From Luganville, Santo we flew to the island of Ambae, Vanuatu. Small 7 passenger and it brought back memories of our days of flying!
It is lush and beautiful and has the real Bali hi on it. It inspired the book. They have NO electricity, thus NO fans, air conditioning, refrigeration, restaurants, roads, clean water and only one food store about 1/4 size of dads store with not much in it. You need to bring your own food when you come. We ate a lot of peanut butter.
We stayed at a little guest house called Toa house. It had plumbing with an outside shower and kitchen. We filtered our water and sweat the whole time. But I can say it was the sweetest experience to date! I didn't even worry about the Mosquitos because there is more of a chance of malaria on this island than any other because I knew The Lord would take care of us. Didn't even see a mosquito!
We visited with all 5 branch presidents and clerks. We met in homes as you will see, church buildings and on our front porch at our guest house with these good men.
We walked to church through the jungle about a 20-25 minute walk. You will see a R.S. meeting picture, YW and primary.
We were fed laplap a traditional native dish that is made of manioc, coconut milk and some kind of meat (chicken, dog, corned beef, bat) in the village of one branch president.
We had a very special experience of one dear priesthood leader walking 2 hours each way with his branch records in his arms showing up at 7:00 am on our porch as not to miss his accounting of his stewardship with us the morning before we were to fly out. Another one walked over an hour each way so he could bring us the records to fulfill his stewardship. Enjoy the photos!