Anything fun or exciting this week?
Not really. We went to Zone Conference in Playon Chico and then we
had a Chicha Fuerte. Chicha Fuerte is a tradition that the Kunas
have. They believe that after Christ came to the Americas and taught
them, He left and angels came within the next few days and instituted
Chicha Fuerte. They believe that they can´t get into heaven if they
don´t participate. It is all alcohol. We have had missionaries go
before their main leaders to fight the tradition a little. The hard
part is that we can´t call them on the traditional drink, but we do
call them on all the beer and vodka that they drink with it. It was a
really interesting and long week.
Zone Conference was simple. We mostly talked about our investigators and The Assistants
didn´t really have a lesson for us. President was busy and couldn´t come.
Have you had a chance to do any service?
Kinda. There was a member that went to Colon for a few days and while
she was there, she got hit by a car. Since she came back, we have
been the doctors because we have some common sense when it comes to
medicine. We actually took her medicine away because she was overdosing
and was vomiting blood. She is doing ok now.
What is going on with your district activity that was planned?
So every year, the Kunas have General Congress. It is like General
Conference, but Kuna. That Congress was planned for the same day that
the San Blas District Conference was scheduled. We still don´t know what will
happen with that. And the sahilas (leaders) are talking about having another chicha.
On certain islands, the leaders are members, but on most they are some of the few
non member Kunas left. It´s really funny. The leaders that are good members will
fight the traditions when they can.
What do you do with the children on the island?
We watch movies to get them away from bad stuff. We watched lots of
movies last week to get them away from the Chicha Fuerte. They go to
school and it is not very modern, but that is a Panama thing. Not
just a San Blas thing. The school is right by the dock. It is a 2 minute walk from home. We are typically working when they get out of school.
What is going on with congress?
Almost everyone drank. They get very drunk. But lots of the members didn´t. We were asked to
protect a sober guy while he went to get his son. We didn´t have to do
anything. The drunk 20 yr old was trying to pick fights so his dad
(former Branch Pres) went to go get him. We were just there in case the
drunk guys tried to get at them while they couldn't defend themselves. We
didn´t have to do anything. The kids watched movies with us during the whole thing.
What did you learn at church yesterday?
Yesterday we talked about why Christ was tempted so much. It was a
good lesson. Especially with Chicha fuerte.
For baptisms, we just use the ocean by the chapel. The water feels really good here. When you go to the monte and get water and stuff, that is what you do to get all the mud off. We wash off in the water. It's okay, President knows we do that. There aren´t really beaches here.
We are still waiting for it to rain. There is a well in the mountains and our spigot is connected to that.
We need the well to fill up. We don´t always have fresh water. We have to go get it from the river every few weeks. Sometimes people will give us water just because we are the missionaries.
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