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Greetings Everyone,

Phil’s foot has healed — thankyou to all those praying for him.  Tropical ulcers are a constant threat and every break in the skin has to be taken seriously.

We’ve just done a whirlwind tour of the north coast of Rossel Island visiting three outreaches.  I’ve done three Sunday School training days and all the team has been busy with teaching sessions in these new outreaches.  Phil did a land survey for a new church being built and also gave a couple of talks on discernment. We led two young men to the Lord at one place and hope to see one of them at Bible College on Rossel next year.  The people are SO grateful and flood us with food, including a live chook which I managed to persuade them to dispatch and pluck and then I cooked it in the pressure cooker.

The first Leader’s Conference is on next week — 30th June to 2nd July.  It is coming together well and I’m praying it will really challenge the leaders here to build solid teams under them.  The conference was delayed for a week owing to the death of a local school teacher.  They had to hire a trading boat to bring the body back from Alotau, costing up to 7000 kina ($3000+) a major expense for this isolated area.  Life is not easy for them.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

These people floor me constantly with the depth of love and extent of generosity they show us.  Today we had a visit from Ludi, a young woman we had on board the first year we came.  To get here she had to paddle down a long river and walk over a rugged mountain.  We climbed it last year — a 1 1/2 hour trek in dry weather and extremely slippery in wet.  Ludi made the journey in the rain with some relatives to assist her carrying her two lively twin boys, Nathan and Nathaniel, not yet two years old.  Not only that, she brought me some presents — 5 limes, 5 sweet potatoes and two large brush turkey eggs, still raw so I could “do some baking”.

We enjoyed about three hours sharing together then she left to make the long journey home.

Phil’s foot is still not properly healed and needs careful watching lest it flare up again.  He’s put lights and a generator in the small Bible College lecture room here and a solar panel, lights and a tape player with speakers in the Principal’s house.  There are 19 students and they love sitting on his verandah listening to the Bible on tape or to Christian music.  It’s a joy to see their pleasure.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

It seems we’ve hardly had time to scratch ourselves since we’ve arrived — typical of our time here.  Phil put in another radio at Sudest Island while I taught the Sunday School leaders to use flannel graph materials.  He also put in an LED light in the pastor’s house.  When we left Sudest we took two young men to the small Bible College at Rossel.  They wanted to go but had no transport or money for fees.  It was good to solve those problems.

At Damunu in Rossel Island Phil installed ten fluoro lights and a generator.  The church lit up like a Christmas tree.  He also put in a battery powered LED light in the pastor’s house.  The pastor’s son made a commitment while we were there — a time of great rejoicing.

Now we are at the Bible College at Yonga Bay.  I’m wearing far too many hats — teaching in the Bible College; teaching four illiterate students to read Misima; teaching guitar and teaching the local Sunday School teacher.  Phil is flat out typing notes for me and resting where possible as he has a tropical ulcer on his foot.  When he can get ashore he will be installing lights and generator in the Bible College and a solar panel, battery, LED lights and a tape player in the principal’s house.  All run off the solar power.  We will leave them tapes of Christian music and Bible teaching.

From the 23rd-25th we are running a leader’s seminar using John Maxwell material.  This is the first of a series for the year so pray for wisdom for me as I fine-tune it; and for healing for Phil.

Thank you for your care and prayers.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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