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Greetings Everyone,

Today is my birthday. We spent it bashing into winds on our way to Rossel island — not an unusual occurrence. We should get there in a couple more days (only day sailing and anchoring on islands on the way).

We had a short stay in Misima, firstly on the north coast where we dropped off several hundred MP3 players for the SIL Bible translators and had lunch with them; we spoke in a small church in Liak encouraging them not to give up and spent an afternoon with a young man telling him what it meant to be 100% for Christ. He said he wanted time to think about all we had said and came back later that evening with his wife to say he really wanted to commit himself and his wife said she wanted too as well. The pastor there is going to do a Bible study course with them and another young man in the evenings.

We bashed our way against the wind and waves to the main town of Bwagaoia and greeted many old friends, staying for church on Sunday. We set off for Rossel with the daughter of our friend Pastor Sigi, who is returning from completing her grade twelve.

Rossel and Sudest were the two areas hardest hit by the cyclone in 2014 and where we will unload most of our goods.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

I was about to write you a very boring e-mail to let you know we had arrived with no further dramas when we were whisked away in a dinghy (what they call banana boats) to spend three days ashore at Panaeati Island. We have to anchor five miles from the island because of the shallow water and never know if they are aware we have arrived — but they have good eyes!!

Phil has been busy as Mr Fixit, repairing hand sewing machines, generators and the HF radio antenna. Meanwhile I spoke at the Wednesday Ladies Meeting and taught some new songs to the Sunday School teachers.

We were delighted to hear that a young couple we know here had recently married and were to launch a youth group next Wednesday. God is so good, some years back I had picked the brains of a young youth leader at Bundaberg and had shared the info with Lawrence when he began his youth work at Misima Island nine years ago. When I looked at the teaching notes I had thrown in to come to this island, there they were. Please pray for them to be effective in their ministry — there is such a huge need for good guidance for the youth over here as so many get into trouble.

Today we sailed to the north coast of Misima — probably one of the hardest areas here for evangelism. There are three villages with over 1000 people in each of them but the outreaches are struggling.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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