Monday, February 20, 2012

February 2012 Prayer letter

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached our Feb 2012 Prayer letter.  We are sorry for the format - I am looking into how to do this better.

Orientation Course - Singapore

The past 4 weeks has been a time of learning and adjustment.We have had numerous sessions on Culture shock and stress, Language leaning, Medical issues on the Field, TCK (Third Culture Kid) information, Marriage and self preservation, finance and computer intranet skills.

We have had fun experiences as a family, and some‘confusing’ times of language and culture experiences in
Singapore, but after 2 weeks we felt comfortable and able to get out and about with 4 children in toe.

What an amazing experience it has been at OC, Singapore.What stood out to us the most was the diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences of our fellow OMF missionaries, who are about to go throughout SE Asia to serve God. We, as a family, had the pleasure of hearing each of their testimonies and how God has called them. We hope to share their stories in the coming years, but we are so excited and encouraged to be a part of spreading the Good News! We feel prepared, revitalized and ready for the next step of our journey. Love Pete & Rachael


We have been going to Kidzone, while Mum and Dad go to their sessions. We have learnt lots of things. Jonah, Moses and Joseph and how they went to a new land. We have been on some excursions, the markets were fun and I (Nathan) LOVE trying all the new fruits! The Kidzone leaders taught us about culture, language and hygiene.We have made some great friends with other Third Culture Kids (or TCK’s as we are
called), Daniel is from Korea and he has been teaching us some Korean words. We have had a fun time with our new OMF friends, and we very excited about going to Chiang Mai soon. bye JB and Nathan


Our luggage meets the

weight allowed

Children settle into our new

home and school

Children each meet a special


Pete & Rachael - Language

study progresses well


Health - we have all stayed

well at OC, even when illness

was going around

Pete’s Religious visa &

Rach/chn’s visa processed

Accommodation made

available in Chiang Mai

Car sold a week into our

stay in Singapore

Silk Air have increased our

luggage allowance - 5kg per



25th Feb - Wedding


26th Feb - Fly to Chiang

Mai, Thailand

26th Feb - 6th Mar - stay at

Hudson House for initial

introduction to Chiang Mai

28th Feb - Children's

entrance assessment for

Schooling at CMIS

February - Start full-time

language learning

6th March - Move into

apartment for 3 months -

while language learning

Thursday, February 16, 2012

4 weeks in Singapore

 Singapore Botanical Gardens

 Hawkers meal (we didnt get sick)
 Orchard Rd Meal

 little China Town Singapore

 Beautiful Botanical Gardens

 Singapore Zoo

 Can you guess what animal this is?

 water fun at the zoo

Commissioning Service and Flight to Singapore

 The Karin congregation at Rochedale Baptist Church wrote us a song and sang it in thier own language, it was a surprise to us - feel very blessed and privileged. Thank you
 Candid shot of church friends
 Our HMT, cant seem to see John Hanley, he is there as he is in the photo before!
 My best friend Ange and kids Mahala and Jamin
 Our family friends - Somerfield family
 Our truck load of luggage at Brisbane international airport
 Kids loving the movies
 Panda eyes (given as a gift from Singapore airlines)

 A Bit cold Pete?
I miss my dearest friend Angela! love you!

Opa and Oma visit

 Chinese Dinner with Oma and Opa
 See if you can find Opa and the girls without and ice cream in the next few photos

We Love our Opa and Oma! Thanks for visiting us!

sydney/perth family visit

 Lots of fun and games together
 kids found lots to do, including the little ones:>

 Aunty Julie explaining the Thai/Singapore money gift

 Meal time was alway a big and beautiful affair

 Alister home safe and sound