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Jindabyne Camp Memories...
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Since I arrived in Jindabyne Valley, I’ve been attracted by the natural beauty of
this campsite and believe, ‘this is the best place’ on earth for recalibrating. As the
representative from Tonga Mission (Sister Mission), I greatly appreciate the friendly and
caring hospitality that was outpoured upon me, what a blessing! Indeed, as I reflect on
this marvelous big camp let me highlight the following aspects:
Spirital Nourishment: Nothing else but the WORD OF GOD (BIBLE) was the Bread
of Life for spiritual nourishment. I was amazed how each division had organized their
programs purposely driven to enrich spirituality through their speakers. Of course,
tastes may vary acquired by generational preferences yet these spiritual cooks had
mutually changing recipes flavored with heavenly ingredients. I personally was touched
by these speakers’ divinely inspirational messages as I moved around each tent. How
committed they were to be used by God, convincing His remnants to recalibrate as
disciples for more harvesting.
Unity: Diversity known as it should be in a multicultural society, yet the Holy Spirit
united us to disregard our differences, using our gifts and talents to accomplish this
one off big camp event. I was emotionally touched by the Conference President Pr.
Michael Faber and his fellow collegiates; the Pastors with their collaboration in setting
up the camp ground and the ongoing leading, facilitating and monitoring the big
camp operation. Ever said in the Bible deciphered, that our “Lord Jesus came to serve
but not to be served” the spirit of servitude. In fact, it fosters how each member ought
to serve each other as one of our Christian identities and it was well manifested all
along perfectly. Good leadership contributed to the success of this event.
Fellowship: South New South Wales Conference Big Camp had approximately
less than one thousand attendees which is a low number in comparison to other big
Conference Camps. However, with this figure, fellowship amongst members was
extremely intimate, and one easily got to know each other even strangers. What a great
experience it was for me to meet for the first time my Tongan tribes, Pr. Toni & Anne
Moala and King & Ana with their kids.
Social Program: As it was announced ‘Billy Kart Derby was on for the first time’ and as
always, a free BBQ was served on the Village Fair day - where I was one of the catererssupplied
by Sanitarium and the AAV. I deeply enjoyed my time with Roger Nagle doing
the BBQ. Being a by- standing observer at the same time, I hoped to join in various
games running on site but due to fever attacking my health I was not able to do so.
However, it was fantastic and funny to see all generations having a good time together
Vegetarianism: What an experience? First time ever to be switched to this heavenly
diet in fact in a long period of time (two weeks), I was really enjoying vegetarian
food and it was so delicious. I appreciated Stan’s and his team’s hospitality and their
commitment to the Lord.
There is so much more I could reflect on
whilst spending time together as one
family but space will not allow me and I
want to conclude expressing my deep
appreciation for the golden opportunity
that was given to me by Tonga Mission
to be your partner in God’s mission. May
we earnestly refocus and recalibrate on
perusing God’s calling in His service.
- Pr. Heilala Fe’aomoeata
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Big Camp 2017
With lots of laughter, great people
and good food the ADRA Blossom
Café at Big Camp was a wonderful
success for Mission fundraising. While
the laughter some nights may have
been a little loud; the $9,705.15 raised
after costs, will make a real difference
in the lives of others. That certainly is
worth celebrating and we know that it
will bring smiles for a long time to come.
God blessed the café in many ways this
year. There were so many answers to
Under the Sea
Under the capable hands of Mariah
Nagle a recent Mamarapha college
graduate, Beginners ejoyed a week
exploring God’s creation under the sea.
She was cheerfully supported by Kim
ADRA Cafe Team
prayer including a ‘display fridge’.
The Staff at the Adventist Alpine
Village were superb and made a real
contribution to the café’s success.
Mariah Nagle (R) with Kim Piez (L)
This year’s co-ordinator Marcia from
Wagga said “Blossom is an opportunity
for people to be involved in missionary
service while enjoying a drink or a light
The Café at the Big Tent is a service in two
parts: First, it caters for the campers, with
so much going on at big camp, a pleasant
stop in between programs or just a place
to relax in a nice setting.
The other service is to help fundraise to
make a difference in world projects. This
year they are the ADRA Blossom Program
in Vanuatu and ADRA Albania.
The friendly volunteer staff were a
blessing to the Café. It was great to have
people come in and work together and
we were gifted with the friendships that
were made. To have such warm and caring
people who have a heart for others is a
blessing not only for the café but also for
One volunteer worker said: “I’m sure that
we had the best customers in Jindabyne,
they always seemed to be happy.” The
youngest of the volunteers said: “Even in
the busyness of times working, it was still
good to catch up with friends.”
We just want to say a huge Thankyou to the
volunteers and customers and supporters
for making a difference.
- ADRA Blossom team
Kyle Robertson in action Steve Piez with the kids Story time
It was another fabulous Big Camp this year, the Kindy
Division certainly had a blast. The theme for our division was
“Everest~Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power.” Our
guest speaker from Narromine, Mr. Kyle Robertson, shared an
animated and dramatized series of exciting Bible stories for the
kids every morning.
The kids learnt to trust God always that He is powerful enough to
help us get through any situations. There were
also great singing sessions, object lessons and exciting
In the afternoon, the kids got to enjoy various activities, such
as wet jumping castle, giant water slides and an excursion
to the local trout farm. Thank you to all the volunteer staff
for helping and thank you to all the campers for making this
camp another great success.”
- Pr. Jimmy Watanabe
Applications Close May 1
Big Camp 2017
Trip to Yarrangobilly Caves Craft activity Story time
Big Camp Primary kids went on a Cave Quest this year as
they learnt about following Jesus the light of the world.
