Another Country

Screen Shot 2017-04-29 at 3.23.47 PM.pngWhile 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.

Baseball and Bible Study

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.Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 11.43.44 AMRyan 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!

Getting to Know Perth

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-5-12-58-pmGetting to know Perth is a priority for us.  We want to experience and enjoy this city while we’re living here.  During the Summer, there are a lot of activities to seek out and enjoy but we’ve been warned that there isn’t as much to do in the winter.  I’m not fully convinced yet because there still is a long list of places I want to explore.  Being out and about in the city also allows us to meet the people who live in, work in and make up the human part of city life.  The people are definitely a reflection of the city.  We’ve been finding activities on Instagram, through friends and also doing internet searches which turn up websites like: Guide to Perth and Experience Perth.  It’s fun to look up lists of things to do in Perth and see that we’ve already checked off a few of the big activities that everyone recommends.  What will our next adventure be?screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-5-12-03-pm

Let’s Keep in Touch

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.screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-3-59-55-pmHere 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.

Heading Over the Rainbow

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.screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-10-54-09-amPlease 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!

15 Days Until Christmas Eve

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.screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-8-41-10-amFrom 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.screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-8-26-25-amRyan 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!

The Road to Australia in Video

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!