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After having spent the last three months managing the Milingimbi base alone, working and flying a lot of hours, we've decided to take two weeks off to have a break. We've been offered a house in Melbourne to house sit, very near to the place where we were studying to prepare for our work for MAF, in Lilydale. It is this mission kid's first time in the big city.

 


Everything is exciting for Noah. So many things, that are well familiar to us, he never saw before: a firetruck, a police car with siren, so many cars, going to church, high rise buildings, many birds, big trucks, a tunnel ("What is that mamma? It gets dark!"). We let him play at every playground we can find and the best part of all: no insects like sandflies and mosquitos to bite us as soon as we step out of the door.

There could be more cars in this photo than on the whole island of Milingimbi. A street in Melbourne.

A visit to the zoo was a big hit. Not the least because we went by train. "Look mamma, allemaal (lots of) trains!"

Noah absolutely loves it and he soaks everything up. I think we never realized how important a holiday is for a child. In the meantime we try to get some badly needed rest and restoration as well. We really feel the stress of the first year on the mission field subside. We've been able to catch up with friends, even some family and the church in Mt. Evelyn that has been faithfully supporting us through prayer.

Life has been a steep learning curve that has taken us out of our comfort zone and put us into the world of cross-cultural mission. It has been an amazing year and God has been gracious.

  

The house we were offered to house sit.

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