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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….

6 Real-Life Moments from Our Wedding & Honeymoon

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Read more by Leanne! Everything that you see on social media is hand-selected to make life look perfect. I know that you already know that, but I think it’s important to have a little reminder of that every once in a while. My life for the past year or so…

At Many Times and in Many Ways

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Read more by Leanne! “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets.” I feel a little bit like this blog is just a long, continuing list of my favourite things about God. One thing I’ve been treasuring about God lately is…

Jumping In

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Read more by Leanne! Listen while you look: A few weekends ago, some of my closest girl friends took me on a weekend trip to celebrate my upcoming marriage. We explored the Pinnacle Rocks up in Northern Western Australia, watched the sun set over City Beach, and spent a rainy…

Constructing Community Around Water Filters

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Read more by Chris! In Serem, Indonesia in November 2016, I witnessed a community coming together to build a water filter. My outreach team taught the people of Serem the building process, but the best part was seeing them take it on as their own project. I asked the people…

6 Ways to Invite God into Your Work Day

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Read more by Leanne! One of my favourite things about God is that He wants to do life with us. I am learning this idea in a brand new way this year! Since the beginning of 2017, I have been working with the Media team at Youth With a Mission…

Can We Build It?

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Read more by Chris! While leading an outreach team to the Kimberley region of Western Australia on the 4WD Discipleship Training School (DTS), we had the opportunity to build a Sunday school building for the church run by our contacts. We were able to transform a shipping container into a…

Showers of Blessing

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Read more by Leanne! “I will cause the showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.” In November, Maun, Botswana experienced its first rain in seven months. I happened to feel those very first raindrops fall on my face as I prayed with my outreach…

Three Things I Learnt by Treating (and Getting) Lice

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Read more by Leanne! During our final week in Vijayawada, India, my team of 14 decided to take on the overwhelming task of treating a government school of over 300 children for lice. We had been to this particular school a few weeks earlier when we were still a mega…

Highlights from India

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Read more by Leanne! I can’t believe that our time in India is almost up. I’ve grown to love it here so much, mostly because I’ve grown in relationship with God and with the lovely people of this nation. Over the last five weeks I’ve personally seen more people healed…

The Story Behind One Image

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Read more by Leanne! I have literally hundreds of thousands of images stored on my many hard drives, between random iPhone snaps and multitudes of weddings and portraits photographed. It’s easy for me to forget the importance of photographs. I’m so thankful that God encouraged me to buy a Polaroid…

Never Going Back

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Read more by Leanne! Listen while you look: On the 10th of September, as the sun cast warm hues through the diffusion of the clouds, I sat on a gorgeous beach in Australia with four other young women from all over the world. We sang along with Ashley from Canada…

We’re All in This Together

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Read more by Leanne! If I’m ever feeling particularly passionate about how great the Kingdom of God is, I’m not surprised when “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical starts playing in my head. It is a truly amazing blessing to be part of a family that loves…

God is Family

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Read more by Leanne! Revelation: when you’ve finally heard something enough times that you start to FEEL it. For me, this happened in a big way this week. I know that God is my Father. I know that I am co-heirs with Jesus in the Kingdom. I know that God…

Love Makes Suns

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Read more by Leanne! The title of this blog post comes from my favourite excerpt of MacLaren’s Expositions of Holy Scripture. Click here to read it and stand in awe of our wonderful God. Listen while you look: Why are sunrises so beautiful? It doesn’t make much logical sense. It…

Outreach Announced

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Read more by Chris! Outreach locations have finally been announced and teams made! I’m excited to say that I will be heading back to the Kimberly region of Australia for the third time, and for the fist time I will be going to Indonesia. In the Kimberly I will be…

63 Things I Love About School (So Far)

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Read more by Leanne! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down to write this blog post and been totally creatively stuck. How do I sum up the first two weeks of my Discipleship Training School? Which incredible, miraculous story do I share? Which realisation out of the…

Adventure

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Read more by Chris! As I begin to staff the 4WD Adventure DTS for the second time I find myself thinking again, “what is adventure?” You look on Instagram and Facebook and people exploring these amazing places and taking beautiful pictures. Is that all there is to adventure though? I…

How Did I Get Here?

