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Greetings Everyone,

Just an update on the situation in the Louisiades following cyclone Ita’s damage. The placed marked ** are where we have been working and have friends.

The following is the official government report as of two days ago:-

“The preliminary assessment report from the outstation confirms massive destruction to food gardens as well as dwelling units and local water supplies. No loss of lives was reported from the cyclone. However communication through Digicel mobile had been a problem with HF radio forming the bulk of communication throughout some parts. A report from Bwanabwana LLG also noted a missing boat MV Saga carrying 23 people on board still at large.

Table 1: showing number of homes destroyed by TC Ita. These figures are preliminary and the estimated number of houses destroyed is about 1160 and destroyed gardens about 5390.

  • ** Panaumala – Population affected 501, 18 houses destroyed,all food gardens destroyed
  • Bagaman – Population affected 335, 12 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed, VSAT communication affected
  • Motorina south – Population affected 295, 28 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • Motorina North – Population affected 416, 7 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • ** Brooker Island – Population affected 556, 25 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • Panapompom – Population affected 675, 11 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • ** East Panarati – Population affected 1024, 9 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • ** West Panaeati – Population affected 843, 10 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • ** Kimuta – Population affected 695, 15 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed, aid post building destroyed
  • Sabra – Population affected 1183, 39 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • Grass Island – Population affected 970, 5 houses destroyed, all food garden destroyed
  • ** Western Point – Population affected 548, 23 houses destroyed, all food garden destroyed
  • Tagula station – Population affected 69, 4 houses destroyed
  • Nimoa – Population affected 789, 15 houses destroyed, all food gardens destroyed
  • ** Rambuso – Population affected 783, 2 houses destroyed, food garden destroyed
  • ** Rehuwo – Population affected 721, 23 houses destroyed, food gardens destroyed
  • Jinjo – Population affected 1084, 1 house destroyed, food garden destroyed
  • Njaru – Population affected 645, 2 houses destroyed, food garden destroyed
  • Pwambwa/** Saman – Population affected 744, 4 houses destroyed, 10 gardens destroyed
  • Ware – Population affected 955, 57 homes destroyed, all food gardens and classrooms partly destroyed
  • Kwaraiwa – Population affected 575, 7 homes destroyed,  all food gardens destroyed

There was no report from the south side of Sudest Island at that time but the latest information is that Jelewaga has been totally flattened. Nor has there been a report from Damunu on Rossel Island

The most critical problem is the fact that all the food gardens have been destroyed. These people are subsistence farmer and have virtually no access to alternative food supplies if their gardens fail or are destroyed. The pastor at Kimuta Island reported that the people were eating the coconuts that had fallen from the trees during the cyclone and when they are gone there is nothing else.

God bless,

Phil and Pam


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Greetings Everyone,

The reason you haven’t heard from me for a while is because I’ve just had ten days ashore at Panaeati Island, my longest stay in a village so far.

Firstly I did literacy teaching with seventeen students, six of whom could read no English at all and also taught one man to read Misima. They progressed well and loved reading “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss. Phil stayed on board to do repairs on the boat then joined me to preach on Sunday. I then did a three day Leadership seminar using John Maxwell material while Phil fixed everything in sight and showed films to large crowds at night.

It was a challenge staying so long in the village with food and toileting always the biggest challenge. I had a steady diet of yams, pumpkin and sweet potatoes boiled in coconut cream for breakfast , lunch and dinner with an interesting addition of cus cus (cous cous?) which tasted somewhat like rabbit. I miss fruit, veges and just variety.

On the upside it’s a great way to really get to know the people and sow into their lives.

On Monday there is a yacht rally from Australia and New Zealand arriving at Pana Pom Pom and the locals are staging a sailing canoe race and Phil is going to join the Panaeati crew as ballast, if the wind is strong, to keep the outrigger down. That’s not a joke — it’s true!!

We are looking to return to Australia in a week or so.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Things are looking up.  The pilot boat returned and actually came over to our sand spit to drop off the customs officer and wait for him to clear us.  It was Sunday but he didn’t charge us overtime as he said, “You’re doing a good job”.  He said the reason the pilot boat crew brought him over was they thought they might be able to get some smokes and grog from us.  We gave them all a Bible each!!

We bashed back to Pana Pom Pom where the Panaeati people came over in their sailing canoe to greet us.  We arranged to return in September and to do a Leadership Conference there.  Then to Misima with smooth seas and no wind but a tasty trevally in the fridge along with some paw paws, bananas and passionfruit from our friends.

First stop, the dentist.  Ronald smoothed off my chipped tooth and checked the rest of them.  I had a deep hole in a back molar and he filled that while Phil’s head was hanging over him saying, “Gee there’s a lot of gunk in it” as he cleaned it out.  Phil fixed his “new” dentist chair, installing the foot pedal mechanism that had finally arrived after five years so Ronald decided we were quits and didn’t charge us anything.  (Now he doesn’t have to use the old banana-chair like chair that he had been using.)

Typical Misima — its raining — and we are waiting for the weather to sail on to Rossel island.  Hopefully we will leave on Monday.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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We arrived at Pana Pom Pom last night after motoring for 10 hours into 20+ knot head winds. We will stop here until the weather is better to keep going east. At least here we can do some work with one of the churches we liaise with. They should be over in their sailing canoe this morning. Their island is five miles away but too shallow for us to get to.

God bless,


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Greetings Wayne and Josene,

I’m glad you got some help from our webpage.  That’s what it is there for!!

