Monday, September 19, 2005

Well, time is continuing to fly for us here in New Zealand. I (Angele), along with 23 others, leave this Saturday for Fiji with Habitat for Humanity. We will be building 4 houses in a very remote village in the middle of the island. Habitat has partnered with the village and will be rebuilding 18 of the 19 homes over the course of several years. This is the 3rd trip to the village and there is much excitement from everyone.

6 of us were being "commissioned" at the morning service this past Sunday. We were reminded of some of the dangers when our team leader, Catherine, shared a few words...or prayer requests. Something along the lines of how the village is very remote, no electricity, running water, no phones...the only way out is to cross a river on a bamboo raft...basically if there's any problems or accidents, we're in trouble. Well, it was an encouraging speech to say the least.

I would appreciate your prayers for safety for the two weeks we'll be gone. We are due to arrive home the 8th of October. I'm expecting it to be a great time of learning and insight into a completely different culture...not to mention coming home with a fantastic farmer's tan.

I'll let you know how it went when I get back!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Happy Birthday!!

This past Sunday was East City Wesleyan's 5 year birthday! There was a combined service for 3 congregations and over 270 people where there!! It was a great time celebrating with our parent church, East City, and our 2pm Chinese mandarin brother's and sister's.
The above pictures are of the mandarin music team as well as Ryan and the team and the three senior pastors of each church.
God is doing amazing things here in Auckland. This is such an amazing body of believers and they are making a difference in their community!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Hey family and friends!! Sorry it's been so long since our last update! Things have been pretty crazy here in New Zealand. We've suffered through a long week with no computer or internet. The woes of this missionary life! We are trying to catch up on emails and updates at our local Library; at first we thought New Zealand Library cards would just make neat souvenirs, but we are finding use for them now! Who knew?!

A few prayer points for ya: We are now in the last leg of our journey here in NZ...Craziness! We are trying to make some decisions on the next step in our lives, where to go, what to do, etc. Please be praying as we try to determine where God is leading us. We will be sure to keep you updated as things develop.

With heading into our last few months, we are looking at what our return costs will include. We are going to be needing to do one last fundraising letter soon to make ends meet, including our monthly support for our last few months as well as our return shipping expenses. We are in the home stretch...the end is in sight! Please pray we will be wise in determining our needs, and that the money will come in!!

On a personal note, please pray for my cousin, Kate, who is pregnant and now on bed rest. She is in her ninth month and the baby isn't gaining any weight. They will possibly be inducing labor soon if nothing changes. Please pray for her and the baby's health in this time.

Thanks to all who are checking in on us through this website and through all the wonderful emails. Please bear with us as we deal with our technical difficulties!!

Much love,
Ryan and Angele