Over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November many members of our congregation went to spend time with the believers up in the sleepy town of Green Head, 260 km north of Perth.
We all enjoyed time relaxing at the beach and taking some much needed R&R during the day before a Saturday evening of feasting and fellowship with the Green Head believers. We shared about the mission work that comes out of our church and discussed ways that people here in Australia can bless those overseas. On Sunday morning we held a joint worship service and shared lunch together.
It was an encouraging time for everyone who attended, both the locals from Green Head and our group. It was lovely to see the different generations interacting, from the youngest members of our congregation (4 years old) to the elderly.
Hopefully this will be a partnership that we can continue to enjoy in the future!
Peter Jenkyn will be travelling to Numba Village in PNG in October to install some equipment which will increase the village's food security.
He will be assisting them to build a small shed and install a rice mill, which will allow them to process rice paddy (the unprocessed rice plant) into white rice. He will also be installing a flour mill, which will allow them to process any grain into flour.
The idea is that they can become a hub for processing other villages' grain, and instead of charging them money for it, they will take a percentage of grain as payment. This can then be used to feed the bible college students.
This will give Numba village more food security by making them less dependant on shops, as they can farm their own food and process it in the village. The poor people can also still access this service without money,
as they will only have to be able to grow their own food.
Please pray for the safe and timely arrival of the equipment that is currently in the shipping process. Peter has just contacted a clearance agent in Lay,
so the process of getting through customs can begin.
Vietnam August 2019
During a recent visit to Vietnam we were able to buy Bibles and Christian literature in the language of the people, and give some to our friends in Vietnam, and take some to the Vietnamese refugees who have fled to Thailand because of persecution.
We were able to meet with Hiem, who comes from the Central Highlands, but has come to work in a factory in Ho Chi Minh City. It has been three months since she saw her husband and young daughter. Although we couldn’t speak each other’s languages it was a blessing to be able to visit with her and give her some Bible story books.
We also met with Hoa. He is the first Christian we met on our first trip to Vietnam many years ago. He drives a motorbike taxi, telling every passenger about Jesus and giving them a tract as they get off his bike. With tears in his eyes, he told us of his heartache seeing so many poor people turned away from the hospital because they can't afford medical treatment. He often goes to the hospital to hand out tracts and witness to these people.
Thank you to those in our mission prep team who sew bags and prepare t-shirts as gifts for our friends overseas.
“Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!” Psalm 41:1
July Sunday School Excursion
During our July school holiday Sunday school camp our children had a fun time together enjoying bushwalking, playing games, packing gift bags for the homeless, giving the bags out in the city, followed by a bonfire evening. Once again, everyone involved in the camp had a wonderful time of fun, fellowship and ministering to one another.
These camps have proved to be valuable events in our church calendar, bringing together our families and all those who wish to be involved. During the school terms our congregation collects items to fill gift bags for those in need. This includes blankets, gloves, socks, toiletry items, and so forth. Our congregation also sews and screen prints bags to pack the items in. Once we have packed the bags as a Sunday school, we head off into the city to distribute them. Both the children and the adults who come to support are always touched by the gratefulness of the people that we minister to. This time we had a particular man who had his eyes closed and appeared to be praying as we approached him. One of our young boys gave him a bag, and the man had tears in his eyes as he said, “Thank you, thank you, God bless you.” Then as we were leaving, he was smiling and praising God.
Thank you for supporting this ministry. Continue to pray as we reach out to the less fortunate in the community and teach our children to do the same.
Gift bags for the homeless
On January the 18th and 19th our Sunday School children enjoyed another camp. Our camps are a wonderful opportunity for the children to get to know each other better and to enjoy spending time with each other. It is also a valuable opportunity for the children to participate in ministries, such as prayer for others and also more tangible ministries. It is important for young children, who don't yet fully understand abstract concepts, to experience concrete and physical ministries to solidify their faith and make it a reality to them. At this camp we focused on putting together gift bags for the homeless in Perth, and then spent time giving out some of these bags to the homeless in the city. This really impacted our children, with one commenting "we have to give them more, this isn't enough." For our children to have a glimpse into the lives of those without makes them more thankful for what they do have, and it opens their eyes to little things that we can do to show God's love to people. Just think - if our children are capable of showing God's love to the marginalised people in our city, how much more should we be able to do the same. We are encouraging our children to be aware of those who are less fortunate than they are and to reach out and help wherever they can. And sometimes it takes looking through a child's eyes for us to realise the simplicity of opportunities to express God's love to others. Thank you for all of your prayers and support - please continue to pray for the children in the church.