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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve moved around to a beautiful big bay called Walanga Bay after a major drama getting the anchor up.  It was stuck between two large outcrops of coral in about twenty metres of water.  One of the men dived on it but found it too exhausting at that depth.  Phil finally retrieved his hooker gear (like scuba-diving for those of you who are puzzled by the term) from all the hidden crannies of the boat and managed to dig the anchor out.

We took Jeremiah with us — the man who is going to move here and train the people — and his wife, Esther, later walked an incredible distance (several miles) over high mountains carrying their six month old baby to join us.  Phil spent the whole of the first day traipsing through thigh-deep mangrove mud and up a steep mountain with his hand-held GPS to measure a huge expense of land owned by Albert, an old man in his eighties who wants to give his land to the church.  They were keen to document a land agreement while he is alive rather than try to negotiate with the large extended family after his death.  Land ownership is a huge issue here.

We supplied them with some equipment for the new church they will build on the land — a blackboard and chalk, Bibles, prayer notes, daily reading notes, Sunday School materials, and teaching books for Jeremiah and Esther and have promised to bring nails next year.

Today we showed DVD’s on board — a session for the children of a cartoon version of the Jim Elliot Story and two packed adult viewings of Louis Gigilo’s “Alive”, a challenging look at salvation.

In response, the people have inundated us with food — bananas, drinking coconuts, limes, a large slab of sago and some freshwater prawns and mussels that I made into a delicious soup.  We have a permanent following of small children and life is rather like living in a fish bowl.

Sorry this is rather long but it’s real pioneering stuff and I thought you might like to know what it’s like.  Jeremiah and Esther have a huge job ahead of them in this primitive but strategic area reaching the rest of the island and breaking down the strongholds of sorcery and a cargo cult.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Hi to Phil and Pam;

I’ve just come across your website in planning my voyage to the
Louisiades for next winter.  What a beautiful relationship you have
with the people there!

I live on the central coast (Killarney Vale) and I sail an S&S 34
called Lorelei.  I’ve sailed up to FNQ 3 times now, and once to Lord
Howe in preparation for voyaging further off shore.

I wonder if you have a spreadsheet with your waypoints for various
anchorages and passages in the Louisiades – it would be more accurate
and easier than copying and pasting from your website.  Please don’t
go to any great bother with this request, but, if it is easy….

If there is any local help I can be to you, please don’t hesitate to

Thanks to weddingstills for stripping and forwarding this.

Kind regards,
Steve Middendorf

Yes Steve, I’ve emailed you a number of Word docs with the waypoints listed on this site and included a set of waypoints for navigating from Townsville to PNG and back. These will be added to the site in the near future. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you catch up with Phil and Pam while you are up there.

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They are keeping us busy — since we left Misima, apart from putting in a radio and solar panels and repairing six Coleman pressure lamps we have had the following:-

5/8 I preached at a church service at Jelewanga and Pam did a day teaching Sunday School teachers
12/8 Pam did a day teaching of Sunday School teachers at Damunu
16/8 We did an evening forum with the youth encouraging them to live a Godly life
18-25/8 Pam teaching at the Bible College at Yonga Bay
19/8 We both preached at the mid-week service at the Bible College
23/8 I’m to take the whole service (preach and whatever) at the church service at Yonga Bay
25/8-3/9 They haven’t finalised yet but —–
4/9 Meeting at Pambwa where we have to speak
5/9 Official opening of the new Pambwa church building.  I have to give the dedication address?? and preach the sermon and dedication prayer.
14-17/9 Music seminar at Damunu.  Pam’s involved each day; thankfully I’m no muso.
21-25/9 Leader’s conference at Kimuta.  We have a number of teaching sessions on subjects yet to be advised.

In between times we are travelling from place to place and doing other odd jobs.

I keep telling them I’m only an electrician and not a very bright one at that but it is not doing me any good.

God bless,


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Please add the following o the clearance info regarding the Louisiades:-

“Although the Customs are able to do the customs/ immigration clearance at Pana Pom Pom they are not able when we cleared to do the Pratique and quarantine clearance.  This can be done at Bwagaoia (Misima).  However, there is some question as to the cost for this clearance.