There was excellent worship with Captain Karen (Karen
Collum), Jossee McCrostie and Cathy Galindo sharing songs
as many Primary kids choose to lead out and to follow Jesus!
Activities included a trip to the Yarrangobilly Caves then a
swim in the thermal pools and various fun stuff
on site at camp during the week. “What an amazing
atmosphere! Your team of volunteers is amazing and really
makes this camp special” noted Captain Karen!
A big thank you to all who helped and blessed the Primary
group. Keep the quest to follow Jesus Primary kids, He loves
you and so do we!
- Pr. Andrew McCrostie & Pr. Ben Galindo
Surfin’ through the Scriptures
Glory, honor and praise to God for the accomplishment achieved in the
Junior’s Tent this year. It was an awesome experience for juniors and
For the kids, the activities were fun and unforgettable, the games; gokarts;
rock climbing; laser force; bob sledding; swimming and much, much
more. The worship experience was vibrant and amazing, the singing; Pr.
Mike Collum’s inspiring teaching and the captivating skits were some of the
activities that enabled Juniors to praise God and to experience His power.
In fact, the worship experience was further enhanced by serving, whereby
Juniors made cool, refreshing lemonade and shared with people in other
divisions. Furthermore, they also served by helping Stan and Russell build
a bike track around the property. However, the pinnacle of the worship
experience took place on Friday evening where over 70% of those who
attended accepted Jesus into their hearts and were willing to follow Him
Scaling the rock wall
The success we experienced this year came from staff and volunteer’s commitment to lead Juniors closer to Jesus Christ. Combine
that with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, success was guaranteed. In fact, the success was quite satisfying seeing that numbers
exceeded expectations and volunteers were given other camp responsibilities. So, praise God for His faithfulness and big shoutout
to the staff and volunteers for their incredible contributions.
Special thanks to Phil & Janine Rath and to Nathan & Jessica Ward for their self sacrifice over the past 5 years. Your efforts were
greatly appreciated and will be greatly missed. Thank you parents for entrusting your children to the Juniors Tent Team, they are
looking forward to do it all over again in 2018. Until then, God bless!
- Pr. Tony Moala
Water Sports Backdrop Prayer time
This year the teen tent was the meeting place for nearly
80 teenagers, the largest group that our current leaders
have ever seen. From breakfast smoothies at 7:30am to lights
out after the evening meeting our teens enjoyed fellowship,
worship, inspiration and fun.
Breakfast smoothies proved a great way to start the day (our
teens consumed over 20 kg of bananas, 15 kg of frozen fruit
and over 35 L of milk). Breakfast smoothies were followed by
challenging devotionals by Karlie Fraser and BJ Hayes.
Our mid-morning program began with Bible study times
led by Owen Ellis and Pako Mokgwane (Youth speaker from
GC). Bible studies were followed by “Life Matters” sessions
lead by BJ Hayes and Karlie Fraser. During these times our
teens were challenged to be involved in church, to pursue
relationships according to God’s plans and to be wise with
Afternoons were filled opportunities to mix together in fun
ways including go-karting, laser force, rock climbing, water
sports at the lake and water games at camp which included
the covering each other in colourful powder just for the fun
In the evenings our teens led out in the worship times before
being challenged by David Leo to live an UNCOMMON life.
David’s key text for the week was Romans 12:1,2; “I beseech
you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to
God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be confo-
rmed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God.” Our teens really
appreciated David’s ministry.
As the week progressed the bond between our teens grew
as did their desire to encourage each other spiritually. This
was exemplified on Wednesday evening. Our meeting
concluded with a time of prayer. After this many teens chose
to remain in the tent singing, sharing and praying together,
instead of going to the scheduled game of laser force. The
Holy Spirit was clearly making an impact on our teens.
When we came to the close of the week 9 teens made a first
time commitment to Jesus and 18 requested baptism. There
were many more recommitments and requests for Bible
studies. That Sabbath afternoon one of our teens, Karlee
Curtis-Sullivan, was baptised at the lake with most of the teen
tent there to support and celebrate with Karlee.
We praise God for the work He did in the teen tent during
camp. We thank Him for bringing together a wonderful
group of teens and an amazing team to lead them. Our team
included Owen Ellis, BJ Hayes, our volunteers Jameson “J”
Pulelisi and Karlie Fraser, and a number of very willing and
talented older teens.
- Pr.Owen Ellis
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Applications Close May 31
Big Camp 2017
Pr. Pako preaching SNSW Youth Group Photo Seven Seas Banquet
SNSW Big Camp 2017 was a great time for the YOUTH to interact and get to know each other. Most days started with breakfast,
provided by the newly married Leeton and Tamara Mason.
At 9:30am, a thought provoking “PLUNGE Session” was led by Pastor Rajko Celic. Then the youth went to their activities in the
afternoon, of which water was inevitably involved.
At the night meetings, the youth were challenged by Pr. Pako Mokgwane to be ‘Authentic’ about their faith, to recognize who
they are in Jesus and then live that authentic life leading friends towards Jesus. The majority of the youth, when asked to make
this commitment, stood up to this challenge. Please continue to empower the Youth in this conference, trusting them to lead and
take positions of responsibility.
- Pr. Phil Yates
From the President
preaching Gods Word
It was another wonderful, spiritual week at Big Camp this
year. God’s word was magnified by the guest speaker
Kendra Haloviak-Valentine. Insights into the book of Mark
were brought to life.
Each night, we heard inspiring testimonies of churches
reaching out to their communities through friendship and
needs based programs. A new member from Albury church
baptised not long ago, was befriended and brought to church
in his time of need. He had bible
studies, joined a small care group that meets each week
and they are now looking after their new member. Another
lady has become a church member through the Depression
Recovery program and is now helping to run the programs.
