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Greetings Everyone,

We are leaving on the outgoing tide Thursday morning! We have had a very full social life catching up on our many friends in Bundy and are loaded up with oranges, mandarins, sweet potatoes and good wishes. One lovely friend loaned us a car for a week and another spent all day yesterday with Phil shifting nine batteries, four solar panels and other goods in his ute — lots of muscle power involved.

We also were able to get to the memorial service of a very dear Christian lady in Gympie who, together with her husband, used to pray for us every day while we are in the Louisiades. We also got to see the movie “The Case For Christ”, the story of Lee Strobel’s journey from a devout atheist to becoming a well known Christian apologist. He was an investigative journalist with the Chicago Tribune and when his wife became a Christian he set out to prove the whole Christian thing was false and a delusion. He came to the conclusion that when people are confronted with the facts of the crucifixion and resurrection the only reason they will not believe is because they “just don’t want to”.

We came in with a tidal flow and a nippy breeze to the fuel wharf and had some tricky maneuvers trying to tie up. In the middle of it one of our fenders broke free and took off down stream at a furious rate of knots. As our dinghy was on the davits and the outboard tied up securely, there was no way we were going to catch it. I said to Phil, “We need a friendly tinnie to come along”. And one did!

Our ocean crossing should take about eight days — just over 800 nautical miles. The weather looks good for the foreseeable future. Please pray that it stays that way.

Next update from the Louisiades.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We are anchored in the Burnett River at Bundaberg awaiting some supplies — HF radios, solar panels and regulators, etc and the weather. We had ideal conditions sailing up the coast from Iluka with 10-15 knot south west winds. We left Iluka Wednesday afternoon and managed to keep ahead of the bad weather and arrived at Wide Bay Bar at mid tide enabling us to cross the bar and take the tide all the way up the Great Sandy Straits, under a full moon, to Kingfisher where we anchored for a night’s rest then on to Bundaberg the next morning, arriving there at 9 pm Saturday night.

It has been great to catch up with old friends here. One couple have loaned us a car which makes provisioning so much easier.

We hope to leave Bundaberg sometime next week. Please pray for the right timing and an eight day weather window to get us safely to the Louisiades.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Things are falling into place. We had a false start on the antifouling as the slipways had a backlog due to the previous rain. They put us off for a week and we just scraped onto the cradle with the lower tides. Coming back down we had to sit on the cradle and wait for the higher tide at midnight to float off. Still, the antifouling is done and that’s the beast part of antifouling.

We have some YWAM fellows taking over our house while we are away — a blessing to us and to them. The YWAM base is affiliated with our church at Byron Bay. Young people come from all over the world to train for short term missions. It’s refreshing to partner with them.

The only hold up we have is waiting for a new masthead wind transducer. A bird has bitten off a part of it — a $700 snack!!

We are moving down to Iluka after the weekend and leaving as soon as the weather permits. Please pray for fair winds as we make our way up to Bundaberg where we have to pick up more equipment to take over with us.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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