While browsing through the DVDs at the Perth City Library, I came across this cultural gem. I’ve been trying to soak in information about Aboriginal history and culture and this is yet another great documentary with a lot of meaningful and practical insight. If you’ve seen the movie Australia, you know David Gulpilil (the documentary’s narrator), he’s the one who played King George. He was also the narrator in 10 Canoes.
Watching Another Country was significant for me because it confirmed the clash of cultures that still continues today between white and Aboriginal. It also emphasizes the basic human need to be productive, have meaningful work and be able to contribute positively to your community. And I appreciated the insights into some Aboriginal views of Christianity. If you can get ahold of this movie, it’s definitely worth a watch. I’d love to have a chat with you about your thoughts and any questions that might arise.
We may live in the city but we don’t typically drive through the city. If we’re heading to Northbridge or downtown, it’s usually easier to take public transportation. And if we’re leaving the city then driving around instead of through usually makes the most sense because of the city traffic. So when we do end up driving through the city, I take pictures. This city is very pretty and I like to document the occasion, especially since it’s happened twice in the past week!
Anzac Day is a pretty big deal here in Australia. I was first introduced to this holiday through the delicious Anzac biscuit. Click HERE for the recipe I used to make these and let me know if I need to translate some of the ingredients for you:-) Even Ryan enjoyed this version of these classic cookies and he’s not a coconut fan. Now that we’re here in Australian, we see that Anzac Day is about more than just a tasty cookie…excuse me, more than just a tasty biscuit.
Anzac Day commemorates the first major military action Australia and New Zealand fought in during WWI. Today we heard over and over again “Lest we forget.” Because this military action, along with many others, happened at dawn the first celebrations/remembrances began with a dawn service up at Kings Park and then there was a breakfast in the city.
We did not make it to either of those events but we found ourselves a great spot along the parade route. And we enjoyed the cool morning while chatting with a women next to us about Anzac Day and the celebrations. The parade had marching bands, lots of bagpipes and people of all ages marching in remembrance.
We enjoyed hearing the many versions of Waltzing Matilda and other songs too as current service men and women, veterans and family members marched by. Australia recognizes that they have fought alongside many other countries as well, so some of them (including the USA) were honored in the parade as well.
After the parade we walked over to the park where they held a memorial service. The Governor of Western Australia spoke as well as a wounded veteran. It was warm in the sun but we still enjoyed the service and hearing the choir sing about Australia. Anzac Day is yet another cultural experience for us here in Perth.
Last week was Resurrection Sunday. Although Ryan and I enjoyed the church service and our relaxing afternoon, we felt something missing. Some of what we were missing may have been our typical Easter traditions with family and friends; however, I think there was something more going on. Yes, there were a lot of people out enjoying the beautiful autumn day (yes, it’s autumn here) but I got the feeling that most people were just enjoying the 4 day weekend because it was time off work. There seemed to be little or no thought given to the reason behind the holiday.Most of the time when we walk around the city, we see churches like St. Mary’s gated off and quiet. There are a couple large, beautiful cathedrals in the city but I’ve rarely seen people gathering for anything besides a tour. We also see signs posted for little churches outside of buildings or in shopping centers where they meet on Sundays but rarely do we get see the visible community of God meeting outside of our own church and church family.But today while walking home I saw something different. I first walked by a little church that had just let out of their service, all ages, different races, gathered outside the doors chatting and enjoying the Sunday sunshine. Almost everyone had a delicious looking donut in hand and I walked through getting a peek into this community. And then I came to St. Mary’s Cathedral with gates open, cars coming and going, kids playing on the lawn and signs of life. It was encouraging to me that these places do have active communities, hopefully the Gospel is being preached and people are being reached. I know for sure that God is at work even if we don’t always see outward, visible signs.
I look forward to continuing to see how God is at work as we get to know more people in the city and see firsthand the Gospel being lived out. If you are discouraged by the lack of God and faith in your community, be encouraged that God is at work. Open your eyes and hopefully God will show you His specific work. Please pray for us here, that God would be working through us and other Christians in Perth, and we will be praying the same for you.
Today Ryan and I bought a year long pass for WA National Parks. This is our newest excuse to check out all the places we can in WA. Friends of ours visited Yanchep earlier this week and the pictures looked so fun that we figured we would visit ourselves. Just a 45 minute drive north of Perth, Yanchep
is a beautiful little getaway. And if the lovely landscape isn’t enough, there are koalas!
Can you spot the koalas? It was crazy how high up they sleep and on such little branches too. We walked around for awhile just trying to spot them in the trees. Thankfully they are all in one area so you’re guaranteed to see at least a few even if they are all asleep.
After the koalas, we took a couple other little hikes around the marshy lake and in an area that use to be a series of limestones caves before it collapsed. There are still lots of caves in Yanchep, including one that can be rented out for events! If we go back, we will definitely do some cave exploring.
After finishing up at the park, we decided to grab a bite to eat and then head to a nearby harbor to see the boats and the beach. It reminded us a little of the harbor in Oxnard but the ocean looks different without the Channel Islands and all the limestone rocks told us we aren’t in California anymore.
Exploring our new home is one of our favorite things. 1 National Park down and we’ll see how many more we get to before our pass expires.
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 email@example.com and I’ll get you set up.
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It’s been fun watching people celebrating Easter around the world. From the comfort of my own home, I’ve watched videos and seen pictures from celebrations in Papua New Guinea, Japan, Bulgaria, Peru, different parts of the US and all up and down California. The pictures included here are from some Easter traditions that I missed not being in PNG or California. In Papua New Guinea a sunrise service is held and a cross is decorated with flowers that everyone brings. It is beautiful! And in Camarillo the sunrise beach service is always wonderful. Such an amazing visual reminder of light overtaking darkness. Maybe we’ll have to start a sunrise service tradition here. Easter was very low key, with a typical service pointing to Jesus and the resurrection but we enjoyed a wonderful relaxing afternoon. We hope you made more family memories this year and enjoyed your Easter traditions new and old. I’m thankful that Jesus is alive, although we remember it especially during Easter, it’s true every day of the year!