Action Packed Month-July

What a busy month! We had the team from the Expedition team here for Holiday Bible Club, my parents (Ron and Dee Matthews) came to visit, we have started a new ministry in Bondi Junction (through ecom) and preaching at East Bowral and Inner West Baptist Churches.

We did have the privilege of leading young ones to the Lord, seeing some of the great land of Australia (Canberra, Blue Mountains and Sydney) and getting to know more about the ministry in Australia.

Looking ahead to August we just ask for your prayers as I will be teaching a series on personal evangelism (Introducing God) and Cathy will be actively teaching children’s Sunday school at Cornerstone Baptist Church. I am overseeing the in-house Bible studies at many of the corporations in Sydney. We have John Dickson speaking at many of the different venues. I am overseeing his talks and preparing four evangelistic events in the city in August. Pray for an evangelistic impact at Telstra, Patricks, PWC (Price, Waterhouse & Coopers) and Mallesons (largest law firm in Australia).

It has been challenging and humbling to learn how to be effective in ministry here in Australia. We have had many good experiences in serving here in Australia. We are learning more everyday about the differences there are here in the land Down Under. We have just begun to understand how to work within our community and reach people with the Gospel effectively. This has been an amazing time of spiritual growth for us all. Our dependence on the Lord grows daily. As you can imagine, it is not always easy, but as we grow we seek to serve Him more everyday.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

“ The glory that you have given to them, that they maybe one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. “
John 17:22-23

HBC and Expedition team

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Exciting, inspiring and exhausting are words to describe our week of Holiday Bible Club (VBS). We had three young ladies here from the US to assist our team with the HBC in Madang, one of the roughest areas of Sydney. The Club was held in a primary school and we had approximately 75 children during the week. 95% did not come from Christian or churched homes. Cathy was read the missionary story to all grade levels everyday and Russ oversaw the puppet ministry (?- it was new for me, but it was great to work with the youth that assisted). As you can expect, discipline was a challenge, but the Lord blessed. Coming to the end of the week, many children were saved. Russ had the opportunity to lead three boys to the Lord. Please pray for them, Caleb, Steven and AJ. It was good to see how our ABWE team worked together to serve in this community. Continue to pray for our team as we go to meet the parents of the children that made commitments to Christ during the week.

The Expedition team that we have had you pray for had an exhilarating, but exhausting time of ministry. Seeing HBC, several churches and experiencing the finer points of Sydney and the Blue Mountains. They were given many opportunities to serve and minister in Australia. One young lady has chosen to stay two more weeks to participate the ministries with ABWE (ESL, Scripture classes, City Ministry and multiple church ministries). Pray for the hearts of all of the young ladies that came that they would go back home with a heart for ministry and missions.

Please be praying for the Cathy as she became very ill after the week. Russ is preaching at East Bowral, Central Mountains Baptist and Inner West Baptist over the next few weeks. The ministry in Bondi Junction is about to get underway, please pray for confirmation and good response to a City Bible Forum in BJ.

Thank you for all of your words of encouragement and prayers over the past few weeks. Russ’ parents fly in next week to visit. We are excited for their arrival and to share with them all that the Lord has been opening to us over the past five months. Ta and Goodonya, mates.

Holiday Bible Club and Skype

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Today is a critical day for our Holiday Bible Club. As we come to the close of our week, we are asking for prayers for the salvation of numerous children as they have been hearing the Gospel all week. Pray for the strength of the team, as it has been a long week with many children in a challenging area of Sydney. Thanks for your support and prayers.

SKYPE

Let’s talk about Skype. Sounds like a strange food or virus we picked in a tropical climate, but it is great way to communicate on the internet. We have found it to be a great way to communicate to our friends and family over the internet. It is free to use over the internet. There is a need for a microphone and, if you like, a camera. Many church planters around the world use it to communicate and we have found it to be a great tool. Just go to www.skype.com and you can sign up. You can call people all over the world through your internet connection. Look us up under The Matthews family in Sydney, AUS. Ta and goodonya, mates.

Update

You can now call us directly from our website (you still need Skype). Click the Skype button on the right in the sidebar and you will be presented with several options. If you are contacting us directly our Skype username is matthewsdownunda.

Holiday Bible Club, Expedition team and Prayers

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Thank you for all of your wonderful letters and e-mails of encouragement over the past month. The Lord has kept us very busy with ministry. Russ has been overseeing different ministry duties in the city, such as a potential ministry in Bondi junction and the “in-House” groups in the corporations in Sydney. He has or will be preaching in different churches throughout the city and surrounding areas. (Central Mountains Baptist, Inner West Baptist and East Bowral Baptist) Please pray for him and the opportunities. Pray for a young couple (Pablo and Jessica) who we have been discipling since they came to know the Lord. They are experiencing resistance from their family and other outside forces. They can use your prayers as they are on fire to serve the Lord.

We currently have an expedition team from ABWE here to assist in Holiday Bible Club (VBS). We covet your prayers. The young team members and we will need strength to make it through the week. Madang is an older area of town. The kids come from difficult backgrounds. We are praying for many to come, hear the Gospel and, as the Lord wills, many would be saved. It is an action packed week with hosting a team and HBC. Please pray for us.

We hope to share the details in the coming weeks. Russ’ parents will be arriving in a few days, also. Pray for their safe arrival.

Thank you for all you are doing for our family. We love the country, the people and the ministry opportunities the Lord is providing for us here.