Hello, dearest family and friends,
It's with happy hearts we report that there WILL be turkey for our Thanksgiving, even though it won't be from the grocery stores here! Turkey is not a favorite meat at all in AU, so one can't find it in the stores. This fine specimen and his wife started showing up for dinner when we feed the kookaburras. They do the "ground work," cleaning up any scraps the kookas miss or drop. However, their ballet as they tiptoe across the back fence is quite the hilarious sight. Truly,we have no desire to "bag this bird", so we may be enjoying ham for our Un-Thanksgiving. Being it is an American holiday, it won't be celebrated, so we teach BYU Idaho Pathway program on Thanksgiving day. No worries! We'll fine plenty of food for which to be thankful, and we will look for other Americans to share it with--on another day. We'll be thinking of all of you fondly as well!
|November Family Home Evening with 2/3 of Brisbane's Senior Missionaries|
We are doing a lot of teaching of youth groups lately. Many young people are needing help to improve their skills to achieve more in school. This is a group of Samoan youth in Karawatha, near our flat. We taught an Education Workshop with important skills to "work smarter" in a fun way. The balloons had surprise statements inside that drove the lesson. When they had to race to blow up their balloon and pop it to retrieve its message, we had the youth leaders from other areas of the building come running to see if we'd set off a bomb! Nah, it was just us having fun learning about serious things in their lives. It is difficult in their culture for some parents to want to help the students with homework. First of all, many parents speak little English, so when a child needs help in school,the child often knows more than the parent. The parents don't like to be in a position of feeling inadequate, so they often separate school and home. When the child is in school, it's the school's responsibility, they feel, to educate their child. When the child is home, that's home time, and you do chores, and spend time with family. That is the extreme, but symptomatic of the difficulties Pacific Islanders have integrating into another culture---one that speaks English! These particular kids are lucky--most parents want the best for their child even if they can't help. One sweet girl in this group lost her parents at an early age, was raised by her grandmother until she was 10 and NEVER attended any school. Her aunt and uncle adopted her and they all left Samoa to give Marynati a better chance in life. She just finished year 12 (high school), and would like to do higher education, but needs more English skills. These are the types of individuals we try to assist.
|What a Bougenvilla Bouquet--A single stem!|