Please accept my humblest apologies for not keeping the blog up over the weekend. So I will summarize our last three days in this update.
Friday was another good day. Since living together for almost a week we are definitely learning more and more about each other. Kathleen continued her teaching on Joseph and the team is gaining an understanding that there is a lot more to His purpose for their individual lives than what they think. Being up so close and personal has also caused our team to rub against each other which as a staff we totally expected and prepared for. After the dinner crew got dishes cleaned we all gathered around the fire place and sat down for our evening teaching. Geoff spoke on intercession and gave practical steps to how to have an intercession time. There was a specific emphasis on the importance of having a clean heart and making things right with each other in order to hear God’s voice clearly. Each of the flock groups were given a half hour to exercise the steps of intercession. After praying, the teams gathered for a report back time and each of the leaders shared what they had prayed for in their groups. One thing to note was that each team had amazing times of prayer but what had sparked it was the heart prep time right before and how they experienced forgiveness and reconciliation between each other. Yay God!
Saturday was our day off and our Solid Rock Facebook page got inundated with photographs and such. It was a really good day for most that have not been to Australia on the team, as they encountered most of the animal’s native to this great country. Some other highlights were the sheep shearing show and the bird show. This was also a special day for Staff member Megan Ila who celebrated her birthday. After being at the wildlife sanctuary all day we headed back to Mt. Tamborine had showers and got changed. We also had three families from Brisbane who are very good friends of the Ila’s and Tabor’s join us as we celebrated Megan’s birthday.
Sunday saw us up early and getting ready to go to the same church we attended last week. The team performed two songs for the first time and did well. We headed back to base after the service and had lunch. Since we had a day off yesterday we treated today as a normal scheduled Bootcamp day. The team got changed and went through all of our songs. We received a nice surprise with Isaac, Julie, Abigail and Baden Powell paying us a visit. It was really good to spend time and catch up with them. Isaac and Julie were on staff of Solid Rock many years ago and now live in Australia. We also got to celebrate Stephanie Perez’ 17th birthday and man was the dinner good. Lamb roast with steamed vegetables, gravy and glazed potatoes. We also got pound cake with fresh strawberries and cream and a chocolate cake. I guess you could some up this weekend as “Party Weekend”! It’s hard to believe that we are on the last week of Bootcamp. We know that it will go quickly so please pray that our preparation is complete and God does all that He needs to do in us for this phase of outreach.