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Greetings All,

We are back in Misima after 2 1/2 weeks away. It seems more like three or four months as there has been so much achieved. After the excitement of Sudest with the planting the first CRC Church on that island we returned to Rossel for a Young People’s Conference (12-30 yrs). It was a tremendous success with about fifty or so in attendance at the day sessions and more than double that in the evenings.

Mark and Lawrence did a lot of the organizing and teaching on the theme “Youth with Purpose”. I remember Lawrence giving his testimony on the last night as he spoke on “Having a Vision”. He told how the first time he came with us five years ago he was shy, said nothing, just made himself useful and watched. He said, “I watched how the leaders taught and ministered and a desire grew in me to be able to do these things. Now I am standing here speaking to you. If God can do this for me he can do it for you!”

They prepared some very effective dramas some of which we videoed to show you when we return home. One was called “The Race” and showed Jesus beckoning and many people doing a race in slow motion towards him. They had to really struggle and would fall and have to get up again. Some gave up, even when they were nearly there. It was a good message. As Phil said, it would look good with strobe lighting. They did it to the sound of “I will run the race, till I see His face”.

Phil spoke one sermon from Revelations 21:8 — all those who won’t get into heaven and will be thrown into the lake of fire. He had a pot of boiling water on a fire set up in the church the whole time and challenged someone to dip their arms in for a few seconds. He kept referring to it and explaining what hell would be like — but forever. He started with “The Cowardly” and challenged especially the men about being afraid to make a stand because of what their mates would think. He contrasted each failing with the opposite virtue that led to heaven.

During the conference I had a question box prepared and asked the young people to write about issues on their heart especially as we want to do a conference next year on family relationships and communications. I received 33 questions. I’ll share one with you so you can see the cry of the heart of some of these young people. There is such a need!!
“I want to serve the Lord fearfully and faithfully. How will my relationship to God continue if I am a lost son; if my father and mother not love me; if my family hate me; if my friend will not love me?”

Many wanted to know how to hear from God and know the purpose of their lives, how to tell others about Jesus and how to relate better with their parents and be able to talk with them. Pray for us as we prepare teachings for them, that they be culturally relevant, God focused and meet their needs.

As well as all the ministry work, we sailed 363 miles in the 2 1/2 weeks.

We expect to leave Misima later next week for Woodlark Island, about 100 miles north, for outreach and then probably go to Alotau on the mainland briefly before returning to Australia towards the end of October.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings All,

I’m reminded of that song, “I’m going to be a history maker …….”. This is a very significant moment in the history of these islands. We have just seen the planting of the first CRC Church on Sudest Island, the largest island of the Louisiade Archipelago and certainly the most spiritually needy.

The village where the new fellowship is, is called Jelewanga. THe people there were spiritually open and hungry for the Gospel. Normally when a new church starts it is only one or two families but here eight families had banded together and asked for teaching and guidance in getting started. Our team ministered in the evenings, led six new people to the Lord and baptized seventeen in the creek. We were not able to be very involved in the evening meetings as the anchorage is in a big shallow bay which dries out at low tide. We were about 3/4 mile from land and could only dinghy in at high tide as there are rocks scattered throughout and miles of mud to wade through at low tide. However, they paddled out in their dingy to get us for the baptisms, poled it up the creek for some way and led us on very precarious tracks through the mangroves to a waterhole (certainly not the Jordan River!) where Phil joined Pastor Joel and Mark in doing the baptisms. Afterwards we traversed some more mud tracks, had lunch with the locals and were able to put some names and faces together. There are twenty-seven adults in the new fellowship.

The leader, Ken, has little education and doesn’t speak much English but seems to have a real heart for God and for his people. One man, Daniel has done a short Bible college course at Alotau and is planning to go to the two year Bethel Bible course at Port Moresby in 2008. Several others are planning to go to the Yonga Bay Bible College on Rossel Island next year. There is a real hunger to know the truth in this place. Just as well, as the world around them is a spiritually dark area.

We had to cut our trip short as a young man from this village died the day before we arrived. He had been gambling with a lot of men and won all their money. He died suddenly. They believe he was poisoned and there is a major investigation with the police and local councillors involved and twenty men detained in their local gaol. Our team felt it was not appropriate for us to continue during the investigations and so we left when the police arrived. The Rossel pastors are planning a follow-up visit in the near future and more to come. We left a blackboard, a box of Bibles, some study books for the leaders, some children’s clothing and a very encouraged fellowship. Pray for their spiritual growth and protection and for a spirit of perseverance as they are bound to face opposition and a certain amount of persecution from those around them.

The Christian videos that Bruce and Dianne showed last year on Rossel Island have really made follow-up evangelism much easier and the pastors hope to do the same on Sudest Island next year. We need to pray that Bruce and Dianne get their three year visas soon and with no more hold-ups.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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