It was inspiring to hear and see our church members at work
and discipling others.
Adrian Dorman from Cedarvale health and life style retreat,
told the captivating life story of a man who was sent home,
Big Tent during the week
by his doctor to die, but by applying some simple lifestyle
changes, revitalised his health and is now doing exceptionally
During Camp our main computer, with all the programming
on it, was lost for nearly two days. Those attending the big
tent where asked to pray for it to be found. Praise God, a local
man found the computer while riding his bike some four of
five kilometres from the camp ground. It was just on the side
of the road near a big round about. He opened the computer
and rang the phone number in it and was glad to return it.
The lessons from Big Camp 2017 are: Study the word, there
are many insights to be found. Live a healthy lifestyle to glorify
God in your body. There are people in every community that
need our friendship and our ‘Great Hope’. Jesus is coming
soon, so keep your prayer life alive, God hears and is longing
See you at camp next year.
- Pr. Ben Kosmeier
Village Fair 2017 The dunking chair Sumo Wrestling
fabulously fun day was had by people of all ages at the Big Camp Village Fair! From the dunking chair to face painting, hay
A rides to jam and slice competitions, ADRA Cafe refreshments to live music by Steve Piez, and a host of activities, there was
something for everyone! A big thank you to Sanitarium, SNSW Conference and Adventist Alpine Village for the delicious lunch
you generously donated for us, and the Junior Tent team who graciously served it.
If you would like to see Pr. Mike in the dunking chair, please log into Facebook and search for “J-Shock - Has Jesus Shocked You?”
Scroll down the J-Shock page and find the post dated 9 January 2017 “Only at SNSW Big Camp”.
- Debbie Watanabe
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From the Chief Finance Big Camp Officer 2017
Moruya Bathurst Canberra National Bega
SNSW Billy Kart Derby
Team Moruya just making the corner
Following the BBQ lunch at the Village Fair
it was time for the inaugural race in SNSW
Billy Kart Derby. Churches from around the
conference have formed teams, designed and
built their Billy Carts from recycled materials and
are ready to launch them at break neck speed
(not really) down the track lined with crowds of
cheering on lookers.
It is not necessarily the fastest Billy Cart as points
are given for Design, Team Dress, Team Chant
or Song, Risk factor (taking on the jump and the
berm) and of course speed.
There are four age categories so that most
age groups can participate.
It appeared that the whole camp came to
watch and support the teams and afterwards
many from all age groups said it was the best
fun they had had in a long time.
Well done to all the teams, church groups and
attendees for making the Fair Day a grand
success. Start planning now for next year!
- Gavin Howie
Team Bega in full flight
Adventist Alpine Village
Big Camp 2017/SNSW Youth
Big Camp Baptisms
Left to Right: Pr. James Toogood, Karlee Curtis-Sullivan, Rajko
Celic, Pr. Colin Richardson, Nioy Richardson
& Kelden Richardson
On January 14, the second Sabbath of Big Camp, a special
baptism took place in Lake Jindabyne. Karlee Curtis-
Sullivan from Canberra who studied with Pr. James Toogood
and Rajko Celic, chose to be baptized by both pastors
Noiy Richardson, of Griffith, and now Melbourne, daughter-inlaw
of Pr. Colin Richardson, had studied over a 3-year period,
For the second year running youth from around Australia
gathered for Converge, the festival of worship and fellowship
held at Stuart’s Point convention centre. Around 20 young
people from South NSW Conference were in attendance.
Key presenter Jeremy Anderson challenged the young
people to continually grow in their relationship with Jesus
and to go into the world and share the hope that we have. In
total around 350 youth were present at Converge and they
made the most of the opportunity to go to the beach, hang
out in the evening café, and make new friends. Converge will
be running again next year so if you didn’t get there this year,
make sure you don’t miss out!
Pr. Colin Richardson baptising Nioy
chose Jesus as her Saviour. She was baptized by Pr. Colin, who
was assisted by his son (Noiy’s husband) Kelden, through whose
influence she began to seek the Lord. Both young ladies gave
special testimony on the Lord’s leading in their lives, and after
the baptism, several persons indicated a desire to be baptized
in the near future.
- Pr. Colin Richardson
Pr. James Toogood and Rajko Celic
- Hayden Petersen
Photo: Charmaine Patel
Photo: Charmaine Patel
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Photo: Charmaine Patel
To Be and Grow Flourishing Followers of Jesus
Sharing the Love of God in the Philippines
To share the love of God with anyone is an uplifting and
spiritual experience. I live in the township of Young in South
West NSW and attend Young Seventh-day Adventist church.
Two of our friends in the church – Brian and Phoebe Hearne
invited us on a holiday to the Philippines in September 2016.
Phoebe was born in the Philippines and most of her family still
reside there and are all Adventist. My husband Nigel and I
jumped at the chance and accepted the invitation mainly to
experience the different culture of an Asian country and also
to meet Phoebe’s family and worship with Adventist Filipinos.
We had the knowledge that most of the churches are finding
it very hard to maintain the upkeep so our church members
at Young decided to help one of the churches at Cagayan-
De-Oro-BON BON – whose members have been trying
to raise enough funds to build a new church for the last 11
years. Young Church donated $1000, plus members gave
personal donations, which resulted in donations of $2000,
which equated to 74,000 pesos (Filipino). The first Sabbath
we worshipped in Bon Bon Church, there had been a massive
monsoon storm the night before and when we arrived at the
church it had flooded (never before had this happened).
We were given a very warm welcome then directed through
the back entrance “walking the plank” from the Rostrum
down to our seats in water! The flood did not deter the
faithful members from attending Sabbath School and Church.
