Recent happenings of HOPE61 in Australia…
1. Partnership with a local church on a film screening!
2. First-ever HOPE61 apprentice to begin this weekend!
3. Lots & lots of editing/notes/researching/writing as per our partnership with Unshackled!
More so than in the US, my every thought seems to center around OMS or HOPE61. I’ve met many people in the past few weeks, usually for HOPE61 purposes. On one hand it’s only been three weeks but on the other hand it’s been three weeks! of nearly non-stop H61 business. I think that, especially because I’ve only been a missionary for a little over a year, it is easy to put pressure on myself. My mind says, “You’ve come here for HOPE61 so you better get to work.” When I’m not physically doing something, I’m still thinking about what I can do or what I should do or preparing for the future.
I’m not the best at just letting myself be a person.
After I jokingly threw my planner onto a chair Josie said she thinks my brain is too full and reminded me,
“You’re allowed to have friends who have nothing to do with HOPE61!”
In other words, missionary work isn’t something you can escape from. You’re a missionary no matter what. But every Christian is also a missionary. And Christians are people. I’m a missionary but I’m a person. It’s nice to remember that sometimes.
Speaking of being a person, this past Saturday was my best Australian weekend so far!
I spent the morning at an OMS Australia board meeting for their prayer time. I heard reports from other OMS Australia missionaries (I’m one of them! Woot woot!) and shared HOPE61’s goals with the board. We prayed together for each missionary’s requests. One of the best things about following Jesus is talking with Him, and there is something in praying with others that brings me closer to Him in a way unlike other prayer.
After the meeting I picked up two giant bars of chocolate and went to see Kylie & Rachel. (I mentioned meeting Kylie my first week here. I’d just met their father at the board meeting. Rachel attends the weekly prayer meeting at OMS headquarters.) They made me an awesome lunch, kept me laughing most of the time, and were very kind as a general rule. It was so fun to just be a person. I stayed at their house for four hours or more.
From there, I went to the Chan’s house where I met up with the always awesome Bongers. The Chans are very good friends of theirs and the Chans’s 14-year-old daughter is going to be the first-ever HOPE61 apprentice. (She and I are beginning in a few days…so she’ll probably need your prayers for patience as I begin to boss her around.) Everyone ate amazing, crispy, chewy, juicy, fried dumplings and a soup with noodles and pork. (Add chili sauce and soy sauce and the broth is good enough to drink a whole bowl full.) Ian, Kiana (Chan), and I went to Cole’s to buy chocolate “biscuits” (cookies) and cream to make a chocolate ripple cake. Kiana and I were in charge of compiling the cake, which had to refrigerate overnight.
By the time I went home I was sleepy, happy, relaxed, and just a person.
I am THANKFUL to God for…
1. Getting my laptop running again.
2. Bringing in needed funds to my support account.
3. New Australian friends!