I am in Tabwakea right now because Elder Whitehead wants to say goodbye to people and such before he goes home so the internet here is actually good. Ha, but next week I will be in Banana for P-Day as usual. I will try to write quite a bit though so you can have your questions answered and such.
Do you know anything about your new companion? My new companion Elder Hungai has been here for 2 months, but on his mission for around 7 months. He speaks English, but with his accent I can barely understand him. So I think that will give me the opportunity to speak in Kiribati to him. He is in the picture that you told me about. He is the Elder standing right behind me.
Are you still sick? So, I am doing well. I got over my last sickness, and then just got sick again yesterday but I am already feeling a little better. I guess honestly I just need to have my body get used to this area. Which considering I have only been in Kiribati for a month so that is expected. (note from Jen... please include Scott in your prayers)
Where do you live? What is the area like and the people? People are very friendly to missionaries. I think there are about six thousand people on the island and a little less than one thousand in my village. There are a few different little villages before Banana that we go to. There is one that is completely an outer island (meaning all stick huts with no conveniences). Most islands in Kiribati are thin and long, but this one (Kirimati) is pretty huge even though most of it is deserted. It is pretty much all flat though. There are just random villages along the road. There are some people that come here to go fishing. We stay at the hotel in a bungalow. I can see the ocean from my house, but that is the only place I can see it from. We go try and teach the workers at the hotel and sometimes the white people or Koreans that are here to go fishing as well. There are some cars here, but not many people have them. There are these trucks that drive from Banana to the rest of the island and so people just hop on the back as they drive by. We ride bikes but I already told you that. In my area there are a ton of geckos. They are pretty much everywhere and in everyone’s houses. The other thing they have here are a TON of are cock roaches. They are also everywhere. The lizards and geckos don’t bother me, but all the cock roaches in my house aren’t my favorite. I have not seen any WW2 things yet but I am sure they are somewhere. Many people husk coconuts but I have not tried it yet. I drink coconut milk quite often, but it makes me feel really funny so it isn’t my favorite yet. I am learning from Kain Te Aba ( a guy that I know) about how to cut coreve so that is pretty cool. The sun rises at 6:00am and goes down at about 7:00pm. So about 7:00pm we head to dinner.
What is the weather like? It isn’t supposed to rain here much, but for some reason it has been raining a ton. I have some pictures of the roads when they are quite flooded. The winds blow here almost every day during the day and that is super nice. It is so hot here that if it wasn’t for the wind it would probably be unbearable.
Where do you meet for church? We meet in someone’s building that consists of metal sheeting on 4 walls. They have little benches that we sit on (as well as palm leaves on the ground) and some little chairs for the sacrament. For Sunday School and Priesthood and all the other meetings everyone just goes and finds different spots of shade under trees to have the meetings. There is a Mwanebwea that is being built right now and it should be done in a month or two that we will meet in for church. It will be sweet and I should still be here so that will be good. There is a good amount of young single adults and a bunch of little kids. I don’t get to teach the little kids, but I have spoken twice already in Sacrament meeting. I am pretty sure no one can understand what I am saying but it works.
Have you tried eating anything new? Well, last week was Hermit Crab which I hope not to eat again anytime soon and this week I ate Sting Ray. It is actually really good!! It is a blue meat that doesn’t have many bones so that is pretty nice. Pretty much for me if fish doesn’t have bones then it is a good fish. I don’t have a lot of time to fish even though I love to fish. I have only caught tuna. It would be nice to fish more and such but we are honestly to busy working to go. The JMB store here sells American food. There is even some vanilla and triple flavor ice cream. I would say that is the best thing. It does cost about $25 for a gallon though. Some people have freezers in our area but not many. Some people sell these things called “ICE”. Ice is a little package with something like frozen sugar water in it. They are quite nice!!!
How is it coming to find new investigators and how is the language? We have found a few new investigators and things are going good here. No baptisms yesterday but we are having one tomorrow, we are teaching some Priesthood aged men so that should be really good. The language is slowly coming so that is good.
Well that answers a lot so I will end. There are definitely many things that are hard on my mission but stuff is hard on any mission. The thing that I try to do every day is to just keep working and doing good stuff. I am being obedient and working hard. I hope life back home is good.
Love, Elder Dinsdale
|Missionaries serving on Kirimati. Thanks to MaryClaire for taking and posting this!|