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Skipper losing weight

Admiral’s Update 2007 No 15

Greetings Everyone,

A short e-mail to ask for your prayer for Phil. When we walked out to that coral reef, he got a piece of coral stuck in his foot. It has since got infected and is making him sick. It was nearly two weeks before we could get to the hospital due to the itinerary that had been arranged for us. He also has malaria. We came to Misima for medication and he has had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic (Amoxil). They don’t have anything else so we just have to trust God for healing. Please pray for that. Anyway, at least he is losing weight — reckons he’s preparing for Sizzelers. Thanks everyone,God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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PNG Independance Day

Admiral’s Update 2007 No 14

Greetings Everyone, We have had a week or so vege-ing out on a beautiful island while they prepared for their Independence Day celebrations. They are similar to our Australia Day ones — lots of games and food. It was a relaxed day of family fun with lots of laughter at the expense of the “oldie’s” races, the ladies soccer team and a number of skits including one that had two “Dim Dims” (white people) walking around with hats and sunnies on quizzing the islanders, who shrank away and protected their food baskets.

You wonder just how they do see us!!

We’ve used the time here to put together a movie — a composite of all the conferences — to give people at home something of the flavour of what we are doing. Phil has spent hours learning to use the programme. It’s difficult filming things like this when babies, chooks and dogs make noises, people break into Misima in mid sentence and someone tells funnies or great stories when you left the camera at home.

Other than that we’ve walked right around the island and out along a reef to an adjoining island. It was an endurance test for me as I wore thongs and it was over an hour’s walk each way in water up to thigh deep. One evening we prayed for an old man with pneumonia and he recovered immediately.

On Sunday we screened three DVD’s (The China Video, “The Jim Elliot Story” and “A Glimpse of Eternity” [Ian McCormack’s testimony])to a group of about 70 adults and over 20 kids and really challenged them to greater evangelistic efforts. They are looking forward to the Relationship Conference starting on Wednesday. Life is good!!!!

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Kimuta teaching

Admiral’s Update 2007 No 13

Greetings Everyone, Today we leave for Kimuta for our seventh teaching session. It’s repetitive but far from boring. The response we are getting in each place is reward enough for our work. In Misima we spoke over four consecutive nights. All the six CRC outreaches on Misima Island were represented as were four other local denominations. There was a real sense of unity and again comments such as, “We have NEVER had teaching like this” and “This is setting us free.”

It was good to hear the reports from the youth discussion groups and the challenge to parents to take their young people seriously and allow them to have a voice. We have provided a forum for them, an opportunity to address issues they are usually not allowed to mention especially in the area of girl-boy relationships.

It is a joy to see the strong leadership here that Lawrence is providing as youth leader and Kingsford as pastor. These two young men demonstrate the value of the two year Bethel Bible College training that we helped to provide with funds from Australia.

During the conference four new converts were added to the church. Phil addressed the church on Father’s Day with a sermon on the Prodigal Son using the youth to perform a drama showing a series of different responses the returning boy imagined from his father, culminating in the unconditional love response of the Heavenly Father.

On Monday he spoke to about twenty church leaders on the vision and the charter of the CRC Church. As at Rossel, they were challenged to greater efforts to evangelism, greater unity in working together and pride in being part of a church with a vision.

We are keeping well, other than Phil having a cold for a few days but food is becoming more of an issue. Without the freezer our cryvaced meat and fish is not seeing the distance and we look like being reduced to tin fish and lentils for protein unless the fishing improves. To make matters worse, Phil opened a Father’s Day present from Michelle only to find the chocolate it contained had gone white and brittle in the heat. I’m still copping flack from not finding a safer place to keep it. (Would you believe that? [Typist].) So much for teaching on marriage relationships!

Please pray for the anchorage at Kimuta. With the easterly winds we’ve been getting it ROLLS and I have trouble with coping with seasickness.

God bless you all.

Pam and Phil

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Jelewanga church

Admiral’s Update 2007 No 12

Greetings everyone,

The team came back from Jelewanga very excited. We had started a church there last year with twenty eight people and it had grown to fifty three already. Five of the surrounding eight villages had joined it. They had cleared a large area of land and had erected a building to meet in and were building accommodation for visitors. Over sixty people attended the Relationship Conference with Kingsford and Mark teaching. They told me there was a lot of audience response and one lady jumped up in the middle of the marriage session and said, “Our husbands don’t love us like that!”Two of the team members prayed for a young boy who was paralyzed down one side and hadn’t walked for two years. Immediately he could flex his leg and the next day he walked. They came back on a high.

Meanwhile, back on the boat we had an endless stream of people wanting to know more about Jesus and to have their own Bible. There’s such an openness here and desire to know the truth. There’s also a terrible fear of witchcraft on this island and most families we have talked to have had a family member die of it. It actually reduces the population quite dramatically.

We took a box of the school books we got from the Naracoorte Primary School to the local school here at Griffin Point. It overlooks Snake Passage and is an incredible view from the top of the hill. There are eighty children and three dedicated teachers, all male. Many of the kids have to travel long distances to get to school. They board there and bring the week’s food with them which they prepare themselves and supplement by catching crabs and shell fish and small fish in the mangroves as their only protein. It’s a pretty tough life. Many of them are only seven or eight years old.

Another day we took the inflatable dinghy down a wide river to a beautiful waterfall. We visited several villages on the way. In one we met a wizen old man in his 80’s called Jack. He was very taken with the photo of my father, Jack, and with the size of Phil who he kept saying was a “big man”.We are back in Misima now after an “interesting” trip through a reef passage we hadn’t used before and then a dream sail to Misima. We are preparing for our next set of teachings at Misima starting on Thursday.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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