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Read more by Leanne! Listen while you look: It’s easy to look around at my life here in Australia and think it’s like some sort of dream. Studying abroad with the love of my life by my side, drinking coffee and doing homework at the cutest little cafes – meeting…

Let’s Be Kids Again

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Read more by Leanne! Listen while you look: What is it we love so much about being kids? Legs dangling off the edge of a dock, long explorative walks in nature, crafting pine needle bracelets… there’s something so comforting and carefree about nostalgia. I think we like the feeling that…

Perseverance

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Read more by Chris! May, as I look back over the past month, which feels like it was just a week, I notice a common theme. Perseverance. The past two months or so we have been working on sealing one part of our biogas tank. Really in the time I’ve…

Creating With the Creator

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Read more by Leanne! I think I finally realised what it is I love so much about Australian architecture. I came to this realisation while on a golden hour stroll just a few days ago. The thing was, I’m still not entirely familiar with the layout of Perth, and as…

April Flyby

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Read more by Chris! What a month April was. I don’t know about you but I have found that April is the busiest and most hectic month out of the whole year. This year even though I was not in university or in the job sector I still have found…

One Month in Perth

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Read more by Leanne! Exactly one month ago today, I landed in Perth. I remember it vividly, like it was just a few days ago, and yet at the same time it feels like I’ve been here for ages. I remember seeing rows of red rooftops from above as the…

You Are Here

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Read more by Leanne! I am here. Here, nestled inside the comfy curve of the Willamette river. Here, surrounded by green and clouds and everything you’d expect to see in American Suburbia. Here, the place that’s been “home” for the huge majority of my life but where I know I’m…

Time to Go

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Read more by Chris! At the time of writing this, it is the night before I fly out to Kolkata India for the third time. Unlike the past two times I will not be there for five weeks, but rather only one week. I’m so excited for the busy week…

Same Places, Different Seasons

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Read more by Leanne! I never expected to be living in Tualatin, Oregon again. I’ve visited many times over the past two years of living in Boise, but it’s so different to know that I’m here to stay, at least for the short time being. It’s going to be quite…

Meet Hannah: World Traveller and Ray of Sunshine

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Read more by Leanne! You know when people come into your life at exactly the right time? This might be a funny thing to say a month before I’ll be leaving Boise. Yes, I did have the thought of “why couldn’t we have met two years ago?!” run through my…

Back to the Heat

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Read more by Chris! I have been back from my trip to the states now for about a week and a half / two weeks. I had a great time back home relaxing and going on new adventures. I was able to hang out with Leanne for the first time…

Get Out of Here, Take a Hike, and Get Lost

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Read more by Leanne! When I moved to Boise, I created a challenge for myself. I attempted to use GPS as little as possible. I knew that I would learn my way around town much more quickly without the helpful yet monotone voice of Siri guiding my every step. So,…

How a Cabin Made Me Embrace Being Human

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Read more by Leanne! No electricity. No running water. No reception. I could have reacted two different ways when our friend Matt presented the idea of a weekend getaway to his family’s cabin in the Boise National Forest. Good: a nice break from reality, a chance to connect with a…

What’s Going On: January Update Part Two

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Read more by Chris! In the last post I talked about what I have been doing in the ministry that I am a part of. This time around I want to share about the other half of the year, DTS. For those that who are unfamiliar with YWAM (Youth With…

What’s Going On: January Update

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Read more by Chris! Currently I am visiting my girlfriend back home in the states and working on some fundraising to continue the ministry that I’m apart of in YWAM Perth Australia. Which is what I wanted to talk about for a little bit. I want to let you guys…

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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!