We have just returned to Bundaberg from the Louisiades – it was a short season for us this year as we have to go to a conference in Adelaide at the end of September.  Also, our three year visa has to be renewed.

Regarding distributing goods – it is a difficult thing to do it fairly as many of the councillors/leaders/ elders/ pastors are not always impartial in their distributing.  Most yachts only go as far east as Nimoa so the islands west of there, especially around Bagaman, Motorina, etc get the majority of the largess.  Sudest and Rossel usually miss out.

The south coast of Sudest, which has few decent anchorages, is very isolated.  Last year we took, among other things, some small soaps that you get at motels, etc.  The response was. “Soap.  We haven’t seen that for years.”  There is no-one on the north coast of Sudest that we could recommend.

Also, Rossel, especially the east point and south coast receive very little.  However, at Tryon Bay there is a Pastor Sigi (everyone knows him) who is probably the most generous, humble and giving man you would ever meet.  If you leave stuff with him he will see that it goes to those in need.  He never keeps anything for himself or his family.  He even takes it on the three day walk to the east end of the island to give to the people there who are very poor.  We have been there with him and have seen just how bad things are at that end.  An example of what he is like – last year he built shelters (houses) for 17 students from other parts of the island who were schooling at Damunu.  Then he fed them, sometimes clothed them and generally fathered them for the year.  None of them was related to him.

At Yonga Bay on Rossel the principal of the small Bible College, Pastor Sai loa is honest.

At Pana Pom Pom I would recommend  Pastor Mila and wife Julie on the Nivani side.  If you get to Panaeati then either Pastors Pete Joe or Steven are honest men.

At Misima Pastor Kingsford at Bwagaoia or on the north coast elder Ganta at Siagara or Councillor /elder Arnold at Liak.  At Kimuta Pastor Palaimo is honest.

These are all people that we are happy to leave goods with to see that they are distributed fairly and not just to their “onetok”.  Some have lived on board with us for  several months at a time and we know their integrity.

However, if you go to Rossel and Sudest I suggest you keep most of the goods for them as they need them most.

Unfortunately many of the yacht get totally conned by many of the leader and pastors and the gear doesn’t go any further than their onetok.

Regarding school books etc.  If you give them to the school direct they usually get distributed fairly.  Again, the school at Damunu on Rossel is “the end of the line” as far as resources from the government goes.

I trust this has been of some use to you.  Have a great time over there.  It certainly is a top spot.  Rossel is our favourite island – we usually spend 6-8 weeks there each year.  Sorry we won’t see you there as we could have shown you some of the lesser seen places.

God bless,

Phil and Pam

This email published for the benefit of other yachties if they want to do something similar .. Administrator

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Customs are now available in the Nivani/ Pana Pom Pom Islands area to do clearances of vessels visiting the Louisiades.  They are stationed on a converted Japanese trawler anchored between Pana Pom Pom Island and the West Passage entrance to the Deboyne lagoon.  There is currently a joint exercise between the Australian and PNG authorities to implement a pilot service for merchant vessels transiting the Jomard Passage.  The customs are there to clear the Australian personnel who are working on a “fly-in-fly-out” basis.

It is envisioned that a permanent pilot station will be set up in the Deboyne area and the Misima airport will again be used as an international airport for personnel flying in from Cairns.  If this eventuates then Misima will again have a permanent customs presence.  The current situation is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

This information was supplied to me on 13th July 2009 by the customs office currently stationed on the pilot boat at Pana Pom Pom while he was doing our clearance there.

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Admirals Update No.3

Greetings Everyone,We are settling into island life! Oh well, there is always tomorrow! Since leaving Alotau we’ve been making our way slowly east against the wind and the current and the unpredictable weather patterns — no wind to 40 knots in ten minutes!– and exploring some new anchorages on the way.

Some of them are definitely God appointments and we really must learn not to run ahead of Him. At a beautiful STILL bay called Kana Kopi we met a team of men campaigning for the government elections to be held at the end of the month. Two of them came on board, the older Mesigai (said Messy Guy)strong in his faith and Douglas,the younger disillusioned and backslidden. We went through a lot of Scriptures together and really challenged that young man especially as to the eternal significance of his decision.

At our next anchorage on Basilaki Island, my heart went out to a young man called Sai who had completed grade 11 at school but was unable to do grade 12 as his stepfather said he couldn’t afford the school fees. Sai wanted to study to make something of his life and help his people and was bitterly disappointed. We told him God made each person unique and had a purpose in life for each which is worth while and fulfilling and left him with a Bible of his own to read and a fresh spring in his step.

We are now at Pana Pom Pom, an island in the Louisiades and are having a constant stream of visitors. Rob, the 23yr old brother of the COC pastor on this island brought a message to us and stayed all morning talking. I discovered he wasn’t a Christian, challenged him and asked him if he wanted more time to think or if he wanted to commit his life to Jesus and to “walk the narrow road” (Mat. 7:13-14). He said he was ready now and went home rejoicing. These people are hungry! Wherever we go they come out to talk about God, to ask for a Bible and to open their hearts. Keep praying, the doors are wide open!

We have arranged to go to church with our friends on Panaeati Island (five miles away by sailing canoe or dinghy) on Sunday. It is difficult to get there as the water is too shallow for us and there are not many vessels going that way. They could see the yacht from their island and came across on Tuesday to see us. It costs them about $25 in fuel to do the round trip.

Since we got to this anchorage the weather has been very hot and humid and not a breath of wind — a little different to what you seem to be getting on the east coast of Australia.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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