“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. (Matt 6:19-21)
Preparing to leave and leaving is a bit of a strange time. Whittling all our possessions down to what we can fit in our car (along with a few boxes to be sent to the Philippines) has turned into a joy. All the things we think we need but are temporary and will one day decay and rust and cease to exist, they just aren’t that important. It’s surprising the things that have been hard to throw out, for Michelle it’s been some cassette tapes and an old Walkman that she doesn’t use but didn’t want to give up, for Howard it’s his old swag given to him on his 21st birthday.
It’s also been a time of reflection and deep thankfulness. We are thankful for our great God whose love and care for us is the opposite of our earthly possessions. His love is an eternal treasure that will never fade. We feel so privileged that we get to go to the Philippines, to a place that struggles in living with so little. But to bring them the precious Word of God, what could be more valuable! “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever”. (Isa 40:8)
We leave on the 22nd January for CMS cross cultural training in Melbourne and, God willing, will return to Sydney for 6 months in late June as CMS missionaries to raise support (would you please pray about supporting us?). With this Sunday being our last time to gather (prior to deputation), this is also a time of reflecting on our wonderful church family here at SNAC. We began this journey 11 years ago and we can’t begin to describe the support you have been to us. Whilst we attend 10:30 at Bexley North, the support has been broadly from across SNAC.
We have had Godly role models and mentors; everything from words of encouragement and a place to live, to prayer and financial support. More than once after asking God to provide a financial need, within 24 hours someone from SNAC has rung us to offer help, without knowing of our specific need at that time.
Most of all, it’s been attending church and home groups with you, learning from God’s word and praying together that has nourished us. We just can’t imagine being where we are now without you.
It makes leaving hard and sad (writing this makes us emotional!), but it means we also leave feeling deeply confident and supported by you, our dear church family. We leave with joy at having such a wonderful home here at SNAC and we also want to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you so much for your Godly love and support. How good is our God! God bless.