G'day everyone!
 
Em and I are just in the process of wrapping up the paperwork of helping run a 6 month Discipleship Training School based in Townsville, before driving back to Mum and Dads for Chrissy. A bonkers 6 months of people 7 to 71 years old pushing the limits of what they thought they ever would or could do.
 
 
Em and I draw much life from the field assignments, or 'outreach' componants of the school. In this phase lecture topics and lessons are put into practical actions for 9 weeks. During this time the students...and Em's and my character and faith are tested and purified while learning to love, serve, build up those around us, not to mention having a blast while doing it =D

 
 
We are back up in Townsville late January to start another chapter of our journey in Northern Australia. We love you all.

Isaac
Hey Guys!
It has been a while and a few more transitions within the ministry as a whole and our personal lives have taken place. The Medical Ships side of YWAM has expanded with another ship joining the fleet. The  'L'Astrolabe' now renamed the 'MV YWAM Liberty' was a French research ice breaking vessel before joining the fleet earlier this year, it even as a cargo hold and helicopter pad! One of my personal highlights was seeing her appear over the horison on her maiden voyage into PNG while standing on the Port of Alotau, Milne Bay. This is by far my favorite ship, she's loud, industrial and screams adventure. Currently she is serving up on New Britain Island.
 
 
Personally, our lives have taken another directional turn. After much prayer and thought we decided to return to Townsville after helping co-ordinate the start up of the YWAM Alotau Campus in Papua New Guinea. We are now staffing a Discipleship Training School with 52 students with varying ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. A huge privilege; this 5 odd month school with be half lectures and half practical and teach people the principles of caring, connecting, serving and building on multiple fronts and situations. We are working with completly new people, new processes, responibilities, technologies and priorities but we are quite relaxed. Below is a picture of the school.
 
 
After the school we are not yet sure what we'll be doing, but no doubt it will be an adventure. As for now, our focus is here in Townsville, Australia. Thanks to everyone for journeying with us! 

Isaac
Well, my "update soon to follow" didn't happen very soon. So now when we're about to fly back to Australia in a week's time, I guess I'd better let you all know what's been happening here and in Townsville.
The opportunity to go to Alotau in Papua New Guinea came as a bit of a surprise to us, but I'm so glad that we said yes to going here. It hasn't been easy at all times, definitely not, but it's been so good.
We have been helping to set up a new YWAM training campus in town and have been working on the house, with the seminars running and just trying to get our heads around the billions of things that always seem to need to get done. Planting a veggie garden, going through 100 application forms, figuring out where to place 40 people, making friends and lots of driving around.
(Just for your information, the fire fighters are putting out a fire in the grass field next to our house. It wasn't doing any damage to where we live :) )

Other days we've had time to just explore. The importance of just stopping to take in the beauty around us can never be underestimated. Those days when I've taken the time to just go for a walk after dinner or climb a mountain are some of the best I've had here. 
Meanwhile, in Townsville.
A cyclone category 4/5 is about to hit the coast tonight and tomorrow morning. It has moved further south than it was originally predicted, so it looks like the worst part of it will miss Townsville. Isaac and I won't be there for it, so no need to worry about us. Our friends should be safe and so should the YWAM campus be, but since cyclones are quite unpredictable, you never really know until afterwards. At the moment, it seems like Townsville shouldn't get much more than a windy and rainy night. Keep praying for the city and the surrounding areas though, it is a quite severe cyclone and it can cause a lot of damage. 
In case you're interested, you can follow the cyclone on this website, where they update the forecast every hour.
http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml
 
"When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." - Genesis 9:16

/Emilie