Greetings from Mike and Rob in Port Vila

Yesterday, Saturday, it was a case of shock, relief and a sense of disbelief at the widespread destruction resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam

Today, it’s sunny, still, hot and humid, and the reality of rebuilding, starting again, and in some cases dealing with the violent and tragic loss of family members is hitting home.

Please pray for the reconstruction effort and if possible consider making a donation through,…   http://www.unitingworld.org.au/

Mike and I were due to fly home this morning, but the airport is closed until further notice.The 3 day dental conference we were here to attend lasted 4 hours before proceedings were wound up on Thursday to allow people time to adequately prepare for the cyclone’s approach.  A great disappointment, but a small issue compared with what many must now deal with in the aftermath.

Given the number of yachts and boats that have gone aground (80% of the boats in the harbour by one report) after dragging their moorings I am very please Chimere is safely in her Hastings berth back in Victoria
We are yet to hear news from the people and projects with whom we are connected, but early reports suggest the destruction is widespread across most of the 63 inhabited islands that comprise this country.  It might take some to time to hear from the outer regions

Blessings

Rob Latimer and Mike Clarke