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Key dates for prayer 24 May – The Edge – It’s Ok, You belong Ever feel like you're a fraud? That you're just not cut out for your job? And that someday, you're going to be found out—and cast out? You're not alone. Tech billionaires, Hollywood celebrities, award-winning authors, business executives, and many other highly capable [...]
We come to you in celebration and looking ahead to an incredible month of activity The Baby – Welcome George Gibb to the world! On 13 March at about 5:03 pm, little George Matthew Frank Gibb was born weighing in at 3.9 kgs (8 lbs, 6 oz) and measuring 52 cm (20″). Mum and baby [...]
I honestly love washing our car. Not that I have the nicest car on the street or that I am the most detailed person when it comes to cleaning the car, but I enjoy seeing my car clean. It stems from my father who always took such pride in the care of his vehicles and [...]
One of our supporting churches has a wonderful group of people who contact us monthly and merely ask for our prayer points. They want to know about ministry opportunities, but more importantly, they want to know some of the personal things we need prayer for in our lives. What is so encouraging about this faithful team [...]
We have requests from various churches to put together some video clips for VBS throughout the US in 2009 & 2010. If you are interested in getting some of the VBS clips, please e-mail us. The videos contain a series on ‘Mythbusting’ of Australia, some Aussie music, Aussie slang and key verses to assist in [...]
Our church meets in an economically & spiritually challenged area of Sydney. Most of the women in the area live hard and fearful  lives. To be treated with respect and love is a rare thing in many of the lives of these ladies.  On Saturday 2 May, 2009; Glorious Hope Baptist Church held their third [...]
Our church meets in an economically & spiritually challenged area of Sydney. Most of the women in the area live hard and fearful  lives. To be treated with respect and love is a rare thing in many of the lives of these ladies.  On Saturday 2 May, 2009; Glorious Hope Baptist Church held their third [...]
Thanks for all of your prayers. This has been an exciting, exhausting and encouraging month. This is a quick note on all that we have asked you to pray about during this critical month. Easter opens the door to communicate to others about what we believe as Christians. Parades in the city, editorials in [...]
Welcome to April. It is raining and moving into Autumn in Australia. Exciting time of year, football season (3 different codes), cooler weather, and Easter. Thanks for all of your continued support and prayers. What is happening in Australia? Easter: Russ will be sharing the Good Friday message at Glorious Hope Baptist Church,”Eyes on the Road”. Looking [...]
(Apologies: I cannot give out names due to privacy concerns.) Exciting testimony: During our orientation meeting in the city, we were able to hear the testimony of one man who has been coming to the City Bible Forum for over five years. He said, ‘I have floated for the past few years of my life. I [...]
Thank you for your continued prayers. It is an exciting new year for us in Australia ‘09. Yet, as many summers in Australia begin, this year has been extremely hot (40-44 degrees Celcius). With extreme heat comes forest fires and unfortunately loss of life and property. Please be praying for the victim’s families of these [...]
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15 This time of year is one of reflection and thankfulness. We look back at 2008 and we continue to experience ‘awe’ at what we have the privilege to be included. [...]
Team Australia, Thank you for your continued support and prayers. It has been an amazing year for our family. The opportunities for ministry continue to grow. We have had the privilege of seeing people come to Christ through the various ministries that we participated in this year. We hope that you are receiving our regular communications [...]
An addition to our most recent update. Thank you for your prayers for the ‘Restored’ event (www.restored.org.au)  in February. After a conference with the chaplain for the NRL (National Rugby League), we are building momentum for the ministry and the potential impact on western Sydney. After the meeting, the heads of the ministry have decided to [...]
Team Australia, What an exciting time of year. So, many opportunities this time of year for sharing the gospel. Exciting times. We have been having many In House evangelistic talks inside companies this time of year. Westpac, Oracle, Ernst and Young, KPMG, etc. With the current economic climate, many people are asking questions and seeking the [...]
Thanks again to Saylroville Baptist Church for your generosity. We received the care package from the States yesterday. Great memories of the conference. Also, our virus was fixed in the computer. Prayer requests: Planning for RESTORED, the many planning issues for this year and next year. The last month of City Bible Forum for 2008. Evangelistic events throughout Sydney [...]
In coming back to Australia, we seem to have acquired a computer virus. Our computer system may be down for a few days, so please forgive any delays in communication. Thanks for your patience. Russ and Cathy
To all at Saylorville Baptist Church and all our friends and family who attended the Big Picture Missions conference, THANK YOU! What a great two weeks of celebrating our Lord and all He is doing around the world. Thanks for your gifts, prayers and encouragement. We were so blessed by the experience. Your generosity was overwhelming [...]
Glorious Hope Baptist Church (Our home church in Australia) will be hosting a Holiday Bible Club; 7-10 October. The Club is called ‘Boot Camp’ and looks to be great fun. Please be praying for the club and many children from the neighbourhood and church would come to learn about Jesus and the Bible. The sign [...]
I AM Thank you for your prayers for the ‘I AM?’ series at City Bible Forum. It has been a great series to work through in the City, many questions on who Jesus is and who we are if we follow Christ. Many of our regulars have been bringing their non-Christin friends for this look into [...]

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