Week 3 through 5:
Above is a map that shows the path that the last 3 weeks has taken us. We drove (doing homeschool for three of four girls in the van) from Indianapolis to Phoenix and then to Ridgehaven, NC before heading back to Indianapolis. Along the way we visited with churches in Oklahoma City, Santa Fe, and Phoenix. We visited with family and friends inviting them to partner with us in Perth. It was a great time of sharing what God is doing in Australia, in our lives and hearing from others about what God was doing in their lives. He is amazing and a God who longs to transform us by His grace and kindness. Please pray that these meetings will be fruitful for support and prayer and that we will be faithful to these partnerships. We also enjoyed a few days with my sister and her family in Cashion, Oklahoma as well as a week with my parents in Arizona. We are striving to be as strategic as possible to build relationships in areas that our families live to give us focal points during HMA and free places to stay to lower cost during those important times. Please pray that God will bless our intentions in these areas.
The final week was spent at Living In Grace (which means we have completed all of the training required by MTW before we go to the field). This week encouraged us to remember our place within God’s family. That we are His sons and daughters; that there is no condemnation for us. That God’s grace leads us away from unrighteous living and moves our former desire to gain God’s approval by performing right duties into a desire to perform righteous acts as an act of worship and thanksgiving to our loving Father. We loved hanging out with the other missionaries and our new mentors will continue to guide us as we move toward the field with four pretty intensive follow up skype sessions before we head to Perth. Please pray that these sessions will continue to transform our hearts and prepare us for the work ahead.
We are currently vagabonds living with a great family who has walked this journey with us closely for many years. We are also looking for an RV to use and live in until we head to OZ. (if you have a lead please let me know.) We are in Indy until mid-November with quick trips to Grand Rapids, Chicago and meeting with many people and churches here. There may a few surprise trips that God has planned but we don’t know of the yet. We are living in the “in-between” so it can be confusing and unsure but God is faithful and is providing everything we need.
The Path to Perth:
We are currently at about 64% of our monthly support pledge. Praise the Lord! God is drawing many people to His work in Perth. This is exciting for us and we love inviting people to join God so if you have someone or a church that might have an interest please let me know and I would love to talk with them.
I am currently working on our visas to work in Australia and part of that process is building on our partnership with the Westminster Presbyterian Churches in Perth. I will submit my views form to them early next month with the hope of meeting with some of the leadership committee over Skype before their November meetings. I am excited about this partnership and cannot wait to be walking side by side with them as we ride the wave of God’s work in Perth, the WA and all of Australia. Please pray for me as I articulate my views faithfully and clearly. Please pray for the visa process to go timely and smoothly.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
The Hinkle Family