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“Prayer and practical are to be wed.”

This was a line written in a book on prayer that Chris read in December 2016. As he read, God told him to play close attention to that particular line. It took a few reads over for Chris to get it. This is how God showed Chris that He wanted our two opposite personalities to come together in marriage. Our differences are many, but we are learning that God sees those differences as complimentary.

We volunteer together at Youth With a Mission in Perth, Australia. Currently, Leanne is using her desire to see good stories on display by serving with the Media team. Chris is part of a ministry called Appropriate Technology, using his background in engineering to innovate simple but life-changing solutions for people in the developing world.

Together, we are using this year to prepare for Chris to lead a Discipleship Training School in January of 2018. This will involve our joint passion for mentoring young people. As part of the school, we will also head out on a short-term trip within Australia and then to another nation to share the love of Jesus.

We don’t know where God will lead us next, but we are so grateful to have you on this journey with us!

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Learning to Love the Process

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Read more by Leanne! “The process is supposed to be fun.” It’s one of those things that makes so much sense that you don’t know how it took you this long to realise it. God spoke this to me during a time of intense learning about how much He wanted…

Following the Call: the Cost & the Commitment

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Read more by Leanne! “Calling” is a word that we throw around often within circles of Jesus followers. I think every person probably has a different idea or understanding of what this word means, both on a broad scale as well as what it means in their own, personal life….

What Bugs Can Teach You About Fulfilling Vision

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Read more by Leanne! This past week, I had to get rid of all of our plants. It wasn’t an easy thing to do. These are plants that we bought right after moving into our first home together. I had dreams that I would be able to love these plants…

Why Being Behind the Scenes Truly Matters

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Read more by Leanne! We often get the question, “where are you off to next?” It’s a good question, considering that the word “missions” usually implies going out into the nations. I love the times we get to go to new places and encourage people in their relationships with God….

What Does it Look Like to be Married in YWAM Perth?

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Read more by Leanne! Chris and I have been married for just over four months. Together, we went to five different nations within the first two months of being married. From the States for our wedding to New Zealand for our honeymoon, then home to Perth and to the Philippines…

How Open Homes Cultivate Open Hearts

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Read more by Leanne! One of my favourite ways to enter into someone else’s world is to enter into their home. I love looking around a house and seeing all of the little details that make up a bigger picture of who an individual is. When I’m invited in, I…

Going to Teach, but Learning Instead

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Read more by Chris! It’s really important as a missionary to be willing to learn, to remember as we approach things that we don’t have all the answers. This June, Leanne and I went on a short-term outreach to Manila in the Philippines with a small team of four people….

Practical Worship: God’s Hand in the Hands-On

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Read more by Leanne! The day before we left for the Philippines, I was walking back to the office after taking some photographs outside. I noticed a few students taking their afternoon break in the park. They had a guitar with them and were singing worship songs in the sunshine….

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We are all in this together.

As people who love Jesus, we are called to share with our brothers and sisters in all things – in hardships, in joys, in the lifting of burdens to God in prayer, and in the physical blessings God provides us with. There are so many ways to be part of what God is doing through us!

One way is through financial gifts. As full-time volunteers, we rely on people who would like to partner with us for our physical needs. Follow the button to give a financial gift, either one-time or monthly, and you will be investing in the kingdom of God!

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we are the rileys

We are a newlywed couple serving in Christian missions.

God has called us to Youth With a Mission in Perth, Australia. We have a heart for the city of Perth and for reaching Aboriginal people here in Western Australia. We would also love to see transformation and mobilisation through partnering with local initiatives in other nations in short-term outreach trips. Together, we have a passion for mentorship and discipleship of young people. Chris is gifted in meeting practical needs, and Leanne has a big desire for the sphere of Media & Communications.

This is our blog, a place to share what God is doing as well as things we learn as we journey through the adventure of following Jesus!