We feel like our mission is really beginning to unfold to us. Tanna is an island of Efate that is about the size of whidbey island. There is not a paved road on the whole island! The roads are very, very bumpy and flood and run with water when it rains. Most people dont own cars but just walk. 5, 6, 7 miles to church each way.....and happy to do it! The only stores of any kind are in a small, small village. One store only for food that is about 20 x 20, with only things like rice and water and a very few items...chips. They live off the land, vegetables, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, crabs, fish, chicken running around, beef. Food is fresh and good at our hotel.
The people are so happy warm and at peace. Life is much slower and church starts when it starts. They call it island time. They have so little and don't complain ever. They sleep on the ground mostly and weave their own huts. Few have any other kind of houses.
Hope you enjoy some of the pictures. We first were met at the airport by 4 missionaries. They only have one truck on the island now, but our land cruiser we were using is being shipped over this next week. They need it!! There are no senior missionaries assigned here yet. The church wants to find housing that would be appropriate...hard to do. There are more missionaries up by the volcano in Yasur, and other areas of the island have missionaries. We hope to get to other parts another time. they walk lots and have many challenges, but absolutlely love it here.
We traveled with some Humanitary missionaries that are working on putting in water tanks in remote areas.