are pictures from our day with her.

First we ran into road construction, so had to walk to visit.  Notice the primitive methods these road workers use, but they still had big smiles on their faces for us.
Some men carrying water for their chores.

This couple and baby are in front of their sari-sari store where they try to make a living for their family.

Kids enjoying the coolness of the river.
Us doing missionary work near the end of the road.  I'd like to have joined the kids in the river that day.  It was so hot!
Cute neighbor boys along the way.  Our friend hired them to work in the corn for p100 for all day picking corn.  They were excited for the work--$2.50 for the day!

Traffic in Dagupan where we did apartment checks.  You can't imagine the traffic!
Or the overhead wires in the city!  How would you like to be an electrician for these wires?
This was an elaborate casket in a funeral procession.  Wow!  Talk about going out in style!
Brad had to take a shot of baby kids.  He said they were less than a day old.  I think it made him homesick!

This is our counselor in the district presidency with his corn harvesting attire.  You need to be covered to protect from the sun and from scratches from the dry corn.

Corn harvest!  After watering corn all night for weeks, the corn was finally ready to harvest.  Two families harvested their corn at the same time, and the branch members divided to help both.  Kind of a party!  Unfortunately, the corn was really sparse this year.  They will be lucky to break even--after all that hard work!

Here we come through the corn from one harvest to another--bringing cookies for a treat at one and baking rolls for the other!

Helping to shuck the corn for our friend's corn harvest.
 We watched these two boys catch mangoes that their friend threw down from the tree.  They were pretty good in catching them and not letting them hit the ground.

I had a great experience Saturday.  I was asked to give a scone making demonstration for a district Relief Society Party.  There were somewhere between 70-90 ladies in attendance, and they had a ball making scones, scones, scones!  They got so creative--making fish shaped, heart shaped, flower shaped scones.  Such fun!

 Between scones, we also made no-bake cookies.  They were excited to see how they could make food for their families, even though they don't have ovens. 
This was a visitor in Sacrament Meeting today.  He was about 4" around, and crawled along the floor near the pulpit.  I was rather distracted keeping an eye on this instead of on the speaker.  I was assured there are no poisonous spiders in the Philippines, although people do capture them and have them fight each other, betting on the winner.  Great fun!

We were introduced to some new fruit this week.  The large green one with spines is called guyabano.  It's fruit is sweet and pulpy, and is supposed to cure cancer.  The dark one they call black grapes.  It has white flesh and a large seed.  The greenish one I peeled, and it divided into sections.  It is very good, but I don't know what it is called.  Can anyone help me?
Well, this was our week in pictures.  Hope you enjoy!  Have a great week coming up. We never know what new adventures we'll have.  Whatever the Lord wants. . .

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