Arrumando as Malas

18 Nov 2011

Hoje foi o último dia no meu trabalho. Eu trabalhei nessa empresa nos últimos 5 anos e eu considero meus colegas como se fossem a minha pequena família aqui na Austrália.

Foi triste dizer adeus mas eu sei que amizades se formaram nesses anos que trabalhamos juntos e nós vamos continuar mantendo contato não importa aonde eu vá. Eu considero uma bênção o fato deles me apoiarem para que eu siga meu sonho e chamado de Deus para a nova fase da minha vida que começa com meu novo emprego com a SIM.

Um grande obrigado aos meus colegas de trabalho!!!

Agora eu e o U-Don começamos uma nova página na história da nossa vida e é uma alegria muito grande compartilhar esse momento com você.

Para começar:

Amanhã eu e o U-Don estamos embarcando para uma maravilhosa viagem ao Brasil.

Nós vamos ser padrinhos de casamento da minha irmã e estamos felizes de comemorar o grande dia com a família toda. Nós estamos muito animados por estar indo ao Brasil e por ter a oportunidade de passar um tempo com a família porque faz 2 anos desde a última vez que nos vimos.

Nós também estamos animados pois estaremos participando de maravilhosas oportunidades de ministério com nossa igreja em Campo Grande- MS.

O U-Don vai participar do ministério com esportes que usa o jiu-jitsu para alcançar crianças carentes das periferias.  

Eu vou estar participando de alguns ministérios que trarão alguns desafios mas também me darão muita satisfação e crescimento espiritual:

- ministério com pessoas que estiveram na prisão,

- suporte a meninas que querem deixar a prostituição,

- evangelismo com o ministério para surdos (Ministério do Silêncio),

- visita a hospitais,

- visita à famílias que vivem em condições precárias,

- e muitos outros.

A idéia é que eu participe desses ministérios organizados pela Primeira Igreja Batista que precisam de missionários para ajudá-los nesse trabalho lindo que já estão fazendo. E quando eu retornar para Sydney inicio meu trabalho como mobilizadora de missões da SIM (Serving in Mission). Parte do meu trabalho será de facilitar a parceria com a SIM Brasil para enviar missionários da Austrália para o Brasil para trabalhar nas área que precisam de ajuda urgente.

Favor orar para que Deus levante seu povo na Austrália para servir no Brasil.

Eu estarei colocando as notícias no meu blog sobre cada ministério que participaremos assim você poderá ler e orar pelas pessoas que nós conheceremos nesse projeto, pelos líderes que já trabalham na obra e para mais missionários servirem a Deus no Brasil.

Seria legal se você pudesse orar:

-          para nossa segurança,

-          para que nós tenhamos momentos excelentes com a família,

-          para uma linda cerimônia de casamento para minha irmã,

-          para que Deus nos use em cada um dos ministérios que participaremos,

-          para que nós aceitemos o que Deus planejou para nossa vida no futuro,

-          para que sejamos servos do nosso Senhor Jesus para sempre.

Aguardem! Mais notícias estão a caminho!

Packing our luggage

18 Nov 2011

Today was my last day at work. I have worked in the same company for the last 5 years and I consider my work colleagues as my little family here in Australia.

Packing for Brazil

It was sad to say goodbye but I know that friendships were made during those years and we will keep in touch no matter where I go. I am very blessed because they all support me and encourage me to go on to the next step of my life as I start with SIM.

A big thank you to my work friends!!!

Now U-Don and I start a new page of the story of our lives and it is very exciting to share all of this with you.

To start with: we are heading off to Brazil tomorrow for an amazing trip.

We will be attending my sister’s wedding and sharing her big day with my whole family. We are really excited to go and spend time with them because it has been 2 years since we last saw them.

We are also looking forward to the amazing ministry opportunities that we are going to experience while in Brazil.

U-Don is going to join a sports ministry that uses martial arts classes to bring hope to disadvantaged children.

I will be joining a few different ministries that will be quite challenging but also very rewarding to participate of:

- ministry to prisoners,

- support to girls that want to leave prostitution,

- evangelism to the deaf community,

- visit to hospitals,

- visit and care for families that live below the poverty line and depend on collecting rubbish from the dumpsters,

- and many others.

The idea is for me to watch and participate of some ministries currently done by Brazilian churches that are in need of missionaries. And, when I am back in Sydney as a SIM mission mobiliser, part of my role will be to facilitate the partnership with SIM Brazil by sending SIM missionaries from Australia to serve in those areas of urgent need.  Please pray that God will raise the workers to go.

