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Greetings Everyone,

A special prayer request.  Michelle e-mailed today to say my (Pam) mum had a stroke and is seriously ill in hospital  We are cleared ready to leave PNG but the weather is gale-force with contrary winds.  Please pray that we may have the right weather to get home swiftly and in time.

Thankyou,

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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They HONOURED me.  I had four days living at Panaeati while I did a marriage/ parenting seminar and then a one day Sunday School teaching.  They provided me with a mattress, pillow, sheets and mosquito net, dug a pit toilet so I didn’t have to use the horrible ones built on stilts over the sea (if you don’t fall off the narrow round log gangplank about thirty feet long getting out to it you can easily fall through the floor into the water) and had ladies assigned to cook especially for me and to see to my every need.

And they LISTENED.  Again, the response to the teaching was overwhelming.  On the last night they had a time to testify what the seminar had meant to each of them.  The people just kept on coming.  Two comments in particular really touched my heart.  One was from Neil, who spoke hardly any English.  Someone told me early in the piece that he had said, “I’m not going to speak to that Dim Dim.  I don’t know what she’s saying.”  I went to him and said in Misima, “Come here Neil.  We’re going to talk in Misima.”  So we became friends.  On the last night Neil got up and said how much the teaching had meant to him and them he said in Misima, “That lady shouldn’t go home to Australia.  She should live with us.  She’s our mother.”

The other was from Livinai and referred to teaching I gave on the needs of adopted children to be assured of love and treated the same as natural children.  Livinai and his wife had one natural son and four adopted after the death of close relatives.  He said, “You haven’t seen so much of me the last few days.  I’ve been spending more time with my family.  I want my adopted sons to know I love them as I love my own son.”

Now I’m back on the boat with Phil happy to have me cooking again.  Food gets “interesting” at this stage of the game.  We are studying weather faxes and determining the best time to depart for Australia — hopefully the end of this week but reports are not looking good as yet.  We will send a short e-mail to let you know when we have a date and would appreciate prayer for fair winds and smooth seas.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

I have just finished a three day Sunday School Teachers’ teaching session on the north coast of Misima and am warmly satisfied with how it went.  I taught the twelve ladies and one man how to use the extensive flannelgraph material Yvonne Beavis had given me.  They had never handled it before and four of the girls were new to Sunday School teaching of any kind but during the course they all blossomed and became really effective teachers.  We learnt some new songs and memory verse games as well and it was a joy to see their pleasure in learning new skills.

The local church where we are has 57 children in their Sunday School so these skills are needed.

The anchorage is not good and the boat rolls a lot in the swell making it difficult for me to prepare work and do the cooking.  Phil has been a great support and has done lots of washing up.  He also spoke at one of the evening sessions.

We have an “interesting” trip ashore in the dinghy at night as there is quite a shore break here.  The trick is to jump in quickly before you get swamped (difficult when you can’t see the incoming waves in the dark).

On Monday we leave for Panaeati, our last destination before returning home.  Today is our grand-daughter Abigail’s birthday.  It will be good to catch up with family and friends in the near future.  See you soon.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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