After two amazing weeks in two amazing churches we are headed to New Zealand to a pastor's conference. It is our last trip with Elaine before she gets married in about 30 days so we did some of the tourist things. We also had the privilege of worshipping in two passionate worshipping churches: Planetshakers and Hillsong. Robert got to share The Blessed Life messages, shall we say in “heaps” (an Aussie word for a lot). Robert also spoke at Hillsong's staff camp where international pastors from South Africa, England and Denmark were apart. Elaine and I got to attend a women's conference one night where Lisa Bevere was speaking. We have discovered a new love, Tim Tams (see picture below). Aussies use them as a straw in hot drinks but they are so good alone. And we got to see the Slovers, a Gateway family that moved to Australia. Nannette sends her love.
I have to admit I am a bit homesick. It is great here but it isn't home. I love Gateway. I love our church family. I am keenly aware of God's bountiful grace which is on us. When we travel we are an extension of you, our Gateway church family. As a church we have experienced God's kiss of favor which we are all to be grateful for. But it is also wonderful to travel - forever it seems, around the world and find fellow brothers and sisters in God's family. We learn from them and they learn from us. Our relationships make us all richer.
Thank you my Gateway girlfriends for enriching my life. I love you.