We quite often talk about what makes a place feel like home. For some people, it's just wherever your family is. If the people are with you, it's home, no matter where in the world you are. For others, it's eating certain types of food that make you feel at home, and others like just to be able to put up what they want on their walls and decorate the room however they want.



One of the things that makes me feel a lot more at home is when I'm able to spend my weekends hiking and camping. And last weekend, we were able to do just that! Together with a bunch of awesome friends, we went out to the stunning Murray Falls and set up our tent with the sound of the rushing waterfall in the background. I honestly think it was the best night's sleep I've had since coming back to Australia. It was just perfect.


But speaking of home and family, for those of you that have missed the news - we're adding another member to our family next year! In February we're due to welcome a little baby into our home, which we're pretty excited about! So far, everything looks like it's going as planned and well :) I also just found out that I'm able to get what's called Medicare in Australia, which means that I no longer need to pay for most medical appointments - thank you God for that! 

So lots of good news on our end as the heat and humidity is building up for wet season here in Townsville. Soon it'll be time for us to test how well our aircon works, haha!

Lots of love,
Emilie
Sometimes I create boxes in my mind and fit God into them. One of these boxes I had, was that one should always have a paid job and that is how someone responsible ought to survive. I was wrong, not all work God may call someone to fits in that box! For the last few years, Emilie and I have never have and never will receive a paycheck from they guys we work fulltime with. We are still alive and well, still paying rent and food and insurance etc. God was legit when He said He'll provide, and I was wrong in my assumption there is only one right way to live.
 
 
In the scriptures, it is written, 'seek first the Kingdom of God and He will give you everything you need'*. We sought, and for this season are working with YWAM Townsville. We needed a car, a place to live, visas, medical care, food, phones, plane tickets and internet. And God has provided through family and friends, governments, churches, businesses and even sometimes even random people on the street. The way in which He provides for needs often changes though.
 
It is not just on a personal level though, but at work as well. I once helped set up all the service schedules for a large AC system. It is an old system that we did not build. Just when I was needing all the specs for the system, someone came in with an old report on paper outlining every component of the system in detail down to serial numbers and belt sizes, the person who brought it to me didn't even know I needed it! Within the last two weeks, all those units came up for servicing and there 'just happened' to be a guy on one of our training schools who worked previously as an AC technician. He serviced an entire building block. God knows the needs and the timing.
 
 
On a regional level in February, Townsville needed rain. Badly. Since April 2014 there had been no solid rain and the dams levels had consistently dropped. People were asking the Lord for help, and then churches went down to the dam and all prayed together around the 7th**, on the 24th Feb the dam was at over 80% eventually reaching over 90%! There was a lot of joy that month as some kids had never experienced a wet season!
 
Sometimes we have a little, sometimes we have a lot, but we have never been without roof or food. God is good, and He keeps his word!
 
Lots of Love,
Isaac
 
Quick details:
- Kristin got her visa!!! Thank you for praying =D
- Praise God for providing! Finances are tighter than usual at the moment, and 2 weeks ago we received an anonymous $800 donation which helped us pay some bills we had no idea how to pay! 
- Please pray for wisdom in preparing our department (Property Development and Maintenance) to engage more in the community. As well as for the right partnerships to form and flourish.
 

* Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
-Mathew 6:26-34, The Bible

 

** http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-09/townsville-churches-pray-for-rain/8255846

Coral rubble beach near Airlie Beach, Australia.

After some delays, visa issues and an awfully long flight, we finally made it to Australia!
Back here at YWAM Townsville, we jumped straight back into work and our new job roles. Isaac now heads up the property development department, which includes maintenance and building projects, while I get to work in the training office. It's one of the more stationary jobs I've had in a while, but for once, I really don't mind it. I get to work with our staff training courses and internships and so far, I haven't run out of things to do.

The tree just outside our door in Townsville. Rainbow lorikeets are drawn to the flowers and add some extra colour splashes to our garden.

Sometimes it's easy to forget just how beautiful of a place we get to call home. We get to wake up every morning to the rainbow lorikeets landing in a tree outside our house, and outside my office window, a pair of sunbirds are building a nest. 

Isaac working away at the field at our family summer house in Sweden.
 
Isaac and I out for a kayak trip on the lake at the summer house.

I must say though, that after we had rebooked our flights and realised we needed to stay longer in Sweden, it turned out to for the better. We got all that extra time to re-connect with friends and family, truly have a holiday and just enjoy the Scandinavian summer. So it turns out that the delay was a blessing after all, however inconvenient it felt at the time!

/Emilie