Wow! it's been a whirlwind first week here in Brisbane for our team. We've tried to update our activities via Facebook, but our long days/evening schedule has hindered blogging up to this point.
We made it here with no worries, surprising our missionary (Daun) with her father (Don)! It was great to see her stunned expression at the airport as he came out the ramp! More than anything throughout this week, we've been impressed with the need and opportunity for relationships. The young people of the Ann Street Church are so open for friendships, and those connections matter to them. People with whom we've come into contact are also open to finding more about us and connecting with us on some level. These opportunities are abundant and fairly easy to negotiate- something all of us are able to do!
We've been to an island off Brisbane's shore with the church, visited a zoo, cleaned and begun repainting Ann Street's Fellowship Hall, eaten kangaroo, served a Community BBQ (like our Community Supper), dined at the Pancake House in the city at midnite, attended a farewell service for Ron Tatum (visiting for a month from Southside Christian Church in Inglewood), and prayer walked in the city...just to mention a few things. Tomorrow (Sunday), Mike will preach a combined service (Ann St. regulars and their Korean church), then we'll pack up and head to Eidsvold, a small, predominantly aboriginal community 6 hours from here. Chances are there'll be no way to blog there, so we'll catch you up on our return next Thursday. Meanwhile, thank you for your prayers and love (keep 'em coming!), and enjoy a few recent snaps:
We've experienced a lot in a short time, and there's more to come! Pray for opportunity and boldness as we represent our God here. We love you all!
|Ann Street Church|
|Luke the artist|
|Josh and St. John|
|Alexis and the Ann St. mob|
|Work crew gettin' it done|
|In 'N' Out training pays off|
|Mike keeping an eye out|