Saturday, January 26, 2013
Planting and Harvesting Yams
Today my dad and I had the opportunity to exerience an important part of life here on the island of Pohnpei: the planting and harvesting of yams. In order to be a man on the island, three things are required. You must: (1) raise pigs, (2) grow sakau, and (3) grow yams. So this morning and this afternoon our dear friends and Pohnpeian family, Welson and Myleen took us to their land in the municipality of Kitti.
When we arrived at their land in the late morning we greeted the family, and then sang worship songs and had a small Bible study. Myleen's family are new believers, so we are going through the basics of salvation and repentance with them, beginning in the book of Mark.
After this we got dirty as we planted and harvested yams. It was great and I even learned some about how to tell how old a yam plant is, how to make soil more fertile, and other good agricultural information. All of this to say this was a great cultural experience to be a part of today.