We are gearing up for an exciting May - We need your prayers

We are gearing up for a busy month of ministry in May - Could we ask for your prayers?

As school starts for the autumn term in May (Remember, we experience opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere), the various ministries we are involved with in Sydney are ramping up. Please be praying for these various events:

EXTRA ordinary

City Bible Forum in May

Do you remember what it was like to have the wonder of a child? Everything seemed new and magical.

But as adults we often lose this sense of awe. In a world that over-promises and under-delivers, can we still find something extraordinary?

Earlier in the year, Sam Chan asked audiences in the city to consider the question of Meaning as he looked at the Bible book of Ecclesiastes.

In May we will return to look at what this book says about the extraordinary. Pray for many people to come along for this fantastic evangelistic series.

Flourishing in a hostile city

City Bible Forum Workplace conference - 6 & 7 May

To flourish is to grow vigorously, to thrive, to prosper. Is this possible for Christian workers when the world around them is driven by egos and commercial outcomes?

Most certainly yes! Pray that workers come to this leaders’ conference and that they will be inspired to serve God at work.

Who is this conference for? We are encouraging Christian workers from Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney to attend. People who see the workplace as strategic opportunity for Christian ministry and outreach. We hope they will be equipped and encouraged by the presentations and the fellowship of like-minded believers.

City Bible Forum's 25 year anniversary dinner

19 May

Celebrate with us and pray for the night as we celebrate 25 years of the City Bible Forum (formerly Ecom) ministry.

  • We will relive the journey from home office ministry to large national team.
  • Supporters will gather to say thank you to God for 1,000s of city workers who have heard the message of Jesus.
  • Supporters will catch up with people and relive memories.
  • Our team will be able to share some of our hopes for the future.

Celebrate with us and celebrate all the Lord is doing with our team.

Scripture classes and Bible Study Fellowship

Cathy will continue the ministry of teaching scripture in the public schools and being a children's leader with Bible Study Fellowship.

Rouse Hill Bible Church

In May, we will be travelling through John 13 & 14 as a church. Pastor Ben Kwok and Russ Matthews will Jesus' responses to key topics in people's lives: Service, betrayal, searching for truth and knowing the way to God.

10 years

Our family is thankful to celebrate 10 years of service in Sydney. Thank you for all that you have done to support our work and we look forward to what the Lord has in store for us in the future.

Thank you for your prayers,

The Matthews family



Another big question: To all of our statistic loving friends - Comparison of Sydeny to Iowa...a bit of a difference

Since being back many people have asked for us to compare prices with things in Sydney. It usually is based on specific items, but once we start more details come up. Due to the beauty of the internet, here is a table of comparisons. We have supporters and friends who love statistics and cost comparisons.

This is for you! 

Hope this helps with some of the questions about the costs of Sydney. We are thankful for The Lord's provision and this is not a push for more support. It is just a comparison of costs for the benefit of those interested.

Send us any questions or specifics, but I think this covers most of the questions.

Thanks for your prayers and questions,
The Matthews

Sydney v Des Moines Cost of Living comparison 

You would need around 6,960.92A$ (6,484.93$) in Sydney to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with 3,300.00$ in Des Moines, IA (assuming you rent in both cities). This calculation uses our Consumer Prices Including Rent Index.

Consumer Prices in Sydney are 64.10% higher than in Des Moines, IA
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Sydney are 96.51% higher than in Des Moines, IA
Rent Prices in Sydney are 182.26% higher than in Des Moines, IA
Restaurant Prices in Sydney are 72.93% higher than in Des Moines, IA
Groceries Prices in Sydney are 40.30% higher than in Des Moines, IA
Local Purchasing Power in Sydney is 24.23% lower than in Des Moines, IA
    Des Moines, IA   Sydney
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.00 $     13.97 $
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30.00 $     74.53 $
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 6.00 $     7.92 $
Cappuccino (regular) 3.25 $     3.43 $
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.73 $     2.75 $
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.19 $     2.31 $
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.12 $     1.36 $
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.59 $     3.09 $
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.03 $     2.73 $
Eggs (12) 2.42 $     3.99 $
Local Cheese (1kg) 4.64 $     10.45 $
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 7.14 $     10.06 $
Apples (1kg) 3.96 $     3.85 $
Oranges (1kg) 4.33 $     3.27 $
Tomato (1kg) 2.57 $     4.80 $
Potato (1kg) 2.02 $     2.94 $
Lettuce (1 head) 1.86 $     2.37 $
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.06 $     2.32 $
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $     15.84 $
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $     3.73 $
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 46.00 $     111.79 $
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 $     3.26 $
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.52 $     2.79 $
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.50 $     51.24 $
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.87 $     1.41 $
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,750.00 $     24,222.10 $
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 119.41 $     215.88 $
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $     0.94 $
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 53.33 $     59.51 $
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.00 $     77.68 $
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.50 $     21.14 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 $     16.77 $
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 38.75 $     100.22 $
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.00 $     74.45 $
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 85.40 $     135.81 $
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 66.50 $     134.54 $
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 762.50 $     2,072.02 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 612.14 $     1,512.38 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,235.00 $     4,088.95 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,062.50 $     2,691.76 $
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,291.67 $     8,986.01 $
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,291.67 $     6,070.83 $
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,955.00 $     4,399.92 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.42     5.80

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