Welcome to Vanuatu V2 Life Base! We have had our first week here at the YWAM base helping with the rebuilding. Everyone has enjoyed getting stuck with the construction work here. We’ve been preparing the insides of the clay bagged house for rendering by fixing the mesh wire to the walls and preparing floorboards for one of the homes to house the DTS group arriving in August. Also preparing the kindergarten by starting the inner construction of classroom space and decorating for the much-needed expansion to allow the village ministry to grow in this area.
Although there has been no lacking of enthusiasm, the need for materials and specialized tooling has sometimes hampered the progress with this. Also, the weather has not always been our friend as supply trucks have been prevented from their deliveries due to a few days of constant rain and wet weather. This has meant that as a group, we are ALL embracing the outreach lifestyle with washing clothes being more of a luxury, as drying them is a definite challenge here. Matthew 6 verse 25 onward has been a verse very much on my mind; “don’t worry about tomorrow, or what you will wear” as a laid back island lifestyle is to be embraced wholeheartedly.
We have also had the privilege to celebrate in the dedication of the Marine Reach Family care center only 50 meters up the road from us in Teouma Valley here in Vanuatu. There is a real heart to not just come and help the local community, but to integrate and have a constant presence here. Building community and understanding the real needs to work alongside family lives, sharing the Love of God on a practical level. This would be a fantastic area for prayer for wisdom and blessing for the future growth here on the island.
Again this week, two of our group, TJ and Cole, have been able to attend a local youth group that meets on Friday evening. Alongside Tony, who has been living here within the community for the past 5 or so years, working within schools and villages building friendships with the teenagers in the surrounding areas. This was another fantastic opportunity to share Gods love through relationship.
This week has not been completely smooth running with the base’s small truck breaking down late on Friday night on their way back from one of the local villages. The V2 Life Base is also helping to lead a water project here on the island in helping local villages construct water tanks and drill boar holes to help provide clean drinking water. On the return home, the radiator housing cracked leaving the truck stranded. Today the recovery mission is underway and hopefully a replacement part can be soused quickly as this is an essential part of our life here.
Never a dull moment, but praise God for the blessings we have and the love we can share with that.
Adam Spooner – DTS Student, April, 2015