Updates 2017

The Final Word–Final Update

Philippians 2:16, "Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." What do you get when you mix 32 days of wonderful financial supporters and prayer partners, phenomenal team members,  vibrant ministries, and life-changing decisions? You get a missions trip experience that is Continue Reading

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Safe and Sound

Monday, July 31 (Brisbane) Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. Officially, our team has left Australia with the majority of the team headed to Los Angeles and to their final destination and the Cirones along with Tiffany headed to Christchurch and the South Island of New Zealand for a Continue Reading

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Last Day of Ministry

New Beginnings Baptist Church--Sunday, July 30 (Brisbane: Mango Hill) Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Today was bittersweet as we realized that this would be our last full day of ministry.  As we drove to church this morning Continue Reading

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Super Saturday

New Beginnings Baptist Church--Saturday, July 29 (Brisbane: Mango Hill) Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Arriving at the church around 8:15 am, everyone was excitingly anticipating a "super" turnout at New Beginning Baptist Church's 2nd Annual Super Saturday.  The Marshalls had envisioned Continue Reading

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Warming Up for Super Saturday

Marshall Family/New Beginnings Baptist Church--Wednesday-Friday, July 26-28 (Brisbane: Kallangur/Mango Hill) I Corinthians 15:58 ¶ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Knowing that this would be our last ministry of our trip and that everyone was weary, Continue Reading

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The Word for the West

Various Outback Ministries--Monday-Tuesday, July 24-25 Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. What do you think of when you hear the following: Taroom, Eidsvold, Cracow, Mundubbera, Gayndah, Biloela, Thangool, Goomeri, Murgon, Monto, and others?  We can tell you what Jim Continue Reading

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Sunday in the Outback

Taroom Baptist Fellowship am/Eidsvold Baptist Church pm--Sunday, July 23 (Taroom, Eidsvold) Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. For this Sunday, our ministries were twofold: the Continue Reading

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Almost 3,000 Kilometers in 36 hours

Travel Days--Friday pm,-Saturday July 21-22 (Walker Flat to Melbourne to Brisbane to Taroom) Ps 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Was it waking around 3:45 am Friday to get ready to drive the 8 hours to Melbourne? Was it waking at 4:15 am Saturday to get Continue Reading

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Is God Out There?

Ankara Camp--Thursday pm, July 20 (Walker Flat, South Australia) Psalm 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. One last question to wrap up our Winter Teen Camp week at Ankara Continue Reading

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The Hospital

Ankara Camp--Wednesday-Thursday, July 19-20 (Walker Flat, South Australia) Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. It is amazing what can happen in a 24-hour time span.  First, on Wednesday the Cirones began with a trip to the local hospital in Continue Reading

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Walker Flat–Where the World Stands Still!

Ankara Camp--Tuesday-Wednesday, July 18-19 (Walker Flat, South Australia) Ps 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. One of the Huge (as President Trump would say...) blessings of Ankara Camp is that it just seems like the world stands still as everything is so peaceful Continue Reading

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Off to Camp

Adelaide CBD (am)/Ankara Camp (pm)--Monday, July 17 (Adelaide/Walker Flat, South Australia) Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. Today would be the day we head to our third camp in two Continue Reading

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Saying Goodbye and Heading West

Murray River Baptist Church (am)/South West Baptist Church (pm)--Sunday, July 16 (Buronga, New South Wales/Seacliff, South Australia) Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. As we awoke this morning in our Caravan Park along the Murray River, Continue Reading

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The Value of One

Gravitate Teen Camp--Thursday-Saturday, July 13-15 (Broken Hill, New South Wales) Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. If you've ever been to camp, more than likely you have very fond memories of the people that you met and the decisions that you made.  Add Continue Reading

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A Little Bit of Everything

Driving to Mildura via the Great Ocean Road Part 2--Wednesday, July 12 (Warrnambool) Galatians 6:10, "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Now, before you read this and lest you think we've forgotten that we are on a missions trip, don't forget that to get Continue Reading

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God’s Beautiful Creation

Driving to Mildura via the Great Ocean Road--Tuesday, July 11 Psalm 19:1-3, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard." We began our travels around 7:30 am leaving our hired Airbnb home Continue Reading

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Letterboxing and Fellowshipping with the Suttons--Monday, July 10 (Melbourne, Victoria) Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" After a physically and emotionally challenging Sunday, our team enjoyed sleeping in to about 8:00 a.m.  Ashton was our girl dayleader for today and decided to make an egg and bacon casserole which Continue Reading

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You CAN Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!

Three Church Services in One Day--Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9 (Melbourne, Victoria) Acts 20:35-38, "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed Continue Reading

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Mythbusters

Young Adult Camp--Thursday-Saturday, July 6-8 (Alexandra, Victoria) I Peter 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" After packing all our luggage this morning, the team headed out for the 11 hour Continue Reading

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The Longest Day–Wrapping Up Sydney

Galatians 6:10, "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." On this day, we had two different ministries--one involving Dr. Cirone ministering to the team and the other one involving the team ministering to the folks at Bible Baptist Church.  At 3:30 am Wednesday, the alarm Continue Reading

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Two Days of Painting and Preaching

1 Corinthians 16:15, "I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)" When you hear the word "addiction," normally that is not a good thing.  As team leaders, we must say that our team has developed a healthy addiction thus Continue Reading

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Serving the Lord on the Lord’s Day

Nehemiah 4:6, "So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work." As the team awoke for their Sunday morning ministries, our day began with our Day Leaders Ashton and Ryan cooking a delightful brekkie (breakfast) of crumpets, eggs, coffee, and orange juice. Our first ministry Continue Reading

