Where to begin, my dear readers, that is the question.
We’re back home, in the frigid northwest. It’s 40 degrees outside but it might as well be -40. My lungs hurt when I breathe. Why did I leave the comfort of my home in Hawaii? I forget. Oh, yes, my wonderful family. I guess they make it worth the agony.
No, I only kid. I’m very happy to be home. I get to drink and enjoy HOT coffee, Grande Americano with a splash of Vanilla – what’s uuuup! Oh and I get to wear scarves and sweaters, my two favorite things. Yay!
Now, most of you are wondering how my time in Fiji finished up. Well you’re in luck – that’s exactly what I’m here to do. So, we left off half way through my trip. Wow, I apologize, I totally should have updated you sooner. Anyways, The second half of my trip was, of course, AMAZING. Fiji is my home. I couldn’t imagine my life without having been there. The people there really taught my something. Unconditional LOVE. Imagine the nicest person you’ve ever met – now multiply that by 10 and you have EVERYONE who lives in Fiji. Even if I’m exaggerating a little there is a group of about 20 people who can attest to the undeserving kindness we were shown there. They go above-and-beyond the above-and-beyond. Literally giving us the shirt off their back. I could continue but I think you get the point that I LOVE FIJI. Everyone should go there.
The first team I was with continued on to Kiribati, while Kaiya and I stayed behind to join a second group. Kind of a weird transition, as we had to spend a week without anyone we had known from back in Hawaii. Luckily, Fiji is such an amazing place and my sisters had been there before me, one of which met a lady, Seini. She took us in for the week we were alone and she fed us and gave us everything we could ever want. An amazing lady. Truly thankful for this wonderful woman of God. Big shout out to her and her church! Josh, I know you’re reading this, love you buddy! Continuing on, we met up with our second group and dove straight in to ministry. We painted a mural on a wall at a special needs school, held adorable babies at an orphanage, and sang songs to an appreciative group of elderly people. Fun times were had.
Now, to my favorite part of the entire trip. The village of Naviyago. I don’t even know what to say. I’ll hold that place in my heart, forever. The amazing Rokovu family, Kiti, and John. The best people you’ll ever meet. They housed us while we stayed in the village for a few days. So much genuine kindness. I was overwhelmed by their love towards us. I can only laugh at the stories Kaiya could tell you. Or should I say, Princess Kaiya. She definitely took advantage of their kindness and acted like a little diva. They just called her cheeky and played along.
I’m almost certain this was the best time of her life. Something she’ll remember for the rest of her life. And I’m forever grateful that she got to have this experience. For me as well. We couldn’t have done it without you guys. So, I want to say thank you. Especially to my wonderful parents. You guys ROCK!
I would love to tell you more stories so feel free to email me!