Updates 2016

An Encore PS…

Ok, so maybe THIS will be the last post...  Forgot to mention on the most recent post to make sure you take a moment to read the 2016 Team Australia team member testimonies--they will be a great blessing and encouragement to you!

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Encore, Encore!!

July 24 (Final Update) With all the team members finally having arrived home (except Tim who is still doing his internship in Adelaide), all the luggage finally arriving as well (even after a cancelled Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Pensacola), team members happy to finally sleep in their own beds, and tall tales from the Outback starting to be Continue Reading

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She Bought the Ring

July 21 This morning we woke up to go shopping at the Queen Victoria market to finish buying our last-minute souvenirs from Australia. Hopefully they all fit in our suitcases by tomorrow morning when we board our Qantas flights! But even in the clamor of shopping and busy customers, Suzanne had the opportunity to witness to a jewelry vendor during Continue Reading

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Great Ocean Road Part II

July 20 Today we completed the journey from Warrnambool to Melbourne, so officially concluding our days of driving for this trip. But before leaving our sleepy little town, we made a quick stop at Logan’s Beach to search for whales from the lookout. We didn’t catch a glimpse of the endangered whales that were supposedly migrating to Antarctica and passing Continue Reading

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Great Ocean Road Part I

July 19   Today we drove from Mildura to Warrnambool along the bumpiest paved road ever. Finally, we gave up on trying to sleep and peered out the windows instead, looking through the fog in search of the little sheep dotting the fields. We also used our time on the road to try new, distinctly-Aussie snacks while traveling. And of Continue Reading

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Work Day or Tea Day?

July 18 Something you need to know about Aussies: the only thing they love more than tea is giving others tea. And boy, did we experience that firsthand today during our workday. Dr. Cirone warned us that we would be working very hard today while visiting four church families doing repairs, gardening, and manual labor, so we braced ourselves for Continue Reading

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Ministering in Two States

July 17 Today we were able to minister in two different Australian states--New South Wales and Victoria.  Sounds impressive, doesn't it?  Well, actually driving from our rented home in Mildura (located in Victoria) to the Murray River Baptist Church (located in New South Wales) required us to drive over the Murray River about 4 kms to Buronga.  Our first order Continue Reading

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The Sad Goodbyes

July 15/July 16 Within the last 48 hours, we've had to say goodbye three times--once to our friends at the Winter Teen Camp, another to our friends in Adelaide, and this morning to our dear colleague Tim Krug.  Tim began the summer on June 6 flying out to Brisbane to begin his missions internship with Pastor Joe Marshall at New Continue Reading

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The Road

July 13/July 14 One of the most memorable things about Ankara Camp is the tranquility that it offers.  By being seemingly out in the middle of nowhere, the fast-paced society and cares of the world are quickly snuffed out by the sounds of the morning kookaburras, magpies, and lorikeets, the sounds of the pelicans taking off and landing in the river, Continue Reading

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A Stormy Day

July 12 After our camp caretakers gave their orientation to our group last night, they mentioned to Pastor Honeychurch about a severe weather alert that strong storms and high winds would be coming through the Walker Flat/Murray River basin during the evening since a cold front was moving in.  Well, that is exactly what happened as early this morning it Continue Reading

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Camping By the River Part II

July 11 Even though it was only a short weekend visit to the Murray River Baptist Church, it was a blessed one as the team had wonderful fellowship with the people and particularly with the Tunkins as Dave and Barb were wonderful hosts as they hosted us "boat people."  We will return to their church at the end of this Continue Reading

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Camping By the River

July 11 Just a quick update that we arrived safe and sound to our Winter Teen Camp location in Walker Flat, South Australia.  Even though it was a beautiful day outside, it was quite the drive as the wind was whipping across the plain and constantly pushing against our minibus and trailer.  The camp is situated on the banks of Continue Reading

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Welcome Home

July 10 Sunday morning dawned rainy, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. For one, we had the privilege of waking up in a houseboat on the Darling River. For two, we were headed to meet new people at a new church, but yet this was our flagship church where Team Australia first ministered to back in 2008!  This was almost Continue Reading