Up until this year it was 50 kina all up but Alotau is charging 50 kina for Pratique and 150 kina for quarantine.  The officer at Bwagaoia wanted to charge 270 kina all up and when we queried this he couldn’t explain the reason for the extra 70 kina.  The PNG web page says the fees are “Full cost recovery”.  As we were just under 10 minutes in the quarantine officer’s office (he didn’t come onto the yacht), 270 kina would equate to an hourly rate of over 1620 kina per hour.  I think I will apply for a job!!  We only paid 50 kina pending him showing us documentation confirming the extra.  This hasn’t been sighted as yet.  We should be back in Misima at the end of September and hope to see it then.  From what we can make out the Alotau prices are probably correct.

Make sure that you get a valid receipt for the fees.  One yacht clearing at Alotau paid 50 kina and received a receipt for the Pratique.  The officers then asked for 150 kina for quarantine but said they had left the receipt book for the quarantine in the office.  His response was “No receipt, no money”.  They weren’t able to get a receipt for him so he left only paying for the Pratique.”

Thanks Sam.  It is a bit of Rafferty’s rules here sometimes.

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Greetings Everyone,

HELP!!  We seem to be sinking under a weight of preparations that are taxing our resourcefulness.

We’ve moved around a few headlands to Yonga Bay where I have spent the week teaching the students an Outline of the Bible course.  It’s a joy to see this small Bible college functioning again with its thirteen students as last year it was closed due to a land dispute.  Phil did a great job sorting out the issue but we were relieved when we arrived at Rossel to hear it is now completely settled.

That’s not the problem.  It’s what is coming up.  After we leave here early next week, we go to Walanga Bay — a new church waiting for leaders to come — don’t know why they haven’t — and we are to encourage them and maybe do some teaching — all undefined as yet.  The following week we are to organise and carry out the whole programme for the opening and dedication of a new church building on the south side of the island — with all the prayers, sermons and whatever for this major event.  We will know more when we get there the day before the opening.  Then we will live in the village for two more days and participate in a Youth Conference in what ever way they have programmed, which we won’t find out until we get there.

We then return to Tryon Bay to organise the week long Music Workshop for Youth and the day after it finishes we return to Kimuta Island (about 100 mile trip) picking up people on the way for a Leaders’ Meeting.  Our task there is to instruct the leaders on the techniques of letter writing, plus what ever else they’ve decided to put us down for on the programme in the meantime.

As I said, we’re feeling a little overwhelmed and would appreciate prayer for wisdom and direction.

The weather this week has been foul with continuous forty plus knot bullets of wind funnelling down the bay and constant showers.  The anchor chain is obviously catching on coral at times as we swing wildly around with lots of jerks, making an uncomfortable nights sleep.  Low tides in the daytime are also making the dinghy rides ashore interesting to say the least, as we maneuver through the bombies.

We don’t want you to think the Baileys always have it easy, sunbaking under palm trees drinking coconut juice!!

God bless

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Last year I disgraced myself by falling flat on my face in the black mangrove mud in a remote village on the south side of Rossel Island.  So it was with much trepidation that I viewed the two hundred metre stretch of mud interlaced with thin logs that formed the only access to Jelewanga where I was to do my Sunday School teaching.  I managed it with the help of a granny stick and a patient helper who lent me a shoulder for support.  Phil videoed my torturous progress and I’m sure will feature in this year’s film.

The day went well.  Phil preached an encouraging sermon and I had about ten very attentive trainee Sunday School teaches who enjoyed the action songs I taught them, and performed well with lesson preparation.

We left the next day with some extra passengers to drop off at the small hospital on another island — a pregnant lady and her husband and the mother of a sick child.  Our crew caught two dolphin fish and a small tuna on the way so our freezer is well stocked.

We are now at Rossel Island and Pastor Sigi is doing his usual trick and organizing the six weeks we have here to the hilt.  Our first task is to run a five day music workshop for young would-be guitarists from the various churches on this isolated island.  Please pray for us and our team of three young men from Misima as we plan and teach an unknown quantity of people with an inadequate supply of guitars and a range from absolute beginners to quite competent players.

Phil has already installed two solar panels and the HF radio here and it as a great joy to us to hear the four scattered churches where he has installed the radios  obviously enjoying the opportunity to connect and support each other.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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