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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve had a WILD time.  THe weather has been AWFUL!  We anchored in Liak with an on-shore wind and the boat rolled so violently from side to side that it cracked the dinghy by bashing against it and we couldn’t sleep a wink.  We moved to another anchorage prepared to endure the 10 kms walk each way each day rather than the incessant rolling and the unneeded excitement of timing the violent shore break to get ashore.

Then it rained, torrentially every day and flooded the roads so that we had to wade through the various culverts to get back to Liak.

BUT the results here were WILD too.  I had set out this year to teach Isikel, an illiterate young man with a great heart for God, to learn to speak and read English so he could go to Bible College.  I expected to only get him started but to the amazement of both of us he progressed at an incredible rate and is now reading the Bible — slowly but getting almost every word and speaking again slowly but communicating well.  He is ecstatic and I’ve left him materials to continue on with the help of his friend, including a KYB study on the book of Mark.  We are both praising God and looking forward to great things in his life.

As well as this, we’ve visited three churches to encourage them and Phil and I are doing a tag-team preaching today at Liak — our last trek there before sailing on to Panaeati Island tomorrow.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

The conference was a resounding success!!  It was a first for the men.  Usually they run Youth, Ladies or Sunday School conferences.  Some of he comments were:-

Pastor Kingsford – “Usually conferences are inspirational — be filled with the Spirit, etc.  This one was foundational — integrity of character, the husband’s and father’s role — we need these things in order to be men and leaders.”

Jerome – “I learnt a lot of new things.  I want to think about them some more.  It has really helped my ministry.”

Simon (on forgiveness) – “It took me seven years to forgive the policeman who ill-treated me.  It was like a weight coming off me.”

Esau (refering to Hebrews 4:12) – “I never new the word of God had the power to heal — to go right inside you and cut out bad things (referring to emotional problems resulting from childhood mistreatment) like a surgeons knife.”

The worship time with all the deep voices harmonising together was tremendous and the men really enjoyed the times of sharing — the early morning prayer time (4.30-5.30am), the discussion groups and free time to sit and chat in the afternoon.  There was a good mix of ages from our age to quite a lot in late teens, early twenties.  Phil spoke really well and runs a big risk of being asked to do it again.

On Monday we are sailing (probably motoring in the still conditions) to the north coast where I want to spend a week attempting to teach Isikel, a young man with no education, to read English — at least to get him started.  We will spend about a week there and then go to Panaeati Island to do some work before heading back to Australia around the 7th of November.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

It was worth the wait.  We set out two days later for Sudest with the wind to order — thanks for your prayers — and had an enjoyable sail and two fish on the line.  Jelewanga is a lousy anchorage but we had three windless days and high tide all day — perfect combination.

We’d been feeling rather negative about the new outreach at Sudest as we had heard the damage to the radio was deliberate and there had been jealousy and division over the clothes and other things we had taken last year.  But we had the BEST time with the situation quite the opposite to our expectations.  The problems had been sorted out and the people were together and incredibly hungry for the things of God.  All they wanted was as much teaching, worship and prayer as we could fit in to the short time we had.  Jerome did a great job preaching, I did the counselling course and the fist day of my leadership course, Phil showed DVD’s at night (and replaced the radio) and we all prayed for virtually every man, woman and child.

The positive signs were:-

1)  There is good growth in the church especially with four new husband and wife couples, solid and serving side by side.

2)  The church recognized through the leadership teaching what a godly man their leader Ken is and two of them told him so publicly in the meeting.

3)  Some inland villages had said it was difficult for them to get to the church so Ken had built “a highway” for them.

4)  Ken, who had never been to school, is now starting to read and speak English by sheer determined effort.

5)  They have planted two new outreaches on Sudest which we hope to visit next year.

We left rejoicing.  Keep up the good prayer work.  Phil’s men’s conference is 10th to 12th October.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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