A year to be thankful for

Photo by: Robin Eckermann

We are very thank­ful for a won­der­ful year this year. As we reflect on the year gone by we thought it would be appro­pri­ate to share some of the many things we are grate­ful for this year and let you know what 2013 holds for us.

We are thank­ful for:

— A year of study at Ridley Melbourne
— Passionate lec­tur­ers who are not only keen to teach but also involved in form­ing us for lives of Christian ministry
— The oppor­tu­ni­ty to be involved in lead­ing chapel ser­vices through­out the year
— The oppor­tu­ni­ty to grow in our knowl­edge and love of God through all our class­es, assign­ments, exams and lunchtime dis­cus­sions with classmates

— Quick inte­gra­tion into a new church fam­i­ly at St Matts
— Spending time with new Christians at church through the intro­duc­tion to Christianity course which we have been facilitating
— Being a part of a fab­u­lous gospel com­mu­ni­ty (small group) who have wel­comed us, sup­port­ed us and walked along side us dur­ing the year
— Chris’ oppor­tu­ni­ty to preach in October

— Living in the same city as fam­i­ly, and par­tic­u­lar­ly being around to meet two of the new mem­bers of our extend­ed family
— Easter with Gill’s fam­i­ly in Melbourne
— Christmas in Canberra

— Frequent fly­er points that fund­ed our flights to Europe in the win­ter break
— Travels through Germany, Switzerland, France, England, Singapore and Malaysia, learn­ing about the Reformation ‘on the ground’ and meet­ing extend­ed fam­i­ly members
— Seeing Mark Webber win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
— Trips back to Adelaide for spe­cial wed­dings and a conference
— A long week­end in Canberra ear­li­er in the year

On the home front
- Our two fab­u­lous house­mates, Stephen and Sarah
— God’s pro­vi­sion of funds to get through the year despite some changes in circumstances
— The chance to spend so much of the year togeth­er, a great privilege.

On a more per­son­al note, 2012 has been a year of grow­ing in trust of God and learn­ing to just take one step at time with­out need­ing to wor­ry what the future might hold.

Coming up in 2013

This year we will be con­tin­u­ing our time in Melbourne as Chris con­tin­ues at Ridley Melbourne. Chris will be extend­ing his degree to a dou­ble degree MDiv/GradDipDiv and is look­ing for­ward to the vari­ety of class­es he will be able to do over the year. I will be re-com­menc­ing my GP train­ing by spend­ing the year doing a spe­cial skills place­ment in Public Health at Melbourne University. Just to keep life inter­est­ing I’ll also be com­menc­ing a Masters of Public Health at the same time.

We plan to con­tin­ue to be involved in min­istry at St Matthews, Prahran and at this stage will con­tin­ue to live with our house­mates Stephen and Sarah.


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