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Easter week in Vanuatu is a time for church camps, week-long night outreaches and finally sunrise Easter Sunday services. This special focus starts on Palm Sunday and goes full swing until Easter Sunday.
The first term of classes are out at JBI and school will resume on May 10th. During this break we have JBI students going many places for ministry. Four students have gone to Saama, on the north side of Efate, to speak at a youth camp and three of our female students are currently running a kid’s camp in a poor neighborhood of the city. Other students have gone to other communities to assist churches and pastors in a variety of ways. Pastor Kiel, one of the JBI teachers is speaking at a youth camp on the island of Malekula over this long weekend and then will fly to the island of Tanna for a pastor’s seminar.
We, on the other hand, will be having a family weekend attending services. We have had a very busy term at JBI and need to catch up on some family time, submit grades and reports, and finalize the details for our classroom construction project. I am also translating a 48 page booklet in Bislama which will be printed and handed out at a women’s conference on May 15th.
The crates which we sent from the US months ago have yet to arrive and all of our homeschool materials are inside them. This delay has put our kids months behind in school. We have reordered some books and have borrowed books from SIL missionaries so we can continue working on some subjects. Needless to say, homeschooling will be a priority over the next few months also. Pray that our crates will eventually make it to Vanuatu!
We wish you all a blessed Easter! He is Risen!
Pastor Youen preached this morning on “The Power of the Resurrection”.
One of the laymen is an instructor at the Police Academy. This group of new cadets came and sang for Easter. Recently the movie “Fireproof” was shown at the Police Academy. Pray for the police and law enforcement here in Vanuatu. A recent rise in violent crime and inadequate prison facilities are difficulties that these young people are going to face.
Saturday night, Pastor Joseph John, a well-known local watercolor artist and assistant pastor at Evangel Temple, choose not only to speak about Easter but to conclude his sermon with a quick painting! There was a hush in the building as he turned and faced the blank canvas, his wife softly singing in the background. Within 10 minutes he was finished and no one will forget the message!