Friday, July 10, 2015

A Church Update

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.    

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Territory Day!

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!
(Thanks, Kate, for some of the photos!)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Our Family Holiday (Part 6) - Uluru and Kata-Tjuta

On Thursday we left Alice Springs are drove 450km to see Uluru.  For years we looked at this photo on our prayer card and dreamed of seeing.  So this was a pretty big day for us.
Thanks for the reminder!
Mt. Conner
People are often fooled by Mt. Conner and think it's Uluru.
Still an amazing sight!
There she is - Uluru!
You were able to drive completely around Uluru and see it from all sides.
There are signs there asking people not to climb,
although they do allow it in some places.
But out of respect we just walked around.
Red dirt
About 50 kilometers from Uluru is Kata-Tjuta, or the Olgas.
A view of Uluru from Kata-Tjuta.
And Uluru at sunset.
Also, as a side note, it does cost to get into the National Park were Uluru and Kata-Tjuta are.  The cost for a year's pass for Territorians was $65.  I only share, because we hadn't budgeted this into our trip, and other's reading this who are planning a trip may want to know.  :)
We stayed in a cabin in Yalara, a little town near Uluru.
We found Swiss Miss hot chocolate in Alice Springs.
It was quite cold (4C), so they were happy to warm up with hot chocolate.
I wanted to see camels in the wild,
but this is as close as I could get.
Here is my favourite photo from our trip. 
Can you see Uluru in the background?
I absolutely love these clouds!
We left Friday and drove to Tennent Creek to stay the night.
I got this photo of a beautiful sunset there.
The petrol station offered kangaroo tails, fur and all.
Maybe next time!
That's the last of my photos.
Thanks for stopping by!

Our Family Holiday (Part 5) - Alice Springs Desert Park

On Wednesday, I had a meeting for work (which is why we finally scheduled this trip!).  It was a good team meeting, and I enjoyed seeing our company's office in Alice Springs and meeting new people.  While I was at the meeting, Patrick took the kids to the museum, so I don't have any photos of that.  After they picked me up, we went to the Alice Springs Desert Park.  This place was very similar to Berry Springs Wildlife Park up near Darwin.  The nice things about places like this, is that they offer a great deal for Territorians.  So you pay to get in, and you get a free pass for one year.  I don't know if we'll make it back down to Alice Springs in the next year, but if we do, we get in for free!!
Alice Springs Desert Park was a great place!
We highly recommend it!

Our Family Holiday (Part 4) - Hermannsburg

On Tuesday we woke up and drove out to Hermannsburg.  This was the location of the first Aboriginal Mission in the Northern Territory.  The history was fascinating.
I took this panorama shot with my phone.
How cool is this piano?! 
I love the candlestick holders!
We had morning tea in a little cafe they had there.
Patrick was happy to have apple strudel.
We loved the German connection to this place.
For more information for Hermannsburg - click here.