The last time I stood on the wooden back porch of the old mission house, the wood underneath my feet gave way . . . Gary grabbed my arm and I grabbed the railing as the plank fell 10 feet below me. I had just been saying that the wooden porch urgently needed to be demolished before someone got hurt . . .
The ground floor of this former mission house is now the new school library. On April 4th, the new library will be officially dedicated and opened. Thank you so much to everyone, churches and individuals alike, who helped finance the library renovation project. We have received a generous offering to buy the 30 library chairs that we needed. The students are still praying for three computers.
The top floor of the mission house is now needing our immediate attention. It is to become the new girl’s dorm and needs be finished to receive the girls in May when the second term starts.
One of our second year girl students lives on the nearby island of Ifira. Every morning she has to leave home at 5 a.m. to catch a small motorboat to Port Vila. Then she walks a mile to JBI arriving in time for her 7 a.m. class. Every week, she asks me when the new dorm will be finished because though she is committed to coming to Bible school, she is finding the travel to and from school exhausting!
As you can see from this recent photo, the termite eaten wooden back porch has been removed and a smaller one needs to be constructed.
Inside, one of the 2 bathrooms is being renovated, an old bathtub removed and a new shower and new sink is being installed. The house needs some other repairs before the girls can live in it. We have NO funds on hand to finish the girl’s dorm renovation. To open, we will also need 4 bunk beds, 8 mattresses, sitting area furniture and 8 desks and chairs. We estimate that about $9000 will be needed to complete this dorm.
Will you please us help finish the renovation on the new girl’s dorm?
Please send all donations to AGWM and designate them for project 5619. Thank you for your continued support.
Pastor Robert Laumai has been at Joy Bible Institute since the first campus buildings were built in 1979. He actually helped to build them and through the years, he and his wife, Edna, have continued to pour themselves into the lives of the young men and women who come to this school. It is no wonder he is fondly called the chief of our little campus village.
Pastor Robert Laumai is originally from the island of Futuna, which is among the most southerly islands of Vanuatu. In the late 1960’s he went to New Caledonia to work and met my parents and more importantly, met the Lord. He was among the second group of Vanuatu students who went to Fiji for Bible school training and upon his graduation assisted my parents with their church-planting efforts in Santo, northern Vanuatu.
In 1979, when the Vanuatu Bible school was to be built in Port Vila, my father again asked Robert to come and help him. Ever since then he has been involved with the school from teaching to his current position as groundskeeper.
What a privilege today to hear Pastor Robert preach in chapel concerning the call of God from 2 Peter 1:3-9 and share from his life experience. He challenged the students to remember God’s call on their lives when other attractive offers come their way. These temporary offers, he said, cannot compare with the life God has planned for them as they follow him. God has promised to “never forsake us nor leave us” and though we may go through difficult times as we serve, He will be with us. You may not know where you will go after graduating from school but God has a place for you to serve and you will learn from every experience.
2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” Pastor Robert has been one of those reliable men who has taught and mentored others and we are so glad that he is still serving at Joy Bible Institute.
We spent the afternoon cleaning and putting library books on the shelves in the new library! We are exhausted after a very demanding school week but very excited to see another renovation project coming to an end! The best part is, there will be students in this room studying next week! Thank you to all our partners for enabling us to make these important changes on the JBI campus!
Thank you to the following churches for special offerings for this project:
Faith Assembly, Orlando, FL – Library renovation
Christian Celebration Center, Midland, Michigan – Library furniture
Northview Christian Life Center, Carmel, IN – Library furniture
Q. What is missing in this picture?
We are moving in but still need money for chairs . . .
We just finished our Spiritual Emphasis week at JBI but it will not be soon forgotten. Rev. Jerry Jacob, from Fiji, was the Tuesday morning chapel speaker. He shared so many practical truths about the types of hands needed to serve the Lord and His church.
Then Tuesday through Friday night, Rev. Bryan Webb from Santo, spoke. He took us through Ephesians 6:10-20 each night bringing out a different aspect of the spiritual equipment needed for service; the sword of God’s Word, the shield of Faith, the breastplate of Righteousness, and the Power of the Holy Spirit. It was a wonderful week!
School is in full swing at JBI and it is hard to believe that we are already in our second week of classes. Gary is teaching Corinthians and Lori is teaching Biblical Archaeology and Geography. Here is a photo of the new freshmen class.
Classes have started again at JBI and it has been a busy week for everyone! Today was the annual school picnic and we all went to the beach! Here are just a couple of photos of the fun and good food!
We ended the day with a short testimony time, hearing how the Lord brought to JBI each of the ten young men of the freshmen class. We are expecting a great school year!
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Here are some before and after photos of the men’s bathroom.
Today we cleaned the new pretty blue tiled men’s bathroom and hung up the shower curtains. The students arrive on Monday for the new school year. Thank you to everyone who gave funds to make this renovation possible!
