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Greetings Everyone,

We continue to be amazed at the friendliness of these people in the church here. We showed the DVD of our ten year overview in the Louisiades and had a tremendous response. One lady collected clothes for us to take there on our way home. Another, Mary Levis, asked for prayer as her heart is to serve in Africa as a missionary. Another part Javanese couple — there’s every nationality here — invited us for dinner on Friday night and another picked us up the following day and took us for a tour of the island and to see the flamingos.

I am learning to speak a bit of Papiamento and said, “Bo ta mi amiga” to one young woman. She said, “Oh no — not friend. You are my sister in Christ — Bo ta mi ruman muhe”.

We are sorry to leave here as Bonaire will always have a special place in our hearts.

But now our parts finally arrived from New Zealand and Phil has put the windlass back together and it’s GOING. And so are we. Next stop San Blas Islands

God bless,

Pam and Phil

Admiral’s Update No 6 2015

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Greetings Everyone,

Those of you who are tracking our progress on Yotreps will realise we haven’t moved. I think all the mechanics on the island have had a go at fixing our anchor windlass without success and we are now waiting for parts to come from New Zealand. The parts are quite inexpensive but the freight is $NZ350. If we used ordinary mail it could take anything from two to six weeks to get here.

Meanwhile we keep meeting interesting people. Dave Peterson, a technician with TWR, gave us a tour of the Trans World Trans Radio building and their transmitters. The have giant antennas and 400,000 watt transmitters to beam Christian radio into the Caribbean, Venezuela, Colombia, parts of Central America and Europe. Bonaire is an excellent location as the antennas are near the salt mines almost sitting in salt water and it is almost as good a conductor as copper which gives the signal a really good boost. Dave and his wife, Mari, were formally missionaries with the MAF in numerous countries — Congo, Afghanistan and Albania to name a few. Last night we had dinner with them and enjoyed swapping stories and having some family time with their kids.

Please pray that our spare parts arrive safely and that we don’t have to order any further parts. Phil is a bit concerned that the armature may be faulty as well. We have met five other yachts heading for the Panama and the Pacific and would like to connect up with them again.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Have you ever had your taste buds all set for an ice cream and found the shop shut? Well we were all set to sail to Tobago Cays, feted as THE snorkeling grounds where you swim in crystal clear water over gorgeous coral with the turtles, Phil went to get the anchor up and the anchor windlass wouldn’t work. Change of plans. We waited until midnight and he dismantled the inner forestay and wound up the anchor by hand a few links at a time and we set sail for Grenada to tie up at the yacht club marina to do repairs.

Great timing!! We arrived the day before the annual international regatta and there were boats everywhere. We didn’t think we would get a berth but they squeezed us in, literally, and the infallible skipper emptied the anchor locker of chain and fixed the problem we hope. After walking several hours and many kilometres around the town unsuccessfully looking for the parts he needed he ended up using the old parts and hopefully it is working OK.

We are now getting ready to sail to the ABC islands off the coast of Venezuela but of Dutch origin. First stop Bonaire. The not so intrepid sailors are going to head well north then angle back to put at least 200 NMiles between us and the Venezuelan coast. We are hearing horrible rumours of pirates, political unrest and on the Los Roques islands, threatening starvation. Please pray for a safe and trouble free trip for us and if anyone has any up-to-date info on the safety or lack of in this area, let us know.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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