Friday, January 7, 2011

The Ukarumpa Update - Final Edition Decmber 2010

Wow, it is hard for us to believe that the day has come.  Our service with Wycliffe Associates will draw to a close on Wednesday, December 15th.  We have been very blessed by the prayer and financial support we have received during our time with Wycliffe Associates.  (For anyone who has been supporting us financially, as we are now ending our term, we are no longer in need of your financial support.  Thank you!)
This past month we have been serving at Kangaroo Ground, Wycliffe Australia’s headquarters, located outside of Melbourne.  During our first week here, we spent time sleeping and trying to recover after our whirlwind exit from PNG.  Also, during this time we
had some debriefing sessions with the Member Care Department.  It was very helpful to be able to talk through what we had experienced with other people who were familiar with life
in Papua New Guinea.

Once we were sufficiently settled, we both began working here at Kangaroo Ground.  Jacob joined the Maintenance Department and has had the opportunity to work on the wastewater treatment pond as well as a few small drainage projects.  Kim joined the Media Department and has spent her days scanning old film slides into digital format.  Kim has found her job quite interesting as many of the slides she is scanning are pictures of Ukarumpa back in the early days.

We have been able to do some sightseeing in the city of Melbourne during our time here.  Melbourne is home to around four million people and there is plenty to see and do. While here we have eaten at an authentic Italian restaurant in the Italian District, attended a Christmas Choral at an 1800’s cathedral, shopped at an outdoor market, went to a wildlife sanctuary  where we saw lots of Australian animals, and traveled the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road was constructed by WWI vets returning to Australia and covers many miles of scenic seaside country.  There are surfing towns, rainforest, koalas, a lighthouse, and spectacular rock formations known as the 12 Apostles. 

So what is next for us?  We are planning to backpack our way home via Tasmania, the Outback of Australia, New Zealand and finally Hawaii.  This is a lot of ground to cover,
and we plan to be back in Montana in the middle of February.  As we are now done with our service with Wycliffe Associates, we will no longer be sending out newsletters.  However, if you would like to follow our progress as we travel back to Montana, you can check out our blog at appreciate your continued prayers for us as we travel and then transition into life back in
the U.S.

Jacob and Kim


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