Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Choate Update

Dear Friends of the Choates,


As the HF radio email is still hit or miss (mostly miss) Joanna asked me to post the following update:

Aaron has returned safely from the Translation Committee workshop that he has been hosting.  His voice was worn out from doing so much talking, but apparently things went well and he is happy with how things transpired.  I will get a fuller report from them at a future date at which time I will pass that along to you guys as well. 


Thanks for your prayers!


Andy Pierce

Sunday, November 28, 2010


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Choate update

Dear Friends of the Choates,

The radio email system is working on occasion.  Sometimes it works fine and other times it doesn’t work at all.  It is frustrating for both sides, but probably more so for the Choates as I know how much they would like to share with all of you.  As it is, I have the following update to share with you.


Things are going well for them.  Aaron had a good workshop last week.  He is preparing for a workshop with his Translation committee starting next Monday.  They have been having a good mix of sunshine and rain.  They don’t have to worry about their drinking water at this time.  As always continue to pray that they will have good health.  They are expecting to have some visitors next week so pray that the ship will follow its normal schedule.  Normally the boat is very reliable, but it has been irregular the last month or so. 


As usual, if you have any messages that you’d like passed along via the radio please email them to me at: deputy.solomon.islands@sil.org.  


Andy Pierce

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Aaron's return

Dear Friends of the Choates,
At yesterday's radio sked Joanna informed me that Aaron had safely returned from the workshop on the other island.  Aaron said that the number of participants wasn't large, but it was still a good meeting.  Thank you to all who have prayed for them during their time apart.
Andy Pierce

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Choate Update

Dear Family and Friends of the Choates,


Email contact has been very spotty with the village teams this month.  We are trying to find answers, but as of yet a good solution has evaded us. 


Joanna asked me to post the following comments…

They have arrived safe and sound in the village.  Aaron is currently helping with a literacy workshop on a different island.  He was supposed to be out of contact for a week, but happily Joanna received a handwritten letter from him today.  Joanna and the kids are all doing well and are carrying on with their normal schedules.  They are all looking forward to Aaron’s return on Friday. 


Hopefully the radio email system can be figured out and the Choates will be able to contact you directly very soon.  In the meantime, if you have any messages that you’d like for me to pass along to them via the radio, please feel free to write to: deputy.solomon.islands@sil.org.  


Andy Pierce


Friday, November 12, 2010

rain and Bibles

Sunday, November 7
It rained last night! We got a huge thunderstorm, which is quite unusual for the Solomon Islands - thank you, Lord! It's nice to have the front tanks running fast again instead of drip, drip, dripping. Our big tank is about 3/4 full again. Please keep praying for rain. Everybody's crops are stunted and water is still a huge need for all of the small islands around the Russells.

This morning after church, the head catechist gave a big lecture on how important it was to purchase a Pijin Bible (dedicated in 2008) instead of trying to use an English one. He talked about how much easier to understand the Pijin Bible is. We always bring Pijin Bibles back from Honiara and make them available for purchase. Then we take the money and put it back toward the Lavukaleve Translation Project. Unfortunately, the Pijin Bible are too expensive for most families. One Bible is equivalent to sixteen heaps of cassava, eighty coconuts, or twenty parcels of green beans. That's a lot of work!

My heart aches to be able to quickly get them a Bible in Lavukaleve, but I'm excited to see the little baby steps (like Aaron's upcoming translation principles workshop) and the excitement that is beginning to build among our neighbors.

still need rain

Thursday, November 4
This morning, a requiem mass was held for a man who died last Thursday. Aaron had only been home from the service a few minutes when Ezekiel showed up. He knew the mass was this morning and timed his arrival to coincide with the end of the service. He and Aaron sat under the house for about four hours visiting and hammering out more plans for the coming months. Ezekiel brought a huge papaya, too!

We enjoyed a rain shower this morning during school. It didn't last very long, maybe 30 minutes, but it was enough to give a few families several pots of water from our tanks. Please keep praying for rain.


Wednesday, November 3
Market this morning was great! I found donuts, papaya, green beans, bell pepper, eggplant, green coconuts, mangoes, and the biggest treat of all -- watermelons! What a blessing to have so many options of fresh fruits and veggies to nourish our bodies.

Yesterday, several of the neighbor kids were standing by our big rain tank blowing on leaves. They sounded like a bunch of chickens!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Stoplight Cookies

Last week, Sarah and Katherine made stoplight cookies. We'll be learning about safety with Katherine when we get back to school in Marulaon (and since we've been to Brisbane, now she knows what a stoplight looks like!).