Small projects around the new JBI classroom building have continued. On one side of the classroom building, a new retaining wall was built to stop erosion and flooding from the hillside above. Pastor Peter Avock ‘07 JBI Grad, returned for a few weeks to build it.
The final coat of paint is now on the new classroom building. A team of young people from the country of Fiji have been on a mission trip to Vanuatu and surprised us with an offer to do some practical work. So they came for several mornings and painted for us! The stone retaining wall along the front was painstakingly built by the JBI students. And though there is some more landscaping to do, we are almost done!
Check out our September Newsletter:
- General Superintendent eats chili: Real life on the mission field: The devil is in the details!
- Tanna coffee and other eruptions.
- Old friends: Still pastoring after all these years.
- Mission Santo!
Vision for Vanuatu! Latest ministry update from Gary and Lori Ellison. What’s Independence Day got to do with freedom? But can they preach? Students prepare for island of Santo mission. We need prayer for our General Conference August 26-31. Major issues.
Check out our August Newsletter.
We are so happy to welcome Rev. Maurice Nicholson back to JBI this year. He has come to give seminars in several provinces and to teach two intensive courses at JBI. For those who have sat in his Bible classes, they await his coming with anticipation!
Mother’s Day was celebrated at church this past Sunday. The ladies were in charge of the whole service. Afterwards, the men served a lovely meal which they had cooked themselves! Lovely day!
Sunday, May 13, 2012, was the opening ceremony for the weeklong National AOG Youth Conference. Youth from many islands marched through Port Vila to Saralana Park following the Vanuatu Mobile Force band to officially open the conference. After several speeches and special music, Rev. Dick Hopkins preached.
Vanuatu Mobile Force band leading the youth parade. Missionnettes in parade.
Youth delegates from various provinces (Sanma and Malampa shown). Platform guests including MP Edward Natapei and his wife.
Shefa Youth Choir and their brilliant conductor, Matilda!
Missionnettes and Y’s performing.
National Youth President, Emile and Pastor Dick Hopkins, evening speaker.
Altar time after opening service.
With the interruption of Cyclone Jasmine last week, we obviously got a couple more days behind in our construction schedule…it didn’t help that some of the bathroom fixtures did not fit properly and we are still trying to get them replaced or refunded. The locally-made hardwood doors did not get delivered and lots of other things! The electrical lights and ceiling fans are all in though and working! We will not be able to paint the concrete walls for another 6 months – time for the lime and concrete to rest. With classes starting tomorrow at JBI we will be squeezing classes into the school dining hall and library to start off and moving into the new building as soon as possible! Official dedication will still be on the 24th while Pastor Randy is visiting with us.
Getting calls from JBI students on outer islands still waiting for cargo ships to stop and pick them up. Shipping was totally disrupted by the cyclone as it created very high seas and kept all boats in port. One JBI student, Hosea called today from Tanna where is rebuilding his family’s woven house damaged by the cyclone. He will try to get a ship on Friday – not easy to leave a wife and children behind when things at home are in disarray. So pray for the students and their families.
Otherwise, the new theme banner “Grow in Grace” is hanging in the chapel and we are ready and excited to welcome students on campus for another school year!