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!
It was fun to write this letter and look back at all the amazing answers to prayer we have seen over the past year. If you aren’t getting our newsletters and would like to, please let me know. This was sent out on Friday so if you’re on the list, you get the news first! If you want to see this newsletter as well as our past news, you can find them on the About page of our website: ryanwithjoy.com. Or just click here: December 2016.
Since we’ve sent out this newsletter, we’ve received a few verbal pledges so if those all come through then we’re at 90%. Only 10% more to go. Please pray with us for 100% by the 28th of December.
Merry Christmas and a Hoppy New Year Everyone!
I love sharing answers to prayer, especially when we know that many people, our friends and family were praying with us and for us. Yesterday, I emailed our latest newsletter with answers to prayer from our 30 Days of Prayer. If you’d like to receive the news first, email me and I’ll put you on the list. Here is our October Newsletter and I’d like to highlight the matching offer that will be on for all of November. This is very timely because we want to be at 100% of our support by the end of November at the latest.
If you are not already a pledged supporter, this is your time to get a little more bang for your buck. If anyone makes a reoccurring pledge (yearly, quarterly, monthly, etc.) in November, our friends will match the monthly equivalent with a one-time gift. This means we could potentially receive an extra one-time gift for about $2400. This is a wonderful, generous gift and we want to take advantage of it. But in order to do that, we need people to give. Please be in prayer about becoming a regular supporter. Every gift makes a difference.
Today is day 30 in our 30 Days of Prayer. We are so thankful for those of you who have prayed alongside us during this time. We’re thinking about making the 30 Days of Prayer something regular in our year to help us remember and refocus. Looking forward we will be sending out a newsletter next week with some stories of answered prayer and what it will take to get us to Australia. But for now we want to look back and see how God has been present and answered prayer over the last 30 days.We stated 5 specific goals in our September Newsletter and here’s how God has showed up:
1. Apply for and obtain our visas.
We have applied for our visas, are in correspondence with Noel, a man at the department of immigration and are waiting to see when our visas are approved. Please keep praying!
2. Gain the last of the support we need.
When we sent out the September Newsletter we were hovering just over 60% and now we’re at 77.7% of our monthly support. We also have a great matching opportunity happening in November so look for details in the October Newsletter (coming out soon). Please keep praying!
3. Have people praying specifically for us and our marriage.
We felt your prayers this month. It has been stressful, especially because of the University start date deadline, and will continue to be stressful as we get closer to our departure date as goodbyes begin to occupy our already full schedules. But we are in this together and will continue to fight well and work side by side with each other. Please keep praying!
4. Be praying for Australia, specifically the people and places we have fallen in love with.
Prayer remains our main ministry. Today, the final day of specific prayer, we are asking you to PRAY for Western Australia. Pray specifically for the Wheatbelt and the people living in the Wheatbelt. Please keep praying!
5. Do we leave for Australia in November or do we wait until January?
Neither. Well, at least at this point we are thinking that everything points to early December. Please keep praying!I could look at this list and be disappointed that we don’t have many more definitive answers to prayers. However, prayer is ongoing. Prayer is a process. And prayer should be a constant in the Christian life. I hope we never come to a point where we are done praying, have what we need from God and can move forward on our own. That’s not how this works. Please keep praying isn’t a failure to see answered prayers. Please keep praying is a commitment to the necessity of ongoing prayer.
Thank you for praying!