An update from one of our DTS teams currently serving in Vanuatu:
In Vanuatu, things are going well. They have been through a Cyclone and have been doing lots of work, building water tanks in the community and helping in the medical clinics together with Marine Reach. They’ve also been working on the base there and serving the long term missionaries.
Here’s a story about the team building a water tank in a school.
“It’s been a crazy 15 days here in Vanuatu! In fact, we can’t believe it’s only been 15 days – it seems like we’ve done so much! Whether its been spending time in 4 different airports, filling out lost luggage forms – no one’s luggage made it from Fiji to Vanuatu!
12 girls without luggage (I think we serve a God with a sense of humor!) working in medical clinics, doing prayer walks and evangelism, riding around everywhere in the back of a truck, exploring Port Vila and surviving a category 2 cyclone named Cyclone Cook!
We’ve all fallen in love with this country and it’s people in one way or another.
However, the most impact we’ve had so far is by helping to build a water tank at one of the schools in a neighboring village. In total, the project will take us 6 days to complete which is a little longer than usual but the cyclone threw a wrench into the works, making a few tasks take longer than expected.
On the first day, with the help of Mona (one of the base staff here) half of our team laid the foundation for the tank.
Day 2 consisted of putting up the moulds, covering them in cloth (so the cement doesn’t stick to the mould) and wrapping it with chicken wire and regular wire.
Day 3 was spent sifting the sand. The cyclone soaked the entire pile, making this a very tedious and difficult task.
On Day 4, we continued to sift more sand, but also put on the 1st layer of plaster!
And while we haven’t gotten there yet, the final 2 days will be spent adding 2 more layers of plaster, removing the moulds and putting a “lid” on it.
Since we are at a school, we have spent many joyful hours playing with the school kids as well! We ended up being invited by the principal to lead them in worship and devotions one morning!
While it’s been a lot of hard work, it’s incredibly rewarding to know that we have been able to help not only the school children and their families but also the surrounding villagers to have access to clean water.
All of the relationships we have made along the way are priceless. It’s a beautiful thing to see the way God is working in this country and amongst the Ni-Van people and to have a tiny piece in that is such a gift!”
Vanuatu Outreach Team 2017