2009 A YEAR IN REVIEW
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SUCH AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD BIBLE TEACHING SEMINARS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA!
It really was a busy year for Jonathan! Over the course of 2009 I was able to do many things that I have been believing God for since 2004. I really believe that God spoke to me about leading others in understanding the Bible. So I set out on a journey of obedience. Sometimes I felt like this
BIBLE CORE COURSE 2009
journey would never be realized, but I kept on going. In January last year, I was able to repioneer YWAM RTO’s inductive Bible course, BCC. We had 4 students who were young missionaries sign up for the 6 month journey into each genre of
KEREMA SEMINAR, GULF
scripture, covering 14 different books. Then I was able to take one of those students on for further training in PNG. We ran seminars with local pastors who don’t have the same access to this kind of education. This is all possible because of my supporters. THANKS!!!
MORNING TEA, HIGHLANDS!
THERE HAVE BEEN PLENTY OF OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH AS WELL. FROM TRAINING OTHERS TO TEACH (ABOVE) TO TEACHING ON DTS (TOP LEFT.) AS WELL AS PREACHING BAREFOOTED IN A THREE WALLED CHURCH (TOP RIGHT) AND SPEAKING WITH TRANSLATORS (BOTTOM LEFT.) AND YOU JUST CAN’T GO SOMEWHERE WITH OUT WORKING WITH THE KIDS. (INTERACTIVE WALK THROUGH OF THE OT, MIDDLE LEFT.)
H O L I DAY T I M E I N N O RT H A M E R I C A
I HAD SUCH AN AMAZING TIME IN THE STATES AND CANADA! THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING MY TIME AT HOME SO SPECIAL. WHEN I RETURNED TO AUS AND WAS ASKED HOW MY TIME AT HOME WAS, I WAS REALLY ABLE TO RESPOND THAT IT WAS THE BEST HOLIDAY EVER! I WAS ABLE TO REALLY APPRECIATE MY TIME IN THE MOMENT RATHER THAN HINDSIGHT, SUCH A BLESSING FOR ME AS THAT ISN’T THE NORM.
MORE HOLIDAY 2009!!!!
THERE WERE SO MANY AMAZING MEMORIES FROM THIS TRIP. I WAS ABLE TO SEE SO MANY FRIENDS FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT TIMES IN MY LIFE. FROM HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS TO COLLEGE BUDDIES AND EVEN FRIENDS MADE IN MY TRAVELS OVER THE YEARS. PLUS I GOT TO SEE MY BROTHERS NEW HOME, AND SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH FAMILY!
N OT D O NE Y E T !
YOU CAN SEE ABOVE, THE TRUE BREAKFAST CLUB (TOP LEFT.) AND SEVERAL SHOTS FROM MY TIME IN SAN FRANCISCO. AND THE “BRYDE” WEDDING AS BEST MAN! (TOP RIGHT) IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO SPEND TIME WITH DAVID AND KIM LEHMANN WHO ARE PIONEERING AN URBAN MINISTRY IN SAN FRANCISCO. AND TIME WITH GRANDMA! HAD TURTLE STEW, CATFISH AND HUSHPUPPIES... MMMMMMMM!
PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL MY TRAVELS I WAS ABLE TO GO DOWN TO THE COAST OF NC, WITH MOM AND THE SIBLING’S FAMILIES. I DID NOT KNOW THAT MY SISTER WAS SUCH A WEAPON AT POKER. GOOD THING WE WEREN’T PLAYING FOR REAL MONEY OR I WOULD HAVE BEEN BROKE! AND I HAVE NEVER DONE SO MANY PUSH UPS IN MY LIFE, I SUCK AT THAT GAME...
PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR
AND TO BE HONEST I WAS TRULY HUMBLED FOR MY TIME WITH FAMILY. I FEEL THAT GOD HAS BLESSED ME SO MUCH WITH FAMILY MEMBERS THAT LOVE ME. I KNOW SO MANY WHO DON’T KNOW THAT FEELING. NO OFFENSE EVERYONE, BUT I LOVE MY NIECES AND NEPHEWS! OVER THE YEARS I HAVE NOT REALLY EXPERIENCED HOME SICKNESS, UNTIL MY FAMILY STARTED TO HAVE CHILDREN...
