One more day and these Midwestern American folk are headed "Down Under"! Our trip will take us to Logan, a suburb of Brisbane, on the eastern coast of Australia, where we will live, learn, and minister with some truly amazing people! Though ministry is more about being with people than just doing things or accomplishing a task, we do have a plan of action. Our tentative schedule is below in case you would like to pray for the team. (Which, by the way, makes ALL the difference!)
June 21-23: En route to Brisbane via KC, Dallas and L.A
June 24: Ministry prep; Friday "Youth in Action"
June 26: Team sharing in worship with church; Alison preaching
June 27- 30: 'Wild and Wacky Week' with the neighborhood kiddos;
July 4-8: "TOA" Youth Camp in Pottsville
July 11: Team departs for KC; Alison heads for Sydney and then Auckland, NZ
As we have such gracious host families (aka "billets" in Aussie lingo), there will be ample opportunity to be immersed in Polynesian culture, learn from some true servants, and offer encouragement and service to the families in return.
Our goal is to love God and love people with everything within us! Our prayer is that our team be a breath of fresh air and truly hold out the hope of Christ to the lost and broken with whom we come in contact.
Please leave us a message and check back often, as each of the team members will have an opportunity to blog throughout the trip.