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the bookers in missions | follow along with the booker three in life & ministry
May 2010 | G'Day friends! There's a lot happening right now: Ryan's navigating rivers and village life on outreach in Papua New Guinea; Adriel's busy teaching on our internship, toddler-chasing, and baby-growing; Levi's playing with sticks, getting lost in piles of board books, mimicking everything we do, and constantly making us laugh; and baby (at 18 weeks) is 5.5 inches long, moving around like crazy, and learning how to yawn and hiccup. Hope you enjoy our news, a few photos, and a video. As always, we're so grateful to have you as a part of our lives. Please keep in touch. | Love, Ryan, Adriel, Levi, & Baby Booker

Save a mama in honor of your own mom this Mothers Day
:: Bloggers for Birth Kits helping women in PNG ::

In rural Papua New Guinea 1 in 7 women die during childbirth. This Mothers Day, why don't you take some time to help women in need?

Bloggers for Birth Kits is an initiative that I (Adriel) started through my motherhood and parenting blog (The Mommyhood Memos) in order to moblize bloggers to use their voice to make a difference in the area of maternal and child health. I'm asking people to make clean birth kits, sponsor kits being made, blog about it, or post about it on their facebook. (And you don't have to be a blogger to join in!)

The birth kits will be distributed to women in our clinics and education seminars through the YWAM Ship Ministry in PNG. You can read all about it here.

So far we've had 18 blog posts about the subject, lots of tweets and links on facebook, 123 views of the video, and--most importantly--133 kits donated. And that's only been in three days! So as you can see, the word is getting out and people are responding. (Yay God!)

It's exciting to see people rally behind this issue by helping to promote and also by sponsoring birth kits... and what a perfect time of year to do so as we all want to honor our own moms.

If you'd like to make a donation (it costs $10 to sponsor 5 kits) or make a kit of your own, please check out my blog post where I give all the details. You can also make a donation on behalf of your mom for Mothers Day, and we'll send you a card insert to let her know about her special gift. (But time's almost out for that one so do it ASAP!) Again, all the details for how to get involved are here.

Note: You can watch the Bloggers for Birth Kits video here. I share a little bit more about the purpose of it, as well as demonstrate how to put together your own kit for women in developing nations.


Working side-by-side with God in Papua New Guinea
:: Ryan joins the ship ministry on outreach ::

It’s been a long time coming… and Ryan is finally on outreach in PNG on the YWAM Medical Ship where we have teams of dentists, nurses, doctors, optometrists, and primary health care workers, as well as Discipleship Training School students all working together to serve the people of the Gulf Province.

After a week in Port Moresby (the capital) and then a 24-hour sail, the ship arrived in the Gulf just in time for Easter. Ryan and the teams attended church, spent time enjoying Easter Sunday with the locals, and then dove into clinics the next day. In one day the Primary Health Care team saw roughly 70 patients and the Dental Team saw another 70 or so patients. (No “official” stats as of yet for the entire outreach... but watch our website for reports as they come in.)

To give you a better idea of some of the fruit of the ship ministry, here are the official stats from our first two-week outreach (of 2011) that was completed recently:

  • Served 13 villages.
  • 1459 primary health care and dental services provided.
  • 776 people attended education seminars.
  • Gave away 1069 resources (toothbrushes, mosquito nets, etc.) and that number doesn’t even include Bibles given away!

Isn’t that incredible?! To think that teams of volunteer medical professionals and YWAMers of all ages acheived this in a two-week timespan is almost unbelievable. But they did! Our friends, working side-by-side with our God, are making an awesome difference in the lives of so many grateful people.

Ryan is leading the second outreach of this year, and we hope to continue to pour into these communities in similar ways to the first outreach.

Please pray with us:

  • for the teams
  • for the services provided
  • for access into the villages who are most in need
  • for the ongoing maintenance and running of the ship (mechanically, financially, and administratively)
  • for Ryan as he leads this outreach
  • and for Jesus to make an eternal impact on every single person we serve

Getting a little more personal
:: A family update ::

And on a more personal note, Ryan is enjoying being on outreach! Being in the nations and serving cross-culturally is one of the biggest reasons that we even feel called to minister in YWAM… so you can imagine how refreshing it is to actually be out there doing the work himself (instead of just training and sending others, which is also a great privilege).

