National College-Bound “Scouting” Day

Hey, friends! Scott here.

Did you know there will be 10 million college freshmen entering a U.S. college this fall? Whew! What an incredibly important time to pray and help these young men and women connect with people who love Jesus on their campus.

I and about 15 others are crammed into a meeting room at Cru headquarters for National College-Bound “Scouting” Day.

Using Facebook, we and many others with Cru throughout the country are scouting out incoming college freshman who are Christians, so that we can offer to connect them with an upper-classmen that is involved with Cru.

Would you pray for us to be successful in finding as many incoming Christian freshman as possible, so they can get plugged into with other believers with Cru the first week of classes?

In addition to praying, here’s another way you can help:

If you know an incoming college freshman who might like to be connected on campus, here’s a quick and easy way you can help! Find out if Cru is on their campus and then let us know by filling out the form located at http://www.cru.org/helpstudents.html

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We are so hopeful for many, many college students to respond to the very good news of Jesus this fall!

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Getting ready!

It was never so easy to wake them as this morning. The kids cannot wait! Because the 16-hour flight to LA equals movies and new coloring books and food. 

All I can think if is this beautiful reality: we don’t have a screaming 18-month old going with us this time. Walk in the park. Walk in the park. Right?  

 

  

Pray for Scott’s neck?

Scott woke up with a severely pulled neck muscle. With all the physical work of packing and moving, it’s amazing he’s stayed loose until now. Pray for us as we continue to sense our daily need for God as we are tired and saying more goodbyes. 

Just pulled into church. Our last Sunday here. 

More soon.

School starts Down Under!

Sunday launched us Bentleys into a new normal.

 

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Scott and I sat together during church for only the 2nd time in 18 months. I have a newfound appreciation of what I’ve taken for granted so often before having kids.

Our church, like most Aussie churches, doesn’t offer any options for children under 3, so Scott and I have been taking turns in a back room with him for all these months.

But Sunday–oh blessed Sunday!–Sunday school resumed for the new school year (it’s late summer here and school’s now starting) and Joshua’s 3 so can finally go to class with the big kids and Mrs. Taylor!

But the really big day was today.

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A beautiful morning to walk the 14 minutes to the preschool. Lizzy has 15 hours a week (two 6-hour days and one 3-hour day). Joshua has 7 hours a week (two 3.5-hour days). Tuesdays is the one day when both kids overlap being in school in the mornings and I’m still in unbelief of this sweet season of life we’re in. Lizzy’s gained such confidence in the last year since being in 3-year-old kinder and is so much healthier than last year. And Joshua, wait, isn’t this the little guy who screamed and screamed because all his words were stuck for so long? Thank you, Lord, for speech therapy and your grace. And now he’s so excited to be big and join Lizzy in this new world of school. 

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Lizzy’s day starts at 8:30am and Joshua starts at 8:45am (their class rooms are right next to each other). We got Lizzy checked in and then went to check in Joshua.
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Every child got to pick out their hook for their backpack and for their towel in the bathroom. Not a surprise that Joshua’s picture for the year is a train.
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We’re so excited that Joshua gets to enjoy kinder with our sweet next door neighbor!

The faces of Australia

We celebrated Australia Day with the masses in Dandenong, another suburb of Melbourne, about 15 minutes from us.

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I love that these are the faces that surround us. These are the faces of Australia.

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Are you like me and surprised that Australia’s fabric involves so many countries?

We’d love for you to pray with us for these beloved people, made in the image of God, for relationship with Him, but who–for the most part–haven’t responded to Jesus’ offer of abundant life.

Yet.

What a picture of what Heaven might look like with all of these tribes, tongues and nations represented!