Then on Saturday it was our presbytery group closing. This year we decided something informal would be in order. So we went down to the river, made a fire and roasted freshly caught fish and chicken wings (not so freshly caught but marinated in soy sauce, honey and ginger). We also ate cinnamon bread (which Sophie made), rice, sausages, paw-paw, cucumber and simboro.
I have chosen this photo because it say something about the unity we share in Christ. Our "presbytery" group is connected to the "Ambrym" presbytery. Ambrym is one of the islands of Vanuatu. Two of the students in the background are from Ambrym. Another is from Tanna and another from Epi (but who worked on Ambrym as a Pastor for years before returning to Talua to do his degree). That won't mean much to many of you but to ni-Vanuatu it means a lot.
Tanna, Ambrym and Epi are the places were "kastom" or traditional beliefs and practises, especially black magic, are strongest. Furthermore, there is strong rivalry and tension between these places, especially Tanna and Ambrym. A few years ago there was a riot involving the Tannese and Ambrym communities in Port Vila in which people were killed.
But here, the dividing wall of hostility has broken down, and these men have a deep and lasting fellowship.
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility..." Ephesians 2:13-14