Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The "Dodgy D Dorm" dames (single girls at the school) had a last hang-out, going for a drive to see the "12 Apostles" on the Great Ocean Road south-west of here. It is a gorgeous drive and we had good quality time together. Had it been warmer I would have jumped in the ocean but it was just a bit too nippy for me. I'll get my fill of bathwater temperature ocean water in Vanuatu so I'm happy to save myself for that. :) Here are some pics from the trip.
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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Hey friends! A few months ago we made a new video with some ministry updates. Hopefully a lot of you have seen it or will see it at your churches. We sent loads out to churches we presented at on our travels in the US before coming overseas. If you haven't seen it yet, check with your pastor to ask if your church received a video. Watch it here (cuts off the last 1/4 of the screen on the right) or click the YouTube link below to see the full version. Enjoy!
Team Vanuatu video 2009
Team Vanuatu video 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Operation Christmas child (http://www.samaritanspurse.org.au/occ_08_index.shtml) is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse which packs shoeboxes to send to kids all around the world. They include gifts that are fun for Christmas - something to play with, school supplies, something to wear, etc. - as well as packing the Gospel in the language of the area they are sent to. Our church pastor's wife is a mega-deals-shopper and gets stuff throughout the year to pack into boxes. We helped out on a Saturday and packed tons of the things! It was a fun day and we pray that the boxes have an eternal impact around the world!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Last week we had fantastic visitors - friends we met in Vanuatu! Pete and Liz were in town for work and stopped in to see us. We first met them when they were helping out SIL in Vanuatu but then they ditched us there to come back to Australia of all places. Crazy people! :) When we came over to AUS in December last year, they hung out with us a bit in Sydney when we had a layover before flying down to school in Melbourne. Hopefully we'll get to see each other again before we head back to Vanuatu!
Grace on our team just turned 13 this year. She is growing up! When I was about her age, my mom went with me to a make-up party put on by a lady in our church. It was a great opportunity to kick-off wearing make-up and also learn some make-up application skills. To my mom's chagrine, I of course still dabbled quite a bit in thick black eyeliner and teal mascara for awhile, but I like to think I've come around a bit in my ability to use more flattering stuff. :) Anyway, Gretch and I suggested the idea to Tania, who found an Aussie Mary Kay consultant and we had a make-up party. It was a fun time. Here are some during and after pictures from our girl's night.Tania giving Grace a hand.Gretchen shows us alternative places to put our make-up... :) Elyse and I pucker up. Tania shows off her best fish face.
And.... the after pictures. Gretch, Grace, Elyse, me, Tania.
Friday, August 28, 2009
We attend a great international church about 1/2 hour drive away from Kangaroo Ground. It's in a little suburb called Watsonia. Here are some pictures from various things we've been involved in there. Pastor and his wife are great at making everyone feel welcome and loved. We've been invited as a big group over to their place for lunch every so often after church and are impressed with her ability to cook for a huge crowd. They are church planters from the States and have two children of high school and college age.
The church meets in an elementary school so there is quite a bit of set-up and tear-down each week but it is a good size space for the group and is a fairly established church plant. Just this month an Arabic service was started for the large Lebonese population in the church. There are quite a few Philippino attendees and others from other countries so we enjoy the diversity there.
In an earlier post I mentioned the VBS-ish day we were involved in. Every so often we sing or play as a small group or in a choir. We've been practicing for Christmas for some choir pieces and also some songs using chimes, a first for me. We help with nursery and children's church from time-to-time.
In a week or so I'll post pictures from the missions conference. Videos will soon be coming your way that we showed for the missions conference and that show some updates from this last year that we've been away. The missions conference ended with an international dinner. Who can say no to trying all kinds of new foods!
An opportunity presented itself on campus to attend a workshop called One Story (http://www.onestory.org/). The workshop was for a full weekend and was hands-on, super practical, and interesting. We learned how to tell a Bible story in an engaging, interesting way that can be remembered for the listeners to then be able to retell the story to their friends and family. We also learned how to lead a Bible study with Bible storytelling techniques. During the weekend we worked with partners to learn two stories. At the end of the weekend, we told our stories to an audience on campus. It was so fun to see how everyone in the course (including my teammate Tania and her daughter, Grace), grew over the course of just a weekend in confidence, in ability to learn in an oral way, and in storytelling skill. I hope to continue to practice what we learned and especially make use of it in the oral culture in Vanuatu.