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Safe and Sound in Sydney

Hello Team Outreach Australia Prayer Warriors, The team arrived safely in Sydney this morning around 6:30 am and other than the logistical challenge of getting the team and their 40+ pieces of luggage from the airport to our accommodations, all is well!  Right now, while I'm sitting here in Sydney's Haymarket mall utilizing their free wifi, the rest of the Continue Reading

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The Ant Colony

If you've ever been to LAX, it reminds you of a somewhat efficient ant colony as everyone is busily moving around the horseshoe-shaped terminal with buses, taxis, cars, and pedestrians all darting in and out of the terminal drop-off and pick-up points--all with, amazingly enough, no accidents.  It was exciting as one by one Team Australia members arrived throughout the Continue Reading

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Our Starting Point

Our first "pre-leg" of our journey is complete as the Cirones (John, Michelle, Annaliese)  arrived (12 bags in all for the three of them) into Los Angeles this afternoon without any drama. The only thing we were nervous about was that all 6 of our checked luggage weighed in between 49.5-51.5 pounds and other than removing a couple of rubber Continue Reading

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One Week to Go!

One week from tonight Team Outreach Australia will be flying out to the Land Down Under!  This is always a memorable flight as dinner is served somewhere halfway between mainland USA and Hawaii sometime around 2:00 am.  The goal is to stay up as long as possible so that one's body can begin to adjust to the time differential which Continue Reading

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Two Week Countdown!

G'day Team Outreach Australia Supporters! Sitting here in our local coffee shop looking at the clock on the wall reminds me that a little over two hours from now, two weeks from now, we will be leaving Los Angeles to head over the Big Pond to the land Down Under!  Our team is so excited as everyone is busily preparing Continue Reading

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One More Month!!!

Just one month from today, we will be arriving in Los Angeles and awaiting for our team to begin arriving the next day.  We continue to be in close contact with our Australian ministries and are so excited about this opportunity.  Today, several of our YOM teams will be leaving for their respective fields (see http://yomteams.org/teams/ for more information).  Please Continue Reading

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The End and the Beginning

While sitting at our local campus coffee shop looking out the window watching the students emerge from their Final Exams, I am reminded that the semester is quickly drawing to a close as Commencement/Graduation takes place this Wednesday, May 10.  For several members on our missions team, this will be the end of a very influential chapter in their life Continue Reading

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Praying For Everything to Come Together

Happy Tuesday (or Wednesday to those of you in Australia)! Trust that each of you had a blessed Easter and Resurrection Sunday as we just celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Of course, Christians should be celebrating His resurrection daily as we live out our "newness of life" in Him.  May our heart's desire be as the Apostle Continue Reading

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Getting Closer–Only Three More Months To Go!

Hello Team Outreach Australia Ministry Partners, Since our last update a little over a month ago, we've had three additional training meetings and are currently over the $30,000 mark in support with almost $13,000 to go!  Our goal for each team member is for them to achieve 75% of their support by March 31 and 100% of their support by Continue Reading

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Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!

One of the traditions at Pensacola Christian College is beginning their daily (i.e., four times a week) Chapel service by singing the Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Beginning as a student in 1984 and being there ever since, I've Continue Reading

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Exciting News–Just Purchased Airline Tickets to Australia!!!

Happy Wednesday to All... Just wanted to share the EXCITING news that we are now "officially" going to Australia as we just purchased all the Los Angeles to Australia (and return) airline tickets last night!  Praise the Lord as God gave us an excellent price--thank you for praying for that. At this point, all the team members received an email outlining their itinerary Continue Reading

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Off to a Great Start!

Last night, we had our first official Team Outreach Australia meeting as all of our team members are back safe and sound to Pensacola Christian College!  It was so good seeing everyone together in one room as we missed them over the Christmas break. Our purpose last evening was to not only give them an update on how our Summer Continue Reading

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Support Update, Accommodations Complete, and Meeting an old Acquaintance

Hello everyone and trust that you had a great weekend and Lord's Day.  We are excited as our 2017 Team Outreach Australia members will be returning in about a week to gear up for another semester with some being their last semester!  While they've been away, we try to keep them up-to-date on our happenings and want to do the Continue Reading

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Meet Our Newest Missionaries–The Heberles

Just a quick note to say as we plan for our 2017 Australian summer missions trip, it has been exciting in the last couple of days to be in contact with the Heberles--a missionary family ministering to various Outback and Aboriginal communities in Queensland.  Last year while ministering with missionaries Joe and Melissa Marshall at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Continue Reading

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Happy New Year from YOM Outreach Australia!!

Well, even though in Sydney, Australia, it is currently 9:23 am January 2nd as this is being written, it is still January 1st in Pensacola--so, we wanted to wish all our Team Outreach Australia friends both near and afar a Blessed and Happy New Year!  After the regions/countries of Tonga, New Zealand, and a small part of Russia, Australia is Continue Reading

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Outreach Australia team! Trust that each of you had a wonderful Christmas as you celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Of course as Christians, we can and should celebrate our Saviour's birth everyday as we have the opportunity to live for and serve Him, but during this time of the year we are especially Continue Reading

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Welcome Back–Meet Our 2017 Team!

This is our first official 2017 Team Australia update as we've got some exciting news!!!  Back in October and November, after interviewing and praying over 30+ students for only  9 positions on our 2017 Youth Outreach Ministry Australia Missions Team, the Lord answered our prayers by giving us 9 wonderful students.  We are so thankful to the Lord for His Continue Reading

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