Monday, April 2, 2007

Sunday Surprise

A couple of Sundays ago we were in church and had such a lovely surprise. About 12 friends from the island of Pohnpei, Micronesia joined us!

My husband travels to Micronesia once or twice a year to conduct Pastor's Classes for the pastors who live and work on the many islands in Micronesia. I have also been to Pohnpei a couple of times and led workshops for teachers in the Christian schools over there. We met one of our visitors a year or so ago, because she now lives in our area. We met her because ABJ recognized her as Micronesian as she was checking us out of our local WalMart store. The occasion for the Sunday Surprise was that her sister and brother-in-law had just arrived from Pohnpei for a short visit to their relatives in the USA. Since they already knew ABJ from the classes on Pohnpei they all came to visit at our church.

Everyone in the photo is related to one another as are most of the islanders. The Micronesians are wonderful people, happy, kind and generous. The man on the far right is one who still lives on the island and has a good position with the government there. His wife is the one hiding at the back beside the the blue and red flag.

It was a delight to have this happy, though brief reunion.