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On Safari

  July 9 What do you have when 12 people travel 1,000 kilometers in a 12-passenger minibus west to Mildura through the Hay Plains complete with kangaroos and emus?  ...an exciting but very LONG and sleepy trip.  We asked the question far too many times today: “Where are the toilets?” But on one occasion, Gloria walked into the servo (gas Continue Reading

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Tearing Down and Tearing Up

July 8 Goodbye rainbow tunics, goodbye jousting games, goodbye Princess Ginger, goodbye Condell Park Bible Church. Today we tore down the castles walls, disassembled the drawbridge, snuffed out the chandeliers, and destroyed the dungeon as we finished the final day of Holiday Kid's Club. So much hard work and prayers were poured into the whole endeavor, and we look back Continue Reading

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Jumping or Leaping?

July 7 “Daniella, can you jump the moat?” “No.” “Why not?” “Miss Gloria, I want to leap.” Little Daniella on the junior yellow Dreaded Dragons team demonstrated her winning attitude this morning, and it must have paid off. The yellow Dreaded Dragons made history today by winning first place for the third day in a row! But the green Crazy Continue Reading

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Wild Wednesday

July 6 Day two of our medieval Holiday Kid's Club began fabulously, and each team put forth their best effort into winning and having a good time. Thankfully, the rain stayed tucked away in the clouds instead of drizzling in on our tea time like yesterday. Evangelist Fraser Young (also starring as Sir Lunch-a-Lot) has kept even the smallest child Continue Reading

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Changing Paces

July 5 Sir Lunch-a-Lot, Sir Saladhead, and the rotund Squire Tuck kept us rolling in laughter today during our very first day of the Holiday Kid's Club at Condell Park Bible Church. We engaged in games with the sword in the stone, we chucked “cannonballs” into turrets, wore colorful tunics, and watched animated swordplay all morning. Amy and Tim joined Continue Reading

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Fireworks, Fun, and Fellowship

July 4 - Happy Fourth of July! Wishing you in the States a very happy Independence Day! We have already celebrated (if you can constitute eating KFC for lunch as celebrating) and have missed the usual display of fireworks, watermelon, heat, and picnics. But some of us wore red, white, and blue, and we announced our country’s birthday happily to Continue Reading

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Two Families

July 3 Imagine being a part of two fabulously sweet church families all in one day--that’s exactly what we did today! This Sunday morning, we met the Filipino church family at Bible Baptist Church. They greeted us with welcome arms and genuine smiles, and then we feasted on God’s Word together all morning. During Sunday school, Amy, Suzanne, and Christy Continue Reading

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Oranges, Opera, and Orientation

July 2 Swollen, fermenting oranges and wilted lettuce lying in the gutter should have been a hint. We were not at the right place. Correction: we were at the right place, just not at the right time. As soon as we stepped off the double-decker train we rode into Sydney (specifically the Flemington train stop), we saw crowds of people Continue Reading

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Still Friends

June 30, July 1 It’s a miracle we’re all still friends after a very long sixteen hour drive from Redcliffe (Brisbane) to Sydney that began at 5:15 am and ended 9:30 pm. We are eternally grateful to Dr. Cirone (and for his three McDonald's mochas and little bags of gummi bears) for safely shuttling us for many tiring hours.  Everyone Continue Reading

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Beyond the Goodbyes

  June 29 Wednesday turned out to be a bright sunny day—perfect for a youth activity in the neighborhood park. Tim and Micah led the morning of games for the church kids and engaged them in two vicious games of kickball, two intense rounds of capture the flag, and one hilarious bout of a game called balloon stomp. Balloon stomp Continue Reading

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Remember It’s a Missions Trip!

28 June Tuesday was a day of team bonding through fellowship and enjoying God’s creation at the famous Australia Zoo! But as we toured the exhibits and listened to the crocodile show, we were repeatedly reminded that crocodiles have created themselves to become a perfect species or that evolution has systematically perfected crocodiles as the ultimate apex member of the Continue Reading

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Super Sunday and Sleep-In Monday

26-27 June On Sunday, our team enjoyed a very full and productive day at New Beginnings Baptist Church. Every single team member had the opportunity to minister in his own effective way during the events of the day. Micah and Aaron shared the preaching responsibilities during the evening service, and Tim led the singing. From group specials to solos and Continue Reading

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Super Saturday Outreach

Thank you so much for your fervent prayers concerning Super Saturday, our day of intensive youth outreach at New Beginnings Baptist Church. Three children accepted Christ as their personal savior, two teens received assurances of their salvation, and ten more made spiritual decisions today. Praise the Lord for opened doors and receptive hearts that were hungry for the gospel. Amy, Continue Reading

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Finally All Together!

