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Greetings Everyone,

The weather here has been wild and woolly!!  We were to take the boat to the north coast of Misima for another Leaders’ Conference but I ended up going by PMV (a small truck with seats along each side of the tray and sometimes a canvass roof on it) to stay in the village for three days while Phil remained on the boat.  It was a real struggle with further wild weather, mix-up in communications, people sick and disruptive happenings.  The PMV belonging to the community there was burnt down and Arnold, the church leader hosting the conference, is also the local councillor and was caught up in the investigations.

I spite of everything, the teaching really impacted those who came — three in particular.  One was Isikel who thought his lack of education — he can’t read or write English — would prevent him from going to Bible College.  He was really fired up and is now determined to push ahead, go to Bible College, become an evangelist.  It’s amazing what obstacles these people can overcome.

I returned on the back of a truck carrying thirty eight people, two large dishes of fish, an accumulation of baskets of yams and other produce for the markets and various bags and parcels.

Please pray for the right weather for us.  We have cleared customs and are waiting for the weather to settle to get down to Rossel.  From there we are going to try to head home directly to Bundaberg — due south.  We need some easterly in the wind to do that.  It’s a longer course — just over 800 nautical miles so seven to eight days –not something I am looking forward to.  We would like to be able to leave by mid August at the latest.  We’ve been putting some videos together of the Leaders’ Conferences and look forward to catching up and sharing with you on our return.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Yesterday we had the first day of the Leaders’ Conference at Misima.  Two men came from an outlying area where there is a new church and arrived at midday just as I finished the first lot of teaching.  So while the others went into discussion groups I sat with them and went through the teaching again.  I noticed one man, Simon, screwing up his eyes and tears squeezing through.  I said to him, “Did this touch your heart?” and he said, “Yes.  I want to build up leaders in the church and this teaching is speaking to me.”  Don’t you wish you had that kind of responsiveness in Australia?

At night we showed some of John Bevere’s DVD’s on “Driven by Eternity”.  Again, the people were deeply moved by the teaching and are avidly looking forward to what’s coming in the days ahead.  There’s such a hunger in people’s hearts.  It’s a joy to be able to help meet their needs.

Keep praying for us.  Phil has had malaria again.  He caught it early and wasn’t nearly as sick as he has been at other times.  There’s heaps of mosquitoes here.  Drugs are in VERY short supply and we have been unable to buy any more.  We have one course left.  Many people have been really sick with malaria and several have died.  The hospital and aid posts have run out of medication and are unable to get supplies.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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