I will be posting news on my blog about each of the ministries while we are there so you can read about them and pray for the people who we will be in contact with through those programs.

We ask if you could pray:

-          for our safety,

-          for us to have a good time with family,

-          for a lovely wedding day for my sister,

-          for God to use us in the ministries we will be participating of,

-          for us to be open to what God will do in our lives in the future,

-          for us to be servants in God’s hands.

Keep tuned because more news are on the way!

Introduction

16 Nov 2011

I think that the best way to start this blog is by telling you the story on how I decided to join SIM.

My relationship with SIM started in April 2010 while I was on holidays in Brazil. As you might know, Brazil has experienced growth in the number of evangelical Christians and in the number of missionaries sent overseas. But there are still a lot of challenges that the country faces for example leadership, discipleship, training, mentoring, theological teaching and local missions. 

So I felt that God was asking me to build a bridge between Brazil and Australia so a partnership would me made and both countries could learn from each other to better contribute to God's mission to the whole world. In my heart I knew that Australia will benefit from the Brazilian experience in being a sending nation that is so excited about missions.  Brazil will benefit from the solid Bible teaching that Australians have.

With this in mind, I contacted SIM to ask if they would be interested in this partnership with Brazil and also if they could open opportunities for Australians to go for missions in Brazil to help with areas in need. And SIM answered me!  I had meetings with SIM to develop a program for missions in Brazil and it took a year of prayer and obedience to God to put together a project.

In my mind my task was finished: God asked me to connect the 2 countries and I did. Now SIM would encourage and facilitate the way for people to follow God's call to missions, including Brazil as a mission field.

But God had a bigger plan, He was not finished with me, and SIM invited me to join their team as a mission mobiliser, to be one of the people who encourage others to go and to facilitate the journey from God's call to the field.

So I accepted the challenge and obeyed God's call one more time. I am now a member of SIM and in February 2012 I start my role of mission mobiliser. I like to say that not only I chose SIM, but SIM chose me, and most importantly: God chose both SIM and I to work together in his mission, for his glory.

Introdução

16 Nov 2011

Eu acho que a melhor maneira de começar esse blog é contando para você a história de como foi que eu decidi fazer parte da organização SIM (Servindo em Missão). Meu contato com a SIM começou em Abril de 2010 quando eu estava de férias no Brasil. Como você deve saber, o Brasil tem passado por uma experiência de crescimento do número de evangélicos e do número de missionários que estão indo para o exterior trabalhar em missões. Mas ainda muitos desafios que o Brasil precisa resolver, por exemplo na área de liderança, discipulado, treinamento, orientação, ensino bíblico e missões locais.

Então eu senti que Deus estava me pedindo para construir uma ponte entre o Brasil e a Austrália para que se iniciasse uma parceria para que cada país aprendesse com o outro para melhor contribuir com a missão de Deus no mundo. Em meu coração eu sabia que a Austrália poderia aprender com a experiência que o brasileiro tem em ser uma das nações que mais envia missionários para o campo e também aprender com uma nação que é tão animada com relação a missões. O Brasil poderia aprender com a formação teológica excelente que os australianos tem por causa do grande número de excelentes colégios de teologia e a grande disponibilidade de livros de teologia na Austrália.

Com isso em mente, eu entrei em contato com a SIM, que é uma agência de recrutamento de missionários, para perguntar se eles estariam interessados nessa parceria com o Brasil e se eles poderiam considerar a abertura de oportunidades para australianos irem para o Brasil como missionários para trabalhar nas áreas de maior necessidade. E a SIM respondeu! Eu tive reuniões com a SIM para desenvolver um programa de missões no Brasil e levou um ano de oração e obediência a Deus para finalizar o projeto. (Obrigada Pastor Djalma da PIB Campo Grande pela sua ajuda nesse projeto). Para mim estava claro que a minha tarefa estava terminada: Deus me pediu para conectar or 2 países e eu fiz isso. Agora seria a tarefa da SIM de encorajar e facilitar a ida de pessoas para o campo missionário para cumprir com a tarefa que Deus os deu, incluindo a ida de australianos para o Brasil.

Mas Deus tinha um plano maior e ele nao havia terminado a tarefa comigo. A SIM me convidou para me unir à equipe deles como mobilizadora de missões, para ser uma das pessoas que encoraja outros para atender ao chamado de Deus para missões, e ser a pessoa facilitadora dessa jornada de entre o chamado de Deus e a ida ao campo missionário.

