This month has been a whirlwind. I had the blessing of Nick and David visiting me. I celebrated Easter with other Christians in Australia. I got my first cold in Australia. I worked away at creating a volunteer care outline, teaching students about God’s heart for justice and refugees and planning the RIDE cycling event for International Teams Australia. Oh, and I pet a koala!
Would you like to help me stay for Ride for Refugees in August and early September?
The event takes place in three cities on August 19, September 2 and September 9. It is a cycling event for the casual and serious rider and raises funds and awareness about the plight of refugees in Australia and around the world! Part of my work here is planning this event. (See rideforrefugees.com.au if you’d like to check out the event.)
If you would like to help me stay through this event, I need to raise around $2,500 USD more. Would you be willing to pray about this and consider supporting me? I know that God is Sovereign and that whether I am funded to stay through the event is up to Him.
You can find details on how to give via card or send a check in at give.iteams.us. Just don’t forget to add “for the ministry of Oksana Carlier.”
If you plan to give, please give ASAP or before the end of May. If 25 people did a one-time donation of $100, I would be funded! Otherwise, if 50 people gave $50, I would also be funded!
Being able to help with RIDE would be a big help for International Teams Australia and would be fulfilling for me. I’ve really missed home since coming here but I want to ultimately leave the decision up to the Lord about whether I stay through the RIDE event. Please pray with me and consider donating!
How was the visit with Nick (my boyfriend) and David (our friend)? Wonderful! See photo:
What did you take away from this Easter weekend?
A sermon I heard over the Easter weekend by Matt Fuller, a pastor from the UK, reminds me that “faith is an active trust in a certain promise about an unseen future.”
Fuller used the example of how we plan for a vacation between packing, booking flights and preparing to leave. We trust that the vacation will happen and it affects how we live our lives today.
It’s the same with faith. If we remember God’s promise about the unseen future in eternity with Him, we will live with an active trust through our faith. We will do things now that show we trust in the future of eternity.
Sometimes, I wonder why I came to Australia (gasp, I know, I have doubts sometimes!). And yet, whenever those doubts creep in, I know I can go to God and remember that because of my faith, I act differently now. Would it have been easier to ignore what I felt the Holy Spirit was pressing upon me? Yes, probably! Would it have been faithful to God? No, I don’t believe so. Is it always perfectly easy to discern God’s will? Not always.
What did you work on this past month?
One of my tasks while here is to create an outline of volunteer care for International Teams. Our volunteer count has increased by a lot in the past few years and we want to be proactive in being a resource for those volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help others.
I also got to teach some students in a gap year program between high school and college about God’s heart for justice and refugees! It was a wonderful experience to be able to pass on some of what I learned. Furthermore, I presented on God’s heart for refugees and justice at our training for new volunteers (see main photo!).
What about the koala?
- Praise God that, besides the cold, I have stayed healthy in Australia!
- Praise God that we had the opportunity to hand out little Easter story comics to our refugee friends
- Praise God for a fulfilling Easter weekend
- Please pray I will continue to seek God’s wisdom above all else
- Please pray that many riders, volunteers and donors will sign up to be a part of our RIDE for refugees cycling event in August and September
- Please pray for refugees around the world, that they will find comfort in the Lord