In a week, classes will start again at Joy Bible Institute! We are excited to see the upperclassmen return and welcome the new young men and women who will be coming to start their studies. Until then, we are extremely busy getting everything ready for a new school year! Gary hung up the 2008 theme banner “Equipped to Serve” in the chapel today and stocked the new tract racks.
Pastor Philip, the kids and I unpacked the donated library books which have been in storage and we just had no idea HOW MANY books were in those boxes! I am afraid we are going to have to make more bookshelves before they all can be displayed in the new library! But that is a good problem! We are grateful to friends at Salt Lake Theological Seminary who sent us these used books!
Tomorrow, we will be back sorting through the books, stamping them and getting them ready to be moved up the hill to the library. The library room is not quite finished but we hope to move in on Friday! Nabang and Marcel spent the day putting the grout on the new tile floor. Tomorrow, Pastor Nixon is coming to build the bookshelves. So many hands have contributed to getting this library finished within a month!
The final touches are being put on the renovated bathroom and laundry facilities. The guys were busy painting today now that the rain has stopped and the walls have had a couple of days to dry out. Everything is looking so good and we are getting excited to welcome the students back in a couple of weeks for the new school year.
The exterior of the bathroom building was painted today – this building which was built 27 years ago was left unfinished, the exterior was never plastered nor painted. Now the whole interior bathroom has been redone and the laundry facilities extended.
The above photo was taken today of Job and Junior (hidden under the counter) busy painting the new laundry facility. This was built on what used to be an old porch on the side of the bathroom building. Little Jojo and Johnny are watching. To the left, I have inserted the photo of Jeremy along that wall in the early phases of construction! What a difference!
The last ten days have been both exciting and challenging! We have found a short-term solution for our school library while we await a new campus building! Half of the downstairs of the old mission house was gutted these past two days. By the time school starts in February, we hope to finally unpack the library books currently in storage and provide JBI students with study space too! We are just so excited about having permission to use this building for several very urgent campus needs! Eventually, the old mission house will have to undergo other repairs and the termite infected second floor will have to be demolished and rebuilt, but the ground floor is concrete and structurally sound.
YESTERDAY the downstairs space looked like this . . .
BY NOON, it looked like this . . .
AND TODAY . . .
Everybody on campus has been up to give a hand in clearing out the space! Everyone is just so excited at the thought of having a library again! We have some funds for this renovation but not enough to complete it nor to provide some basic library furnishings, like shelves, chairs and small study desks. On February 11, in exactly ONE month, school will start and this room needs to be a finished library! If you have considered helping us with one of the renovation projects, we would appreciate your financial help with this one! Click here to give online. Thanks so very much!
We have just launched a new website about the ministry of Joy Bible Institute. It is still in development, and is primarily for students and prospective students, but you are welcome to take a closer look at life on campus! Check us out at www.joybible.wordpress.com.
The veranda outside the boy’s bathroom is currently getting a facelift. This is where the male students hand wash their clothes. On the right, is a photo of Jimmy, a first year JBI student, working on the new partial wall which is going up on the veranda to accommodate two new washtubs and counters.
The photo below shows the two original washtub sinks which sit parallel to the new wall. I missed getting a good “before” photo of the sagging plywood shelves which the students used as counters. The guys were so eager to get started that everything was torn out in record time! When this project is finished there will be a total of four sinks for washing clothes, new tiled counters and the unfinished walls will be plastered.
Thank you for your support in financing these projects. We have several more urgent renovation projects which need to be completed before school starts the beginning of February. Your gifts are very much appreciated.
The last two days we have been getting email messages from many friends who have already received the January 6, 2008 issue of Today’s Pentecostal Evangel about Vanuatu. It includes a small article about ourselves and the ministry of Joy Bible Institute. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and interest in the work here. We hope to see many of you in Vanuatu helping us to rebuild the JBI campus or up north assisting in the medical or Christian school outreaches! If you cannot come to us, we thank you for your prayers and financial support towards the work here.
UPDATE: You can read the above article here, or as a PDF file with photos here.
We are delighted to inform you that on December 11th the AGWM Executive approved our request to raise $200,000 to build a new library and classroom building and renovate several existing buildings on the Joy Bible Institute campus. Now all donations can be specifically and easily designated for this endeavor by using the special project number 5619. Thank you for your support in this major campus transformation!
The renovation work on the men’s bathroom is just looking great! Here is Gary inspecting the newly laid wall tile and sinks! Compare the before photos (previously posted campus renovations) with today’s … and you can see how much progress we are making. Thank you for your continued support to renovating the JBI campus!
Gary and Job (JBI student and talented renovator) posing in front of the men’s bathroom building. The front wall of this building had never been plastered so Job has plastered it and it will be painted too.
See also Campus Renovations.