Robyn & Russell

Lord, where to now?

Russell and I trust Jesus, love adventure and desire to know and follow God’s will for our lives. In 1990, with two small children, and then again in 1997 with three small children we worked on Operation Mobilisation’s ship, MV Doulos visiting many ports throughout south east Asia.

Our boys have now all grown up and left home. Russell has reached retirement age and we are eager to venture out again. But Lord, where to now?

Russell is a marine engineer and I am a physiotherapist so it seemed very logical to us that we join the hospital ship, Africa Mercy, where both of our skills are needed. The MV Africa Mercy belongs to a Christian organisation called Mercy Ships. It sails to ports in Africa providing free surgery to patients who otherwise could not afford surgery. So soon after Russell’s retirement last year we headed to Sierra Leone in West Africa for a six month stint on the Africa Mercy. We had an extremely fulfilling time, Russell working in the Engine Room of the ship and I working in the Physiotherapy tent on the dock. We met many thankful patients and sensed God’s enabling and joy.

When we arrived home in Australia we wanted to seek God’s will for our future. Where to now?  Is God calling us back to the Africa Mercy?  In our search, we placed our name and details on the Second Wind Website and were contacted by several mission organisations with offers of placements in various regions around the world.

We are currently waiting at home in Australia, preparing, praying and seeking God’s direction for our future.  It would be great if God could send us a clear, precise email telling us where he wants us. While we wait, we trust Jesus knowing that he has an adventure in store for us somewhere.

Lord, where to now?

Like to know more about their ministry time? Read the newspaper story about Robyn and Russell

And here’s their update …

Russell and I spent 4 months last year (2012) up at Kununurra WA with HCJB. Russ helped the men erect several towers to make a parabolic antennae and I helped in the office to develop an asset register for the property. It was a very fulfilling and interesting 4 months.

In April (2013) we are heading off to West Africa again. We will join “The Africa Mercy” in Guinea. Russ will be a marine engineer and I will be working in the physiotherapy tent. The ship will be in Conakry, Guinea until June when it sails up to the Canary Islands for a dry dock. In late July it will sail to Point Noire, Congo where we will stay until December. We plan to be away for about 8 months this time.

We are excited about our next adventure and trust that the Lord will guide and help us.