Então eu aceitei o desafio e obedeci o chamado de Deus mais uma vez. Agora eu sou membro da SIM e em fevereiro de 2012 eu começo a trabalhar como mobilizadora de missões em Sydney. Eu gosto de dizer que não eu escolhi a SIM, mas a SIM me escolheu e mais importante: Deus escolheu ambos a SIM e eu para trabalharmos juntos na missão Dele no mundo, para a glória do nome Dele. 

Time and relationships

15 Nov 2011

So far this new week has not gone as planned, but, hey! that's life in the fast ministry lane!!

Monday is my early morning walk with another mum - this is a relationship-building time as well as valuable exercise!

Mid-morning I'm usually on the phone to a far away 30ish year old who used to be in our youth group at our first church. She drifted away from the faith but has made a fabulous come-back (thanks in part to a zealous Jehovah's Witness!) and because she knows me, she asked if we could 'meet' regularly to discuss the Bible. The hour long session lasted for 3 hours this time! We are using Rick Warren's book to re-centre on the essentials, but after our chapter, I asked if she had anything else on her mind. Well, did she ever !!! Partner relationship & dealing with a stepson teenager. I'm so grateful to have done lots of reading and reflecting on these subjects, as well as studying them in my Christian Counselling course this year.

Monday afternoon's English lesson put off to Thursday afternoon. Replaced by watching Alpha France's new DVD collection for The Marriage Course with my hubby. Brought back memories of the course we did at St Hilary's Kew when in Oz in 2005. We are excited by this tool and eager to get it up and going. It's slow to get organised because other activities are more urgent.

 

Tuesday morning is usually supposed to be an hour set aside for the prayer triplet. This turned into an all-morning session as we poured out our different concerns about .... you guessed it! Relationships! This time it included family and church. An important airing of ideas, but a feeling of frustration because we are not sure the church community will reflect the same energy and innovativeness.

Supposed to go to the new manse to work on redecorating but was so late for lunch and had to share with husband what was discussed the morning (as regards the church, not the private side). So finished admin stuff, emails and did some taping for an elderly couple Pascal will visit.

4pm expecting a call from another pastor to discuss someone I'm following who has psychological problems. Ended up being late taking my daughter to music after that. But met up with a couple of women involved in organizing the World Day of Prayer in March, so had an impromptu meeting in the street.

What will tomorrow bring ? I admit that I like the lack of routine, the adaptability of being a missionary who can organize her own time around family and people, the unexpectedness of each day's events. I believe the Lord is in all this as I commit each day to Him. In any case, I rely on Him because I know He has a bird's-eye view of everything.

I do sleep very well at night too !

How do we get home?

10 Nov 2011

If you need help - an entire bus load of people may have a (loud) discussion about the best way for you to get home.

Arequipa CombiOur local buses

Samuel and I needed to catch a bus home. We are slowly working out how to get about on the buses. There is no website that you can go to and find bus routes and I'm not aware of a map either. Good thing it's not hard to just ask for help. I flagged down several buses till I found one that said they were going near our home. The conductor let us know that the bus would get us much closer to our place but we'd probably have to catch a second bus to get to home.

Someone, seeing I was carrying a baby, offered a seat to me. As we got close to where I'd have to hop off the conductor called to the driver and asked about the best way for me to get home. On hearing this, the bus began to bustle with energetic conversation. Several offered their ideas - from this intersection you can catch this bus that takes you close to home. There were disagreements and few more ideas were thrown around loudly. I couldn't follow everything with my limited Spanish but I could see that they were trying to help me. Soon they agreed I could get off near a particular shop where it would be quicker to just walk home - it would be just 5 blocks. I knew where I was and it was really quite a quick walk home from here. I said gracias to everyone and hopped off. What a great trip!

Easy to carry Samuel around in what Peruvians call a "kangaroo". Normally he's in front of me so this makes more sense. This photos was taken a long way from home.

Have you had an experience where a group of strangers helped you?

Four Fantastic Friendly Prayer Points For You

07 Nov 2011

1)  Praise the Lord that Clarissa's stress test went well last month, we are now waiting to hear the results from her cardiologist and then one more test before she can get the all clear.

2) Jan is going to Perth on Wednesday (9th -13th) for a few days to visit our mobilisers there, to encourage them and share in their ministry there.  Pray for safe travel and a good time with our mobilisers, and for Sean and the girls at home.  This is the first time that it is Jan travelling and Sean at home with the girls, so a change in roles for us both.

3) Pray for Sean as he facilitates a Missionary for a Weekend 11-13th  (while Jan is away), we have 5 participants so far, please pray that they will be challenged about sharing Jesus with people from other backgrounds over the weekend and in the future.

