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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve moved around to a beautiful big bay called Walanga Bay after a major drama getting the anchor up.  It was stuck between two large outcrops of coral in about twenty metres of water.  One of the men dived on it but found it too exhausting at that depth.  Phil finally retrieved his hooker gear (like scuba-diving for those of you who are puzzled by the term) from all the hidden crannies of the boat and managed to dig the anchor out.

We took Jeremiah with us — the man who is going to move here and train the people — and his wife, Esther, later walked an incredible distance (several miles) over high mountains carrying their six month old baby to join us.  Phil spent the whole of the first day traipsing through thigh-deep mangrove mud and up a steep mountain with his hand-held GPS to measure a huge expense of land owned by Albert, an old man in his eighties who wants to give his land to the church.  They were keen to document a land agreement while he is alive rather than try to negotiate with the large extended family after his death.  Land ownership is a huge issue here.

We supplied them with some equipment for the new church they will build on the land — a blackboard and chalk, Bibles, prayer notes, daily reading notes, Sunday School materials, and teaching books for Jeremiah and Esther and have promised to bring nails next year.

Today we showed DVD’s on board — a session for the children of a cartoon version of the Jim Elliot Story and two packed adult viewings of Louis Gigilo’s “Alive”, a challenging look at salvation.

In response, the people have inundated us with food — bananas, drinking coconuts, limes, a large slab of sago and some freshwater prawns and mussels that I made into a delicious soup.  We have a permanent following of small children and life is rather like living in a fish bowl.

Sorry this is rather long but it’s real pioneering stuff and I thought you might like to know what it’s like.  Jeremiah and Esther have a huge job ahead of them in this primitive but strategic area reaching the rest of the island and breaking down the strongholds of sorcery and a cargo cult.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

HELP!!  We seem to be sinking under a weight of preparations that are taxing our resourcefulness.

We’ve moved around a few headlands to Yonga Bay where I have spent the week teaching the students an Outline of the Bible course.  It’s a joy to see this small Bible college functioning again with its thirteen students as last year it was closed due to a land dispute.  Phil did a great job sorting out the issue but we were relieved when we arrived at Rossel to hear it is now completely settled.

That’s not the problem.  It’s what is coming up.  After we leave here early next week, we go to Walanga Bay — a new church waiting for leaders to come — don’t know why they haven’t — and we are to encourage them and maybe do some teaching — all undefined as yet.  The following week we are to organise and carry out the whole programme for the opening and dedication of a new church building on the south side of the island — with all the prayers, sermons and whatever for this major event.  We will know more when we get there the day before the opening.  Then we will live in the village for two more days and participate in a Youth Conference in what ever way they have programmed, which we won’t find out until we get there.

We then return to Tryon Bay to organise the week long Music Workshop for Youth and the day after it finishes we return to Kimuta Island (about 100 mile trip) picking up people on the way for a Leaders’ Meeting.  Our task there is to instruct the leaders on the techniques of letter writing, plus what ever else they’ve decided to put us down for on the programme in the meantime.

As I said, we’re feeling a little overwhelmed and would appreciate prayer for wisdom and direction.

The weather this week has been foul with continuous forty plus knot bullets of wind funnelling down the bay and constant showers.  The anchor chain is obviously catching on coral at times as we swing wildly around with lots of jerks, making an uncomfortable nights sleep.  Low tides in the daytime are also making the dinghy rides ashore interesting to say the least, as we maneuver through the bombies.

We don’t want you to think the Baileys always have it easy, sunbaking under palm trees drinking coconut juice!!

God bless

Pam and Phil

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