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See Admirals update No. 13 below.

Also the domain maranatha.id.au which was not clicking through to the actual site address has been fixed.

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Greetings Everyone,

The skipper is giving me heaps for not having told you we’ve arrived.  We got into Bundaberg on Tuesday morning.

We had a good crossing with smooth seas and 15 knot easterly winds dropping out on the last day so that we motored the last 12 hours.  This proved timely as Phil looked up to see the backstay supporting the mast starting to unravel.  It could have been disastrous in rough weather.  We had all the rigging redone five years ago so don’t know why this has happened.

However, NO crossing is good for me and I was very happy to see land.  Eight days is too long to feel miserable.  Now we are feeling miserable with the freezing weather in sunny Queensland and wondering why we are going to Adelaide instead of staying in the tropics.

Tonight we had roast turkey hind quarter and roast vegetables for tea and on Wednesday some dear friends are taking us to Sizzlers.  I feel as if I belong to two countries and each of them has its attractions.

Thank you to all who have supported us with prayers, money and goods.  We value you and look forward to catching up and sharing our experiences.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We are planning to leave on the 16th.  The winds are a bit more easterly then so pray they will stay that way for us!!

We have enjoyed our time here at Rossel.  Last Wednesday Phil spoke at the opening of a new fellowship — the 11th on Rossel.  They really honoured us and loaded us with the most beautiful weavings — mats, baskets and a feathered fan which unfortunately won’t be allowed through quarantine.  On Sunday I am speaking for their World Missions service.  They give sacrificially to support an orphanage in Irian Jira.  Soon they will have the joy of meeting one of those orphans who is coming to visit them and say thankyou.  They are paying her fares — all this by people who are subsistence farmers with virtually no income!!

Today I am cooking meals for an eight days trip and lashing everything down so it won’t move.  Please pray for my handling of the longer trip (I’m usually off-colour for the five days we normally take) and for the wisdom in course selection.  Also, our exit through a VERY narrow and shallow (about 10 metres wide and 3 metres deep at high tide and 400 metres long) passage as we leave here.

See you soon.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

The weather here has been wild and woolly!!  We were to take the boat to the north coast of Misima for another Leaders’ Conference but I ended up going by PMV (a small truck with seats along each side of the tray and sometimes a canvass roof on it) to stay in the village for three days while Phil remained on the boat.  It was a real struggle with further wild weather, mix-up in communications, people sick and disruptive happenings.  The PMV belonging to the community there was burnt down and Arnold, the church leader hosting the conference, is also the local councillor and was caught up in the investigations.

I spite of everything, the teaching really impacted those who came — three in particular.  One was Isikel who thought his lack of education — he can’t read or write English — would prevent him from going to Bible College.  He was really fired up and is now determined to push ahead, go to Bible College, become an evangelist.  It’s amazing what obstacles these people can overcome.

I returned on the back of a truck carrying thirty eight people, two large dishes of fish, an accumulation of baskets of yams and other produce for the markets and various bags and parcels.

Please pray for the right weather for us.  We have cleared customs and are waiting for the weather to settle to get down to Rossel.  From there we are going to try to head home directly to Bundaberg — due south.  We need some easterly in the wind to do that.  It’s a longer course — just over 800 nautical miles so seven to eight days –not something I am looking forward to.  We would like to be able to leave by mid August at the latest.  We’ve been putting some videos together of the Leaders’ Conferences and look forward to catching up and sharing with you on our return.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Yesterday we had the first day of the Leaders’ Conference at Misima.  Two men came from an outlying area where there is a new church and arrived at midday just as I finished the first lot of teaching.  So while the others went into discussion groups I sat with them and went through the teaching again.  I noticed one man, Simon, screwing up his eyes and tears squeezing through.  I said to him, “Did this touch your heart?” and he said, “Yes.  I want to build up leaders in the church and this teaching is speaking to me.”  Don’t you wish you had that kind of responsiveness in Australia?

At night we showed some of John Bevere’s DVD’s on “Driven by Eternity”.  Again, the people were deeply moved by the teaching and are avidly looking forward to what’s coming in the days ahead.  There’s such a hunger in people’s hearts.  It’s a joy to be able to help meet their needs.

Keep praying for us.  Phil has had malaria again.  He caught it early and wasn’t nearly as sick as he has been at other times.  There’s heaps of mosquitoes here.  Drugs are in VERY short supply and we have been unable to buy any more.  We have one course left.  Many people have been really sick with malaria and several have died.  The hospital and aid posts have run out of medication and are unable to get supplies.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Phil’s foot has healed — thankyou to all those praying for him.  Tropical ulcers are a constant threat and every break in the skin has to be taken seriously.

We’ve just done a whirlwind tour of the north coast of Rossel Island visiting three outreaches.  I’ve done three Sunday School training days and all the team has been busy with teaching sessions in these new outreaches.  Phil did a land survey for a new church being built and also gave a couple of talks on discernment. We led two young men to the Lord at one place and hope to see one of them at Bible College on Rossel next year.  The people are SO grateful and flood us with food, including a live chook which I managed to persuade them to dispatch and pluck and then I cooked it in the pressure cooker.

The first Leader’s Conference is on next week — 30th June to 2nd July.  It is coming together well and I’m praying it will really challenge the leaders here to build solid teams under them.  The conference was delayed for a week owing to the death of a local school teacher.  They had to hire a trading boat to bring the body back from Alotau, costing up to 7000 kina ($3000+) a major expense for this isolated area.  Life is not easy for them.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

These people floor me constantly with the depth of love and extent of generosity they show us.  Today we had a visit from Ludi, a young woman we had on board the first year we came.  To get here she had to paddle down a long river and walk over a rugged mountain.  We climbed it last year — a 1 1/2 hour trek in dry weather and extremely slippery in wet.  Ludi made the journey in the rain with some relatives to assist her carrying her two lively twin boys, Nathan and Nathaniel, not yet two years old.  Not only that, she brought me some presents — 5 limes, 5 sweet potatoes and two large brush turkey eggs, still raw so I could “do some baking”.

We enjoyed about three hours sharing together then she left to make the long journey home.

Phil’s foot is still not properly healed and needs careful watching lest it flare up again.  He’s put lights and a generator in the small Bible College lecture room here and a solar panel, lights and a tape player with speakers in the Principal’s house.  There are 19 students and they love sitting on his verandah listening to the Bible on tape or to Christian music.  It’s a joy to see their pleasure.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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