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Greetings Everyone,

The conference was a resounding success!!  It was a first for the men.  Usually they run Youth, Ladies or Sunday School conferences.  Some of he comments were:-

Pastor Kingsford – “Usually conferences are inspirational — be filled with the Spirit, etc.  This one was foundational — integrity of character, the husband’s and father’s role — we need these things in order to be men and leaders.”

Jerome – “I learnt a lot of new things.  I want to think about them some more.  It has really helped my ministry.”

Simon (on forgiveness) – “It took me seven years to forgive the policeman who ill-treated me.  It was like a weight coming off me.”

Esau (refering to Hebrews 4:12) – “I never new the word of God had the power to heal — to go right inside you and cut out bad things (referring to emotional problems resulting from childhood mistreatment) like a surgeons knife.”

The worship time with all the deep voices harmonising together was tremendous and the men really enjoyed the times of sharing — the early morning prayer time (4.30-5.30am), the discussion groups and free time to sit and chat in the afternoon.  There was a good mix of ages from our age to quite a lot in late teens, early twenties.  Phil spoke really well and runs a big risk of being asked to do it again.

On Monday we are sailing (probably motoring in the still conditions) to the north coast where I want to spend a week attempting to teach Isikel, a young man with no education, to read English — at least to get him started.  We will spend about a week there and then go to Panaeati Island to do some work before heading back to Australia around the 7th of November.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings everyone,

Phil is sweating.  Not with the heat but because Pastor Kingsford has informed him he is doing a three day Men’s Conference in October on the North Coast of Misima.

It was great catching up with all our friends here and seeing real growth in the church.  Many of the children we met when we first came ten years ago have turned into young men and women with several marriages coming up in the near future.  It is good to see the strength of the youth groups and the way it is allowing these young people to meet in a godly way.

Phil spoke in one of the new outreaches on Sunday and really challenged a young man there who we hope will become a future leader.  He also trialed his new projector set-up and showed videos of Maranatha and the flood, the royal wedding, some wood chopping contests and some sheep-dog trials — a strange mixture but definitely well received.  (I was trying different input systems — DVD, USB and AV — and these were the only subjects I had. For those interested, it looks as though we will be able to show the DVDs to over 50-60 people at a time with no problems. Phil).

Tomorrow we are leaving for Rossel Island and will come back here later in the year for Phil’s mens’s conference and a leadership conference at Panaeati Island.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We had a great time at the Adelaide Conference even if we did freeze to death after ten years without a winter.  It was good to touch base with pastors in Australia and with some of the PNG Pastors we work with.  We are really impressed with the church’s “hands-on” approach to world missions.

At present we are back in Brunswick Heads as my dad has been hospitalised with an arthritic knee.  He’s on the mend again but is still having problems with it.  He needs to maintain his mobility in order to remain independent and is keen to do so.  He will be 96 early next year.

Please pray for our visas to be renewed.  We have to start from scratch and work throught the red tape again.  Also, please pray for us to be able to get sponsorship for Clare from PNG to come to Australia to get a cleft palate repaired.

So far we have been able to visit some of you since we returned and hopefully will be able to catch up with most before we return to the boat in January/ February.

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,

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

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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

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Greetings Everyone,

Everything went well on the North Coast.  The weather fined up; the youth were dynamic in their outreach presentation and held a crowd of close to a thousand spellbound — no-one was watching the soccer which was on the field just across the road.  And we managed to off-load and load up without drowning anyone.

We’ve had our farewell feast and found a weather window (hopefully) and will leave the Louisiades on Wednesday and should arrive in Townsville on Sunday night or Monday morning.

Looking forward to catching up with our friends again.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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