What an experience. They took their shoes off and paddled
into the church. They came; they sang praises to God and
worshipped with great joy. I had the privilege of taking the
service in this dear little church- no doors, no windows and
needing extensive maintenance. They are surely in need of a
new church. So when we presented the $2000AUD (74,000
Pesos) to the church Elder the whole church accepted the gift
with gratitude and praise. They look forward to the day when
their new church will be built.
Letterboxing in the Neighbourhood
We had the privilege of staying with Pastor Reuben Baldago,
his wife Amor and family who are our friend Phoebe’s
relatives. We toured the South Philippines Union Conference
and the Hope Channel and met the staff. We also visited the
Conference Office which is also close by. Another highlight
of our trip was to visit Mountain View Adventist College
where around 1500 students from all over Asia are trained –
a very beautiful place set on 2000 acres of arable land and
plantations. To get there we had a 5 hour drive with beautiful
scenery – rice fields, sugar cane plantations, coconuts,
bananas, pineapples (the best pineapples we have ever
tasted) and every other tropical fruit that we have never heard
of but we tasted the lot and they were delicious!
We stayed in a little Adventist village at Mountain View and
again I was privileged to be asked to take the service before
200 members with Pastor Reuben as my interpreter. Again
we met beautiful Christians and joyful singing. As funds
become available a new church is currently being built over
the existing church which will probably accommodate up
to 500 people when completed. Pastor Reuben looks after
14 churches in the mountains and his aim is to baptise 200
people each year. In September he had reached 136 and
was praying that his 3 campaigns before the end of 2016
would bring in more thirsty souls for Christ. A lot of Pastor
Reuben’s churches in the mountains are only accessible by
motor bike and in the areas where he holds his evangelistic
campaigns people walk miles to hear the gospel message.
Pastor Reuben is also in charge of the little Adventist school in
the area. We were also thankful that we were able to sponsor
one of the young men who is completing his Pastoral studies
at Mountain View College.
The 3 weeks we spent in the Philippines were indeed a
cultural and spiritual experience. God is surely working
in that beautiful country. The people may not have earthly
possessions but they surely have the Spirit of God.
Wallaga Lake SNSW young
men take to the roads and
footpaths, letter boxing their
local areas. Doing their part in
getting the word out in their
Thanks guys. Please pray
that these many hundreds of
cards get responses.
Part 4: Multiplication is it really possible?
Written By Pr Glenn Townend
South Pacific Division President
(Graphics and design by Introvic team VIC. Used by permission)
This is the final part in our series
on personal application of the
Mark 4:3-32 model of discipleship.
This edition we are looking at
multiplying the crop.
No one wanted to go on the Nominating
Committee and few were willing to
serve in leadership. The new pastor
was completely frustrated. The
Nominating Committee had met at
least five times and for up to three
hours at a time over a period of three
months, trying to fill the needed
positions - even with a membership of
250. It seemed that many people who
finally accepted roles did it because no
one else was willing, taking on the role
with little enthusiasm or purpose.
The year did not go well for the church
or its pastor – it functioned with little
spiritual life and everyone noticed the
lack of enthusiasm.
Before the next Nominating Committee
period, the pastor suggested to the
church board that, rather than just fill
positions, the Nominating Committee
would engage with the members to
discover their passions (Psalm 20:4,
37:4) and gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and
see where God may be asking them to
Sermons on spiritual gifts preceded
the Nominating Committee and the
Committee paid attention to each
person, going through the church roll
and Sabbath school roll and suggesting
roles to each person based in part, on
the results of a spiritual gifts survey.
While not a perfect process, within
two years the church had renewed
life. Not all roles were filled because
no one had been found with the
particular passion or giftedness, but
the church managed – in fact, it began
to grow. Most people were involved in
ministries and departments they liked
or wanted to try.
A people approach, rather than a
position approach to Nominating
Committee had made the difference.
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If we are to be serious about
multiplying disciples who make new
disciples, the church needs to become
more people-focused at every level.
The Nominating Committee can
review how people are going in their
roles and intentionally focus people
on a path of development – much like
Human Resource departments are
supposed to do in businesses. Newly
baptised people could be prayed
over, asking God to reveal to them
their heart’s passion and spiritual gifts.
The church could suggest pathways
for development and training, so that
the new disciples can, in turn, become
After all, God has all the human
resources He needs in the Church (1
Corinthians 1:4-7) and it is “God who
arranged the members in the body,
each one of them, as He chose (1
Corinthians 12:18 ESV).”
My grandfather believed in me. Even
though I was a typical teenager at
times and did my own thing (not
telling what I got up to either!), he
would often sit me down and listen,
asking how I was going and for my
thoughts on various issues in the
church or the world. He listened as if
my opinion mattered to him.
He let me drive his car (even after
I crashed it twice in one day – no
significant damage either time), and
paint and repair his house instead of
using a tradesman. He took me to
hear him preach and teach and came
to listen to me preach. He was always
extremely encouraging and would tell
lots of stories of past experiences that
made you think and grow. He even
arranged at one time for me to teach
his classes at Avondale College when
he was away taking workshops.
“Follow me”Literally meant following
Christ around and observing how He lived -
this is what it means to be a disciple...
This was more than belief in me. It
was real mentoring, developing me
as a disciple of Jesus. As a teenager
and young adult, I was blessed to have
a number of people like Grandpa who
mentored me. I value each one of
them – they significantly shaped me
as a disciple of Jesus.
Jesus valued everyone and wanted
each to find fulfilment in following
Him. That is why H e healed them,
taught them, fed them and asked
them to repent and follow. Jesus
knew, however, He would only be in
ministry for three and a half years,
after which He would leave His
earthly work to mankind. He had
to be strategic and chose the right
leaders to continue what He started.
