A longer phone call from Port Vila
Tim was able to get a local SIM card and call me this afternoon. It was good to get more of the story.
On Friday night:
Tim and our colleagues didn’t get much sleep as they were awake working on sweeping water out of the three story cement block apartment building which is owned by our organization. A 2×4 flew through the window of an unoccupied bedroom causing lots of water to blow into the room.
The rain and winds caused rain water to push water through the frames of sliding glass windows and doors. He said there was water on the floor all night that they worked on sweeping out of the building.
One of the unoccupied buildings owned by the group there lost its roof.
The airport terminal building suffered some roof damage and broken windows. An Australian military plane was able to land today with relief supplies and assessment team. Before commercial flights are able to come in again, the airport tarmac and electronic controls will need to be checked.
Tim is doing fine. I asked him if he thought it was the scariest thing he ever lived through and he said – ‘no’. They never feared for their lives and he thought being close to a tornado would be scarier. The one thing he noted was that the wind was so strong and it went on and on and on making for a long night.
The next step is waiting for the airport to reopen and a flight from Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands. The next scheduled flight is on Wednesday – if they are flying by that time.
Tim promises pictures and more stories when he gets home and can post them. They are still without internet.
Thanks again for your prayers.
I am praying for all the people in Vanuatu. Praying too for the assessment team that God will give them wisdom in working out where to help first. I remember in the big Tsunami in Solomon Islands, we sent shiploads of rice in a big hurry as all the gardens were gone and the people had no food. When the ships returned, the captain said “send pots and pans! They have nothing in which to cook the rice”. Sometimes we think we know what is needed, but we are still way off the mark, you don’t know really, unless you are actually right in the situation. Thanks for the update, much appreciated.
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