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Greetings Everyone,

We have had an AMAZING time at Abelete, an isolated outpost about 3 to 4 hours rough dinghy trip from where the boat is. Last year, after we left, their leader, Linus, was beaten up (the third member of his congregation to have been hospitalised) resulting in complete paralysis down the left side. It was so hard to see this vibrant young man so reduced that he had to be carried everywhere.

We showed War Room on Saturday evening and then on Sunday I preached on prayer and Phil on James 5. He anointed Linus with oil and Sigi and the elders laid hands on Linus and prayed for healing. After the service Phil took his camera and asked Linus to try to move his leg. When we come home you will see on the video how he raised his leg almost vertical and waved it from side to side.

Please pray for the following things for us:

– That Linus will continue to be healed and be able to walk again. Due to lack of use the past nine months his right leg is very weak as well.
– That his brother, Vincent, will grow in confidence as he takes over some of the leadership.
– For the surrounding catholic area, still trying to close down the CRC church. Phil had a long talk with a leading Catholic catechist who wants to rein in his people and to see peace and who is impressed with Linus’s faith and ability to forgive. Usually there is BIG payback.
– For the film equipment to keep going. It blew up and Phil has done a temporary fix-it that he hopes will see the distance.

Thanks for your support.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Sorry not to have been in touch. We have been off the boat up until today. I have done a weeks teaching at the Bible College and a course on using flannelgraph with the Sunday School teachers while Phil has fixed and fine tuned their HF radio, installed a bigger solar panel, repaired the controller and shown films. War Room was really well received. They are committed to prayer. We have daily prayer meetings, 5 am to 6 am every morning and a good roll-up, too. I told them it wouldn’t work at home!!

When we first arrived, while we were waiting for the dinghy to arrive (it was a couple of days), we decided to walk along the beach to church — about a two hour walk. That went well and when we got there they told us we were preaching — that’s the way it goes here!! Coming home the tide was up and we had to go up over a small cliff. The track was very slippery (Phil reckons Rossel Island mud makes Teflon look like glue) with a sheer drop on the seaward side. I found it quite nerve-racking and have put it on my “Not – to – do – again” list.

We are back on the boat loading up with supplies for three more churches on the south coast of Rossel, I’m doing a three day Marriage and Parenting Seminar at two of them and Phil is installing a new HF radio, solar, etc at the third and most isolated one. It’s hard to imagine the difference being able to communicate between islands with the radios makes. We should be away from the boat for a week or more.

Never a dull moment!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

The last minute adrenalin rush!! We’d had a fairly good trip, mainly 20-25 knot winds. Wednesday came in with 25-30 knots gusting to 36 knots, big seas on the beam and water flying everywhere as Phil struggled to get the main down and we flew along under a scrap of foresail. The pace was fast and we looked like getting in a bit after midday Thursday. As we were about to enter the reef passage (only a hundred yards wide) under motor with the sails down the engine DIED. Oh No!! I headed the boat back out to sea using a bit of the staysail for steerage and Phil put his head in the engine. I could hear all the tools rolling around the floor as the two metre swells rolled us from side to side.

This vessel has a complicated fuel system with back-up fuel filters and a fuel polishing system. Being the clever fix-it man that he is he soon found what was wrong. It turned out that when he replaced the engine room bilge pump a few days ago he must have bumped a stop-cock on the fuel line effectively cutting off the fuel to the engine; not surprising in the rolling conditions. It took him half an hour in the rolling seas to bleed the fuel system and get it going again.

We then entered the reef passage and anchored safely before dark. Phew!! Thank God this didn’t happen a couple of minutes later when we would have been in the middle of the reef passage –thank you all you pray-ers for the protective covering you keep over us.

Today we are having a REST!!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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