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Greetings Everyone,

We arrived in Townsville at 5am on the 9th after a great crossing.  Of the twenty we’ve done this is the first time I’ve managed to go all the way without seasick tablets.  We had a steady 15-20 knots on the beam with smooth seas and only the occasional squall.  It was SO good to feel normal!!

We caught up with friends in Townsville who invited us to their home for some gastronomical delights and we are now heading south hoping to get enough angle on the wind and reach Bowen for church on Sunday.

Thankyou all for your prayers.  It’s been a great year!!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

You never know what to expect here.  In Panaeati the original leader of the church has moved to another island leaving a very healthy church and two joint leaders, Peter and Steven.  Peter is as impulsive as his namesake and Steven is quite and thoughtful.  We paid for them both to go to Bible College some years back.

When we arrived they picked us up in a sailing canoe and we slept overnight in the village showing videos in the evening.  They told us they wanted us to take them 20 miles to Brooker Island to help them start a new outreach there.  We were really excited about this move as it will be the first CRC church planted in the Calvados Chain — a large lagoon with a dozen or more inhabited islands.  Steve and Caroline came on Maranatha with us.

We showed videos at night and spent the daytime encouraging the new leaders and equipping them with a guitar and some pastoral and Sunday School materials.  The Panaeati people are committed to supporting the new work.  They plan to build a house there and send a leader to live with them until they are established.  We all returned rejoicing.

Back in Panaeati last weekend we showed some more films and I preached on Sunday challenging them to adopt a three year plan to read the Bible right through.  This is the fourth place I have given this message with good results each time.  Many tell me they wanted to do this but lacked a plan and had given up.

Now we are planning to return to Australia probably early next week.  Steve came down with malaria at Brooker and is recovering but still feeling weak.  Pray for him and Caroline and for some of their boat instruments that are playing up, including their autopilot and for all of us for the right weather and a safe passage.

See you soon.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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