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Archive for August, 2010

See Admirals update No. 13 below.

Also the domain maranatha.id.au which was not clicking through to the actual site address has been fixed.

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Greetings Wayne and Josene,

I’m glad you got some help from our webpage.  That’s what it is there for!!

We have just returned to Bundaberg from the Louisiades – it was a short season for us this year as we have to go to a conference in Adelaide at the end of September.  Also, our three year visa has to be renewed.

Regarding distributing goods – it is a difficult thing to do it fairly as many of the councillors/leaders/ elders/ pastors are not always impartial in their distributing.  Most yachts only go as far east as Nimoa so the islands west of there, especially around Bagaman, Motorina, etc get the majority of the largess.  Sudest and Rossel usually miss out.

The south coast of Sudest, which has few decent anchorages, is very isolated.  Last year we took, among other things, some small soaps that you get at motels, etc.  The response was. “Soap.  We haven’t seen that for years.”  There is no-one on the north coast of Sudest that we could recommend.

Also, Rossel, especially the east point and south coast receive very little.  However, at Tryon Bay there is a Pastor Sigi (everyone knows him) who is probably the most generous, humble and giving man you would ever meet.  If you leave stuff with him he will see that it goes to those in need.  He never keeps anything for himself or his family.  He even takes it on the three day walk to the east end of the island to give to the people there who are very poor.  We have been there with him and have seen just how bad things are at that end.  An example of what he is like – last year he built shelters (houses) for 17 students from other parts of the island who were schooling at Damunu.  Then he fed them, sometimes clothed them and generally fathered them for the year.  None of them was related to him.

At Yonga Bay on Rossel the principal of the small Bible College, Pastor Sai loa is honest.

At Pana Pom Pom I would recommend  Pastor Mila and wife Julie on the Nivani side.  If you get to Panaeati then either Pastors Pete Joe or Steven are honest men.

At Misima Pastor Kingsford at Bwagaoia or on the north coast elder Ganta at Siagara or Councillor /elder Arnold at Liak.  At Kimuta Pastor Palaimo is honest.

These are all people that we are happy to leave goods with to see that they are distributed fairly and not just to their “onetok”.  Some have lived on board with us for  several months at a time and we know their integrity.

However, if you go to Rossel and Sudest I suggest you keep most of the goods for them as they need them most.

Unfortunately many of the yacht get totally conned by many of the leader and pastors and the gear doesn’t go any further than their onetok.

Regarding school books etc.  If you give them to the school direct they usually get distributed fairly.  Again, the school at Damunu on Rossel is “the end of the line” as far as resources from the government goes.

I trust this has been of some use to you.  Have a great time over there.  It certainly is a top spot.  Rossel is our favourite island – we usually spend 6-8 weeks there each year.  Sorry we won’t see you there as we could have shown you some of the lesser seen places.

God bless,

Phil and Pam

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Greetings Everyone,

The skipper is giving me heaps for not having told you we’ve arrived.  We got into Bundaberg on Tuesday morning.

We had a good crossing with smooth seas and 15 knot easterly winds dropping out on the last day so that we motored the last 12 hours.  This proved timely as Phil looked up to see the backstay supporting the mast starting to unravel.  It could have been disastrous in rough weather.  We had all the rigging redone five years ago so don’t know why this has happened.

However, NO crossing is good for me and I was very happy to see land.  Eight days is too long to feel miserable.  Now we are feeling miserable with the freezing weather in sunny Queensland and wondering why we are going to Adelaide instead of staying in the tropics.

Tonight we had roast turkey hind quarter and roast vegetables for tea and on Wednesday some dear friends are taking us to Sizzlers.  I feel as if I belong to two countries and each of them has its attractions.

Thank you to all who have supported us with prayers, money and goods.  We value you and look forward to catching up and sharing our experiences.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We are planning to leave on the 16th.  The winds are a bit more easterly then so pray they will stay that way for us!!

We have enjoyed our time here at Rossel.  Last Wednesday Phil spoke at the opening of a new fellowship — the 11th on Rossel.  They really honoured us and loaded us with the most beautiful weavings — mats, baskets and a feathered fan which unfortunately won’t be allowed through quarantine.  On Sunday I am speaking for their World Missions service.  They give sacrificially to support an orphanage in Irian Jira.  Soon they will have the joy of meeting one of those orphans who is coming to visit them and say thankyou.  They are paying her fares — all this by people who are subsistence farmers with virtually no income!!

Today I am cooking meals for an eight days trip and lashing everything down so it won’t move.  Please pray for my handling of the longer trip (I’m usually off-colour for the five days we normally take) and for the wisdom in course selection.  Also, our exit through a VERY narrow and shallow (about 10 metres wide and 3 metres deep at high tide and 400 metres long) passage as we leave here.

See you soon.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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