When we returned from staff retreat my flat mates left for a few weeks. So I wanted to be a blessing! I have been told that I live in the oldest apartment building in Townsville. I am not sure if this is true, but it makes sense. For the past 2 years I have lived here, but my flat mate has been in this place for much much longer. While I was in Indonesia teaching back in 2008, I came home to a remodeled kitchen. Watto, my flatmate, had put in an extra counter, painted the back wall and changed the shelving. It was such an amazing surprise, and wonderful thing to return to. Watto is always doing things like this. Fixing a car or putting in an
WAITING FOR WATTO TO COME HOME SO WE CAN CATCH HIS REACTION ON VIDEO :)
air-conditioner, or even taking other young missionaries on hiking adventures. He is a very generous guy, who never asks for anything in return for the things he does. So when he took off for 6 weeks to Sydney for holiday and ministry training, I got to thinking. I had wanted to paint our walls and just give the place a real good spring cleaning. The thought of it alone was a bit daunting though, so I just started to chat with a few others. Before I knew it I had a whole team, who wanted to give time and even their own money to see this blessing come to pass. We were able to repaint the whole living area of the flat, as well as lay carpet in Wattoâ€™s bedroom, and even saw new bedding donated, pillows and all.
THANKS TO MY F RIENDS WHO HEL PED!
Thanks so much to everyone who made this possible!!!
S PIRTUAL ;)
DEEP DEEP CL EA N!
YWA M S TA F F R E T R E AT
Welcome home from the states, Lets Go to Staff Retreat! After 7 weeks in PNG followed by some weird viral infection that put me out of commission for 2 weeks, I was ready to head home!
I returned just in time to drive 2 hours up into the Australian Bush. Our entire base, about 125 people in all, went camping together. IT was quite the ordeal to cook for that many, but we managed.
As much as I loved my time at home and with my family, it really is never enough, I was ready to come back It was so wonderful to just to work. Well sort of... return to friends and co-workers for the Lord for a time of fellowship and It is sometimes hard to come team development. We spent time strait back to work full time after traveling so much, it is almost as though looking at how to utilize our strengths from the â€œStenghts Finderâ€? books, and you need a holiday from your holiday. just enjoy God in his creation!! Well that is just what I got this year.
E N D O F Y E A R M E N AG E R I E
THERE IS NEVER A DULL MOMENT AROUND HERE! WHETHER YOU ARE HELPING YOUR FRIENDS MOVE, THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS A LOT HERE. A LOT! OR REFINISHING A TABLE TOP... OR GETTING TO GO SKIING AND HIKING. NEVER DULL! AND OF COURSE LETS NOT FORGET “MOVEMBER,” HELPING RAISE AWARENESS FOR MENS PROSTATE CANCER.
F IN A LLY, C HR IS T M A S I N AU S !
THANK YOU! 1. TO MY FAMILY FOR LOVING ME AND LETTING ME GO. 2. TO MY SUPPORTERS FOR PRAYER AND FINANCES TO BE OBEDIENT TO WHAT I BELIEVE GOD AS CALLED ME. 3. ALL MY FRIENDS, WITH WHOM I CAN RECONNECT WITH AFTER LONG ABSENCES. 4. MY LORD JESUS FOR REDEEMING MY BROKEN LIFE
Christmas in the tropics, not fires & cider, but aircon, bbq’s, and beaches... It is actually quite hard to adjust to being so far away from friends and family for Christmas, and other holidays as well. But as I have been doing this since 2004, I have learned how to make the most of what God has blessed me with. So yeah, we spend a lot of time with our new friends and new family here all living out our portion of God’s call. We have lots of meals together to celebrate the birth of our Lord, and the things that he has done in and through us.
The other shift that has been tough is the shift from winter snow, to summer heat and humidity. We love it though. I find myself looking forward to stable on the strand and big community feasts as a base. Christmas is amazing wherever you go, may God bless yours this year! Remember that no matter how inconvenient your Christmas time can be, God is in it and truly wants to celebrate with you! God Bless You very much!!