I was first exposed to overseas missions in elementary school. My world grew multiple times over as I listened to stories from all over our globe, read books and absorbed whatever information I could find. At that age I knew nothing about what it took to send and keep these people overseas, working towards the great commission in the way God had specifically, uniquely and wonderfully called them. I now know and can see that God was using their lives and stories to impact, influence and change me.These pictures are from a couple of the opportunities we’ve had to share with groups other than adults. With younger kids I like to do hands on projects and Aboriginal art is a great way to not only let kids play with colors but also to talk about how different cultures tell stories and how God shares his story with us. For the youth Ryan used technology (reading his Bible from his phone) and asked a lot of questions to keep the students engaged. As Ryan and I prepare for Australia, we are not forgetting the multiple generations that will come after us. The Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” This is still happening and not yet fulfilled. Maybe it will happen in our lifetime, maybe not. But I do know that until it will be fulfilled, that there will be opportunities for others to follow and do their part in responding and acting on this beautiful charge from scripture. Of course, the nations are in many ways coming to us and missions looks very different now but that’s even more of a reason to get involved. We are thankful to be able to share our story and hopefully encourage and inspire multiple generations.
Ryan and I spoke again tonight and we found ourselves in a room filled with many people who have been “holding the rope” for me for many years. And now they’re holding the rope for us. We look forward to continued relationships with many people who are on the other end, holding us up as we move towards Australia. Thank you to everyone who is in this category! We appreciate you.What do I mean by holding the rope? Read the account below about William Carey, a missionary to India in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
After hearing an account of the spiritual needs of India, the secretary of the meeting remarked: “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?” “I will venture to go down,” said William Carey, “but remember that you must hold the ropes.”
We had two speaking engagements yesterday and are looking forward to one more on Wednesday. If you’re in the Sacramento area, please join us at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church for a potluck missions night at 6pm. Bring a dish for the potluck, and listen to Ryan and I share more about Australia.This weekend we spoke twice, first in Bakersfield and then in Fresno. We had the opportunity to speak to an adult Sunday school class, as well as share a meal with some people who are quickly becoming special friends in Bakersfield. After that, we got on the road and arrived to a delicious Australian spread.We provided the TimTams but our host, whom I love dearly, made all sorts of amazing Australian deliciousness. Meat pies, sausage rolls and fairy bread, just to highlight a few items. And then for dessert we had the TimTams, of course, but also sticky date pudding, a white chocolate rolled cake and even a beautiful banana, caramel pavlova. Although I didn’t partake in the banana dessert, others thought it was delightful.This was a fun evening of sharing food, visiting and answering questions about our vision and heart for Australia. Ryan and I love gathering people around us who are already proving to be a foundational part of our ministry, whether through prayer, finances or the many other ways people have chosen to come alongside us.
When I was support raising before, I visited a church on the Yakama reservation. I was not sure what to expect from the visit but after having a meal with the team, getting a tour of the church building they were renovating and helping out with Kid’s Club (one of their local summer outreaches in the neighborhoods), I got a sense of the similarities between their ministry with Native Americans and what I had hoped would be my ministry with Aboriginals in Australia.Fast forward to this week and one of the things we wanted to take advantage of while we were in Washington State was visiting this church again, catching up with the team and looking forward to what could be potential ministry connections for the future.
While we were chatting, this beautiful double rainbow crossed the sky outside the now complete church building. We also got to attend youth group and see the building in action, about 70 young people from the surrounding community getting fed, playing games and hearing about forgiveness in Christ.
Our desire now is to remain in touch and potentially foster relationships between Native American and Aboriginal youth. We believe that this could be potentially impactful for both our ministries. Please pray for Sacred Road Ministries and their work reaching the Yakama people for Christ.
Today Ryan and I had the privilege of visiting Nexus Portland, a Calvary Nexus church plant. It was really nice to be able to visit and worship together with a church that we’ve heard so much about and with people we’ve been praying for. Ryan was able to reconnect with people he’s known and I was able to meet people who I feel like I already know. I got caught up in visiting and sharing with everyone so I forgot to take a picture but this screen shot from the Nexus Portland website will have to suffice.Ryan and I were also able to share about Australia and were prayed for multiple times during the morning. One of my favorite things about being the body of Christ is being able to worship together and feel connected with very little background or introduction required. This is our Christian community. We’re thankful for this church and their heart for Portland. We look forward to seeing how God continues to work and grow His Kingdom in the neighborhoods Nexus Portland is reaching.
It’s that time again. It’s been a few months since we’ve written a newsletter and now that we’re making progress hopefully they will be more frequent than every 5 or 6 months. I think quarterly is our goal but we’ll see what happens as we keep moving towards Australia. This newsletter was sent out yesterday, if you would like to receive the news first to your inbox, email us and let us know. Also if you think you should have gotten it via email but didn’t, let me know so I can check to make sure I have your correct email.
In order to read our latest newsletter here, you can click on the picture, this link HERE or our newsletter tab (which will be hopefully moving to our website in the next couple of weeks).Being a blog reader, you get more regular updates but the newsletters hopefully provide a good summary and this one has more about Ryan’s time in Perth and Brookton. Thank you for taking the time to read our latest news as well as pray about how you can be a part of the work that is happening in Australia.
Ryan is back in Perth after spending the week observing the Brookton Bush Mission. From the pictures it looks like the kids and the volunteers had a great time.
We are now past half way in our time apart. This time next week Ryan will be back with me in California. I’m sure he’ll be very jet-lagged but I’m counting the days until we will be together again. Thanks for your continued prayers!