Friday, December 23, 2016

Barunga Community Church
Christmas Event

On Wednesday night, our church had
the privilege of travelling out to
a community called Barunga,
about an hour away from Katherine
to visit with the church there
as they put on their Christmas play.

We all loaded into our Coaster bus,
plus a couple of other vehicles,
and headed out.

Dave and I have done deliveries to this
community, so we knew a few of the ladies
and it was great to see them and 
their children in the church there.

Pastor Patrick Bauer and his family
work in this community, 
holding Sunday Services and Kids Club weekly.

They had worked very hard putting together
a Christmas service with the
community children and parents.

It was a blessing to see the children,
dressed in their angels costumes,
singing and praising God.

This little girl was particularly enthusiastic

We were able to hear a song sung in Kriol,
the local language and also the passage
from Luke 2, read in Kriol.

The 5 dogs that attended were very well
behaved and slept through most of the service.

I have put together a short video of the evening
so you can get a better idea of the service.

Please pray for the work in this community,
for open hearts to the gospel.
Pray for the Bauer family as they minister
there and in Katherine to the indigenous people.

Please pray for our work at Savannah Way
Baptist Church, and for the
opportunities we have with the children
and parents here in Katherine.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


A couple of weeks back,
we had our annual
Holiday Bible Club
here at Savannah Way Baptist Church.

It was a lot of hard work,
but it was well worth the effort.
Pup and Lydia Cotton came
and gave us a hand for the week
and we all had a great time.

This year, for the first time,
we had a puppet show every day
for the lesson. This went down very
well with the kids and James' puppet
"Tommy", quickly became the favourite.

Dave built the puppet theatre,
with Chloe's help and it worked
out really well.

Chloe was able to be one of the puppeteers
as well as myself, our Pastor's wife, Jessica
and James, with Dave being the narrator
and Abbi playing Tommy for the singing,
as James needed to play the 'real' guitar,
as opposed to the 'pretend' one that Tommy had.

We had a good crowd of kids each day
and good behaviour all round, which was
a great blessing.

There is a possibility of using the puppets
for a Christmas market here in Katherine
in November, so please be in prayer that
we can use this ministry to share the gospel.

On the last day we held a free BBQ
and invited parents to attend. It
was great to see some family members
come and enjoy the day with us.

As always, I took hundreds of photos,
with the help of Maddie,
so I have made a slideshow so you
can see the faces of these precious kids
that God has blessed us with here in Katherine.

So, if you want to see videos of the puppet
shows, singing, more adorable kids,
games etc, please take the time to watch
the video below. I have had to
cut it in half and upload
it in 2 bits, so, sorry for the
disjointedness:) Also, it will probably
not be clear if watched full screen.

Grab a cup of tea,
sit back and enjoy the slideshow
and don't forget to pray
for the work here in Katherine.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto me:
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.


On the weekend, Maddie managed
to break her ankle!

She's okay, but now going
to have to lug around a heavy,
hot, cast for a few weeks.

Of course, when given the choice,
she chose the camo coloured cast!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

4WD Competition

And the winners were...........

Recently, our church held a
series of Dvd lessons on the
subject of marriage for couples
in the church.

At the end of the sessions,
we held a couples only 4WD competition
out on a property out of town.

The girls helped the Pastor and his
family to carve out a 4wd track
through the bush, with the help
of a chainsaw, machete and
good old hard work!

They did a great job making a
challenging course for us to use.

Emilee and Maddie even got to
drive the course in Pastors' Rodeo
to try out their handiwork.

It only took 10 years off
the passengers' lives, but hey,
they had a great time!

There were 3 main challenges
on the day.

First, the passenger had to balance an
egg on a wooden spoon
while the driver negotiated the course.
You had 3 eggs to go through
and YAY! I didn't break any,
thanks to Dave's awesome skills
behind the wheel.

Here's Abbi giving it a go.
She broke all 3. Ahem. Cough cough.

Next challenge was the bucket challenge.
You had to strap a bucket of water to the
bulbar and be the one with the most
water left in it at the end.

Not as easy as it sounds.
Then, lastly, the funnest part.
The driver (being me) was blindfolded
and guided through the course
by the passenger (being Dave).

This was really fun and challenging.
I haven't concentrated that hard since
well, um, have I ever concentrated that hard?

Anyway, I kept the blindfold on the whole
course, even on the trickiest parts
and by following Dave's instructions
to the letter, we managed to make it
through unscathed.

Abbi and James did really well with this
which was nice to see that they're getting
along so well already:)
It's a real trust exercise.

Ok, so James did guide Abbi into a tree branch
sort of, maybe not technically,
do a little damage,
but, the old 60 will live to see
many another day.

All the challenges were timed and points
given. And at the end of it all,
Dave and I came out on top!
Which, I suppose we should seeing we've
been married the longest!

Besides the fact that we're soooo

And just so you know
the old girl can still spin it's wheels.
(While being driven by a madwoman
in a blindfold on a 4wd track)

I've put together a short video of the day.
Unfortunately, there was no footage
taken of Dave and I driving,
so you'll just have to take our word for it.

It was a great day and we finished it off
with a BBQ and campfire.
Pastor Ken Chapman from Darwin
came down and gave us a good charge
and an object lesson to summarize
the whole series.

So, if you're ever in our neck
of the woods, come and join in the fun.
We may not do things in the way your used
to, but we do it Territory style!


Ok, so I have no time
to blog and write full sentences.

My brain has too many
tabs open at present.

So here's a random selection
of wedding photos for any
of you who haven't had enough yet:)

Boys will be boys

And Hannah will be Hannah!!

And Cam will be Cam!

And ain't love grand!

Ladies in waiting (except Abbi of course)

And when life gets boring,
play rock, paper, scissors!

Not available at this present time!

Awww! How sweet!

Yes, James, we are in the Territory,
but somehow I think this is still illegal!

Can I do this then, mum?

Sure. It's a long way back to town, tho!

Thanks to Lauren Drews and
Katherine the photographer
for these great photos!