While we were on deputation we went to a church in Florida, where we met a wonderful pastor and his family. We became good friends and now they are missionaries in Indonesia, which is only a stone's throw away. So last month they came and visited. We had a wonderful time, but it went way too fast!
I'm so thankful that in this thing we call life God chose to give friendships.
I've been a bit slack lately documenting our homeschooling. I recently started working on our portfolios and often come back here for dates, and realized I've missed so much!
Last week we were able to visit the Tindal Caves (again!). Tindal Caves is next to Cutta Cutta Caves. Tindal Caves are private caves and you are only allowed to go in when you have a Park Ranger with you. We've gone a few times with the Junior Ranger program, and Ranger Clare offered to take the homeschoolers. Ranger Clare, as always, did an awesome job with the tour.
We had several homeschooling families attend, I think this was our biggest excursion so far!
Because we had so many people (noise!), we weren't able to see any live animals. The last time we went there was a snake on the handrail next to where Ranger Clare is standing in the photo.
At the back of the cave, Ranger Clare shared a beautiful story reminding us to be thankful of this great land we have hear and all the beauty it withholds.
This year we are using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Astronomy. My kids are loving it. This is the first year we have really used it and done all the experiments. I bought the science kit through Christianbook.com. I highly recommend it! No more excuses.
The kids have already asked what we'll be doing next year!
I thought I'd give an update on our church. Things have been going well, and it's exciting to see what the Lord is doing. We recently got a new sign for the church. We've heard from many people in the community that they've noticed how well-kept the church has been. It's encouraging that people are noticing!
Kid's Club has been fantastic lately! Last week we had 30 kids, including 5 teenage boys. They listened so well. I'm always amazed at how well behaved they are. I'm starting a new series of lessons on the fruit of the Spirit. Last week we talked about sin and salvation. We discussed how an apple tree bears apples, an orange tree bears oranges, and a Christian should bear the fruits of the Spirit. Each week we are going to discuss a fruit of the Spirit, and we are going to encourage the kids to work on showing that fruit throughout the week. I can't wait to see how the Lord is going to work!! I made these little goody bags filled with runts for the kids with our memory verse on it.
Thank you all for your prayers. It's so exciting to finally be here where we dreamed of for so long. Many of you prayed with us while we waited on our visas, and now you get to see the fruit of those prayers. It's hard to believe we've been here for over three and half years. God is good!
We have recently started a prayer meeting for the adults, and will soon be starting a monthly ladies fellowship. Things are happening!
I'll leave you with a photo of me and two of our kids from church.
Independence Day (4th of July) is my favourite holiday. Obviously that's not celebrated here, but thankfully Territory Day is 1 July. It's the one day a year where we can buy and set off fireworks! Territory Day fell on Wednesday this year, and we have Kid's Club in Barunga on Wednesdays. So we bought a box of fireworks and took them with us. Our helper also brought a box, and a friend donated even more, so we had plenty to set off!
Everyone in the community was setting off fireworks, so we had quite a show! The kids had an absolute blast. This had to be the best Territory Day I've had here yet!