We are excited about the US ministries over the next few months. The jet lag is fading and the motivation to talk about the work in Australia has already begun. It is one week into our journey and the family has been traveling on the East Coast. We had a chance to talk with our kids about the questions that people ask when they hear we are from Australia. Many questions that we have heard before and some new ones.
We thought it might be a 'teaching moment' for all who might be interested. This is not meant to 'have a go' at people's lack of knowledge of 'The Great Southern Land.' Just to move people along in the process of getting to re-introduce The Matthews family.
The top six questions from this week:
1. You can do missions work in Sydney?
90% of the people of Australia live in the cities of Australia. It is one of the most urbanised countries in the world. Also, only 3-5% of the population follow Christ as their Saviour. It is a great opportunity for mission and we choose to do it where the people live. Check out the ministry we work with in Sydney and around Australia. City Bible Forum and Rouse Hill Bible Church
2. Does the water go the opposite way in your toilets?
Americans fascination with our toilet water is interesting. The answer to ever important international question is yes and no. Water does travel in a different direction in the Southern Hemisphere, but our toilets flush differently. Not circling, but more of a whoosh sensation. So, does the toilet water travel a different direction? Not really. It all travels 'down' the drain.
3. Do you have kangaroos and wombats in your back yard?
Nope, we live in a major metropolitan city.
4. That isn't 'American' English': Why do you use different words?
We live in Australia and we use the vernacular from our home country. Can we ask that you not correct us on how we pronounce things? It has only been week, but it is getting a bit tiresome. If you have a question about what we are saying, see it as a way to learn more about another culture, mate.
5. Does it snow in Australia?
We do get snow during the winter in the mountains of Australia. The vast majority of Australia does not get snow. Just a side note, our seasons are opposite from the Northern Hemisphere.
Quick Australian weather reference: January: Hot, Summer; July: Cold, Winter
6. How long will this 'missions thing' go and when will you be done?
Unless God changes the plan, we are in Australia to stay. It is our home and unless Jesus returns soon, there is work to be done. Also, studying the Bible, we do not see 'retirement' as a Biblical precedence. The work may change over the years, but the location will be the same. Sharing the Gospel in the Sunburnt Country, Australia.
Thanks for the questions. We pray you consider the intent of this update. We love talking with people about Australia, especially about the ministry work in Sydney. We thought we would answer some of the key questions up front. Please keep the queries coming and we look forward to seeing you in the churches and homes of the US.
Thanks for your support and prayers,