The last many days have been like the first few...busy. We are not only doing the YWAM school, but also the tourist thing why we can. In the last few weeks we have gone to the beach once, and to the parks and the city (Perth) often. To get the beach we enjoyed a 10 minute bus ride, followed by a 20 minute train ride, and rounded off with a 15 minute walk. Well worth the journey. We the beach was in sight it was clear the Indian Ocean was rocking. It took me and the kids an hour to get ourselves used to the waves beating on us and dragging us out a ways (a few feet). Charlotte was standing in about a foot of water and was turn upside down a few times as a few came in. She was perfectly fine, but completely unexpected for both of us.
The parks here are incredible. Apparently Perth has the second or third largest inner city park in the world next to Central Park in New York. We spent time at Kings Park as a school, and fellowshipped with one another. The park was awesome , and so was are timing being together. Our school leader has worked hard to provide time for us to interact outside of class, so we can get to know one another.
We also spent time in the city. Perth has a pretty amazing downtown area. On Easter we visited a city church. After church we went into the square and hung out as a family. We learned that area churches gather and put on a weekend festival for the Easter holiday. They had crafts, a fountain for the kids to run in (that is always there), petting zoo on Saturday as well as a maze, in addition to balloon animals, painters, and a prophetic table (which was interesting). They finished off the day with public worship. It was pretty awesome. The other neat fact is that all the retail stores close down for one day over Easter. The restaurants were open, but nothing else which was fascinating to see and awesome! Two thumbs up for Australia (at least Perth).
I have been hoping to go to a rugby game, but that didn't work out. We live down the street from a stadium, but the season ended I believe.
Despite our tourist craziness, the school has kept us crazy busy as well. God is at work and we are attempting to listen. Last week we finished up the topic of God's nature and character. This week we have moved into the topic of Repentance. Lets just say...this is going to be an easy week (sarcasm included). Please look at the As You Go page to learn more about what we are learning.
It is amazing how fast time goes. We are all ready entering our third week. Most mornings we wake up with the actuality that we are in Australia. Still hard to say and get used to. Regardless, enough time has passed by now that we are all sleeping fairly normal. I pray every night that undisturbed rest will be are blessing. God doesn't always help with that one, but the last two nights He has.
This is a fun fact for you, apparently to promote healthier teeth Perth not only puts chlorine (I believe I was told) in the water but also fluoride to strengthen your teeth. Not sure if that is all correct, but it was an interesting tid bit I learned that I would pass along to you.
Anyways, we are now really to starting to get into a routine, which has been helpful. The kids are continuing to adjust and enjoy their school in the morning. We are home schooling in the afternoon. However, the morning is filled with guided learning as we are in school. They are all making great friends. It has been a blessing to have so many families here. I have said this a few times, but it is truly a blessing. During Monday morning worship I was watching and blessed by a group of kids ranging from 4-12 playing together (ours included). Not more than 3 weeks ago they would have never known each other. God has provided an attitude here that everyone takes care of each other. Starting from the parents to the smallest of child. The distance from home is great, but the experience is worth it.
Overall, we things are going well. We ask that you be praying as we prepare to hear where we are to go on outreach. We feel God is got something for us that may not be the same for everyone. Not sure about that. That is why we need your prayers. In addition, please pray that we are not only ministered to, but also able to minister to others.