Hi! My name is Lucy and I am about to fly to the island of Santo. I am going to be living in the bush and working with itinerant preachers Gino and Freddie. They graduated from Joy Bible Institute last year and are now taking care of five rural churches and teach “religious education” in a primary school. I hear that I am going to be in great demand once I get there! Will you please pray for them as they share God’s love to adults and children alike?
P.S. We could really use some reinforcements here…do you have any puppet friends you are not using? Maybe your church kids could take up an offering to pay for the postage to send them to Vanuatu! I can guarantee that they will be very busy here working with JBI graduates!
Gotta go catch my plane…
Thanks so much,
We had a wonderful eight days with visiting friends, Pastor Tony and Eunice Hallo from Townsville, QU, Australia. We were so pleased when they accepted to come as our Spiritual Emphasis speakers this year. Cyclone Sandra was heading our way and scheduled to hit our island the day before the special meetings were to begin. Thank you to many of you who prayed that we would be spared the storm. The cyclone did turn from its easterly path and headed south away from us and other nearby islands. The Hallos were able to fly in on time and begin a special week of ministry!
Pastor Tony spoke to the students in the morning chapel times and then in public meetings held in the school chapel each night. The crowd grew with each day and people were sitting in chairs outside the door and standing at the open windows. Our hearts were challenged afresh to draw nearer to God. It was a wonderful way to begin a new school year at JBI!
On Sunday, the Hallos were invited to speak in two different city churches before flying home the next day. We are looking forward to their next ministry visit!
The married dorm at JBI is almost finished and it is looking really nice. Two student couples are waiting to move in as soon as it is ready. Our pace has slowed in the last couple weeks because we have run out of funds but the workers are pressing on with the materials on hand.
Photo above left: Looking through the window into the studio room. Photo above right: Studio room almost finished.
Photo above left: Doorway into the bathroom. Photo above right: Bathroom tile and view into the shower area.
Any size gift to help complete these 3 studio apartments would be so appreciated. We need to purchase six doors, windows, remaining plumbing and electrical fixtures, septic tank PVC pipes and exterior primer & paint.
A big THANK YOU to friends at Bendigo AOG church for financing the repairs on the JBI chapel verandah roof. The metal roofing, the ceiling plywood and water damaged beams have all been replaced. The repairs should be finished tomorrow. Thank you so much for your help!
In 2009, when we printed the Gospel of John in Bislama, we immediately began seeking permission to print a new edition of the New Testament in Bislama. Neither one had been available for many years, though Bislama is the language of choice for the majority of rural people in Vanuatu. This project has been a series of unforeseen obstacles and unexpected delays. There have been days when I have wondered if I would ever see these Scriptures in my hand!
You can imagine my excitement when this photo arrived today showing the container finally being packed in Asia with the new edition of the New Testament in Bislama! 5000 copies are for us! The container was shipped on February 21 and is on its way. Thank you LFTL partners because you provided the funds for these New Testaments to be printed! Can hardly wait for them to arrive…will keep you posted!
Do you see what I see?
I see a building which has sprung up since November and seems like a mirage on campus…but it is really a marvelous testimony to God’s Provision. Little by little we keep progressing and praying. Generous friends have sent gifts and together they have enabled us to get this far. We have totally run out of funds but…
Soon I see married students who will be in these rooms. Wives who have never been to JBI before, now living, working, studying, and worshipping with us. It’s going to be wonderful!
I have borrowed a camera as my “less than a year old” camera has gone back to the manufacturer as it is not working properly. A month ago, I talked to the guys on Friday and told them to pray because we would have to shut down the project in a couple of days if we did not receive any money.
We were so blessed to receive a couple of offerings which really helped us to continue. I am happy to report that the metal roof is now completely on and some of the plumbing and electrical wiring is being installed. Peter is also putting tile in the bathrooms.
Pastor Mendar (below) who is helping us out for a couple more weeks, is recouping leftover lumber and building 3 bed frames and built-in closets for each room. Which leaves us just having to buy mattresses. He has been such a blessing!
We are out of funds (again) but have made great progress. We basically need windows, 6 doors, plumbing fixtures and money for workers wages.
The new JBI school term starts March 4th and if funds are available, we hope to have this building finished very soon. All gifts welcome.
You know how when people are going to get married they go and look at lovely things in a store and sign up on the gift registry?
Well, I have a married dorm building which is not yet finished and looking quite undone at this moment. Classes start on March 8th and I need the rooms ready by then for married students. The leap of faith to finish this building started in November and has been moving along until the bottom of the building fund account has now appeared!
So I thought I would put out my Married Dorm Wish List and if anyone would like to gift us any of these things items, well, that would be just wonderful!!
Married Dorm Wish List
3 toilets @ $200 each ($600)
3 sinks @ $120 each ($360)
1 Cement laundry sink @ $150
3 double mattresses @ $150 each ($450)
6 chairs @ $20 each ($120)
3 small tables @ $50 each ($150)
Plumbing fixtures @ $500 total
Bathroom tile – not priced at this time but we have to tile cement walls.
