Thursday, May 29, 2014

Outreach to Lae

Dear Friends,
We recently returned from an outreach to the isolated islands of Lib and Lae in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Lib is 30 miles south of South Pass in Kwajalein Atoll.  Lib is a coral island with a narrow coral shelf that drops straight down: deeper than 120 feet that our depth sounder reads.  We could not anchor there so the local boat came out and picked up a teams of 8 with lots of supplies.  Kimberly, one of the leaders of that outreach let me share her story on my blog. You can read about it

After giving the team time to get settled on Lib, our crew of 4 along with 2 Marshallese crew members sailed on a beam reach overnight to Lae.  I was so thankful to have Anilang with us to guide us through the pass and direct us to a safe anchorage.  

There are so many hi-lights from our time on Lae:
Having a safe and secure anchorage so all 4 of us could be together on shore.
The welcome Ceremony.
The tour of the island given by Carol Curtis who first went to Lae with the Peace Corp in 1969. 
Hosting many of the islanders on board the boat. 
The Local work party of young men who helped us repair our dingy.
Anilang and Biamon making a very professional installation of our new step for the dingy.
Mothers Day celebrations at two churches and on board the boat.
Sailing to an uninhabited island across the lagoon in a traditional sailing canoe.
Sharing my testimony during an open air program attended by all ages from all 3 of the local churches.

We also had more time for community building with each other.  The crew decided on their own to read "the Purpose Driven Life" together. We are all supporting each other to be transparent in our walk with Christ. The level of trust and depth of spiritual growth has been awesome.

We are wrapping up 10 days in Ebeye and head back to Lib and Lae next week.  

I could not be doing this without your prayers and support.  Here are some specific prayer requests: that the Coast Guard would renew my License without any delays, that the engine and all of the systems on board the Hawaii Aloha would work well, and that God will send just the right people to crew on the trip from Majuro to Honolulu with stops in Tarawa and Christmas Island.

The YWAM base that processes tax deductible donations has upgraded their website.  Here is the Link.   
Be sure to include my name Ann Ford

I would love to hear from you,
Kommol tata,
Captain Ann

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