He spent all night praying before He
chose the apostles (Luke 6:12-16) -
trades people, zealots who despised
the Romans, tax collectors who
worked with the Romans, Pharisee
types, fisherman, angry young men,
opinionated loud-mouths, courageous
and emotionally unstable.
Jesus can use anybody, if the person
is willing (Mark 3:15-19). This
privileged group were ‘to be with Him’
and accompany Him in His ministry
(Mark 3:13,14). Jesus called the
disciples to follow and learn from
Him. They would watch, eat and
sleep Jesus, be overwhelmed by the
needs of the people for healing and
direction, feel the antagonism from
the religious leaders, the mix with
the ‘least of these’ (Matthew 25:40),
experience the dinners, the healings
“Follow me” literally meant following
Him around and observing how He
lived – this is what it means to be a
disciple. Once these disciples knew
the Jesus way, Jesus sent them to
do the same things He was doing
(Matthew 10, Luke 10:1-12). When
they came back from their own
ministry He debriefed them (Luke
10:17-24). As they grew in their
understanding, they knew Jesus
was the Messiah (Matthew 16:13-
20, Mark 8:27-30). Then Jesus was
able to tell them about His death and
resurrection (Matthew 16:21, 17:1-2,
Mark 8:31, 9:1-3).
He led them step-by-step in their
understanding and development and
gave them opportunity to participate
and grow in disciple-making ministry.
When He left the earth, Jesus knew
that with the power of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 1:8) His disciples were ready
to make a multiplying movement
of disciple making disciples (John
Every seed-bearing plant has the
opportunity to reproduce itself
thousands of times within a few
generations. An orange can be
an orange grove, a tomato has the
potential to be a whole greenhouse
of tomatoes, a coconut can be a copra
plantation… There is multiplying
potential in every disciple of Jesus.
We can be disciple-making disciples
who make more and better disciplemaking
…Until Jesus returns.
To Be and Grow Flourishing Followers of Jesus / Pastoral SNSW Moves Youth
South Canberra Church is teaming up with Canberra Christian
School to REACH the school community. Sabbath school is
changing at South Canberra Church!
We are very excited to introduce Project 64 – Equipping kids to
know, grow and show God’s love.
Visit our Website to get Resources, the Latest Lessons, see
Pictures and Meet our Team.
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We would like to inform you about a number of changes within the pastoral team that have taken place within the last couple of
By the end of last year Pastor Colin Richardson informed us of his plans to retire early 2017. At present, Colin is taking long service
leave followed by his retirement. We want to thank Colin and his wife Merian for their faithfulness throughout the 31 years of
service for the Seventh day Adventist Church and wish them God’s richest blessings for their future.
Call to Western Australia
Pastor Brendan Hayes known as BJ has accepted a call to WA and commenced work in the Bunbury district right after our Big
Camp in January. BJ and Tina had been ministering to our Canberra National Church since BJ’s internship in 2012 and have been
faithfully serving the congregation for the five years of BJ’s employment in our Conference. We wish BJ, Tina and their two sons
joy and happiness in WA and may God pour out His blessings on their ministry.
Calls to SNSW Conference
When Pastor Colin informed us about his retirement plans we
looked around for a suitable candidate to replace him. Well, God
was good and gave us two people to work within the district.
At our last Board of Directors meeting the committee voted to
employ Raymon Paletua and Florian Fulga to serve in the Orange/
Bathurst district. Both gentlemen will be starting as Interns in our
Raymon will commence work in March looking after Bathurst
and Mandurama while Florian, starting in August, will minister to
Orange and Parkes. We welcome Raymond and Florian and their
families to our team and trust that they will enjoy their ministry and
that God will richly bless them.
Raymon Paletua has lived and assisted as a lay preacher in Parkes
for the past 2 years. He has a passion for children’s ministry and
youth, as much of his faith was shaped during these informative
Raymon Paletua with wife Aime and two children
Giaan and Evander
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years. his life experiences and what God has done in his life, has led him into prison
ministry visitations and supporting the families of inmates. He has worked as a
volunteer youth worker at the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in Broadmeadow,
ministering to youth on the streets of Newcastle. Raymon graduated from Avondale
College with an Associated Degree in Theological Studies in 2013. He and his wife,
Amie, have 2 amazing children, Giaan and Evander. They are excited about the next
chapter in their lives and Quote: “are humbled to have the opportunity to serve God
in the SNSW Conference.”
Florian Fulga grew up in communist Romania in a Greek Orthodox home. At the age
of 18 he attended an evangelistic campaign in his hometown, where he was converted
by the message of a God of grace and later baptised into the Adventist Church. Soon
after his baptism he felt God’s call to pastoral ministry, and went on to complete a
Bachelor of Theology degree at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Institute in
Bucharest, Romania, and a Master of Arts in Religion from Andrews University.
Florian has travelled, lived and worked across Europe, predominantly in Spain. He
has also participated in evangelistic campaigns and outreach work in Venezuela
and Canada. Florian speaks a number of languages other than English, including
Romanian, Spanish and French. In his spare time, Florian enjoys catching up on
European news and the soccer scores.
Florian Fulga with wife Rachel &
Florian moved to Australia in March 2016, when he and his wife, Rachel, were married. Rachel has a daughter, Elena, who is 10
years old and loves school, Pathfinders, books and horses. Florian and his family currently live in Brisbane while Rachel completes
her Bachelor of Nursing degree. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys relaxing with a hot drink and a good book. Florian and his family
are excited about serving God in the Orange and Parkes communities.
