Monday, November 14, 2016

Trials, Heroe, Answered Prayer

Here is the photo of our hero, Temie Andiho and his wife.  We are very dependent on our computer for keeping contact with our families, the sisters and elders, getting news from home and writing our histories.  When we turned it on Friday the screen was black and nothing we could do would remedy it.  We took it to an IT guy at our branch president's office. We took it to the computer stores at the mall, and several repair shops.  There is no one who owns or knows how to fix Mac computers on Mindoro and there was no possibility of repair.  We were very sad, worried, stressed about losing information and contact with family.  We finally went to a random repair guy who has a small shop in back of his wife's sidewalk restaurant. We had never been to his shop before and feel as if we were guided to his shop.  They live behind a curtain at the back.  He said it had to go to Manila and that he was planning on going there for parts the next morning.  He was our only we handed him the computer, a sizable amount of money and trusted that he would do all he could to find a way to fix it in Manila.  We prayed and hoped that he would do as he said.  We walked by his shop this morning and saw it was still boarded up so we went home to get ready for the day and went back an hour later.  The shop was open and as we went in, it was one of those time you hold your breath and look into someone's eyes to get a clue as to the answer.  He greeted us then brought the computer from the bag and turned it on and Hallelujah, Hallelujah! It fired right up with the screen working.  We hugged him and thanked him and said we would send anyone we knew to him.  I think we'll do something special for him at Christmas!

Another reason to be happy.  The Cowboys are having a great season.  If we were at home we would be watching each game.  Since we can't do that we can get the score and sometimes highlights..Such joy!

Elder Bellessa is enjoying "GG fish" prepared by a member for Zone training meeting.  

We loved seeing this small sanctuary next to a rice field.  We are supposing the workers or anyone passing by can come in to worship and find rest.

The church interior.  We drove by one evening and saw a priest in his robes at the alter blessing the people.  We think the priest has a route and comes perhaps once a month to this outpost.  It was a sweet sight to see.

Coconuts, coconuts everywhere but no place to buy.  There is no coconut meat for sale in the grocery stores or fruit stands.   We're sure it is because it is so plentiful none of the locals would buy it.  We had to look far and wide before we found a source for it.  The same thing applies to dried mangos.  Costco at home sells yummy dried mango from the Philippines but so far we haven't been able to buy any here.

We hope none of these fall off.

We finally found a vendor on the top floor in the corner of the market. He opened the coconut and put it on a grinder to separate the meat from the shell.  When we ask the price it is always given as the "foreigner"price.  He wanted P80 (about $1.65) but took the P10 we offered (about $.20).  We add sugar then bake it to make sure it is sanitized then put it on almost every fruit we eat...Yum! 

We marvel each day about the beauty of the sky and clouds.  It is ever changing and wonderful to see.

As we stopped by the side of the road to take a cell call, We had to take a photo of this lush, green setting.

 There were three baptisms Saturday.  Since the towns are so far apart we were only able to attend at Pinamalayan.  Elder Reyes (far left) is being transferred this week and we will miss him so much.    It is hard to see them leave.  We hope we can keep in touch.

Newly baptized John Valdez.  Brother Valdez lifted his eyes to the heavens and raised his hand in gratitude as he came out of the water.

Elder Reyes bringing in newly baptized Elizalde Villarba

This week-end was People's Day in Calapan.  There were all kinds of activities, including the Miss Oriental Mindoro beauty pageant.  The biggest event took place on our street.  We were awakened at 6AM to a siren and when I looked out of our upstairs window I saw the street completely full as far as we could see of probably 1000 people in lime green T-shirts walking along having fun, enjoying the morning.  Later we determined it was the way they started the day with "The People's Walk".  

A wonderful greeting awaited us when we left the Elders in Pola.  These little girls see us coming and going each week.  When we came out of the gate each one took turns shaking our hands then bowing and placing our hand on their forehead and saying in Tagolog, "Greetings Po"  This is the way they show honor and respect.  The other day we were in a store and a little two year old boy looked up to see us passing by.  He was surprised to see "foreigners" but as he checked us out he took my hand, bowed and greeted me as "Po".  Their sweetness is beyond words.

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