|South Pacific Tour 2002|
Watters and Associates
I am filled with gratitude for the affection and enthusiasm shown to me and my daughter by so many loving people in Samoa and Tonga. Its a blessing to have you as friends and to have participated with you in such a worthwhile project. May joy and peace continue to grow in your families and communities. My heart is with you.
When I told my colleagues that I was going to be working in the South Pacific for five weeks, they said, "Gee that's tough. Have a great vacation!" Well, as you can see from the previous pages of this report, I worked pretty hard. But to be truthful, I also DID have a little leisure time along the way. Here are some highlights of the fun stuff.
My daughter Melissa, and I went to the beach Somoan style. We put on our lavalavas, drove out to Romeo Beach, rented a fale, drank fresh coconut juice and took a big nap. Oh yes, we got in the water too--warm as a bath tub!
Whale watching trip with Ocean of Light teachers and students
Singing in Tonga
Children singing at Ruyhiyyih School in Matautu
One of the high points for me was singing with the Samoan choir three times at the Baha'i House of Worship in Tiapapata.
Steven Percival with village children
Nancy with Galumalemana Steven Percival, Secretary-General of the Baha'is of Samoa. Steven was the overall coordinator of this project and was indispensable to its success. He is a gifted graphic artist and publicist (see his work on earlier pages). Under the direction of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Tiapapata, he coordinated most of the arrangements, including securing the grant from the UN, booking the venues, contacting the media, writing press releases, designing ads and posters, arranging transportation, translating, and producing radio announcements. He never stopped running the whole time I was there, and I suspect he's still got his running shoes on. Thanks Steven! We couldn't have done it without you.
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