Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
One of my favorite things about Australia is the wonderful gardens that people have right in their yards! I hope you enjoy these photos of flowers, just a little glimpse into my daily walk to the bus stop and God’s creation. The flowers seem very odd to me because they still grow in winter because it rarely gets below freezing!
Despite the lovely flowers, I am looking forward to coming home! I plan to be home and settled by early September! Hooray! My tickets have been purchased and I am eagerly waiting to see everyone in MN again!
Below are some praises and prayer requests. Thank you SO MUCH to my supporters who have been praying or giving. It means a lot.
- My presentation to a local school went well and that God filled me with calmness before I talked to the students
- I will be able to reconnect with family and friends and my boyfriend very soon
- The work that God has enabled me to get done while I’m here
- A focus on God and my ministry here
- A RIDE event that brings glory to God and for the safety of all participating
- That I will cherish my time here up until departure
- Safe travels back home
- A smooth transition back to Minnesota
The focus of this last month is the RIDE event. I’ve been writing media releases, contacting groups and people who might be interested in riding in the event, promoting the event via social media and updating our task lists so future planners know what needs to be done and when/how we accomplished those tasks. I also gave a presentation to school students and to my church about RIDE. The RIDE event is about raising funds and awareness of the refugee crisis around the world and to help people show love to others. It is great to use skills I learned in college and prior internships for God’s glory.
As RIDE approaches and my time here comes to a close, I want to shout-out to the Cheng family. Geoff, Deb, Liam and Selina have become my Aussie family while I’m here and they are so dear to my heart. They’ve invited me to family outings, celebrated with me and comforted me when I was down. I’m so thankful for this family.
I also want to shout out to the staff at ITeams and the families who have so graciously hosted me, both the Vellas and the Mallisons! They have all helped me grow as a Christian and taken care of me while I’m here in Australia and I am very grateful. Thank you all!
Look for one last post when I return home!