4) On the 15th Sean and or Jan are going to share at Capernwray Bible college in Moss Vale (an 1 1/2 out of Sydney), pray that we will be able to challenge the students about their place in missions.

Thankyou so much for your prayers,

Jan and Sean

Need that Like a Hole in the Head

04 Nov 2011

A doorway at just the wrong height.

Thousands of years from now, if the end of the world doesn't come first, scientists will be examining the heads of male foreigners in Peru, and discover that they have bony callouses on the tops of their heads. What were they there for? Beauty? An advantage in head-butting competitions? They will unlikely decipher that we foreigners are just a tiny bit too tall for the local construction. Nebraskans, the progeny of the hardy stock of tall Scandanavians that immigrated in the early 1900s, are tall. I'm not. But in Peru I'm the spiker and blocker on the volleyball team, and the one they ask to hang balloons at the kids' school. Because of this, I've hit my head countless times on city bus doors, concrete beams, even a cactus in the roof of a village house to keep people off of it. (Maybe that's why my memory isn't like it used to be?) One of our new missionaries, David Jeyachandran, is from Australia. He's pretty tall by any measures, which is why less than 1 minute after I said to his wife, "At least I don't have any medical emergencies at this team meeting", he hit his head on the gate, lacerating his scalp. Luckily, our team meeting was at the Reuters' house, who are two of our missionary nurses from Germany. They had suture and needle-drivers, and for about $5 at the local pharmacy, I bought some lidocaine, sterile gloves and needles. With many helping hands we had him sewed up in no time.

In our administrative roles, I think it is normal for doctors to question if they are doing what God has called us to do. He continually sends patients to our door to help us practice what we spent years training to do.

Serving with you,

Allen & Amy

Allen, Dorothee and Amy attending to David's scalp laceration

All Saints Day

01 Nov 2011

Today is a public holiday in France.

.All over France families are gathering together to visit the tombs of their dear departed. They clean the graves and place chrysanthamems to decorate them. Many attend special masses or pay the priest to pray especially for their deceased relative in order to ensure their soul enters Heaven. Even though the majority are not practising this is an important moment for French families.

We Evangelicals don't agree with this doctrine. We believe the Bible teaches that we are faced with a choice in the here and now. As Moses said to the Hebrews in the desert :"The LORD has placed a choice before you. Life or death. Choose life!" (Deuteronomy). Having no opinion is the same as not choosing God.

8 of our teenagers including our 2 sons were presented with this choice this weekend. Our Union of Churches organizes a special 4 day camp for the teens of our Union and this year 250 young people heard messages on "Stop doubting, start believing!" mixed with social and sporting activities. We are so grateful for the effort that goes into these occasions - it really helps our young people meet with like-minded youth and to hear the Good News in a different way. We praise God that most of our 8 made a first commitment to God or a renewed commitment.

Update...Phew!!

20 Oct 2011

Hi everyone,

Just realised that a number of things have passed as we've run through life so wanted to update you. Points in italics are from our last update, followed by an update:

"We are in the midst of working on the new WEC website - it is being designed by a graphic designer but we need to write / bring over all the content and check it -please pray for this process."

It will be live by the time you read this, or shortly after - Praise The Lord! If you visit wec.com.au and see 'imagine me...' then you'll know it's the new one.
BTW, WEC is offering a free thankyou gift to anyone in Australia who visits & makes a comment on the site, so if you'd like something for nothing (or actually...for your thoughts) then comment away.

Clarissa has her stress test on October 13th 915am (Sydney time), pray that she will be able to complete this test and that her heart will continue in sinus rhythm for the whole test.  Please pray too, that the cardiologist will look at her results soon after the test and that her final test can be scheduled this year.

Praise The Lord Clarissa completed the test even more effectively (timewise) than her previous one, we haven't heard back from the cardiologist but are still praying for a quick scheduling of the final test, and we're very positive about her health.

Pray for Clarissa who has her school orientation on the 14th Oct, 21 Oct, 28th Oct and 4th Nov, for 1 1 /2 hours each day, pray that she will settle in well and begin the transition to school.

She's loving it!

Pray for Sean as he edits and brings together the WEC magazine for the printer by 18th October .

This should be done today, check out wec.com.au/readimagine from mid next week to read it - or contact us if you'd like a copy emailed or posted to you.

On another note, it's Jan's birthday on Monday (and was Sean's a couple of weeks ago), we're praising God for another year in Him.

God Bless,
SJG&C

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