Blistering Barnacles…what a week we’ve had! Celebrations all around this week as we have successfully finished the first house for the DTS students. This has given the boys on our team an opportunity to spend the weekend in a proper bed before we head on to our next excursion. The cement mixer has been working overtime; thanks to a cracking sun filled week, the lorry was able to deliver “five” cubic meters of sand used in mixing render for the speaker’s room. After three applications to the wire meshed walls, it’s now ready to be painted.
We have also been able, through our contacts, to help SIL (bible translation) with some much needed decorating after their rebuilding project. The main homes survived with minor damage to there roof…but sadly having to replace the ceilings in three of the rooms; giving them a nice fresh coating of white paint, along with the outside porch timbers, helping to make it look much loved and homely.
We had chance to celebrate TJ’s birthday as a team, and finished off the week by enjoying the local Friday night Fire Show put on by a local Vanuatu Group. Absolutely AMAZING!!!
This Sunday has seen an incredible opportunity for a slightly different type of ministry. After the opportunity of hitching a ride aboard a private catamaran to our next destination not coming to fruition, we ended up putting our scuba and snorkeling skills, gained from Belize, to good use! We had the task of preparing and cleaning the hull for them to set sail with some much needed water filters to one of the other islands close by. This was due to the cyclone damaging their water storage tanks, making safe drinking a problem.
Our next move here in Vanuatu starts with a ferry to Malakula this Tuesday. Jaci and Josh have made contact with Jonathan, who is involved with the peace core, working with a village on a coco plantation. This should give us opportunity to continue building relationally, sharing God’s love, as well as helping out practically with other projects too.
Adam Spooner – DTS Student, April, 2015
Hello! Welcome to Talks With Taryn & Emily! Coming on outreach, we were very excited. To meet the locals, minister in churches, do physical labor, be a team, and just serve Christ in general. Being at the V2 life base has been a lot different than what we had expected outreach to be like. The many hours of physical labor have worn us out and many times we have lost our focus. Trying to juggle having a relationship with God and working the majority of the day has been a big challenge. It’s hard to find time for God when, after working all day, all you want is sleep. And honestly, quite a few times we have chosen sleep. Being here reminds us of the phrase “Being a Christian is simple, but not easy,” and that has been the last two weeks. Fortunately, we serve a big God, and He has shown himself true. Growing our faith and trust in Him, these past weeks have motivated us to push into a more intimate relationship with God. While the work has been hard, we wouldn’t change a thing. Looking forward to the different challenges we will face in these next few weeks!
Emily Saathof & Taryn Dupuis – DTS Students, April, 2015