E-mailed on Monday and snail-mailed this past weekend (thanks to my mother and Ryan’s mother), many of you should have already seen our April Newsletter. But for those of you who are better at Facebook than email or simply follow along on the blog, here is our latest news, a summary of the last few months here in Perth, which you can also find on the ‘About’ page of our website.We love being able to keep in touch with you. And if you’re on our mailing list, you should have received a large post card from us a couple months ago with a picture of the city of Perth. If you didn’t get that update, we probably don’t have your mailing address correct. Could you please take a moment to help us update our records? Please also let us know if you want to be added to our email/mailing list. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you set up.
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Today is our last day of waiting. 40 days of remembering, learning and anticipating. Tomorrow Christians all over the world will celebrate Resurrection Sunday, the day that marks Christ rising from the dead. Our God is not dead. He’s alive. Hallelujah! So today we went to the park and sat, enjoyed the beautiful day and remembered. We’ve read devotionals for the past 40 days, learning more about scripture and the final candle has now been blown out. Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week as we anticipated the events that had to happen in order to fulfill the prophecies. We celebrated with a Passover Seder, ate and drank and remembered. We heard a beautiful sermon on Good Friday, Christ was dead, buried and in the tomb. And now we wait. Because tomorrow we know what happens but that doesn’t make it any less marvelous. He is surely alive. Hallelujah!
Tomorrow we will light all the candles, we will sing songs of His glorious resurrection and we will celebrate Christ overcoming death. It was worth the wait. Hallelujah!
It’s been 3 years since Ryan and I have visited York. This little town of about 3000 people is about an hour north of Brookton. It was one of my favorite towns along the 120 and I’m excited to get to spend more time in this part of the Wheatbelt.Some of the members of the church in Brookton live in York, therefore it has been decided that the weekly Bible study will try occasionaly to meet in York. Although I usually stay home and study for my University classes, I’m going to accompany Ryan out to York today and we’ll spend the night with friends after the study. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and participating in the Bible study too. York here we come!
Post-it notes remind me of prayers. When I started attending Ryan’s Bible study in Camarillo while we were dating, it was already a routine. At the end of every study he brought out post-its and everyone wrote down a prayer request and then these were passed around. You write a post-it and then you take someone else’s post-it. It could be anonymous or you could put your name down but either way that request was prayed for over the week. I know a few people who would put the post-its up on their bathroom mirror as a reminder to pray.On Wednesdays Ryan now drives out to Brookton. He teaches the Bible study and each week brings post-it notes so that everyone can share prayer requests. Even though I don’t usually attend, I’ve started writing a prayer request to send with Ryan because I enjoy getting a prayer request back to pray for during the week. I love being connected to this community through simple, weekly prayers. Post-it notes have a lot of other uses but for me, they will probably always be connected to prayers. I look forward to seeing what God will do through the prayers that will be written on these post-its.
When was baseball first mentioned in the Bible? “In the Big Inning.” (Genesis 1:1) When was baseball mentioned again? “The righteous run to it and they are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) Alright, so maybe baseball isn’t an important theme in the Bible but it still is just fine (as long as we steer clear of heresy) to mix the Bible and Baseball.Ryan is currently making the final preparations for his second Bible study out in Brookton and he has the Japan verses US up in the background. Since we don’t have TV, we get creative with how we get our news and keep up with other things like sports.
Please pray for Ryan as he heads out to Brookton every Wednesday (it works out great with the time change if our friends in the US pray on Tuesday night before you head to bed). Ryan has set aside Wednesday to visit with people and teach through the Bible. We’ll see how this time evolves in the future and I may join him on some Wednesdays too later on. We’re looking forward to marking our time here in Australia as Ryan teaches chronologically through the Bible. Thanks for your prayers!
Happy Sunday from Calvary Church in Brookton. Brookton is about 90 minutes from Perth and we’re thankful to be able to worship with this congregation once a month. This week Ryan will begin spending Wednesdays out in this area and that includes teaching a weekly Bible Study at Calvary in the afternoon. We’re thankful for this community and the time we get to spend here with these wonderful people. Please pray for this church, that it would continue to be a light in the Brookton community. And pray for us that we would serve well being humble and open to the opportunities that God presents for us in Brookton and the wider Wheatbelt area.