11020-australiaTeam Australia has returned from “walkabout”… or perhaps thats what you may have thought because of the lack of news lately. We are back at the TMI base in Tewantin after seven days at Woorabinda, (the Aborigine Community) and then three days at the Great Barrier Reef. Woorabinda was such a blessing for us to help the host missionary couple, to paint the church and to mix with the locals, especially the children. It was pretty tough conditions but the team came through well and left behind a great testimony and experiences that will never be forgotten. On Monday we drove to the coast where we stayed in a Caravan Park for two nights. It was really crowded and we had a spot where we set up tents and kitchen. Those around us complemented the team on their excellent behavior during the stay. They thought that 20 teens would disturb the peace, but they commented on how these teens didn’t use bad language and were very respectful. On the last morning we had to get up at 5:45am, pack up the tents and all the gear into the bus trailer, have breakfast and shower and then load up to leave at 7am. An elderly couple nearby came to see the team off and couldn`t believe that we had done all that without waking anyone else up. Their only complaint was that the team had called the lady “Ma’am” and that had made her feel old. Then on Wednesday we had a day on the “Reef”. Words cannot describe the scene of snorkelling over all that beauty. It was truly a day of admiring God`s amazing creation. The leaders just want to say to the parents how much we have appreciated leading this team. They have worked really hard in the challenges, been very thankful in the little things, and we believe they have grown a lot through this experience of serving the Lord here in Australia. Thank you for your prayers, knowing that God has been very much at work in us, through us and for us.  Ps. After ten days on the road and without mail we returned to a big box full of letters and cards. Although that kind of brings on a flood of homesickness for everyone, we do appreciate your support in every way. Keep praying that we will all finish strong, focused and praising God.



  1. Thanks for the update! So glad to hear about the wonderful way this team has ministered to the people… We love you Christen and we pray for continued safety for the team as you travel home. See Ya!!

  2. I so appreciate hearing about this group and what you have done. We are just as anxious for you to come home so we can hear all about it. Missing you Georgia Barnaby! Praying for a strong finish for each one of you.


  3. Sherri Deardorff

    Happy Birthday Georgia W! What a great way to spend it! Great to get a post from your cam and thinking of your throughout your trip! Have fun!

  4. So sorry to hear about the homesickness. Think of it instead as even half around the world you are still loved and prayed for. May we all be that homesick to see Jesus! And joys in His letters to us. Do not grow weary! We are praying for you. Pray for the trip back for the leader who will escort you all back.

  5. This update made my day. God has been with them though ever step of their “walkabout”. Our teens are going to come back so spiritually/emotionally and physically different. Continued prayers for all our kids and leaders.

    Love you Courtney with all my heart.


  6. Hey Georgia.
    We just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday. Sounds like you had a fabulous day. I pray God will continue to knock your socks and show Himself mighty to you and those around these last few days,
    The Hames

  7. Sounds like you are having a wonderful experience in Australia, especially on your birthday! We are so excited for you and praise God for all of the great ways you are ministering to the people there. Everyone misses you here, especially Katie. We love you and are praying for you and your team :-). Love the Johnsons

  8. Sounds awesome and wonderful! We are continuing in prayer for all of you and look forward to hearing all of the stories of the great things God did through all off your faithfulness to him!

  9. Dear Georgia – I can’t imagine what a 17th birthday you had on the Great Barrier Reef! Mr. Browder and I would love to go there some day. We are anxious for you to return and tell us in person what an incredible journey God has you on. So exciting to see what God has in store for us all! Praying lots and counting down, the Dennistons

  10. So good to hear from you! yes, do finish strong in the Lord! your focus on the Lord will bring so many blessings to all… are all a joy to me! I am filled with thankfulness when I read about your experiences and conduct. Time goes so quickly, enjoy and be blessed! so proud of you all, and you, Georgia B!

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