As we continue to plan, layout, and finalize our 2018 ministries, we will update you on our travel. To give you an idea of the scope of our trip, below was our 2017 travel information.
In 2017, Team Australia met in Los Angeles (LAX) a couple of days before our departure as we were able to minister a church in Escondido, California. Later in the evening on June 29, we departed LAX and began our journey to Australia, arriving two days later in the morning of July 1. What was interesting is that when we depart to return back to the U.S. on July 21, we arrive in Los Angeles that same morning! Making the approximately 14-hour flight to Sydney in the world's largest commercial jet (the Airbus A380) with its various amenities, this Qantas flight was quite enjoyable. Our 2017 flight itinerary was as follows:
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Upon arriving for our 2017 month-long ministry, we ministered in four Australian States: New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland. This year, along with past years, we rented a 12-passenger minibus and used this as our main mode of in-country transportation. Compared with 2016 where we drove over 8,000 kms in 31 days, this year it won't be that bad as we only drove a little over 5,000 kms. Being able to take a one-way flight from Melbourne to Brisbane heading into our final week saved almost 3,000 kms of additional driving.
On Saturday, July 1, we arrived into Sydney, picked up our 12-passenger minibus from East Coast Rentals, and were able to minister to a couple of churches as well as a Nursing Home. On Thursday of that next week, we drove down to the Melbourne region where we assisted three churches which included conducting and assisting in three different Sunday services.
Once we finished up in Melbourne and took the group by the Queen Victoria Market for some souvenir shopping and along the Great Ocean Road to see the beautiful Australian coastline, we headed up to Mildura to assist a church at a Teen Retreat up in Broken Hill. After spending the Sunday Morning service with them, we trekked across to Adelaide to minister to one church in their Sunday Evening service as well as in their week-long Winter Teen Camp at Walker Flat along the mighty Murray River. On Friday morning after camp was over, we drove 8 hours to return back to Melbourne to drop off our 12-passenger minibus that evening. Early Saturday morning, we entered the last phase of our trip by flying up Brisbane (renting another 12-passenger minibus) to assist a ministry for a couple of days in several Outback communities and returned to Brisbane to finish up with a super weekend filled with a Brisbane area-wide outreach on Saturday and an Anniversary Sunday church service. Sadly, on that following Monday, we departed Brisbane and headed home to the States. One major answer to prayer is that God provided great safety and unity during all of our travels!