Thursday, August 27, 2015

It was Maddie's 14th Birthday yesterday.
So, Happy Birthday Maddie!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Answered Prayer
As most of you know, we started a youth
group here in Katherine about 9 months ago.
Well, the numbers have been growing steadily
since we lowered the age to 5 years old.
Every week has seen the blessing
 of increased numbers and we have
 been excited to see the growth.
But as you know, in our Christian walk,
blessings and burdens go hand in hand.
Fruit and foes, grapes and giants,
opened doors and closed doors.
I Corinthians 16:9
" For a  great door and effectual
is opened unto me,
and there are many adversaries"
So, a few weeks back we were told by the council
that we would not be able to use our current
premises anymore and would have to find
another place to meet within 2 weeks.
This came at a time when we were growing
 as a Youth Group and things seemed 
to be moving along so well.
But the Lord always sees the bigger picture and
we trusted Him to lead and guide us.
After looking around we found a place that
was much more suited to our needs and really
began to pray in earnest.
Long story short, the Lord answered miraculously
and we were able to secure a new meeting place
right in the centre of town with everything
we needed and much better facilities.
Last Friday, we held our first Youth Group there
and we had record numbers.
Most of our children are under 12 with our
girls being the only teenagers, so far.
Our old bus is making itself really useful
and even the cruiser is now busy picking up
kids as well. The kids love riding in the bus
even tho it stalls at times and bounces along
at the most inopportune moments.
We look forward to each week and the challenges
we will face and the souls that can be reached
here in Katherine.
John 4:35
".....Behold, I say unto you, 
Lift up your eyes, and look
on the fields; for they are
white already to harvest."
Please pray with us that God would
use this ministry for the furtherance of
the gospel here in Katherine.
And remember...........

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Picnic Day, NT
What is Picnic Day you ask? Yeah, well
so did I. So, according to the internet:
Picnic Day is a public holiday in the
Northern Territory of Australia
which takes place every year on the
first Monday of August.
It was originally declared a public holiday
to commemorate the freeing of the
 Chinese Coolie indentured labourers
who built the Darwin to Larrimah
 North Australia Railway
So, there you have it!
Our thought process went more like this:
Picnic Day. Public Holiday. No work.
Must be to celebrate picnics?
Gotta go on one then!
And, so we did.
Only, the catch is, that us Holmeses tend to
like to do extreme things, so, our picnic
was to take us on a 900 km round trip
from Katherine to Timber Creek to Top Springs
and back to Katherine again.
Which looks something like this:)
A big loop.
The Stanleys and James came with us
so we had some other crazy people
excited about doing a long trip on a day off.
We left at 7am and arrived home at 10pm.
Dave had just recently done a run out there
in the truck and seen some pretty scenery,
so he decided to show us all.
There was also some tracks that he hadn't been on
(seeing he couldn't take a road train down them)
but wanted to explore.
All in all, it was a great day,
but if we ever ask you if you'd like to go on
a picnic with us.....BEWARE!
I've put together a short slide show for
you all to enjoy.