Captain's Blog 7/11/2015
Back in January I had met a new friend in Jamaica. David Hartman, who is single handing his boat Ahahata ,and was on the same path as us. On our first meeting I asked him what his sailing plans were. He said simply, “to get lost in the south pacific.” I have met him at several places along our journey, and as I often reflect on his statement I thought it was well overdue to write a blog so my friends didn’t think Sea Angel followed in his wake! This last month has been full of change and new lessons for me personally and I apologize for not being on top of the Sea Angel blog and the Facebook posts.
I think this blog shall be about being at the cusp of change, seeing the destination on the horizon, arriving. It is also about the blessings and lessons learned on the way. Sea Angel has now been nine months at sea. From the beginning, Tonga has been our destination, our calling, our goal. We are now staged in Bora Bora for the final sail across to Tonga, most likely departing here on Saturday the 11th or Sunday the 12th, and arriving about the 21st or 22nd. This month I was sorry to see Rick and Terri Jo Rogge as well as Weston depart as Sea Angel crew from Tahiti. Wes was the Sea Angel face book guru throughout the trip and I miss his attention to that. I am indebted to them all, including the friends that have helped bring the boat this far earlier in the journey. Thank you to all who have dedicated their time and hearts to this cause.
|Going for a Swim
A very special person to me, Karen, has arrived here in Tahiti and will be part of Sea Angel in all it does throughout this season in Tonga. Her goal is very much like mine. To be able to do something worthwhile, to give back, to participate in other people’s lives in a meaningful way. It is also to grow, to learn, to listen, and to make room for God to work His will in our lives. Sometimes I wonder who will be the greatest beneficiary in this.. God I pray first, then it is up to Him who receives blessings, the Tonga people in need, or us. As Karen and I approach the work ahead we also need to look behind. This last month especially, the blessings have come in wonderful ways. We became welcomed guests at a wonderful church in Papette and made good friends who we will always cherish. At a church on the island of Huahine Iti we were invited to be with the pastor and give and receive wishes to parishioners as they departed the service. People in town whom we asked directions from chased us down and gave us gifts as we departed. We have met fellow Christian sailors, all of whom are inspiration in their unique life journeys. We have appreciated the Tahitian culture in dance, drums, kindness, and a wonderful sense of cultural pride. We have been grateful to God for all these beautiful blessings. But too, we have made the stark personal realization that if one believes in the works of God, they must also by definition, believe in real works of Satan. That was an easy one to avoid for most of my life. Preachers don’t talk much about that. We don’t like to think about it. Both Karen and I, have come to believe Satan does exist and he can be just as active as God is in blessings, in his own perverse ways. Suffice it to say as one pushes closer to God, I think Satan pushes back, sometimes hard.
We are very much looking forward to arriving in Tonga in less than two weeks. We need to get our feet on the ground there, make contact with the Ministry of Health, prepare and clean the boat, get the lay of the land, and get ready for our first rotation on August 10th.
|A Promise at Sea
|Arriving in Cook's Bay, Moorea
|Isle off Tahaa
|Karen and Mel
|Our friends and Church worship team
|Palm on Tahaa
|Sunset over Moorea
|Another beautiful sunset over Moorea