Due to Pastor Brendan Hayes accepting a call to WA we were
looking for a new Pastor for Canberra National Church and were
blessed to be able to call Pastor Justin Lawman.
Justin was born in Armidale NSW. He has been married to Wendy
for 23 years, and they have two children — Monica (22) and Caleb
After graduating from Caloundra High School in 1987, Justin
worked for a civil engineering company and by age 19 had
become their youngest construction foreman. It was in this work
environment that Justin found he had to make a stand for his
faith, which ultimately led to his conversion. Justin left this job and
began studying theology at Avondale College in 1993. During
college, Justin served as an elder at Toronto Church.
Pr. Justin Lawman with wife Wendy
Called to work in the North New South Wales Conference in January 1997, Justin worked as associate pastor in Coffs Harbour and
Dorrigo churches for 12 months. The family was then called to pastor Grafton and Maclean churches, where Justin was ordained
in the year 2000.
The next four years were spent working in the Port Macquarie Church, as well as caring for Telegraph Point and Camden Haven
churches for one year each. During this time, Justin also served on the conference’s Executive Committee and the Education
Justin accepted a call to the Southern California Conference in December 2004, where he pastored the Community Adventist
Fellowship for three years. There he ran large evangelistic programs overseas and hosted a weekly radio program on Los Angeles
radio station KKLA.
For the next four years, Justin worked as Evangelism Department coordinator for the NNSW Conference; running and coordinating
evangelistic programs, training events, church planting and Natural Church Development. Since 2011 Justin was asked to be
President of the North NSW Conference and has now accepted the call to work in the South New South Wales Conference. We
are delighted to have Justin and Wendy on our team.
Conference News / Around the Churches
ADRA Services Support Person
In our September 2016 edition of Imprint, we informed you that we were engaging
with ADRA Australia to find support for ADRA Services in our Conference. We are very
happy to inform you that Pastor David Hamilton who is the Director of ADRA Services
for the South Australian Conference has commenced work in our Conference as the
support person for ADRA Services on a shared arrangement with the SA Conference.
David comes with a huge experience in ADRA and we know that he will be a tremendous
blessing to our Conference.
In November 2016, the AUC ATSIM Committee recommended that Julie Nagle expand her current volunteer work from a sole
focus on Wallaga Lake Company to support Dubbo Aboriginal Company and ATSIM generally across the conference.
Following the recommendation from ATSIM Australia our Conference Board of Directors voted last December to appoint Julie
Nagle as the South NSW Conference Lay Coordinator for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries (ATSIM)
- Pr. Mike Faber
President/Ministerial Association Secretary
Give them the Keys & books
Last November, the Albury Youth, together with help from
church members, spent two days in the center of town
handing out Hero of Hacksaw Ridge books to passers by.
The stall, located in the middle of the CBD, was popular, with
members of the public eager to stop by for a chat. We had great
conversations regarding the convictions of Desmond Doss and
willing members of the community quickly snapped up free
copies of the biography.
Pr. David Hamilton
There were opportunities for prayer, to promote other church
programs and to let folk know that there is a young and vibrant
Seventh-day Adventist presence in the community. Throughout
the 2 days over 160 books were placed into hands.
The local cinema also granted permission for books to be made
available at the front counter for patrons to freely take. 175
books were distributed by cinema staff, before stock ran out.
Books were also distributed at the local Christian book store, RSL
Club and ADRA Op-shop.
In conjunction with the movie release, Youth and church
members letterboxed 1,000 homes with “Faith of Doss” cards.
Handing out free copies of the story to Desmond Doss
The GC initiative “Give them the Keys”, invited youth from
around the globe to submit applications for evangelism
projects. Albury Youth were allocated $2200 to use for
evangelism in the Albury area. The books may have run out,
but the project continues, as we pray for the hundreds of
people who have this remarkable testimony in their hands.
- Damian Cox
On Sabbath 26th November 2016,
Albury church celebrated the
baptism of 2 wonderful people Lauren
Gadowski and Ashley Raymond in the
waters of Ebden Reserve at the scenic
A beautiful occasion with both sides of the border coming
together to celebrate such a special event as Albury and
Wodonga church shared the joy of the baptism followed by a
picnic dinner by the waters.
- Damian Cox
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Lauren Gadowski (Middle Left) and Ashley Raymond
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Jessica Tonkin was baptised on the 24th of December 2016 in
the afternoon at the Griffith Church.
For many years Jessica wanted already to be baptised and
was very much looking forward to this day. She is the first to be
baptised in the 6th generation of Seventh-day Adventist in the
Tonkin family. Jessica’s grandparents Bill and Elaine Belson had
come to witness the baptism. Family and friends who were not
able to attend watched the event live streamed on face book.
The 24th of December 2016 will be a day that will long be
remembered by Jessica’s family. And yes, the men in Jessica’s
life (father and grandfather) cried.
Pr. JIm Tonkin (Left), Jessica Tonkin (Middle) &
Adam Tonkin (Right)
- Pr Jim Tonkin
Men of Hope performing at Lithgow
One hundred people came to Lithgow for a West-Mountains-Parish regional for Oberon, Lithgow and Mudgee churches. It
featured the Men of Hope choir from Sydney.
Lithgow Sabbath School (Flourish) is at 11:30 and four large groups and children were soon exploring the Bible story about Job.
Ten hungry young Adventist men in-route to one of our farms arrived for Sabbath-school and were very appreciative of heavyladen
potluck tables with their delicious home cooked treats.
Some people came to church for a first time. Two husbands of Adventist ladies attended church, Sabbath school, lunch and
the afternoon concert. One young lady wandered in from a group-care home, a former but now regularly attending Adventist
provided music backing, and a professional opera/musicals vocalist Ruth Lockley sang four items for us. She along with her
husband Arthur now attend Lithgow church.
