July 22, 2014
Well the Typhoon hit and it was CRAZY!!! It was a signal 3, so that's pretty hard! The Tacloban typhoon was a signal 4, so that kind of puts things into perspective with how hard it hit us.
I woke up on Tuesday Morning at 2:45 and the wind was just howling outside., I had never heard wind like that before. It was pouring buckets and it looked like the end of the world was coming! I tried going back to sleep but couldn't because the storm was going crazy outside and at 4:00am our power went out.
When our alarm went off at 6:30, all 4 of us sisters went into Sister Rupp's and Alailima's room to watch the storm from their big window. The wind was whistling sooo loud and the glass of the windows was shaking to the point where I thought they were going to break! We decided to go into the back area of our apartment where we hang our laundry, so that we could watch the storm from there. We all pulled out our hymn books and decided to sing, "Master the Tempest is Raging." How fitting! We then sang like half of the songs in the hymn book as we watched the storm. It was awesome!
At about noon, the water also turned off. At first it wasn't that big of a deal because we had waterbottles in our 72 hour kits and we had filled up some buckets earlier with water, but then we began to realize how important water really is!! We need water to wash our hands, o the dishes, cook food, shower, and flush the toilet.... yes, flush the toilet. We went about 2 and a half days without running water and so we had to get REALLY creative... so we came up with the idea that we would all coordinate when we had to go to the bathroom so we could go one after each other and then only waste water on one flush. Aren't we geniuses?!
Food wise we also struggled. We had to be really careful how we used our water and we came to realize that making pancakes was one way that we could really conserve our water! So we ate pancakes for probably 7 meals- regular pancakes, puto pancakes, and samoan pancakes! It has been great fun! Since we still didn't have electricity, we lit a "#1" birthday candle, and for dinner we ate spam by candlelight. Doesn't that sound romantic?! Mom and Dad- I think you were also inspired to send me that packaged food- it's been perfect!
We weren't allowed to leave our house on Thursday either because of the aftermath, so we tried to find ways to spend our time... LONGEST DAYS OF MY LIFE! I don't know how I used to be able to waste time! So to spend our time, we made videos,and read, and wrote letters, and hunted for bed bugs! It was great fun!
Sooooo it has been 7 days now and we still do not have electricity... It's not that bad except for the fact that we don't have a fridge to keep food cool... so basically we are living off of pancakes, trail mix, noodles..... and anything that doesn't perish. So all we are eating are carbs! Great great fun!!! I don't even have milk for my cereal! And every night when we come home from working, we get to plan by candlelight and then shower by flashlight! Wahoo!
On Friday morning, we still had no water so we got permission to travel to the other sisters in San Isidro to be able to shower. Sister Alailima and I hadn't showered for 3 days!!! We stunk soooo bad!! When we got to the sisters in San Isidro, they told us that we looked like cavemen... We totally did!! After I finished my shower, I realized that I had forgotten to bring my towel.. shoot!!! So Sister Kaloi gave me one of her old sheets to use as a towel... I think it had been sitting in a corner for a year, just collecting dust. I am pretty sure that I was more dirty after taking a shower than I was before!
On Saturday was Brother Mangboy's baptism. All 4 of us sisters brought our flashlights and cell phones to the church so that we could charge them because they were running out of batteries.. We are so pathetic! The baptism went really well though and we had SOOOOOO much support from them ward. It was honestly a miracle! Brother Mangboy was confirmed on Sunday and it was a great experience for him!
Things here are going great!!! Loving the work and everything about it!! Shout out to my little Brother Jace who leaves in just a few hours for the MTC!!! You'll be the best missionary in all of South Korea, Jace. I love that you are joining me here in the mission field. I LOVE YOU!!