He misses us a lot (especially now as there is only one week to go) but God is carrying him. This is a stretching time for all of us.
At the moment he has phone reception so we’ve been able to hear from him briefly most days, whether by text or call. We’ve even had a couple of phone calls between Levi and Daddy and I’m pretty sure those are Ryan’s favorite. We’re not sure how long the reception will last for (praying it’s the whole outreach!!) but we’re grateful for it as long as we have it! (Here's a super-cute video of Levi and Ryan talking on the phone from PNG if you're interested.)

We all miss each other terribly but God is good and He is our Sustainer. Ryan has been away for nearly three weeks and he still has another week to go… and I’d be lying if I said we’re not counting down the days. But despite our missing each other we are so glad for the opportunity to do what we love (even if it is just part of the family “out there”!).

Levi and I (and baby) are also doing well. I’m hugging him a little tighter and stretching out our bedtime songs a little longer… and thanking God that we are never alone.

We celebrated Easter with friends (here we are in our finest on Easter morning!) and I'm planning a special all-play day on Sunday with my boy for Mothers Day. We’ll be glad to be back together as a whole family again soon.

Thank you for upholding us in prayer during this important time.

Adriel (& the boys)

P.S. I've scheduled my next ultra-sound for the day after Ryan gets home... so we find out the gender of the baby SOON! Watch facebook for the big announcement...

Levi and "auntie" Katie dying Easter Eggs.
See you in Sydney?

We're excited to announce that we will be in Sydney from June 11-25. We are really looking forward to having two weeks to hang out with family, catch up with friends, connect at church, visit home groups, and (hopefully) take Levi to the zoo! Please let us know if you'd like to see us for a meal or a cuppa while we're there.

Some have asked if we'll be making it to America this year and the sad answer is 'no'. It's just too far, too expensive, and too much time away from the ministry to make it realistic for us to go on a yearly basis. 

At the moment we're tentatively planning our next trip for sometime during the summer of 2012 (USA summer, that is!). Baby Booker will then be about the same age as Levi was with our Christmas 2010 visit, so that will be a blast.

Although we can't come to America this year, America is coming to us! Scott and Gwen (Adriel's parents) will be visiting us after baby number two arrives. We can't wait! We're also trying to recruit Andy (Adriel's brother) to come and stay for 4-6 weeks over Christmas to help with some ministry and to just spend some time with us. We'll keep you posted on that one!

from our family to yours

Prayer & Needs:

1. (Urgent) Ryan on outreach in PNG.

2. (Urgent) Adriel as she parents as a "single" mom for a little while longer.

3. (Non-urgent, but important) Bloggers for Birth Kits - more involvement and more kits donated.

3. (Semi-urgent) Finances for our trip to Sydney.

4. (Upcoming) Larger family car. 

5. Health, stamina, and passion for life as missionaries.

6. Vision and conviction for ministry.

a pre-Easter egg hunt the week
before Ryan left for outreach



Visit to Sydney:
June 11-25

Teaching on the Ship DTS in Townsville:
Adriel - last week of May

Leading the Youth Street DTS in Townsville:
Ryan - starting in July

Teaching on the Snowboarders DTS in Oxford, New Zealand:
Adriel (& Levi) - last week of July


The Bookers in Missions
(Our family website.)

The Mommyhood Memos
(Adriel's blog on motherhood.)

Adriel's Facebook
(Including all the family photos.)

Ryan's Facebook

YWAM Townsville

YWAM Ships

visiting our local aquarium


Ryan, Adriel & Levi Booker
PO Box 6221
Townsville, QLD 4810

Ryan: (+61) 0409 712 144
Adriel: (+61) 0422 635 398


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an afternoon at the beach just before daddy left for outreach

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

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