Merry Christmas from Down Under - A move, kids update and end of the year

Merry Christmas It is summer in Sydney and Christmas time. Heat, school ending for the year, people getting ready for the holidays & the beach. Christmas carols on the intercom at the shopping centre. It is easy to forget that the time is a time for celebration of Christ's birth.

Pray we are able to get through all of the distractions and communicate the true message of the Gospel.

Merry Christmas to all of our supporters. Your prayers and financial support helps our family to continue doing what we do in ministry in Australia. The Lord's work in this sunburned country.

Thank you.

We moved

It was crazy, but through all of the craziness of this year, we moved. As many know, our finances have been a challenge this year.  The Lord has provided in various ways and we have had some of our supporters get behind the ministry with financial considerations. One opportunity presented to our family was to move to a different house that will lower our housing costs.

It was hot and stressful, but we managed to get moved in and we are getting our house organised and making it our home. We hope to make home is ours for many years to come, if it is the Lord's will.

Address: 74 Advance Street, Schofields NSW 2762 Australia

Thank you for your prayers.

Planning for 2013

This is the time of year we begin to put the final touches on the programme for 2013. We are looking forward to some of the things in regard to church, city ministry and evangelism for 2013. Please pray for our organisation and wisdom in getting an effective programme that will glorify the Lord and introduce Christ to many in Australia.


Thank you for the churches and supporters who have increased the support of the ministry in Australia.  We are getting closer to our monthly support needs. If all churches would be willing to do this 5% increase we would be at 100% of our monthly support. Thank you for the prayers and consideration.

Kids update:

Hope and Becca graduated from high school at the beginning of December. They worked so hard over the last two years and received a high school diploma and did extra work to receive university level diploma for child care. They are looking for work in child care industry. They a looking forward to working at a camp for under privileged children in January.

Joshua is done with school for the year and looking forward to summer break. He is now the tallest in the family and has been doing off season training for Australian Rules Football. He will be doing reading, swimming and being with his mates this summer. He has taken up the guitar and is enjoying the musical outlet.

Caroline was disappointed school is over for the year. She loves school and the time with her friends. She is playing violin, loves swimming and reading anything she can get her hands on.

Prayer requests:

  1. Planning for 2013
  2. Financial support level at 100% by year end
  3. Clear direction in regard to church in 2013

The adventure continues and Merry Christmas to you,

Russ, Cathy, Becca, Hope, Joshua & Caroline