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Greetings Everyone,

Everything went well on the North Coast.  The weather fined up; the youth were dynamic in their outreach presentation and held a crowd of close to a thousand spellbound — no-one was watching the soccer which was on the field just across the road.  And we managed to off-load and load up without drowning anyone.

We’ve had our farewell feast and found a weather window (hopefully) and will leave the Louisiades on Wednesday and should arrive in Townsville on Sunday night or Monday morning.

Looking forward to catching up with our friends again.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We are in the middle of a teaching session on the North Coast of Misima. Please pray for us an the following issues:-

The Weather — Yesterday we had torrential rain for about ten hours. It drenched the twenty young people on a seven hour walk over the mountains. They arrived cold and wet with all their bags saturated. They have come to do some dramas and outdoor witnessing at the markets on Saturday.

Sickness — Many of the people at the conference are falling sick with a nasty strain of malaria and have had to have injections. Some are children and lie shivering and groaning in pain. The aid post is short of malaria medicine.

Our access ashore — Last night the storm kicked up heavy seas and Phil and I and the dinghy got half drowned trying to get through the wild shore break in the dark. We have been trying to off-load Bibles and other materials but it is really difficult to get things ashore safely;p including us!!

In spite of it all the Sunday School Conference is going well with eighteen people in attendance, enjoying the puppets, the singing and the teaching and the workshops. Many of them are starting a new Sunday School work with no previous training.

We will leave here on Saturday and take the team back to Bwagaoia. Phil is preaching there on Sunday then we will say our goodbyes and head for home as soon as the weather is suitable.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Phil spoke well at Hinouta.  His interpreter did an excellent job adding dramatic touches whenever appropriate.  The main church is committed to sending a support team each Sunday until they are well established.

An interesting interlude for us was the arrival in Misima of an 18 strong fleet in an organized rally.  The small harbour was packed.  Fortunately the weather was mild.  The week before the wind blew 30+ knots from the south and one of the trading boats tore the bollards and the timbers off the front of the government wharf.

The locals put on a major effort with traditional dancing, cultural events and exchange of gifts.  There was a huge crowd and it was obviously enjoyed by both sides.  We took the opportunity of seeing the local member and again petitioning for the return of the Customs.

Phil managed to solicit two blocks of chocolate from other yachts for services rendered.  We spent some time aboard one of them encouraging them in their search for God.  One of the rally yachts missed the reef opening in the Calvados Chain and went up on the reef.  It’s still in a lagoon halfway along the reef.  They are going to try to refloat it on the high tide later this week.

We are leaving on the 10th with twenty odd passengers for the north coast to attend the dedication of a new local church building at Bwaniyewa, a very inaccessible spot on the north west tip of Misima.  We will anchor about half way along the coast and most of the people will do the long rugged trek along the steep shore line while we will be taken by dinghy as we are unwilling to leave the boat at that anchorage for longer than a day.  After that I am doing  a three day training for Sunday School teachers and a further day teaching parenting.  Many of the children go to the CRC Sunday School at Liak but their parents don’t come to church and this may be a means of introducing them to Biblical teaching and attracting them into a commitment.

We cleared Customs while the rally was here and at this stage are planning to leave for Townsville sometime in the last week of October, weather permitting.

See you all soon.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

No e-mails for a week or so as we’ve been in a very rolly anchorage in Kimuta and the Admiral’s stomach only just manages daily living and we spent most of the time ashore enjoying the sandy beaches and the warm sunshine, a pleasant change from rain and mud and more rain.  I did some Sunday School teaching there.  Phil surveyed the church land and printed a clan agreement document and we took part in the dedication ceremony for the new outboard for their dinghy — a major church project and their
future means of evangelism.

Now back in Misima we’ve returned to the rain and mud but also to a church of committed Christians with big plans for evangelism, the major event coming up being the Youth Conference in December.  We did a great PR job for them as we went around the islands and God did an even better one.  We are expecting that upwards of 200 youth will come from five islands; the Rossel ones hoping to hire a trading boat so they can bring all their youth plus the ones from Sudest.  We believe it will have a major
impact on young people.  It’s a lot of hard work for the local youth providing food and accommodation for so many and they are flat out getting ready.

On Sunday Phil and I and Lawrence are going to Hinouta , about an hours walk away to kick start a new fellowship there.  The leaders, Ishmael and his wife Litiani, a goodly older couple with big hearts for their village are giving land so a church can be built and their family can come to know God.  Phil’s preaching so please pray for inspiration for him.

We both are well with no malaria, tropical ulcers or sniffles.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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