Attendance was boosted by ensuring folks from all three churches and the non-Adventist community were invited to perform in
an afternoon variety concert. Men of Hope requested to perform an afternoon concert, but we invited them to consider the needs
of community evangelism first. They graciously reduced their items to five, and the nineteen other items at the sacred variety
concert attracted supporters and friends.
Men of Hope are booked for another local regional on 21 October in 2017. We may book the Lithgow Theatre by faith for the
afternoon. Men of Hope administrator, Lee Dunstan (Signs Magazine editor) is keen to help us turn what is usually an inward
focused regional to an evangelistic community opportunity.
- Pr James Toogood
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Around the Churches
Plant Based Cooking Demonstrations
For four weeks over last November/December, Moruya
Church sponsored Vegetarian Cooking Demonstrations in
the Moruya Uniting Church hall.
Ably led by trained Chef Margy Barons and supported by
Naturopath Katie Urbanik, twenty-seven people enjoyed the
presentations each evening and especially the taste tests that
accompanied each dish.
Exclamations such as ‘delicious’,’ scrumptious’, ‘any seconds?’
etc. indicated that the programs were a great success and that
most attendees will return for another four evenings. The next
demonstrations will be in the Batemans Bay Salvation Army
hall and then alternate each quarter between the two towns.
With the recent arrival of Margy Barons and her husband
into the district, the presentation of how to include healthy
alternatives into traditional diets plus engaging in ‘friendship
evangelism’, has strengthened the profile of the Moruya
Church in the local district.
Vegetarian cooking demonstrations led by Margy Barons at the
Moruya Uniting Hall
Mudgee ADRA cares for
On Sunday 12 February, 2017 NSW State Emergency Services (SES)
asked Mudgee ADRA to accommodate evacuees from out-of-control
Fires were raging across the state as temperatures soared beyond 40
degrees to record levels, with accompanying winds. The ADRA area
coordinator had contacted all Western Region teams to ensure their ADRA
kits were ready and available the day before.
Advance preparation meant that Mudgee team were present at the
evacuation center within an hour of call up. David and Brenda Leven, with
Ian and Ros Hunter formed the first team, and rostered backups should
they operate through the night.
Ian Hunter and Brenda Leven on the phones to
SES and Mudgee ADRA were prepared. Six evacuee families required
emergency accommodation after escaping the Dunedoo and Casilla fires.
Area coordinator Pr. Ken Bird thanked Mudgee ADRA. They were trained,
prepared and ready to operate autonomously. SES staff thanked the ADRA
team for the smoothly integrated operation, and particularly mentioned Pr.
Bird by name.
We can be thankful the out-of-control fires were in remote areas. Mudgee
ADRA operation demonstrated the confidence SES has that should the
occasion require, the Western Districts ADRA teams are ready to capably
assist when called on.
- Pr. James Toogood
Fires destory twenty three homes in the
About 70 people crammed into Mudgee church
on 12 November last year to enjoy a Sabbath
afternoon of praise.
The SurrenDA group from Oberon sang. Pr. Ken Bird
set up the sound. Annali Bird and Mark Menzies on
keys and electric guitar, Allan Stapley on Saxophone,
with special items by local Mudgee children and then
community folks did items also.
Mudgee invaded their community rather than
just inviting other SDA churches. The strategy was
successful. Pr. James Toogood and the Crossroads
Disabilities Ministries Band kicked off with a sing-along.
Two children of former or non-attending SDA young
families were invited to sing - and their families came to
see Mudgee Adventist fill up with joy.
The concert was initiated by retired Presbyterian
Mudgee organist, Andrea Sauerbier, who asked
“Can we repeat Lithgow’s SDA concert at Mudgee
on November 12?” Pr. Toogood can barely recall the
conversation, but she told everyone he said ‘Yes’ and
when Mudgee elder Ian Hunter rang saying ‘what’s this
about a concert’ it became full steam ahead.
Ian and Ros Hunter, with Pr. Toogood, support
Crossroads Disability Ministries once a month. They
asked Crossroads to form an ad-hoc band. Crossroads,
Pr. Toogood and Ros Hunter belted out kid’s songs and
two items Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.
Fourteen voices sang fifteen different notes as carers
and friends applauded. Some non-Christian friends
came to a church for first time. Pr. Toogood concluded
with a 5-minute evangelistic sermon about how and
why to follow Jesus.
The result is Crossrods leaders told blind mother Gwen
she should come to the Adventist Church, and now
Gwen and her guide dog occasionally attend. It was an
effective, low-cost, great fun community outreach by
Around the Churches
Carols at the Oberon Club
On Sunday evening 11 December 2016, the clinking of
poker machines was drowned by the singing of Carols at
the Oberon Christmas Carols program organised by the local
The program featured local Adventist group SurrenDA and
Annali Bird from Lithgow. Oberon boy Kurt Booth, local school
choirs, and folks from other churches sang or acted in the
By including and focusing on local people, the program drew
a large and loyal crowd.
Pr. Toogood was delighted to arrive in Oberon and discover
his new church already practices what he used to do. He said
“featuring the community in Adventist productions sends two
powerful messages, first we aren’t the best or the only talent,
and second, that we need you”. It is a little like the approach of
Jesus asking the woman at the well for a cup of cold water, in
Oberon Adventist group SurrenDA lead the
The first planning meeting for a 2017 Easter Pageant led by
Oberon Adventist church was held Valentine’s day evening on
- James Toogood
Two Oberon Youth and an elder from the
Pentecoastal church as wise men
On 31st December 2016, a glorious summer day, over fifty people
gathered at a park on the bank of the beautiful Minnamurra River at
Kiama Downs. We had come for the baptism of two ladies of the Southern
Teenager Danielle Fleming, on a previous stay at Jet Camp had been the
first to respond when the invitation to prepare for baptism had been given.
