So far the news from Vanuatu is not good, and has come almost entirely from the capital, Port Vila. But it is reported that Penama Province - the islands of Pentecost, Ambae and Maewo - has also been badly affected. Vanuatu is a very religious country, and the Anglican Church has a substantial presence in Penama Province. When our Dean was working with the Anglican Church of Melanesia, he spent some time in northern Vanuatu: our pictures here are taken from Fr Keith's visit in 2009. Fr Keith is shown off Pentecost on the MV Southern Cross
, the other photos show the Chapel of the Melanesian Brotherhood on Ambae, the Mothers Union on Pentecost Island, and traditional dancing at Point Cross, on the southern end of Pentecost Island.
Unfortunately, there has been no news received yet from Pentecost or Ambae Islands. The following prayer is adapted from the prayer for seafarers in the Melanesian Book of Common Prayer:
Eternal God you alone spread out the sky and rule the raging of the sea, be pleased to keep safe all those who go down to the sea in ships, and do their work in its great waters, and all those who live on our islands surrounded by the oceans. Keep them safe in body and soul, in all time of danger defend them, and bring them to the harbour where they hope to be, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.