23-24 June   We are finally all together! These past few days have been an adventure, but it is good to be together as a team. Mrs. Cirone and the group from LA landed in Australia around 7:30 Thursday morning. Although the flight itself had some turbulence, we made it safe and sound to Melbourne. We collected our luggage (which Continue Reading

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Over the River and Through the Woods…

Monday/Tuesday, 21-22 June ...or should that be over the Big Pond and through the Bush to our Australia home we go...  A busy day of traveling as our team is officially about 3 hours into their 14.5 hour flight somewhere over the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii heading to the land Down Under!  If you want to track their flight, Continue Reading

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Pray for a High Score

When you were young, did you ever play the video game Frogger?  It was always unnerving trying to get that frog across the road/river, etc., with all those obstacles.  What's the point--Dr. Cirone is about to play Frogger this morning for about 8-9 hours by driving from West Wyalong to Goondiwindi which will be a very difficult drive. First, getting Continue Reading

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Final Preparations

Today is the day that the team arrives to LAX, or at least half of the team (Rebecca, Micah, Suzanne, Amy, and Aaron)--Rebekah arrived on Monday.  Mrs. Cirone makes her final preparations for gathering the team, checking in their luggage, and taking everyone out to In-N-Out Burger for their last supper before leaving the USA (going to In-N-Out Burger has Continue Reading

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…And They Keep Going One by One

As we speak, or shall I say write, our 3rd 2016 Team Australia member (Gloria Hunter--see http://australia.yomteams.org/team-2016/ for more information about Gloria) is on her way over to Australia.  Currently she is at LAX awaiting her Qantas 15-hour international flight to leave tonight to head over the Big Pond (as the Aussies call it) to Melbourne and then connect to Continue Reading

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Safe and Sound and All Around

A quick update on the status of Tim Krug and Rachel Kelley as both have made it to their final destinations, somewhat.  Rachel, according to her last Facebook post is somewhere in Thailand eventually getting ready to head over to Cambodia on Saturday with the Tunkins and their crew from both Australia and America.  Today (Friday), they will be handing Continue Reading

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Ok, Let’s Get Going!

Psalm 105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Officially, three weeks from today we will be participating in Super Saturday in Brisbane, Australia--but until then, we wanted to thank the Lord and make known his deeds to each of you. Everyone that needed to reach their support goals have Continue Reading

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Current Support Levels @ $33,400+

We just received our latest updated support sheets for Team Outreach Australia and we are currently at $33,403.67--Praise the Lord!  Compared to where we were last year around this time, we are $3,000+ ahead which is wonderful. We've tried to encourage our team to continue to trust the Lord as each one had initially stepped out by faith to join Continue Reading

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89 Days and counting

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16 This past Tuesday evening was a little taste of Heaven as our team spent two very profitable hours practicing testimonies and Bible stories, singing specials, preaching, and going through the various ministry schedules. There is a Continue Reading

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128 Days and Counting!

"That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God..." Colossians 1:10 We trust that each of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year as we can't believe we are already into February 2016!  Even though it is winter time here in the States and Continue Reading

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Already December–Amazing!

Happy December!  We trust that all of you have regained your "composure" after your Thanksgiving holidays as it always offers a special time to spend with food, friends, family, and most importantly God as we were and are continually reminded of His greatness and the blessings He has bestowed on us. For a quick update on our 2016 Team Australia Continue Reading

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2016 Team Australia Taking Shape

Happy Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from Pensacola, Florida! Other than an earlier initial "test" post that a few of you got nervous over, we just wanted to make our first "official" post/update to give each of you a brief update as God continues to assemble our 2016 Team Australia.  Although many of you may not have someone traveling on next Continue Reading

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Hello World

The is the 1st post for 2016

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