After the Work – Begins the Other Work

Our trips to the Torres Strait Islands with the Kennedys brought us to Saibai where they assisted local islander people to get the New Testament into their language. This began around 1976 when I (Jim) was 10 years old.

The trouble with work is it never ends, does it? There is always more you can do. As for the island people here, the Old Testament translations are not finished. Why should one care about the Old Testament? 1) The history contained within point to the need for Christ Jesus. (Example in fact – Adam opened the door to sin in the world by letting Eve eat the fruit. 2) It confirms that God is always calling the underdogs (the least, the last) to His kingdom because their hearts are in the right place. This is true for both women and men. Check out the full story of David (especially who he was before he slayed the Giant) or stories of the women like Ruth or Esther. There is so much to learn from them.

So for here in the Torres Strait – please pray that the work will continue for both completion of the Old Testament translations and for church unity, for the body of Christ is divided into many denominations. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out the workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2

Meanwhile on the sailing vessel Sweet Dreams (named by Gina) the work-to-do continues. Here is a short list with some photos to show what fun (not!) we are having as we wait for favorable winds to take us back around 1,200 nautical miles PNG NE Islands Region, where there is plenty of work waiting for us:

1. Reinstalled (warranty replacement) wind anemometer the second time. It was water-logged.

2. Pulled, cleaned and re-ran all running rigging. Saibai Island soil was plastered all over the boat.

3. Washed down Saibai from walls, floors, upholstery, ceilings, books, etc. – all inside the boat.

4. Power washed Saibai off the all topside, seating cushions, solar panels, boom, etc.

5. Replaced ships potable fresh water pump again. Label says “marine tough”….not so much.

6. Trouble-shot engine tachometer failure and Colton rewired connections due to corrosion.

7. Wind generator blades needed refurbishment due to UV damage and stress cracks-oh my!

Coming up:

1. Clean Saibai dirt off the mast top to bottom.

2. Sew up canvas covers to prepare for rainy season….lotsa rain coming.

3. Full maintenance on ships generator.

4. Repair mainsail sun cover as the stitching was stressed out due to high wind loads.

5. Receive back from repair shop and reinstall mainsail.

6. Brush off grass growing from water line. This must wait due to Crocks in the area (not shoes).

Thanks for your support as we could not do all this without you, your support and prayers.

Please pray for favorable winds to take us up to PNG for there



1 Comment
  1. Thanks for this interesting report! No end to stuff to be done around a ‘house’, is there? It’s not just a pleasure cruise you guys are on. Will the favorable winds you need come along with all the rain you expect?
    What sort of ministry is waiting for you in the NE Islands of PNG? Do you have a specific hoped-for timeline?
    You’re in my prayers regularly. I’m so thankful for the safety God has granted you and the service you’re able to offer in His Name to our colleagues, expat and PNG alike.

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