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Greetings Everyone,

Australian Waterways Authorities would have a fit if they saw the way we came back from a trip to Jobe last Sunday. Access to Jobe is up a winding narrow passage through mangroves then up a steep slippery mountain slope to a plateau where the village perches overlooking the lagoon and the ocean — a million dollar view.

We had the day in this isolated village and showed videos in the night then set out for home about 10.45 PM. In the dinghy we had the seven of us who had gone there originally plus all the film gear, seven extras who were going back to another village plus eleven school students with all their food for a week who were returning to Damunu school — 25 in all — not bad for a 19 ft dinghy!! Fortunately it was fairly still weather with only a slight drizzle. We poled the dinghy through one lot of mangroves then up another creek to let out the first lot. From time to time the order came to duck or lean to one side or the other as we brushed the mangroves. The water lapped against the gunnels often with so little freeboard and nobody cared!!

We arrived back safely to our boat at 12.30 AM and fell into bed for a well earned rest. I hope you can picture it all!!

Phil went back there again yesterday with another lot in the dinghy to do some repairs on their radio and on the way back they picked up a huge load of bush timber for building a house. Once again very little freeboard as they poled their way home. It took nearly three hours of poling and paddling to get back. He slept well last night!!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve had a quiet week — at least activity wise. Phil has been busy doing repairs. He brought the HF radio back from the Bible College on the south coast to repair it. He fixed the problem and Peddy took it back over the mountain (a six hour walk) to the college. It worked for a short while then stopped altogether so Peddy walked back with it. The second problem couldn’t be fixed so Peddy walked back with a replacement radio which seems to be working well. It’s a harsh environment for the radios but generally they are going well. The main problem has been the solar regulators — four of them have failed which causes the batteries to eventually go flat and die. We are amazed how much use the radios get. They pass messages all around the Milne Bay Provence with them –school information, health information, trading boat movements, personal messages — there is a constant stream of people coming to the church asking for a message to be sent.

Since then Phil has repaired two generators, the schools whipper snipper (all working), a chainsaw (not working — needs parts) and repaired (fibre-glassed) holes in two of the local’s dinghies. In return two men spent three hours diving on our boat to remove the forest that was growing on it. So much for Fiji anti foul!!

Meanwhile the weather has been anything but quiet with bucketing down rain and bullets off the mountains that keep us spinning like a top around the anchor chain.

They had plans for us to go to another outreach this week but a death in the village has put our trip on hold but I think they will send us to a village on the opposite side of the bay for this weekend (nothing confirmed as yet). We are looking forward to moving and catching some fish. It has been a very lean year fish wise.

Please pray for some better weather and some relief from the Rossel mud. Phil has his soccer boots out to negotiate the slippery slopes.

Radio Australia has been dead for a fortnight so we haven’t had much news from home except what we get from our friend Bruce when Phil talks to him on the HF radio.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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We have just returned from a weeks’ trip to the south coast of Rossel Island. It was fun? going round in their dinghy (a 20 ft banana boat). The wind and tide were against us — the wind over twenty knots most of the time. The tide was falling so we alternately motored (very wet) where there was no coral and paddled and poled (very tiring) where there was coral. In all we poled about seven miles.

Firstly, Phil installed a radio for the government station at Pambwa number one. It had been delivered in January last year but no-one knew how to install it. Phil had to rewire the antenna, install the solar panel (luckily he had taken some of his own parts as they were missing a few) and battery and radio and finally they were able to contact Disaster Base in Alotau and let them know they were on the air. Communication are so difficult in this area and they were very grateful.

From there we went to a small Bible College at Pambwa number two and then to the churches at Wale and Abilete showing movies each night. The favourites seem to be “The Jim Elliot Story”, “The Cross Over China” and “Cinderella Children”. The latter is a very challenging story of an Australian grandmother working in Uganda. It can be down-loaded on the internet and is worth watching.

Some people had been causing major troubles in all of the churches (all denominations) telling them that if they didn’t go to church on Saturday they would go to hell. They were mixing this with some of their old pagan beliefs from their past. Phil and I gave them some teaching on Romans 7 and 8 and Galations 3 to help them see the difference between the old and new covenants and it clarified their thinking and they want the summary typed out and laminated for future use. We also showed a Joseph Prince video on Law and Grace that addressed the issue.

Today Phil has been doing some major repairs to the Rosma Bible College radio with the long distance help from a friend in Australia who has been directing him by radio.

It is always satisfying making the effort to visit the south coast as they are so isolated, so appreciative of the supplies and teaching we bring and so attentive to our needs as we overnight with them. Next year we have promised to do a three day Marriage and Parenting Conference at Wale and to install a radio at the most remote outreach at Abilete.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

I feel as if I’ve come home!! Rossel Island is really where our hearts are and Sigi and Julie, the pastor and his wife, are our best friends. They had almost a year at the hospital in Misima as Julie almost died from a severe ear infection but is now fully recovered. The church has survived intact and was full on Sunday and again on Wednesday evening when we showed movies — an animated cartoon of the Jesus story which is surprisingly good, some cute children’s singing and a cartoon version of The Jim Elliott Story.

I replaced most of the Sunday School materials as theirs had been spoilt in the cyclone. They have over 100 kids in their Sunday School and do a great job. Phil repaired their guitars and re strung them so I can teach some of the beginning guitarists.

Tuesday night it bucketed down rain and we filled all our water tanks. Peddy made us each a “granny stick” as the Rossel mud is now back in full slide!! Rossel mud makes Teflon look like araldite!!

It’s good to stay put for a while. More later.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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