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Greetings Everyone,

We had a harrowing trip back from the South Coast through a narrow reef-strewn passage that had been dynamited in the past for trading boat access. It is only about nine metres wide in places. The problem was the tides. They are low almost all day. We tried to take the rising tide in late afternoon but it was impossible to navigate with the setting sun in our eyes and we had to do some difficult manoeuvring and anchor for the night. We left just after daybreak the next morning and scraped through with 0.1 metre under us. The locals are still amazed we got through.

Since then we were honoured guests at a joint school meeting to launch a new curriculum for the elementary schools. They are to teach in English instead of their own languages — a positive move. I gave a speech on the value of education and presented copies of my booklet on teaching English to each of the teachers.

On Sunday Phil, with his usual reluctance, gave an excellent sermon entitled “Where is the Joshua Generation?” challenging young men to train under their leaders now to fulfill the needs of the future. The leaders want him to give the same talk next Sunday at Morpa, six miles further north.

Never a dull moment!!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We have been away from the boat for ten days staying at Pem, an isolated island village located on a lofty plateau surrounded by mountains. To get there we poled the dinghy for half an hour along the coast then paddled and poled it for nearly three hours up a windy river then a climb up a very slippery slope to the village. It rained all the time. There had been a death in the village and we had to wait a week, first for the funeral and then for the funeral (memorial) feast. I did a three day marriage and parenting seminar which was well attended. Phil painted their blackboards and showed “Fireproof” with increasing difficulty as our film equipment limped along and finally gave up the ghost.

Phil and Pastor Sigi and another man paddled a canoe for five hours to the yacht to try to fix it with no success and then paddled back again — a long day!! We intended to finish off with prayer on Sunday, however, the five year old granddaughter of one of our friends died of TB and the funeral was on Sunday. A sad end to our time there. From there we returned to the Rosma Bible college for a night then another three hour dinghy trip to Abeleti to replace the radio that had failed.

We are now back on the boat again for a rest before our next job which will probably be at Wale village about three hours in the dinghy from here.

To give you some idea of how isolated this place is, we haven’t found anyone who has even HEARD of the name Donald Trump, let alone that he is the US president!!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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