Kids Update

We have secretly taken over the website of www.matthewsdownunder.com. We just wanted you all to know what the Matthews kids are doing in Australia. All the things Dad talks about are cool and all that, but we thought it was time for you to hear from us! 

Hope and Becca-  While Dad has been preaching at Inner West Baptist, we have been working hard. We have been teaching the Sunday school that goes on while the service is on. It has been fun and hard work. It would be better if Dad did not preach so long, but he said it is a message that has to shared. We will be patient with him, but an hour!  

Youth group has been great with Jason P. leading us. We went to a couple of great youth events this year, we have gone Put-put and we are constantly doing games. Jason is good at teaching us the Bible and we have learned a lot this year.  Dad has been taking us out to play tennis; it has been cool to learn how to play.

We have made new friends this year and we are now thirteen. Mom and Dad say they need extra prayer because of that, Ha Ha! Joshua- 

I am a Scout. I was vested a few weeks ago. It is a lot like the Scouts in the States, but we have to pledge allegiance to God and Australia. I got to carry the flag the other night for the troop. My shirt has an Aussie flag on it. Cool! The group is fun and I have learned some cool things, like knots and safety rules.  I have turned into a Penrith Panthers fan, instead of the Cowboys. The Panthers are doing bad this year, but my friend Alexander and I still cheer for them. (That is for real football, Rugby League! No wimpy pads on these blokes) Dad’s team is doing pretty good, Rabbitohs. Goofy mascot, but they are a tough lot from Redfern. Caroline-  You did not think I could reach the keys, but am 2, now! I like important things like Winnie the Pooh and playing with my play kitchen.

 I really like music and I am learning to sing along with a lot of different songs. 

My favorite color is pink, today. I think tomorrow my favorite will be purple, no red… 

Everyone says all my words are sounding Australian, I don’t know about that, but I have lived here longer than anywhere else, MATE!   

That is it for now. We love our country of Australia. We have learned alot about Australia and God. When are you coming along? It has been fun sending you an update, let’s keep this thing between us, okay? We will send more updates later. Love to hear from some of your youth groups and Sunday School classes. Thanks for praying for us!

See yas, mates- The Matthews kids  

 

Praise, Prayer and Planting

team australia-
 Winter is coming to an end in Australia; there is a change in the air. The weather is changing; people are looking forward to cricket and the beach. There are things happening in the churches and we are looking forward to the spring and what God has to bring for us. We would like to ask you to be praising the Lord with us and praying for these specific events coming up.
 

Winter is coming to an end in Australia; there is a change in the air. The weather is changing; people are looking forward to cricket and the beach. There are things happening in the churches and we are looking forward to the spring and what God has to bring for us. We would like to ask you to be praising the Lord with us and praying for these specific events coming up.Praise
 Many of you have been praying for our Homebuilders group that has been meeting on Friday nights. It is a specific group for young families in the church. We have a good combination of Christian and non-Christian people coming along to the group. One of the ladies who have been coming to the group came to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour a few weeks ago.  What an exciting time in her life and would ask for your prayers for her husband. We are praying that he would also accept Christ. The work that this group is doing in the community is exciting. We hope to be able to be an outreach in the community and pray for more salvations and growth of the Christians that are coming along.

Many of you have been praying for our Homebuilders group that has been meeting on Friday nights. It is a specific group for young families in the church. We have a good combination of Christian and non-Christian people coming along to the group. One of the ladies who have been coming to the group came to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour a few weeks ago.  What an exciting time in her life and would ask for your prayers for her husband. We are praying that he would also accept Christ. The work that this group is doing in the community is exciting. We hope to be able to be an outreach in the community and pray for more salvations and growth of the Christians that are coming along.
Prayer
 

The Ecom team is doing another Introducing God outreach in the city this Thursday. We will be having Dominic Steele do the talk. We are inviting more people to come along and inviting many back that have attended the course in the past few months. The talk will be based on the Good Samaritan and how we can relate with being the man beaten on the road. A powerful message and we are praying for building on the relationships with many of the non-Christians that will be coming along and that the message penetrates through to the hearts of those coming.
  Planting
 As our transition period (First 2 years on the field) is coming to a close, we are looking ahead to the time to plant a church in Sydney. We are praying for people to partner with us in the ministry, the place where we will be working to plant the church (we have been studying specific communities in the Sydney area) and provision from the Lord for direction on this journey. As the reality of this coming, we are overwhelmed with His desire to us, but we are encouraged by His continual supplying of our needs. Please pray for our God centered direction.

As our transition period (First 2 years on the field) is coming to a close, we are looking ahead to the time to plant a church in Sydney. We are praying for people to partner with us in the ministry, the place where we will be working to plant the church (we have been studying specific communities in the Sydney area) and provision from the Lord for direction on this journey. As the reality of this coming, we are overwhelmed with His desire to us, but we are encouraged by His continual supplying of our needs. Please pray for our God centered direction.
Spring is almost here and we are thankful for the opportunities that await us in this new season. Thanks for being apart of this journey.
The adventure continues…
Russ and Cathy Matthews