I’m writing from the quiet beginning of spring in Perth to the wild world of hurricanes and coming autumn in the United States. Living in a completely separate season from my country is honestly strange.
So, hello. Here is a little bit of what is happening 9,347 miles away.
A missionary… in Australia? What does that look like? Well, I am so very glad you asked.
Here in Perth, Western Australia, a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) base has been operating for over thirty years. One of over one hundred in the world, YWAM Perth has a specific leading from the Lord to reach the Indian Ocean Gateway (the countries that border the Indian Ocean) and Australia, our home country, happens to be one of them. It’s an important reminder that need is everywhere. Need for the gospel, need for community, need for food, need for proper housing. Not in a third world country? Not a problem. God still has work for us to do and people for us to love.
First, God speaks a place and and a purpose and then we obey. For this quarter, God has really put a burden on my ministry’s heart to reach out to the very center of Perth’s central business district.
We had a time of worship mid-morning on a ordinary Friday out in the open where anyone could see. Perth kept moving. Heels clicked by on asphalt, brakes eased, espresso was brewed. And in the midst of all this, the glory of God’s presence came. The man sitting nearby felt it..he told me so. There he sat with a pocket full of cigarette paper and marijuana but a heart full of sincerity. We talked about the concept of infinity, the beauty of salvation, the fascinating love of Christ, and about how both of us were living in pursuit of truth and wholeness. But we peacefully disagreed on who and what we worship. I worship the Omnipotent God while he believes in an only somewhat caring universe. Can I pray for you? We talked to Jesus. It rained. I prayed some more. He smoked. I told him God had a plan for his life and he smiled. And that was it. A casual encounter with hopefully not-so-causal implications.
Ministry also looks like this. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that missions is only what you see in promo videos that generally advertise rides through the safari and playing tag with underprivileged kids of a non Caucasian ethnicity. It’s not. And that is more than okay, because it’s the long hours and the big efforts that show the love and bring the change. Ministry can take so many forms.
We are learning… from Mike Bickle (founder of IHOP Kansas), from men and women of great faith on our base, from traveling missionaries, from each other, and always from the Holy Spirit.
There you have it! Update complete. Please enjoy your pumpkin spice lattes. I will be enjoying the blooming eucalyptus trees.
Prayer Points & Current Needs
- I am trusting God for $500 per month to continue doing ministry.
YWAM Perth: http://www.ywamperth.org.au/
Grace and peace be to you.