(I think I used that post title last year, but since I *still* haven’t updated my blog archives it doesn’t really matter)
This week I’m on mission with a team from Moore College. The college does this every year, sends the entire student body, with staff and chaplains, to various locations around the city, state, and even overseas (this year’s OS team has gone to Hong Kong). It’s an exciting and exhausting week, full of big conversations and meeting heaps of new people. We do everything from up front preaching and stuff at church services and Bible studies, to helping move furniture and looking after kids.
This year I’m at Ashbury, a little suburb in between Ashfield and Canterbury, full of Catholics and Greek Orthodox. The church, St Matts, is in the middle of a residential area, but has a huge block of land and great resources. Now all it needs is more people! If you want to read about what we’ve been doing, check out my posts on the Moore Mission blog. Or if you have a bit more time, you might like to read about all the missions.
For my part, I am thoroughly exhausted already. Having come off a couple of fairly intense weeks that also involved some big mood drops, it’s been a challenge to even turn up, let alone be a functioning member of the team. I’m sure I hide it pretty well to people who aren’t close to me, but I’m trying to be upfront about it and have been encouraged to say when I need to rest or stop and not be worried about it. It’s at times like this I realise that pride is a big problem for me! I don’t want people to think I’m not capable or letting the team down. But rest and being wise about it is more important than putting on a brave face (and of course everyone is great and understanding, and it’s mainly in my own paranoid brain that people think I’m a lightweight).
So please pray for us as we work hard this week, and pray that the people we come into contact with would hear God’s word faithfully spoken.