President Fata authorized us about 2 weeks ago to take our Zone Leaders, Elders Mauigoa and Sikuea, and go to Gizo to meet this group and a few members that live there.
We got up at 3:30 am and Elder Mauigoa was tired. I guess you can only appreciate so many islands in one trip!!! LOL
We stopped on the island of Munda to load off some luggage and refuel. We LOVED the way they rolled the 55 gallon drum across the "runway" and hand-pumped the fuel into the plane. The "terminal" building is in the back left of the picture.
There is the runway!!!! The whole island was the runway! Note the water at the top and bottom of the picture. This was taken out the front window as we sat in our seats.
Note the condition of the runway. Elder Mitchell loved the patches and the grass growing through the asphalt.
The airport is on it's own island, about 3 miles from Gizo Island. We took this small hotel ferry to the Gizo Hotel.
The water is crystal clear. This picture is taken off the dock as we left the island airport. It was so clear you can see two tires at the bottom.
Elder Mauigoa and Elder Sikuea Loved eating at the restaurant in the Gizo Hotel !!
The Elders worked very hard teaching each day all day long. They taught a marathon of lessons to those who were so anxious to learn of the Gospel truths.
We held a baptism on Friday morning at 6:30am just before the tide went out.
Elder Mauigoa, Brother Tosiman, Brother Teisi Toma, Elder Sikuea, and Elder Mitchell
Elder Mauigoa, Elder Mitchell, Joseph Gusabatu, Elder Sikuea.
Joseph and Alex and their families have lived in Gizo for several years and were very excited for the promise of a group being organized there.
Elder Mitchell and Alex Ifuna'au
As we were waiting for the plane at the airport, Elder Mauigoa found a Kui Kui in the sea. It has a round ball like body with spines that move like a porcupine except they are not sharp or barbed. In Samoa he says he eats them, raw.
What a great blessing to go to Gizo. We really did not know what we would find, but our hopes were high. The reality is, we found 15 members there, and about 30 very interested investigators. While there, two men, Teisi Toma, and and Tosiman Bwerei, were baptised, confirmed and ordained Priests in the Aaronic Priesthood. We are humbled to have had a part in opening Gizo to the preaching of the gospel, witnessing the first baptisms and meeting the members there on that beautiful island.
This is definitely a highlight of our missionary service.