Moving In

The last three days have been devoted almost entirely to getting the new apartment ready. On Wednesday Mike from the Mobile Gas Station delivered a washer, a six chair dinning room table, a refrigerator, a dresser with a mirror, and a night stand. Graham Penney dropped off a single bed, complete with bed frame and all. Daniel and Mei, Bruce and Margaret, as well as Kay Darling have provided me with a plethora of forks, knives, spoons, cutting boards, pots, pans, serving spoons, steak knives, hot pads, dishes, and enough tupper wear to freeze food for the next six months. I think I’m in pretty good shape!

More seriously, I do need to note how humbling the service of my new friends has been to me over the past week. They have sought to meet my every need and have made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived. Certainly this is what it means to be a part of the body of Christ (John 13:34-35).

On Thursday Mei and I went to Adeliade (two hours south east; the capital of South Australia). Our first order of business was to have lunch with Debbie and Davina, Mei’s two daughters who live in Adelaide. After lunch, we went to Chibo, the Australian version of Starbucks, and I had my first exposure to genuine Australian Coffee. Not bad. A little sweeter than Starbucks, but it doesn’t quite have that same kick that I am used too. Debbie and Davina are convinced it makes Starbucks taste like something you would find in a 7-11 gas station. It’s good, but I’m not sure its that good.

Davina, Mei, and I, ran around Adeliade until we secured a couple more items, the most notable of which was a printer, and an Ikea Desk. Yes, they have an Ikea here. There is civilization in South Australia. Ikea was my furniture store of choice while living in California. I am sure I will pay a few more visits at the Adelaide branch before my time here is done.

Today I spent the day in the apartment. Bruce came over and put together the table, while I sorted through the plethora of items that were given to me. I also set up the printer. Mei is going to come over tommorow and give the apartment the necesary “woman’s touch” so I can officially move in at some point over the next few days. There have been rumors floating around that I am going to try to improve my cooking skills. I’m not going to make any promises, but you never know what may happen.

 On Sunday I preach my first sermon here in Wallaroo. Probably Deuteronomy 6:4-9.


6 Responses to “Moving In”

  1. Dad, Mom & Carrie Says:

    I am so glad that you are being taken care of! And what is this I hear of you cooking? Maybe when you come home in July we can share recipes with each other! I miss you and I am so glad to hear from you! Keep the posts coming! ~Carrie

  2. Gina Cartner Says:

    Good day Mate!! It is so interesting to read your blog and I am so glad things are going well for you. I pray for you daily and know you are surely missed back home! Looking forward to seeing you in July!—Gina

  3. bwbunnell Says:

    Carrie-Well, we will see what happens with the cooking thing. yet to be determined. I miss you too!

    Gina-Good day to you mate! I am glad you found my blog! Tell all your friends! Thank you so much for praying for me every day. That is very humbling. See you in July! Tell everyone hello for me!

  4. Mankooshios Says:


    So glad to hear the good news from “down under”. I am kind’o worried about you though… You are acclamaiting very quickly..hmmm!! Seriously, it is wonderful to see people come around you and make you feel welcomed. How is the jet lag??? Have you thrown a “shrimp on the barbie”??? Ok enough stereotyping… May be I should come and visit … you know make sure all is well. J. dawg gave me your website… Now I can pester you :-). Looking forward to hearing more good news.

    2 Tim 4:2.

    God Bless.

  5. Sean Says:

    Hey Brian!
    I’m so proud of you! Looks like things are going great down under. I really feel you will love your time there. It sounds like an amazing experience. I’m going to be flying down to Australia at some point after the new year for work, but you might be gone by then. I hope you keep your journal updated..we all enjoy reading it. Again, I think its really awesome what you are doing!

  6. The Falsetto Banshee Says:

    Ha! OF COURSE there is civilization in Australia! HA! Jen told me that you were blogging, but I didn’t know that it was some daily thing! I guess I’ll have to be on here more and more! It sounds like you’re experiencing some great connections with the fellow believers there too! That’s one awesome and encouraging thing; learning that Christ in the heart of an Aussie looks a lot like Christ in the heart of an American (or a Cannuck). And I’m glad you’re surviving the coffee!

    Man, and you got a car and everything? That’s awesome! God is good!

    I’m scared that now that you’re in Bruceland, you’ll not want to come back! Funny about the Queen day too…most commonwealth countries are like that! In Canada, the Monday on or before May 24 is “Victoria Day”, which celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria. Most of my friends don’t have a clue and just like getting a day off work. Some people humerously call it “holiday day”. Us Commonwealthers love the queen, but mainly only for her face on the coins and the holidays she gives us!

    And preach that word bro! Honestly, it’s awesome that you have a small congregation that you can really connect with. That’s sweet stuff, and I’m guessing those folks will become really precious to you. Keeping you in mind and in prayers bud. (And 5 weeks until I see Jen! YEAH BUDDY!)

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