Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Olivia with some of her friends
Stepping on Solomon Islands soil for the first time
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Aaron spent November 28-December 1 in Hae (Central Russells)teaching his first Translation Principles workshop. This workshop precedes the selection of translators early next year. He came home with a
froggy voice from teaching morning, afternoon, and evening, but it
was so nice to have him home again!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Dear Friends of the Choates,
I am happy to report that we are having more success with our HF radio email. I know that the Choates have been able to send and receive emails for most of this week. However, I’ve been told that all attempts to update their blog have been unsuccessful. Here is an update as of yesterday’s radio sked:
They are doing well. They continue to get rain that is keeping their drinking tanks filled. Sarah's sores are healing. Joanna is busy showing her parents "village life". They dove for shell fish the other day and have plans to go out to their garden for some work there. Eventually they will also make cassava pudding together.
~~ Joanna's dad isn't sleeping well. He has been having leg cramps at night. Please pray that everyone will get good sleep.
~~Please pray for Aaron as he is preaching this Sunday and he hasn't felt led to speak on any certain thing up to this point.
If you want to respond directly to the Choates via email that has a good chance of going through. If you would rather not take the chance than you can feel free to email me your message and I will relay it via the radio. As usual, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Hard to believe Christmas is two weeks away. With poor contact with colder places over the past several weeks, it makes it even harder to remember that some of you are working hard to stay warm. Lots of days we are still wondering if the deodorant will give out after 30 minutes or only 20.
Thanks for all the prayers about our computer troubles. A colleague who works on computers all the time said he thinks it is a simple job of resetting the computer's memory. So, since I have not time or tools to try anything here, I will attempt my second computer surgery when I get back to Marulaon. The first was with the same machine, a keyboard transplant. The first procedure was 100% successful, no lasting complications. :)
We wish everyone a great Christmas and we are very much looking forward to catching up with everyone when we get back to Honiara shortly after Christmas. See you then
Aaron for all of us
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Aaron here. Katherine and I are safely back in Honiara for a couple of days meeting up with Joanna's folks who are here for a visit. We are very excited to have a touch of "home" for the holidays. So far they are settling in well and we are getting everything ready for our return to the village on Sunday. Our village e-mail system is still not working well. Many man hours have been spent on various sides of the oceans to try to figure out our problems. Nothing certain yet. Thank you all for your prayers for the communication, please keep it up. The lack of communication with the outside world is becoming a serious stress for our village teams, so thanks ahead of time for the continued prayers, and thank God with us too for the right solution.
One other update. Joanna has diligently been keeping blog posts going through these weeks in Marulaon even though the connections have been so bad. She saves the articles and photos in our computer. The other day we were trying to send e-mail from the village and the computer suddenly stopped responding. We have tried several things to get something to happen, but we are very concerned. Please pray for us to have wisdom about getting the computer fixed, and we also pray that the articles and photos for November can be retrieved, as this is our family's fay of recording our time here is SI. Thank you all.
In case we don't get to do it again, Merry Christmas to everyone. Blessings on the new year. We look forward to catching up again after Christmas.