Thank you for you prayers and support, here is a note to update you on the last few weeks. A funeral: Pam Cain's funeral went exceptionally well. Pam was Cathy’s best friend since moving to Sydney. It was a great day to celebrate the life of Pam and a good time for many to to come along and hear about her life. Also, through the eulogies and the message, a clear presentation of the gospel was presented for all 400+ people who attended. It was a good day. Pray that the family will be able to move forward in their lives and the Lord would continue to do a work in their lives. Cathy is doing well, but she is exhausted. She gave the prayer of thanksgiving during the funeral. Pray for her and all that comes with the grieving process.
A forum: London Calling: Probably one of the biggest topics in Sydney would be the Olympics in London. It is happening on the other side of the world and at a different time. Yet, we are a sport driven nation. Especially for the Olympics. We had two great panel discussions with Olympians and key athletic figures in Sydney come along and discuss, what does it take to perform? They are all Christians and will share their experiences in athletic performance and how Christ has had an impact on their lives. Details at citybibleforum.org/the forum
A 'sharing your faith talk' in Caringbah: I was glad I had the opportunity to give the talk on Wednesday night at St Philips. 50+ men there to hear about the opportunity of sharing their faith in their area of influence. Good questions and conversations after the talk. A few who had been to various City Bible Forum events in the past. Pray they take on the opportunity to share their faith in the workplace. It preceded one of the most important football events in NSW history, Origin III. Once they got past hearing the American accent from a man wearing a NSW Blues guernsey we had a great time. Good game, wrong result, but the evening went really well.
Another series - Glorious Hope Baptist Church: On a smaller scale, I am currently working through the book of 1 Corinthians at Glorious Hope Baptist Church. We will be in chapter 5 this coming week. Pray for our church as we look at a challenging book of the Bible and how we can learn to be better servants in our church and for God.
Finances: Thank you for your continued support and prayers. It has been an amazing year for our family. The opportunities for ministry continue to grow. We have had the privilege of seeing people come to Christ through the various ministries that we participated in this year. Through the Lord’s will and your support we have been able to be a apart of this amazing work in Australia.
We committed to communicating our support levels to you twice a year. With all of the world economic challenges, Australia has been effected by the changes too. We have been very thankful for the continued support from all who have supported us regularly this year. We have had changes in the Australian economy and a few of our supporters finances. With some of these adjustments we are currently at 90% of our monthly support level. We are only experiencing a shortfall of $500 per month.
We appreciate consideration from you or your churches when evaluating your upcoming budget discussions. Would you be willing to consider a 5% increase in our support. It is a small request, especially since we have not requested this in our six years on the field. Would you or your church be willing to increase our support but this small amount. This minor increase would get us closer to achieving our monthly expenses.
Thanks for all you do for our family and we look forward to contacting you soon.
The adventure continues...
Russ, Cathy, Becca, Hope, Joshua and Caroline