Getting mail has already been an event in Australia. We have received most of the mail sent to us but we’re pretty sure some things have been misdirected and/or lost along the way. Maybe they’ll show up in time. We’re also working on getting a post office address sorted so that we can receive packages without the package being left at the front door of our apartment building where anyone could grab it before we picked it up. Despite these minor setbacks we have been receiving some mail and we even received mail from ourselves:-) We wanted to see how our organization’s mailing service worked firsthand.If you’re on our mailing list and we have your address correct, you should have received our latest newsletter in the form of a postcard. It’s pretty large so you can’t miss it. We are not abandoning our typical emailed news but every once in awhile it is nice to receive something that you can hold in your hands. If you didn’t get one and you think you should have, please contact me and we’ll get your address correct for next time.
Following us on social media will give you a definite leg up on our news but here is what we wrote in the postcard just in case you missed it:
We love the Perth skyline. Our temporary apartment, on the 18th floor overlooking the Swan River, is a 30 minute walk from downtown. We’ve starred our balcony. Can you find it? It’s a beautiful place to live and a great introduction to the city. We are abundantly grateful for generous people at the local church who have provided the apartment and furnished it for us.
Pray for us as we begin intentionally getting to know people in our community. Being in a high-rise has its challenges for building relationships, but chocolate chip cookies have helped open some doors. We also have three little shops right at our doorstep. Please pray for ‘I’ and ‘H’, two of the clerks we are getting to know. Dance lessons, city walks, the farmer’s market and more, are all ways we are getting to know this city and the people who live here.
In February, Joy begins her masters program at UWA and Ryan will begin a more official ministry schedule, reaching out to and building relationships in Brookton and the Wheatbelt. We hope to continue to make friends and build community, sharing our lives and sharing Jesus, as we navigate through this wonderful, beautiful city. Thank you for praying for us and for Western Australia!