Hello Friends & Family!
We hope you all are doing well! Below is an updated newsletter from The Barker Family! We are learning so much and are loving Australia! If you have a minute… please read our letter… we would love for you to be updated on the land down-under! We love you all!
Aaron and Ronda Barker
Jacob, Ariel and Hailey
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I love Thursdays. I think Thursday is now my favorite day of the week. Each day has it’s unique “thing” that happens…
Monday it’s morning worship, Tuesday it’s morning prayer, Wed. it’s our afternoon staff meeting, Friday it’s our Friday night meeting…Saturday we usually explore something new, Sunday is beach day (every Sunday that it’s not raining we go the beach). Tuesdays and Saturdays are special because those are “dessert nights” at the YWAM base. You never want to miss those nights. Monday, Wed. and Friday are special because Ariel and Hailey go to pre-school. Wed. is fun because I work in the pre-school. Hmmm…Monday, Tuesday and Wed. night Jacob has designated as family game night…usually Uno or Sherades, those are fun nights. Every dinner is fun at the YWAM base…not because of what we’re eating (it’s not bad…usually consists of rice, some kind of meat and some kind of vegetable) but because we are eating with 300 other people and I didn’t have to cook it and I don’t have to clean it up! Most dinners end with the birthday song (with 300 people in the room it’s always a good chance that it’s someone’s birthday) the birthday song includes pounding on the tables, shouting and throwing your cup in the air (my kids were freaked out at first…now they join right in with their cups and everything and the LOVE it)! Read the rest of this entry »
All I can say is wow! The last couple weeks have been filled with some pretty amazing adventures for us in Perth! Not only in Perth, but Hong Kong! I have been blessed to lead worship in a pretty amazing community in Tacoma for 12 years and have been in enough different environments of worship to know that City Central in Tacoma is filled with amazing, unique, passionate, and worshipful hearts! So to all you Tacoma folk…I applaud you! Gerry Fry has taught us over the last few years about how worship is like breathing. And if you aren’t worshiping, then you aren’t breathing in. You can try taking three breaths out without breathing in and it is almost impossible and certainly painful. On the other hand if you try to take three breaths in without breathing out you each new breath in takes in less air and makes you want to pop more. So our lives of worship have to be filled with both breathing in and out. The breathing in of worship and adoration and the breathing out of serving and giving our lives away. Read the rest of this entry »