Tuesday, May 29, 2012



These turtles were given to us after one of our many trips to Chuuk in Micronesia.  Over the past 28 years we, (mainly my husband, though I have been several times) have visited a number of islands in FSM where we have been invited by the islanders to conduct classes for the pastors of the many small churches on these islands and atolls.  These are true pacific, coral islands where the amenities are minimal, the islands are small and opportunities to improve living conditions are few and far between.  Electricity and water are unreliable and heat and humidity are unrelenting.  BUT the people are wonderful!...happy, kind and generous.  For centuries they have survived on subsistence living, eating only what grows on the islands and from the fish  in the ocean that surrounds them.

The object of the classes was to help the island pastors, who have limited education, learn more about the Bible, how to preach and how to be a good pastor to their people.  My part was to conduct seminars for the school teachers on how to be effective teachers.

So among the many other keepsakes that we have that are hand made on the islands, we have this Trio of Turtles, to remind us of our happy times on Chuuk, Fefen and Pohnpei.  

Our work there is not over yet as Barry still has another trip planned in August.

As I was thinking through this blog last night I have to say that if I had been given two lives, I would gladly have spent one of them among these people  living, working and teaching, in spite of the humidity and inconveniences.




You probably remember these:

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers.

Round the Rugged Rock the Ragged Rascal Ran

She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore

Now here's one I created for the Cockneys of London who have trouble getting their 'H's in the right places...

Horrible Harold ate his other orange hurriedly outside his happy Aunt Annas's home.

See you next week on ABC Wednesday with the letter 'U'
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snafu said...

Garn! that's a doddle- Orrible Arold hate is uvver horange urriedly aatside is appy aunt Anna's ome. You can allways tell a geezer what comes from London, can't ya?
'Cos they always end every sentance wiv a question, don't they?
Know what I mean?

snafu said...

PS, I meant to say before I got so tied up with patois, that those turtles are really nice carvings. Great souvenirs.

Leslie: said...

You must have many wonderful memories of your time there!

abcw team

Wanda said...

Lovely turtles. I can see you living your life among those people and loving your teaching, and ministering to them. A missionary heart is so wonderful!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Triple the fun!

Travels & Wandering
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Roger Owen Green said...

those are tongue trippers indeed
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hildred said...

Love your turtles, - I have three in the garden too, but yours look too refined to live out under the flowers and big leaves. They are quite beautiful.

claude said...

Very beautiful turtles, Chris !

photowannabe said...

Your life of ministry just flows from you Chris. I can see you gently teaching the teachers.
I do love the trio of turtles too...that's almost a tongue twister!

Unknown said...

the turtles are very nice...and the story that goes with it is very interesting. thanks for sharing.


Martha said...

Are these the islands where Gilligan and his friends were stranded? Do you think there is one left for me to settle?

PS. I do love your turtles. :)

Lisa said...

That is a Terrific Trio of Turtles! I'm sure you have wonderful memories of that trip. What a great experience.

Ann said...

What a lovely rememberance of the wonderful people. What a chance to help those in need. I'm sure it is so gratifying.

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Coming from Hawaii, I LOVE those turtles! We call them 'honu'.