Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘2009 Cruise’ Category

Greetings Everyone,
We’re back in Oz after possibly the roughest trip of our sixteen crossings.  The winds and seas were much rougher than predicted.  Another yacht travelling with us had their sails shredded and limped along under motor to Willis Island to do repairs and to cadge some more fuel.

We’ve had a couple of days in the marina and a trip to Sizzlers thanks to a good friend in Townsville and are now sitting in the duck pond outside the marina (St Vinny’s marina) waiting for the wind to go north so we can go south.  My Mum has rallied somewhat and is going into St Vincents Hospital in Lismore for physio to try and regain mobility to stay at home.  Dad is looking forward to me being there to take the load off his shoulders.

Please pray for the north-easterlies to kick in so we can head off.  Looking forward to catching up with as many of you as possible when we get mobile in the van again.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Greetings Everyone,

A special prayer request.  Michelle e-mailed today to say my (Pam) mum had a stroke and is seriously ill in hospital  We are cleared ready to leave PNG but the weather is gale-force with contrary winds.  Please pray that we may have the right weather to get home swiftly and in time.

Thankyou,

God bless,

Pam and Phil

Read Full Post »

They HONOURED me.  I had four days living at Panaeati while I did a marriage/ parenting seminar and then a one day Sunday School teaching.  They provided me with a mattress, pillow, sheets and mosquito net, dug a pit toilet so I didn’t have to use the horrible ones built on stilts over the sea (if you don’t fall off the narrow round log gangplank about thirty feet long getting out to it you can easily fall through the floor into the water) and had ladies assigned to cook especially for me and to see to my every need.

And they LISTENED.  Again, the response to the teaching was overwhelming.  On the last night they had a time to testify what the seminar had meant to each of them.  The people just kept on coming.  Two comments in particular really touched my heart.  One was from Neil, who spoke hardly any English.  Someone told me early in the piece that he had said, “I’m not going to speak to that Dim Dim.  I don’t know what she’s saying.”  I went to him and said in Misima, “Come here Neil.  We’re going to talk in Misima.”  So we became friends.  On the last night Neil got up and said how much the teaching had meant to him and them he said in Misima, “That lady shouldn’t go home to Australia.  She should live with us.  She’s our mother.”

The other was from Livinai and referred to teaching I gave on the needs of adopted children to be assured of love and treated the same as natural children.  Livinai and his wife had one natural son and four adopted after the death of close relatives.  He said, “You haven’t seen so much of me the last few days.  I’ve been spending more time with my family.  I want my adopted sons to know I love them as I love my own son.”

Now I’m back on the boat with Phil happy to have me cooking again.  Food gets “interesting” at this stage of the game.  We are studying weather faxes and determining the best time to depart for Australia — hopefully the end of this week but reports are not looking good as yet.  We will send a short e-mail to let you know when we have a date and would appreciate prayer for fair winds and smooth seas.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

Read Full Post »

Greetings Everyone,

I have just finished a three day Sunday School Teachers’ teaching session on the north coast of Misima and am warmly satisfied with how it went.  I taught the twelve ladies and one man how to use the extensive flannelgraph material Yvonne Beavis had given me.  They had never handled it before and four of the girls were new to Sunday School teaching of any kind but during the course they all blossomed and became really effective teachers.  We learnt some new songs and memory verse games as well and it was a joy to see their pleasure in learning new skills.

The local church where we are has 57 children in their Sunday School so these skills are needed.

The anchorage is not good and the boat rolls a lot in the swell making it difficult for me to prepare work and do the cooking.  Phil has been a great support and has done lots of washing up.  He also spoke at one of the evening sessions.

We have an “interesting” trip ashore in the dinghy at night as there is quite a shore break here.  The trick is to jump in quickly before you get swamped (difficult when you can’t see the incoming waves in the dark).

On Monday we leave for Panaeati, our last destination before returning home.  Today is our grand-daughter Abigail’s birthday.  It will be good to catch up with family and friends in the near future.  See you soon.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

Read Full Post »

Greetings Everyone,

The music seminar was all that we hoped for and more.  We counted 157 attendees on the first day and more came over the next days.  I had 65 in my beginners group all of whom had never held a guitar.  We had 29 guitars, quite a few with strings missing and one without anything to attach them to.  The four guitar groups were divided again into two, working concurrently with the tambourine group to give everyone access to an instument.  The time-tabling for the various groups was quite complex and every day they got me to read over the timetable as I’m sure I had them quite baffled.

However, everything ran smoothly.  We used an old bugle we had on board as a change-over bell and people moved quickly between groups and obviously enjoyed each one.  On the final night we had a concert which was very unpolished because of the large numbers and short time but great fun and a breakthrough for many who had never “performed” before.  Every person had to do at least one item at the concert.

Three things in particular gave me great pleasure from this conference.  One was to see my 65 beginners all able to play D, G and A7, writing down five or six songs they could now go on with and keen to continue.  Another was to see the leadership team working incredibly hard and effectively.  I was especially proud of Ben, a young man showing great leadership potential, who took the top guitar group plus one of the 1 1/2 hour teaching sessions each day, and in between times played the guitar for the singing group.

The third thing was the overall results.  When we first came to Rossel Island eight years ago there were no guitars and virtually no one able to play.  Over the years we have supplied each of the eight main church fellowships with guitars.  The music seminar topped up the training for budding guitarists from all over the island so that many centres where they had no music now have a “band”, guitarist, singers and tambourine players.  It’s a big breakthrough and left the people grateful and excited.

We would love to get an experienced Guitarist/ worship leader/ worship song writer to come over for a few weeks and take them to a higher level then I can in these areas.  (Any volunteers for next year?).

We left Rossel after the conference with 33 on board, picked up another nine from Sudest Island and proceeded to Kimuta Island for a week long leaders conference.  After dropping them off we went to Misima and picked up another 45 and brought them to Kimuta for the conference.  This conference is going well with a lot of practical workshops on how to run funeral services, child dedications, baptisms, etc.  We haven’t had a big part to play in it, only a session on how to write letter for various situations, and are enjoying a more relaxed time and opportunities to sit and talk.

God bless you for yours prayers and continued interest in our happenings.

Pam and Phil

Read Full Post »

Greetings Everyone,

A quick e-mail to enlist some prayer for the music conference.  We picked up 57 people yesterday ( record for the boat) to bring to the conference and another two yachts brought 20 plus more.  Counting locals, there will be well over the 100 mark.  Please pray specifically for:- 1)  FOOD. This number over a four day period will severely tax the local church food supply.  Several breakfast times are marked fasting on the programme simply for this reason.  2)  THE WEATHER.  Rain would make everything more difficult.  3)  The group leaders.  We have time-tabled six groups to run simultaneously – guitar, tambourines, sport, teaching (music theory and the meaning of worship) Sunday School songs; singing.  Pray for each leader and each group.  For some time it’s a first.  4)  The crusade on Tuesday night.  Pray for the weather and for Pastor Gibson’s voice.  He has had problems with it.  5)  A major impact on the young people attending, not only in the area of music, but in understanding what it means to worship and in personal growth in their walk with God.

Thanks for your backing!!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

Read Full Post »