Jamaica with Brother Deans and his right side steering wheel car
|Our son's friends the Evans serving as the Jamaica Mission office couple.|
Hola to family and friends . . . June 21, 2013
Oh yes, today is an exciting day for our oldest grandchild . . . turning 16! Watch out for the crazies on the roads Briley - be safe and have a great day!!!!!!!!! No texting while driving please . . .
We were in Jamaica for the weekend - not the beaches tourist thing but we really enjoyed the trip. It was mostly cloudy, humid and warm. Speaking English was refreshing and Chuck can't quit saying "Yah mon!" They use it often in greetings and talking w/each other. We were there to meet and work with our new assistant Mark-Jeffery Deans. We saw much of the country on Saturday driving up into the beautiful lush green of the mountains. It looks alot like here in the DR. However the driving on the left side of the road and the steering wheel on the right side of the car is VERY nerve racking! Not sure I would ever learn to drive in reverse thought process! We had 4 separate trainings at 4 different chapels. They are doing procedures better in many ways than we expected - just spending a lot of money on welfare which was not a surprise - but they also need to focus on training people to attempt to be self reliant and not just a dole. Often hard concepts to internalize anywhere but especially in poverty.
|Darling little girl -most all little girls have |
very fancy braiding and beads in their hair!
The training in Santiago the previous weekend had a great attendance of 36 men. Most of the leaders that were requested to be there showed up. They served the "bandera dinner" (traditional) of rice, beans, chicken and a potato salad kind of dish. I have never seen such a huge pot of rice - was at least 10 gallons. They certainly ate heartily and cleaned out the pans!
|Chuck training the 36 in Santiago meeting.|
The Buttons returned from training in Salt Lake and were kind enough to deliver to us a suitcase full of 45 white shirts and 3 gallon ziplocks packed with ties for the MTC! Our daughter Jenna's ward in Pleasant Grove, Utah gathered and sent them along with the suitcase to be donated to a needy missionary. It was fun to be the ones to take these things to President and Sister Freestone to be handed out when needed. Once in a while missionaries come with only two shirts and are washing one every night. This will be a blessing to them! Thanks Jenna for all your work to gather and individually mark and pack each shirt in it's own ziplock.