Since arriving in Perth, we have been slowly chipping away at all the to-dos that come with moving to a new country. The list remains long but one of the first accomplishments was getting Australian cell phone numbers. This means we’re giving up our US numbers but we still want to keep in touch with you.Here are the main ways to stay connected with us:
Snail Mail: The picture above is our humble, low-lying mail box. We’d love to have mail other than advertisement flyers when we check it. Especially since Ryan has to practically lay down on the floor to reach in to see what’s in there. Shoot me a message and I’ll send you our address.
WhatsApp: This is a messenger app that will allow you to send text messages and pictures through your data plan on your phone. Or if you don’t have a smart phone, you can use it on your computer. Download it, https://whatsapp.com/dl/ and find us! This is what we will be using as an alternative to texting.
Facebook: If you already have Facebook, we still have this and love being able to follow your lives this way. It’s also easy to send messages and video chat.
Skype: Ryan and I are working on getting our internet up and running. Once that happens we’d love to Skype and stay connected face to face.
Phone: You probably shouldn’t try calling us because of the expense but we do have a limited amount of US minutes each month so we can make US calls for special occasions. If you happen to have an international plan that includes Australia, shoot us a message and we will pass along our numbers.
Email: Our emails are the same, we can check them easily and love staying hearing from you personally.
Of course there is always this blog, our website (ryanwithjoy.com), Instagram and newsletters so you can be hearing from us but we like to hear from you too! Thanks for keeping in touch across the ocean.
Tomorrow Ryan and I fly from San Fransisco to Dubai and then from Dubai to Perth. If everything goes as planned we will arrive in Perth on the 30th. Ryan and I will ring in the New Year down under! We’re starting 2017 off in a new country, in a new apartment, new friends, a new team and all sorts of other new things that we haven’t even realized yet. I’m sure the year won’t be without challenges but we’re looking forward to what is ahead for us in Perth, Western Australia. Please pray for our transition.Please forgive the blog silence into the New Year because we aren’t sure about internet, jet lag and scheduling once we arrive. However, we will try to be posting to Instagram so you can follow us along the way. If you haven’t already, you can find us on Instagram @joycandee and @lpturntable. Next time I post will be from somewhere over the rainbow!
Do you have your Christmas shopping done? Ryan and I were done early because we were originally planning on being in Australia for Christmas. But we’re thankful for the time we get to share with family and friends over the next couple of weeks.
Even though I’m typically an early shopper, there is often one or two people who make it a challenge to find just the right gift. I know everyone has at least one hard to shop for person on their list. And most everyone can do with a little nourishment. I blogged about this when it first came out Nüresh- A New Way to Feed Your Mind, Soul and Spirit but I figured a little holiday reminder would be good because this would be a great gift for someone who is hard to shop for.From the description on the website: NÜRESH gives you thousands of hours of the most inspirational and informative premium spoken word content in one innovative and easy-to-use Web interface. Listen, learn and still have time to live your life.
And since it’s price had dropped recently, if you buy a subscription now, it’s only $9.99 per month for life. So if you have a $30 shopping budget for that hard to shop for person in your life, you can give the gift of three months of listening and then if they choose to keep the subscription, it’s still affordable for them.Ryan and I recently signed up and are excited to check out some of the speakers. And the database of resources will just keep growing so we are looking forward to having access to the content as it increases too. Give the gift of Nüresh this holiday season because it can nourish your mind, soul and spirit all year long!
This weekend one of our churches had a Sunday highlighting the ministries they support and they requested us to make a video. We added a little something to the beginning and the end of the video specifically for the people in that congregation and for that event but we wanted to share the rest of the video with all of you. Hope you enjoy Ryan’s handiwork.
And just a little reminder, if you want to be a part of what God is doing in Perth, Brookton and beyond, November matching is still going on. When you make a reoccurring pledge this month, the monthly amount is matched for an extra one-time gift. The easiest way to give is through this link: Ryan&Joy. Just put the amount you intend to give in the ‘give’ box at the top of the page and when you click through it will give you all your options (frequency of giving, payment method, etc.) Thank you for being a part of this with us!
Why pray? Jesus prayed (Luke 5:16). God hears our prayers (Matthew 7:11). God answers prayers (Matthew 7:7-8). We are commanded to pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is our way to communicate with and listen to God (Jeremiah 33:3).Therefore, we are inviting you to pray with us for 30 days starting on Thursday, September 15th. There are a lot of big things happening for us in the next 30 days and we want this time covered in prayer. We’re thankful that we can have these days to keep working, moving forward and trusting that God will hear and answer our prayers. Join us in asking for God to do great things. Join us in praying for Australia. Join us in this part of our ministry. Join with us in our excitement about what God will do!For more of the details why we are having these 30 days of prayer, you can read our latest newsletter which should be in your inbox if you’re on our list:-) But you can also click this link to read/download: September 2016. You can view the Prayer Calendar here: Prayer Calendar. And for everyone who uses an electronic calendar, you can also view it or add it to your electronic/google calendar with one of these links:
Subscribe to the calendar on your iPhone or android: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/vkusp7fla702quhas2b29m3lrg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
View the calendar on the internet: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=vkusp7fla702quhas2b29m3lrg%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles
No matter how often you pray, who you pray with or how long you pray- Thank you for praying with us!
I blogged recently (Follow Me to Australia) about the Perth or Western Australia groups that I follow on Instagram which is a nice way to stay connected to Australia while on this side of the pond. One of those account @perth_life recently posted this photo which caught my attention.
I looked into this event and found out that today is World Suicide Prevention Day. And this is just one of the events that is happening all over the world in order to raise awareness and give people resources to help prevent suicide. Today all over Australia people gathered to walk Out of the Shadows.
This effort to raise awareness makes sense because suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for people ages 15 to 44. I will be looking into the organizations for suicide prevention that are active in Perth (for example: RU Ok?) and following a couple of them on Instagram (for example: @lifeline_wa) in order to see what I can learn. Hopefully these will be great resources for us in the future. But for today let’s pray for those who are impacted by suicide all over the world.
Ryan and I are preparing for and anticipating 30 Days of Prayer beginning on September 15th. Look for more information coming soon! One of the things we want to do during this time, besides uniting our friends, family and supporters in prayer, is to share some postures and ways of praying and/or thinking about prayer that may be new, different or simply reminders of what we already know but might have forgotten in our busyness. Shared here on MTW’s blog, Berenice Rarig on Art and Culture: A Video, is a beautiful video of our team leader’s wife in her creative element. Berenice is an installation artist. She has an amazing heart and an understanding of the gospel from a unique and beneficial perspective. I hope this video inspires many discussions and thoughts about God, the nature of God and the creativity of God.
We are amazingly blessed to be a part of a team and a part of an organization that doesn’t just give lip service to prayer. And during the 30 Days of Prayer we will be highlighting some of the ways our team prays as well as inviting you to pray along with our organization during their international day of prayer. I look forward to sharing more of Berenice’s art including one of the pieces that you get a glimpse of in this video.