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In Google Earth search for Marina Hotel at Shelter Bay, Colon, Panama. That will zoom in on the Marina where they will be for about the next 2 weeks, awaiting parts.

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Greetings Everyone,

Delays and interruptions are often the real purpose of the journey.  That was the message we got from a sermon we were listening to on board last Sunday and it seems to be true for us in Panama.  We’ve been tearing our hair out trying to get repairs done with the only rigger and sail maker in this area out of the country.  We finally found a semi-retired rigger yesterday and the sail maker is hopefully back next week so we might get away early April.

Meanwhile, so much has happened.  We have found a couple of wonderful “rough diamonds” in Tito our canal agent and George the taxi driver that works for him.  Tito has saved us literally hundreds of dollars.  He is an amazing man who spends his spare time giving to the poor and rescuing orphaned children.  George has carted us all over Colon for nothing and asks us endless questions about how to know God and understand the Bible.

We made a trip through the canal on some friend’s boat and ended up on the way home in the police station in Panama City over a dispute with a local taxi driver over the exorbitant fare he wanted to charge us.  I think he thought we were rich Americans and he could bluff us by threatening to get the police.  Anyway the police were very apologetic and we ended up only paying the correct fare (1/3 of what he wanted).

We met a family, Kenny and Beatrice Shoemaker and their two teenage children who are sailing to the Cook Islands to work for YWAM there and we have spent some time encouraging them as they are finding the going tough.  Those of you who pray for us might like to include the Shoemakers on your list.  They need prayer for safe sailing, direction in ministry and some personal problems that are making life difficult for them.

Another young Danish couple we are also spending some time with.  They had their yacht rolled by a huge wave and two of the crew were thrown out of the yacht.  Thankfully they had their harnesses on and were able to get back on board.  However, the vessel has sustained a lot of damage and the husband especially is very depressed.  Phil has spent some time with them and we hope to have them over for a meal soon and to be able to talk to them about Jesus.

In between times we swim in the pool and go for walks in the jungle to see monkeys and sloths and beautiful birds.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

From time to time I mentally book my ticket home on the next plane. This time I was wet, sick and terrified. We had heard that the waters along the Colombian coast were always wild due to strong winds bouncing off the Andes and a cross current colliding with the NE wind patterns. It certainly lived up to its reputation and we had winds at 35 knots gusting to over 42 knots and gigantic swells — Phil says five metres or more.

I was sound asleep at 2am and woke to BANG!! CRASH!! and the boat shuddering. A split pin holding the roller-furling head-sail to the deck had broken and the whole caboose was pendulumming across the deck and crashing into and even over the guard rails. Phil was trying to catch it and I was terrified. It would hit him and take his head off. Cool and collected as always he threaded a rope through the deck fitting, caught the furler and threaded the rope through the hole where the pin had broken — all in the dark with it bashing like crazy. He then managed to furl the sail and we motored into Curacao for the night.

In the morning he fitted a new pin and we set off again. Phew!!

But no — there’s more (I know — corny). This time I was on watch and BANG! CRASH! The pocket-handkerchief size jib we had out was fully unfurled, loose and whipping the boat rails with a fury. In retrospect, Phil thinks the earlier accident weakened the furler rope which broke and released the whole sail which whipped along the pole and broke the jib sheet. The big jib tore completely in two. Phil managed to tie the bottom half to the guard rails and the top torn sail we left up and sailed at six knots under it alone till morning when he was able to remove the sail completely and limped along in those horrendous conditions under staysail only.

We anchored at San Blas — some delightful coral islands about 80 miles from Panama for a few days rest and then to Panama where we have booked into the marina for a fortnight to lick our wounds and repair our damages before exiting via the Canal to the Pacific — oh I do hope so! — Ocean.

Please keep praying for us. Life does seem unusually harsh some days.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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