Thursday, February 23, 2006

More Than Gold 06

Slogan for Christian churches, combining four outreaches during the Commonwealth games in Northern Melbourne. More than Gold 06

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Binalong Bay Tasmania

Sue's Caption reads: Binalong Bay is five minutes from St. Helens Tasmania. The sand is so white that it hurts your eyes and squeaks under your feet when you walk! The Aqua marine waters are birthed in the Antarctic. The beach is covered with thousands of miniature shells.

Tasmanian Sunset

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Ministering in Georgetown Tasmania

Rainbow the Clown at the Georgetown Baptist Church

Pastors John and Cheryl Denman at their favorite counseling spot, the St. Helens Coffee Shop.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Tasmania Travel Tip

Anyone traveling to Tasmania may want to check in with Sue and Carolyn regarding good places to eat. Sue writes, "This Seafood platter (left) only cost 12 USD. Shared, that is six dollars each. "

More from Melbourne

Sue writes: Japanese Jellies with lychees served at our friends Alan and Helene’s house, in Melbourne. Yum!

This photo was taken during a visit to Pastor Richard Holland during his stay at the hospital. Pastor Richard is the founder of the largest church in Melbourne. Pastor Richard’s surgery to implant a pacemaker was successful and an answer to prayer. Sue writes, [His] pacemaker should have him up and running for the Commonwealth Games!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Back from Tasmania...for 3 days

The first of three trips this month to Tasmania went very well. Carolyn and I departed Melbourne on the ferry called the Spirit of Tasmania. We took Carolyn’s car to leave there for transportation this month. The ferry docks in Devonport and then we drove into Kingston, a small community outside of Hobart (am I challenging your geographical knowledge of Tasmania yet?). We arrived on a Friday and on Saturday began a seminar for City Light Church consisting of us as the speakers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday we did two family services, morning and evening. Monday morning we did a combined chapel for the Christian School belonging to the church.

We had a few days break before going on to our next camp located in Orford, Tasmania. This camp was very interesting. The type of camp we were originally asked to do changed three times in the space of two weeks. It reminded me of one of the sessions I taught in the Kingston Saturday seminar. I mentioned the importance of flexibility in missions. Well for that matter, flexibility in any ministry.

The example I used was that of a worship team leader that was taking a team into India. At customs the officers challenged him bringing in an electric keyboard. He programmed this keyboard for over many weeks to play all the orchestral instruments and scores of the music the worship team would need for their part in a Christian Festival. His protests fell on deaf ears and the officials said he could collect the keyboard upon his departure. As he watched them carry off his state-of-the-art keyboard, it was as if he could see Jesus himself leaving with it. The other team members tried to console him. “Perhaps the Indian worship leaders will have an electric keyboard for you to use” they encouraged.

When the missions team connected with the Indian team, a keyboard was available for loan. His first practice on the battered keyboard confirmed his worst fears. One key wouldn’t work. “This is impossible,” he moaned. “I cannot play on this. We will just play a worship cd and lipsink on the platform.”

Now the other members of the worship team were in shock. They’d put in hours of practice, worked all year, sacrificed of their finances and time with their families to be a part of this mission outreach. “We did not work and sweat and sacrifice to travel thousands of miles to LIPSINK our worship to God!” they cried out.

Now an average keyboard has 88 keys, yet the fact that this worship leader still had 87 keys to play meant nothing to him. So many times it is like that with us. Something goes wrong, the schedule changes, or things get added in that we didn’t expect. All we can see is the negative. We become blind to what can be done. We fail to focus on looking for ways we can “make it happen!” We keep tapping the one key that isn’t working.

In the end our camp went well; changes, challenges and all. God is always ready to make up the difference and does if we will trust Him. This afternoon we flew back to Melbourne for a three day World Impact Missions Conference working with CityLife Church. We will be training on ballooning, and clowning for outreach teams to do street ministry at the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne in March. Then it’s off to Tasmania Saturday night to start again on Sunday morning in a community called Georgetown.

I promise more interesting mobile phone photos, and send out a big thank you to Doug for keeping my blog up to date while we are in the wilds of Tassie!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Tasmania Travels Continued.......

Sue and Carolyn are continuing their travels through Tasmania. To the right is Sue's latest addtion to her travel blog. Her caption for this photo is, "Stonehinged Haystack Tasmania!"

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Orford Tasmanian Camp

Children working on the David & Goliath posters.
Kids' camp chapel

Sue writes that the camp is going well. She mentioned that only three or four of the children come from church backgrounds. Sue and Carolyn have 21 adults helping with the camp.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bronze statue of Louis Bernacchi explorer, magnetical observer, Southern Cross Antarctic
expedition 1899
Hobart Post Office Circa 1800s

Dusting of snow on Mt. Wellington Tasmania, mid-summer

Sue also writes:

This weekend we head to a camp in Orfords on the North East coast.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Kingston School Chapel

Sunday February 5, 2006, Sue conducted a chapel for Kingston School. The Kingston School students range from ages five to ten.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tasmanian Tea Room

Tea Room
Crocodile Head in a Cake Safe

I'll be filling in for Sue, while she's traveling, by keeping her blog updated with the latest news. Sue will be sending photos and information via her mobile phone and multimedia text messaging, throughout her trip, whenever she can.

As mentioned in her previous entry, Sue and Carolyn are traveling in Tasmania to minister to the people there. One of their stops was a quaint tea room. It appears that Crocodile Under Glass was one of the menu items. We’ll have to ask them if they tried any once they’re back. I'll post more travel updates as they come in. Sue and Carolyn, our prayers are with you.