You no worry! I am alive and well! I am proud to say that I survived my first cyclone and not even a tear was shed. Okay okay...a few times I got close to tears.I just told my companion about the food you all ate at the young woman breakfast and she is dying...she had a little break down this week about the food here..haha.
This week the work was a little different than usual because of the cyclone. But it was still amazing! Lots and lots of opportunites for service! On Thursday we went to our neighbor Mama Wendy's house because her HUGE nambalanga tree got blew over in the cyclone. She is a young widow in our branch and has two cute kids! When we went over in the morning I kinda thought that we would just leave the tree and rake around it, but then she brought out an ax and bush knives. We spent the next three hours cutting all the HUGE branches off of the tree, breaking them and putting them into a pile. Usually I don't use bush knives because I am scared I will chop my hand off, but I could see that if I didn't help we would be there until dark. I took the ax and started trying to cut some of the branches and everyone that past by stopped and stared. It was hilarious. They were ded of laughing at me. They kept saying, "Woman Vanuatu! Small woman but big knife!" hahaha After the first hour we got tired so we came up with a new "white man" program. My companion and I would take turns hitting the big branches with the ax and then the other one with mama wendy would go and jump and swing on the branches so they would break. It was kinda fun! :) After three hours the entire tree was naked and we used some man's truck to try to stand it up back again. That was definietly the hardest service I have done out here, but it was kinda fun that she trusted me to use the big knife! (Everyone else is too scared to trust me with it!) haha.
Today we have two activies for the birth day of the Mama Relief! We have one at our unit and one at our branch. We are pretty excited because we went and saw every single less active mama this week to invite them to come. We have a bunch of activities we are doing and then a combined family house night. We are expecting almost all of our investigators to come too so we are excited! I never realized the importance of Branch activities until I came out here. Activities are a great way to pull all of the "lost sheep" back into the herd and to nourish the new ones!
My companion and I get along great!! I love her to ded! I am trying my best right now to help her adjust to life here. The hardest thing for her has been the food. She wants to eat real food bad. Every time we go to the store and the shelves are a little naked she just gives me "the look". She tells me that she dreams of the food that she had in Fiji and every time we come home at night she looks into our plastic box where we keep our food and says, "Sister Brown, I am so hungry for real food". I told her that after awhile she will get used to it, but I don't think she believes me yet! haha. She is used to eating meat every day and food that has flavor and so it is hard to switch. Her bislama is really coming along well. She can teach in Bislama and she can understand when they talk slowly. It is crazy to think that I was the exact same when I first came out. Man time flies.
I am the happiest I have ever been in my whole life and I know it is because of the great work I am able to be a part in. Every day of our lives we will face challenges and hardships, but every day we have the choice to change and become better than we were yesterday. It is never too late for someone to change. We must never lose hope and give up on ourselves or those we love because Papa God will never give up on any of his children. He wants every single one of us to go back to him. Always remember the words of President Monson, "There is no time like the present to rededicate yourself" Become the person that you want to be by changing yourself and becoming better every day. I love my mission. I thank Papa God every single day for the chance I have to be out here serving him. I love all of you!!! And I hope you all have a great week!!