Danielle has been a regular attender at church for some years, and has been
looking forward to this big day, to committing herself to following Jesus
Pr. Tony Moala with Sunny and Sui (back row) and
Daniella, Danielle & Irene (front row)
Sun Young Tak, whom we call Sunny, being convicted by the bible to keep
Sabbath, left her Sunday keeping church to look for a Sabbath keeping one,
and arrived one day at our morning service. Sunny is a very keen bible student
and she and Pastor Tony Moala have had some much extended bible studies
with many questions and answers.
Sunny’s family came all the way from Korea to spend Christmas with her and witness her baptism. Our guitarists and singers led
us all in singing praises to our Saviour as we sat in the shade of the tall trees. Pastor Tony then spoke of the meaning and need for
baptism before he and the two candidates went down into the river at a little sandy beach.
Following Danielle and Sunny’s baptism, Pastor Tony, still standing in the water felt a burden that somebody else wished to be
baptised, and invited whoever wished to take advantage of the situation and come down to him. Three people responded: Irene
Stewart, Daniella Lee and Siu Churches, a friend of Sunny’s. All were baptised with great rejoicing by us all.
Cards and flowers were given out and we all enjoyed a picnic lunch and an extended time of friendship and fellowship. What a
wonderful and fruitful day it had been!
- Helen Blake
There really is nothing better then getting outdoors with a
bunch of like-minded people to worship God and have
an absolute blast in the nature He created.
Organized by Tumbarumba youth, on the 7th to the 9th of
October 2016, 30 young people gathered together from all
over the state, some of us coming from as far as the Blue
Mountains right down to the Victorian and South Australian
Border, to get into the wide open spaces of Jounama Creek
and discover the rugged mountain areas of Talbingo.
Each morning and evening we met around the campfire
with a couple of guitars to sing praise to our Saviour and to
have worship, led by youth volunteers with the theme of ‘
The Greatness of God’. Pr. Jeremy Taituave took our worship
on the Sabbath.
Community Christmas Celebration
Group photo at scenic lookout
This fifth Community Christmas Celebration was held at Wodonga
Church on Saturday, 10th December 2016. From the outset
Melbourne based group “Symphony of Praise” has so faithfully
blessed our congregation with songs and carols.
This year 126 people attended the event, which included 50 folk from
the local community. Church Pastor, Andrew McCrostie reminded us
that in the year 2000 Sydney Harbour Bridge Fireworks displayed the
Apparently a downcast and sick Sydney man by the name of Arthur
Stace did not know God until he wandered into a church and heard
this word in a sermon.
During the day we ventured out and saw the amazing sights
of Landers Creek Falls and the Yarrangobilly Caves and
Thermal Pool. Some were even brave… or crazy enough
to dip themselves in the Jounama Creek and go kayaking
through the rapids. One thing was for sure, the smiles and
laughs were endless, many memories made, friendships
strengthened, and we were all spiritually revived and
Here are a few words from two people that attended the
“I wasn’t going to go to Spring Camp, but in hindsight I’m
glad I did. Spent a weekend with a great group of young
people who are seeking Jesus and strive to be more like
Him. It was great to hear personal testimonies all around
and it was as real as it got. I look forward to the next time
I join SNSW youth in worship and fellowship”. ( Daniel
Jagiello, Blue Mountains, New South Wales )
“Spring Camp was a huge blessing. It had everything. Great
people. Beautiful campsite. Bush walks to amazing views.
Campfire worship times. I’d highly recommend it”.
( Joshua Rykers, Bairnsdale, Victoria )
There are further camps planned for March and June 2017.
Watch this space!!
He decided to write “Eternity” on the pavements of Sydney, and did
so in chalk 500,000 times over 35 years, thus becoming known as
“Mr. Eternity.” The pastor’s challenge for us was: “Take the hand of
God and to let Him lead you into eternity this Christmas.”
Symphony of Praise leading out in singing
- Sue James
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Around the Churches
Plan now to come on the trip of a lifetime through Spain and Portugal
in May and June, 2017.
The land of bullfights and flamenco dancing has always
been a favourite for travellers. Great places to stay —
and see the lands where Hannibal passed through,
and where Moors stayed for centuries and
left their mark on its architecture.
Celebrate the 500th
anniversary of Luthers
95 theses launching the
See the great places of Madrid, Oporto, Lisbon and
Barcelona, but also see places like Cadiz, where
Columbus left on two of his voyages to America,
A delightful place like Ronda — as well as Segovia,
Sintra, Gibraltar, Granada and, of course, Barcelona
where everyone wants to go.
Then at the end join us for a seven-day cruise
through the western Mediterranean.
Plan now to make this trip of a lifetime!
Contact Harold Harker on (02) 4385 8282 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more!
Visit the significant locations in the
development of the Reformation in
this 5 ½-week tour through Italy,
France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech
Republic, England and Scotland.
Follow the fascinating
Tour departs Australia and
New Zealand mid May 2017
For further enquiries
contact tour leader
Pr Russel Stanley
0405 181 047
Sponsored by the Australian Union Conference
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June 9-12, 2017
OPEN TO ALL SINGLES AUSTRALIA WIDE!
Come and enjoy a weekend at the Adventist
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Pool, Air hockey, Tennis, Disc Golf, Relaxing by
the fire and snow!
Costs: $235 - Full accommodation and Meals
- Linen & Towel Hire $12 or bring your own
- Does not include Ski/Board Hire or Lift Tickets
For full Information and Registrations visit:
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