My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Journey through the City of Melbourne

Today was pretty fun! I started off my day preparing to go to Planetshakers Church in East Melbourne. I'd researched all the routes I should take and when I got to the train station, I figured out an easier route, so I hopped on a train and off I went!

When I got off the train in Parliment Square. A beautiful fountain was there, but it was just a beautiful part of the city. Lots of things to look at and architecture and parks and churches. Very nice little walk!
Here was a church on my walk to PlanetShakers. Isn't it lovely?
I joined PlanetShakers for their church gathering and it was so nice. I loved getting to experience being a part of a body here in Australia. There was awesome worship...lots of dancing at first and then just a deeper more prophetic worship time came later. Very sweeeeet time with the Lord!
After the service, they called all guests to come upstairs and they gave me a free CD and some goodies and I got to talking with this really nice lady. She was from England, but came to Australia (first New Zealand and then Australia) to work as a midwife. It was fun talking with her about her job and then what we do in Ghana. So cool how God just connects people together with similar hearts. She gave me some good ideas for things to do in the afternoon, so I decided to try them out.
I took a walk into the City and found a little cafe to eat in for lunch (the picture below isn't the cafe, but just one of the quaint little streets that I strolled down this afternoon).
Now, Melbourne is known to have some pretty crazy weather (they say that they can get all four seasons in one day) and today really proved it. It was blustery and windy all morning and then after lunch, the showers started pouring down, so it was the perfect opportunity to find a movie theater and watch a movie. I saw George Clooney in "The Descendants"--a sad movie, but it was good too.

After the movie, the rain was still coming down, so I decided to make my way back to the house. I only made ONE wrong connection and had to backtrack a bit, but finally got back to the house pretty successfully! Everyone was so friendly when I asked them about which train I needed to get on and such. Love that!

Tonight was so nice. Carllye's mom made dinner for me and her dad, Gordon, and we just chatted and chatted and chatted. Such a nice family! I'm loving staying here! Just feel so at home.

I think I'm getting such a different experience than most people who come to Australia. I feel like I'm getting this picture of just normal life here in Australia and it's been beautiful! I'm such a relational person, but can be quite shy at first, so it's been so lovely to just get to spend some quality time with new people. I love this extended YGAP family...just so gracious and wonderful!

Christy comes in tomorrow and we'll see what that will bring!

1 comment:

  1. So cool reading about your travels here. The photo of 'not the
    cafe' is the street I used to work in :)