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Greetings All,

Phil and I had a definite win. Six years ago he had the hull professionally sandblasted back to bare metal and repainted. Unfortunately the paint didn’t take well underwater and every time we slipped her we had to spend a day repairing paint blisters before we could get on with the antifouling. All this time Phil has been writing and sending photos to the paint company asking them to come and look at it.

Well, this time they did and the rep agreed to redo it for free right there and then. The slips were available for the next week, the sandblaster was available, the weather was perfect and Phil and I sat back in the sunshine, all clean and relaxed while workmen repainted the boat and even put on fresh antifoul.

What a bonus!! Thank you for your prayers!! We went off the slip at 2am on the last tide high enough to get us off for at least two weeks.

We set sail from Bundaberg on the 18th May, loaded to the hilt with 15 boxes of Bibles, six boxes of Sunday School materials, three boxes of quality Christian books for pastors, three boxes of Bible reading notes, a large assortment of hand tools, four large solar panels, two HF radios, seven fluro lights, seven LED lights, 800 school exercise books and an assortment of miscellaneous items plus six months supply of food and a box of oranges and of apples from the excellent Bundy markets — not to mention a chocolate fruit cake from one of our friends there.

We had an excellent sail to Airlie Beach to pick up some first aid materials etc from the life-raft people and are presently heading for Bowen for church tomorrow.

Townsville will be our next stop and then off to PNG when the weather is right.

See you when we return.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings All,

I can’t believe it’s May already!! We are in the chaotic throes of last minute repairs and provisioning for slipping and antifouling. May the 5th and 6th are our dates on the slip. Please pray for fine weather, sufficient tide height and a trouble-free lift-out and back.

It’s always a bit stressful using a new slip as no matter how much the owners assure you, “We can handle the weight” and “There’s plenty of water”, there is always the element of doubt until you’ve actually done it.

After the slipping, we’ll sail back down the river to Bundaberg for final provisioning and head off for Townsville when the weather is right — probably about mid May. We may have a passenger part of the trip up the coast as Laurie Mackeson, an old friend from way back may come with us.

I’ve been asked to teach at a Sunday School Conference at Port Moresby 9th-12th July so we will leave the boat at Alotau and fly there together. We are looking forward to finally seeing the famous Bethel Bible College that turns out such well equipped pastors.

Our thanks to those of you who support us in goods, finance and prayer. We value every contribution and could not operate without you.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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