November 2019 Katova mission news

The landing craft

On 30 October the team boarded the Landing Craft and left Honiara. It was no luxury boat but served its purpose for the 20 hours that followed. This boat was super fast and did 15 kph, unlike our last charter craft that only did 12 kph. There were lots of storms around with no cover on the boat.

The team arrived safely to a warm village welcome the following morning at 7. It was the fastest trip yet at 14 hours but lots of rain and not much protection on the barge. Work on site started the same day and timber was milled ready for the team. The addition of 2 excavators is a real answer to prayer. There was only some light rain at times, nothing to stop work, just enough to keep things cooler.

‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ Ephesians 3:20

The following day was a day of rest and church. The first task on the Monday was a rescue mission to find the excavator that got bogged on the way from the logging camp to the school site and pull it free.

By Wednesday there were two excavators working on site - obviously the rescue mission was a success! They have made a log bridge across the drainage canal and improved the road up to the top tier of the site by laying gravel. This will assist access to the staff housing.

The plan is to begin working on the staff housing tomorrow as it is expected that the block containing the first two classrooms will be totally finished tomorrow too. This was the main intention of going back over and it is great to see the team has been able to achieve this with three full days to apply themselves to the next building project. The report is that are all well and on track to leave the village on Monday morning.

Please continue to keep them in your prayers.