You can make an online donation here or send a check to our US account labeled project 5619.
In Vanuatu, we have voracious termites, frequent cyclones and earthquakes which damage property. There are some tropical pests which are almost impossible to eradicate. A multitude of invisible wood bores moved into our plywood library shelves a few years ago and began to devour them. A professional fumigator came in and the wood bores still thrived. We fought back by injecting poison into the wood cracks with a syringe. We tried several poisons over a period of time and still they continued to destroy our shelves. Last year the shelves began to sag and the bugs finally won!
Pastor Mendar (a JBI grad) is in town for a few months and has built new library bookshelves out of treated pine. The library is now ready for another school year and we are so grateful for his skills and assistance.
Just recently had two “new” tracts printed in the Bislama language. I say “new” because they were written many years ago by my father and I recently updated the language and had them reprinted. Bislama is the trade language of Vanuatu, where we have 115 languages on 83 islands! People are always eager to read something in Bislama.
Thank you to Light For The Lost (LFTL) for paying for the printing!
Within a few days the married dorm building may stop for a while as we have run out of funds. I wanted to show you what has happened recently and how much progress has been made. Students arrive for classes March 8th and we really want to have this finished for 3 married couples. We have no other campus housing for married students.
All the interior and exterior walls are being plastered.
This is one of the studio rooms. Private bath through door on the left.
The sky was really this blue today!! Gorgeous! NEED MONEY FOR METAL ROOF!
Photo (left) is the front porch of the building and on the right is the rearview.
The married dorm sits behind the JBI Chapel. Pray with us that funds will come in to finish it quickly!
Thank you for making your tax deductible contribution here.
Well, tomorrow is the last day the guys are going to work (and hence myself) until after January 1st. The work is progressing nicely. This photo was taken a couple of days ago and all the rafters and purlings are in. The bonding beam around the verandah will be poured tomorrow. I think the married students better get their names on the waiting list…only three apartments available!
It is always such an encouragement when someone writes and says they are coming to Vanuatu for a holiday and would like to help out on campus for a day! Last week the Gregson family from Australia did just that. They came and joyfully did some very dirty cleanup jobs and maintenance at JBI for us. We enjoyed meeting them and cannot thank them enough for their help when they could have been sightseeing or swimming at the beach! Blessings!
On November 5, 2012, Pastor Peter (‘07 JBI Grad) and David started working with me to make something useful out of a small half-finished room attached to a larger unfinished foundation. This building was started before we came to JBI in 2007 and had never been finished. The original purpose of the building had been debated but one thing was certain, it needed to be finished. The topsoil in the foundation area had even been used for a couple of years as a vegetable garden. I found this photo of Jeremy standing among the cabbages planted in the unfinished foundation in 2008!
One difficulty we have seen over and over again with our married JBI students, is a spouse having to come alone to Port Vila to study. This separation is especially hard on the wife and children left on outer islands having to subsist alone while the husband is away for 9 months at a time. But renting a room in the city or bunking in with relatives is rarely an option for our married students. On campus we provide dorms for both single men and women but no married accommodations.
A special offering of $5000 towards married housing earlier this year caused us to look for a solution and focus again on this unfinished building…the only one on campus. So recently a decision was made to finish this building and make 3 studio apartments for married couples before school starts again in 2013.
So the past month has made an amazing difference in transforming an unfinished foundation into three studio apartments!
We have spent the $5000 gift and now need more funds to finish the rest. The next costly item will be the purchasing of metal roofing. Then we will need money for bathroom fixtures, 3 double beds, tables, chairs and closets for each apartment.
This building is a continuation of Project 5619 construction at Joy Bible Institute. If you would like to make a donation towards this project you may do so here. Thank you so much for your continued support of the school!
A few years ago this unfinished building foundation was full of cabbages, peanuts and tomato plants. The guesthouse project started by our predecessor has remained unfinished for quite some time. We have desired to slightly alter the plans and make three studio apartments for married couples with it. Married couples’ accommodation is really what the school needs. Renting a room in town is rarely an option for our married students because they come to JBI without guaranteed funds. So often, wives have to remain back on home islands while husbands come to Bible school for three years of study.
This past Monday, November 5th, we hired a work crew and they cleaned out the weeds and cut down the papaya tree growing in the middle of the floor (photo above). Since then, the guys have continued working and I have been purchasing cement blocks, bags of cement, sand, coral and rebar. An unexpected offering has allowed us to begin the completion of this building but we have a long way to go.
As of today, Friday, November 9th, this photo shows our progress, plumbing pipes set, and additional foundation footings. Everything is ready for the floor to be poured on Monday! We are so excited to be on our way to providing rooms next year for three married couples. If you would like to help us with this building, please send all gifts to our account, labeled project 5619.