Thank you for your prayers for our Chinese Gospel Dinner last Saturday. Give thanks to God for a great evening! Many guests came along, enjoyed a delicious Chinese banquet and listened to gospel songs and a talk in Mandarin. There were around 40 adults and 10 children. Some of them we had not met before. Others were English class students, past students and neighbours to the church. Some had not visited church or an event for a long time. It was clear that God has been at work in these people, not wanting them to be lost, but to come to him through his Son. Continue reading
Thank you for praying for our Meeting Jesus course! At the end of the four weeks, one of the participants put his faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Praise God for his mercy! A husband and wife who also attended the course, found a renewed faith and desire to know Jesus better so have joined a weekly Bible group at the home of a church family – the Discipleship Group which hosted the course at church. The husband is a student at English Class – he and his wife are from Uruguay. Our next Meeting Jesus course will begin on 31st October. Continue reading
This term we have been reading through the book of James in our discipleship groups. For some members, it is the first time they have read this letter. I have found it a joy and privilege to read the Bible alongside sisters and brothers in the Easy English, Mandarin and Persian groups. Observing how these believers, both new and old, value God’s word as a precious treasure to delve into, dwell on and live by, makes me realise how I can tend to take this great treasure for granted. Continue reading
Spring is on the way- my favourite time of year! It’s beautiful as the icy mornings are getting less cold.
I have an unexpectant opportunity to go in September for two weeks to the UK to get some help in the creation of the counselling and pastoral care course. My boss Nat’s mother is an experienced counsellor and teacher and has offered to help Thuli and I in the writing of this course. I am excited to be able to get some help and to partner with her and the Christian counsellors she works for. Continue reading
It seems like just the other day that we emailed about 180 opening and yet it was a few months ago. Although there is a brief rundown in the update I thought I could share more details with you. Feel free to share this with others it’s just hard to keep the update short and sweet.
It has been a crazy few months with exams for Reid and Tyler, planning and running a Pioneers Conference for Spain and Portugal as well as the end of year activities in the academy. We are relieved that we can now slow down a little. We had a trip to the UK which was wonderful. We spent 4 days in Wales with Lindsey at her parents’ house which was a real blessing, attended a family wedding and also completed a Pioneers security training course that was made mandatory for all PI workers. Although it was more relevant to people working in more volatile countries it was good to do some first aid and self-defence exercises. Unfortunately, Tyler couldn’t come as she had some re-sits.
Reid and Tyler have both got summer jobs, Tyler is working in a cafe called Raw Coco and Reid in a restaurant called El Palacio as a waiter. We are super proud of them to be breaking the mould as their friends all think they are crazy… it’s not the norm. We hope we can still make the most of the time together as a family in between shifts.
Reid is in the throws of deciding what to do come September. Although he got great marks in both the Spanish system and the IB he didn’t get into the course he wanted to. He was really disappointed but is amazing how he can move on and look to other options. Straight away he looked at Sydney uni cut off marks and realised that he can get into most courses with his IB results. That as reignited his thought of returning to Australia to study. I feel so nervous about that idea, I’m not really ready for that to happen so please pray as we work through the options together. He did get into IT Engineering but Maths was his first choice.
I hope you are all well and we’d love to hear any news.
Love to you all
Leana and the gang
When was the last time your kid was excited over a potato? I got to go to a garden the other day with my friend Dolcy and her kids. I couldn’t help marvelling over Loren and her brother Manita being so excited when they spotted a ready to harvest yam. Telling their mum to keep out of it, they dug and dug, revealing numerous long skinny yams. Loren was already dreaming of roasting hers on Sunday night over the fire. Maybe we should get back to simple pleasures? Continue reading
A new brother in Christ!
Andy and the UQ team leader, Pete, went out to chat to students about their thoughts on spiritual things and they met Gene. Gene had a close friend who was a Christian, and over the years of observing him and the way he lived his life, Gene came to really respect this friend and wanted to live like him. He started going to Church with his friend semi-regularly and was really enjoying learning more about God. As Andy and Pete talked with him, they got to share the Gospel with him and asked him whether he had actually made a conscious decision to follow Jesus. He said he hadn’t yet, but that he wanted to. Continue reading
Wonderful news! Leila and her son Parsa, as well as Ebrahim, Naomi and son Samuel, received their decisions from the Government of Nauru today. Both families have been found to be refugees!! I had the privilege to be with Leila when the decision was handed down, and congratulate her. It was Parsa’s 14th birthday yesterday, but today they will be able to relax and celebrate.
Praise God for this good result for both families!! Continue reading
Great news!! Praise God for answering our prayers for Mahin and her daughter Emma! They have been granted Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (5 year protection visas). After an eight year wait, they are refugees – no longer asylum seekers – a happy day for them! It brings with it many changes and some new challenges so Mahin will be glad of your ongoing prayers. Her asylum seeker benefit (SRSS) will cease and she will need to apply for a Centrelink benefit (which can take several weeks to be approved) and look for work. Continue reading