NEWS (our little blog
Kailua-Kona, 21 May 2012
New tax-deductible online donations for the USA!!!
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link on the left.
Switzerland, 20 January 2012
The Holidays are past, the new year is here and
lots has happened. We want you to give you just a short update in email
form. The past two months we have spent in Switzerland with family and
church. It was good to spend
Christmas with the whole Sutter family (4 generations) after so many
years of being away for the holidays. Leilani absolutely loved the snow
and her Swiss grandparents. It was an important time for us to be here.
It was also a very good time re-connecting with our church here in
Switzerland and with supporters. However, it was in many ways a
difficult time for us. The death of Cindy’s dad right when we arrived
here was a big challenge. We are a lot less refreshed than we thought we
would be, but through it all we see God’s goodness. It was not the
holiday we anticipated but God is at work in Switzerland and wanted us
to be here for this time. Tonight we will board a plane that will bring
us to a plane that will bring us to one more plane that will bring us
back to Vanuatu. There, God has a lot waiting for us. 2012 will be a
very full year. We have been able to fundraise a bit and hope to push
forward with construction on our ministry site in the coming two months.
Then, in April, we will be heading out again for Cindy to do her DTS.
The rest of the year is also quite full already with big outreaches and,
of course, the actual beginning of our ministry on our land.
We would like to thank all of you who have been
standing with us during this difficult time, be it through prayer, words
of comfort and encouragement and through finances. We are heading into
this new season, full of anticipation of what God will do for and
A thing we are dealing with at the moment is our
health insurance. Our longtime sponsor for our health insurance had to
pull out unexpectedly without giving us much notice. The annual premium
of all our policies – USD 3’400 – has already been charged to our credit
card which will hit our account next week. Yet another opportunity for
God to show himself faithful, yet another opportunity for us to practice
not to worry. We would definitely appreciate your prayers in this
matter. Should you want to literally/financially stand in the gap
between us and our health insurance bill you can do that by clicking the
'donate' button on this page.
Going back to Vanuatu will also mean that we
will be online a lot less. We will be living outside town with Cindy’s
family and in a few weeks, hopefully, in the first building on our
ministry land, outside town as well, without power, therefor without
internet. We will head to town at least once a week for the ‘compulsory’
coffee and while enjoying the coffee and the views of the harbor, check
emails and update our website, the ministry website
www.v2life.org and our facebook
pages. That’s also the best place to keep up to date with our
construction progress and ministry to young people.
Switzerland, 16 December 2011
We want to wish everyone a Merry
Christmas. May we all remember what Christmas
is really about. For unto us a Son is born...
Switzerland, 23 November 2011
OF THE GREATEST MEN OF GOD WE HAVE EVER KNOWN HAS GONE TO BE WITH THE
LORD, OUR DAD AND ABU-MAN. We
miss you and always will, but we know you have received your
much deserved crown and reward and you are walking on eternal
streets of gold. Until that day where we will walk these streets
with you we will hold on strongly to the Truth you taught us
Sydney, 17 November 2011
Thank you to all of you who have helped
us cover our bills. We were able to leave Vanuatu with zero
outstanding. We are now traveling to Switzerland where we will spend
Christmas and New Year with family and re-connecting with friends
Port Vila, 17 October 2011
At the moment we are
facing quite a financial crunch and we will have to see about USD 1500
come in over the next week to cover all our bills at the end of the
month. I guess the global financial crisis is affecting us after
all. Our financial support has been quite steady over the past months.
However, with a growing family, living in one of the most expensive
countries in the world, where virtually everything is imported (and
accordingly taxed), our support would have to constantly go up a bit. We
have 4 more weeks in Vanuatu and our weeklong trip to Switzerland, after
that we will likely be able to recover financially and work on our
support base before coming back to Vanuatu in January.
If you would like to help us pay off all our bills at the end of the
month, and in that way help bring a positive closure to a very
successful and effective year of ministry, we would greatly appreciate
that. You can make secure online donations by following the below
'PayPal Donation' link. Thank you heaps!
Port Vila, 29 September 2011
Thanks to very generous
donations, our ministry was able to purchase a brand new
20ft container. For the next few months it will serve us
as storage for all our belongings, afterwards we will
use it as a shed/workshop on our ministry site.
are in great need of a shipping container for storage purposes. Over
the next couple of months we will have a time of transition onto our
ministry site. The first buildings will be ready to live in, but not
have final security yet, meaning whenever there's nobody there, the
place will turn into a 'help yourself' or 'take what you can'
opportunity. Until final secure windows are installed, we will have to
be able to store things in the container. After that, it will serve as a
lockable shed, to securely store our equipment and tools.
We need this container within the next few weeks as we face sort of a
mid November deadline where this needs to be in place on our
ministry site. Such a container will cost around USD 2500 to 3000 here in
Vanuatu. If you would like to help us with the purchase of this
container you can click on the donate button below. Donations are
processed through our foundation in Switzerland.
Port Vila, 1 August 2011
July was all about
Medical Mission and the two different Marine Reach Outreaches to
Vanuatu. After months of preparation, meetings with Government
authorities and endless visits to the Customs Department it was finally
time for the two teams to get to Vanuatu.
We had a General Medical Team do 2 weeks of clinics in North Efate. They
treated over 1000 patients, did dental ed and screenings in 8 schools
(over 1000 students), visited 8 villages and 3 islands, delivered one
healthy baby, pulled over 400 teeth and much more. Most important of
all, every patient treated was also shared the love of God and was
Our second team was a specialist Ophthalmology team that went to
Luganville, Santo. In two weeks they performed over 80 eye surgeries,
cataracts and pterygium, and so restored the sight of at times virtually
blind people. Read some of their stories by clicking below.
Surgery Outreach Stories
On our first day of surgery at the Northern
District Hospital in Luganville, an elderly
Ni-van man was brought to us by the name of Garae Namoli. He had
cataracts in both eyes rendering him virtually completely blind. His
friend Rupert (who lives in the same village) had heard there was an eye
team visiting the hospital and so told Garae to come. It was a long
journey to the hospital; three days by foot, ... (more)
Port Vila, 2 May 2011
A Construction team
from a church in New Zealand has completed a two week project with us building our first
house on our land. The weather played its part, the needed material was
almost all available, and the funds the team had raised in New Zealand
prior to coming were exactly sufficient to complete what they had
planned to do. We now have a solid small house structure. It is still
lacking the walls and the interior, which will be the next step of the
project. Click on the photo below to see more pictures.