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Greetings Everyone,

Sheena was found wandering near the police station at 4am on Monday morning.  She appears to bo unharmed but was taken to the hospital for a check-up.

Her family and all the church are rejoicing and ask us to pass on their heartfelt thanks for your prayers and e-mails.  Please continue to pray that any evil that has been done to her will have no permanent effect.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Phil fitted an HF radio at Panaeati and then we went straight on to Misima.  There we found the church and indeed the whole community very disturbed so we are sending you an urgent prayer request.  A fifteen year old girl, Sheena, the daughter of church members Marida and Norris has been missing for four days and grave fears are held for her safety.  Church members have been searching for her night and day.

Her disappearance is tied up with sorcery.  (The evidence for it is too complicated to try to explain it in an e-mail.)  Today the police and village elders have been holding a meeting all day to see what can be done.  Sorcery is practised commonly in the outer islands but not usually in the more civilised areas such as Misima and there is a lot of fear and anger aroused.  Please join the church here in praying for the safe return of the girl and the defeat of the forces of witchcraft.  In two previous recent cases where young women went missing in Misima, they were never seen again, one a young mother who had just given birth to twins.

Thanks for your prayers.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Customs are now available in the Nivani/ Pana Pom Pom Islands area to do clearances of vessels visiting the Louisiades.  They are stationed on a converted Japanese trawler anchored between Pana Pom Pom Island and the West Passage entrance to the Deboyne lagoon.  There is currently a joint exercise between the Australian and PNG authorities to implement a pilot service for merchant vessels transiting the Jomard Passage.  The customs are there to clear the Australian personnel who are working on a “fly-in-fly-out” basis.

It is envisioned that a permanent pilot station will be set up in the Deboyne area and the Misima airport will again be used as an international airport for personnel flying in from Cairns.  If this eventuates then Misima will again have a permanent customs presence.  The current situation is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

This information was supplied to me on 13th July 2009 by the customs office currently stationed on the pilot boat at Pana Pom Pom while he was doing our clearance there.

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Greetings Everyone,

We had three major blessings on our trip across to the Louisiades.

1)  We had favourable winds (mainly 20-25 ESE gusting to 30plus) and were able to sail all the way.  However, the seas were a bit lumpy probably due to the more severe weather further south.  One boat travelling to Vanuatu lay to for three days on a parachute anchor in 50 kts and broke his rudder.  He is now trying to sail back to Australia rudderless.

2)  The new dodger kept us DRY!  I still duck every time a wave smashes across the deck but barely a drop came into the cockpit.  This is the first year I haven’t had a mountain of salt-water encrusted pillows and clothing to deal with at the end of the crossing.

3)  We can now clear customs in the Louisiades again.  Two days out of Samarai we were able to contact Pastor Peter via the HF radio Phil had put in last year and he told us customs had returned to Misima.  We changed course and headed straight for the Louisiades thus avoiding the 150 nautical miles of hard slogging against the wind and current that clearing at Samarai or Alotau requires.  Last year a big container boat went up on Long Reef next to Jomard passage so now Australia is supplying pilots to guide ships through this major channel and customs have been established in the Louisiades to clear the pilots as they come from Australia.  By coincidence” they are based on a small ship anchored just where we made our first landfall at Pana Pom Pom and they actually came over to let us know and to clear us that morning.  They won’t actually be moving to Misima for some time yet.

At present we are anchored five miles off Panaeati Island where Phil wants to install another HF radio.  There is a definite need for a radio for this large island, difficult to access as one side drops immediately to 1000’s of metres and the other side has five miles of very shallow coral infested water.  Please pray that they will get the message that we are here or that they can see us.  Our red boat is just visible in clear conditions.

Thankyou for the protective covering of your prayers.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings All,

We are leaving Australian shores with this mornings tid, packed to the gunnel’s and chafing at the bit. After a record slow, motor-sail up the coast from Bundaberg with fickle winds we finally have a forecast that looks promising and hope to clear customs at Samarai on Monday the 13th. Please pray as one of the Louisiade pastors always says for “just the right wind” We seem to have had more than the usual number of setbacks this year so we are expecting a more than usual significant year.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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