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Greetings Everyone,

Tonight was the opening session for the Youth Camp. We made a major mistake and left the video camera behind. The youth put on two dramas both of which were of such a professional calibre that we stand amazed at their ingenuity. One of the girls gave such a moving performance of a hear-broken teenager on the brink of suicide that several of the girls in the audience were in tears. The message really communicates to these people through drama.

We were amused by some little touches. One of the boys was a professional photographer and used a diving torch as his camera quite convincingly. It “flashed” when he took the photo. We apologize to you all at home for not capturing these masterpieces to show on our return. However, there are more dramas to come so hopefully …….

Please pray for the duration of the Conference 26th-29th that the weather will be fine and allow the sports activities to go ahead and that the 100 or so youth who have come will be impacted by the teaching. Pray also for Steteleki, a young man from the North Coast. I sent a personal invitation to him and heard back that he couldn’t come because he had no suitable clothes so I sent some back with another note. I want him to come as I believe he has a hungry heart!!

Major prayer points for us after the conference are:-

1) A safe trip to Alotau — the weather has been VERY rough.
2) A trustworthy person to come with us to mind the boat and run the generator while we are away.
3) The details of our travel from Alotau to Port Moresby. Two ladies going to a conference last week didn’t arrive in time as the Star ship was held up by the bad weather.
4) Wisdom for me as what to teach and how to fit in with the other two speakers and present an equipping package to the delegates, some coming from distant and isolated areas.

God bless you all.

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We have hardly had time to draw breath after arriving last Thursday in Misima. Kingsford has taken a leaf out of Sigi’s (the pastor at Rossel) book and set us something to do for virtually every day this week. Phil is preaching next Sunday and asks for prayer for inspiration.

This morning I led a Leaders’ Meeting on repentance and was really impressed with the growth I saw in them — the first fruits of Kingsford’s training. I set questions for a Bible study and they were really getting stuck into it, searching out Scriptures to support their answers. He has them learning a verse each week and they all say it individually. Can you imagine that happening in Australia? Quite a few of the leaders were in their late teens, early twenties. Lawrence is doing an incredible job with the youth and building up a strong team under him. They are hosting a youth conference 26th – 29th June and we are hoping to be still here to take part in it. Pray that many will come. I know it will be a significant event. It is great to see the ripple effect resulting from the two years Bible College training we were able to fund for Kingsford and Lawrence several years ago.

Pray, also, for the CRC churches in Rossel Island. The Bible College at Yonga Bay has had to close as the landowner has reclaimed the land. They are looking to relocate somewhere else but land ownership is always a problem.

Phil has been busy connecting the solar panel, lights, battery and radio at Misima and all seems to be operating well. Communications is such a major problem here and this will really help

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve arrived!!!! On the trip over I’ve been reading Jeffrey Archer’s “Prison Diaries” and relating to his emotions — locked in a small cell, unable to go out and walk around in open spaces, the thought of food is nauseous, cut off from family and friends and tossed violently around in a sea of emotions and there seems no end in sight.

BUT — we’ve arrived — and fortunately I’ve been gifted with a short memory so I guess I’ll do it again. It’s a bit like having a second baby; by the time you remember what it was like it’s too late to back out. And the results are worth it.

We knew the weather was “iffy” when we left but there was nothing better coming up for some time. The winds weren’t too bad but increased to 25-30+ knots so that one day we sailed with only a small headsail up, still doing six knots, but the swells were the worst we’ve had yet, 4 to 5 metres high probably kicked up by the bad weather further south.

We bobbed about like a cork, rolling from gunwale to gunwale and shipping water the length of the boat. We’d spent the last few days in Townsville making clear plastic curtains to block off the gap between the dog-house and the dodger. We were pleased as it saved us endless lapfuls of salty water.

We’re safely at anchor now, arrived at 4 am this morning and settled for a couple of hours sleep, a hot shower and a still breakfast before taking on the usual drying out, fixing up, putting away jobs that seem to be the inevitable part of an ocean crossing.

I won’t tell you why we ended up with one water tank contaminated with salt water as it might embarrass the captain. (As if that would worry her. The truth is there are two valves in series that shut off the water tank filling pipes. On one tank, one had been left open but the other one should have been able to do the job OK. It gives you some idea of the force of the water hitting the side of the boat that it could force its way past the valve and into the tank. Capt).

As Warren Jolly said; with the rough start we’ve had it must be going to be a good trip and I’m sure he is right. Thankyou for your prayers. We are in one piece and so is the boat. We are looking forward to good things to come.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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