Was Jon Frum ‘John from America’?

As I have said in a previous post on the Jon Frum cult found on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, there is great disagreement on both the origins of the cult and the identity of Jon Frum.  One particularly tantalising version has it that the name ‘Jon Frum’ came from a misunderstanding when a US serviceman who introduced himself as ‘John from America’ was misunderstood to be named ‘Jon Frum’.  When I was on Tanna in April I stumbled on a diary extract that shed a little light on the matter. Continue reading

A Thought for Food

Lunch at SIBC

When Tom and I got married cooking was not my forte and in fact I think Tom cooked most of the meals in that first year. But with practice (and lots of watching Tom) I have come to enjoy cooking and being in charge of meals for our growing family. So on our recent trip to Vanuatu I was keen to get an idea of what food and cooking will be like for our family next year. Here are some of my observations and thoughts… Continue reading

A Mission Fund for Students

Thomas, student at SIBC

Pastor Yarwell, principle of South Island Bible College (Tanna Island, Vanuatu), has started a mission fund for each of his students so that they will have some funds available to them for mission work when they graduate. Continue reading

Kind of Green: First Impressions of Tanna

Tom worked in Vanuatu in 2002 and 2003 and had told me many stories about it.  But I went last month for the first time on a trip to further investigate mission work there and I will share with you some of my first impressions of what the country is like and then a couple of reflections. Continue reading