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Hearing Gods Voice Taking time to Listen

Gavin Howie

Darkness fell as lightning flashed, and thunder crashed as a fog rolled in around

the feet of those attending the first meeting of Grey Nomads Camp 2016. No a

storm was not rolling into Jindabyne nor was the first meeting being held outdoors.

All of the above was part of the special effects used as part of the opening

program and as an introduction to the this years theme, “Hearing God’s

Voice – Taking time to Listen”

Pr. David McKibben and Phil Yates were the key speakers for the week, each

using the Old and New Testament personalities to direct the participants to the


Participants came from as far away as South Australia and North Queensland,

with those from North New South Wales and Victoria making up the majority of

numbers. Between 110 – 120 attended a wonderfully spiritual event.

Phil Yates presenting

at the

Grey Nomads


Grey Nomads Camp 2016

Aerial photo of those who attended Grey Nomads 2016

Each day there was plenty to keep the attendees

occupied with morning devotionals,

bible study, guest presentations, activities,

exercise programs and evening meetings.

This year we were blessed to have three

wonderful guest presentations on photography,

alpine gardening/history of the alpine

region and aviation in the alps.

Unfortunately most of the outdoor activities

we had planned had to be cancelled due to

strong winds and the cold with one exception.

On Thursday afternoon a number of attendees

took the opportunity to fly out of

the Adventist Alpine Village via helicopter

for a short 10 minute flight over Jindabyne

and the lake.

Lake Jindabyne Dam

Friday night the attendees attended an

amazing formal banquet which was set up in

the main hall. As the Sabbath hours arrived

we were blessed with music from Sandra Entermann

and her team, and presentations by

Pr. Mike Faber and Pr. David McKibben.

Sabbath was a high day and God blessed us

with a beautiful day. The event came to a

conclusion on Saturday night with a concert

featuring Sandra Entermann.

Helicopter landing on the oval at the Adventist Alpine Village

Multiplying Disciples

Part 3: Harvest Joy

Written By Pr Glenn Townend

South Pacific Division President

(Graphics and design by Introvic team VIC. Used by permission)

Multiplying disciples involves an

intentional process - be prepared: think

about decision-provoking questions...

think about follow-up after the decision

is made... it is rewarding, doing the work

the Lord has given us

Harvest Celebration

Apricots, mandarins, and lemons,

fresh from your tree, taste sweeter.

Tomatoes, lettuces, carrots and sweet

potato taken from your garden bring

great satisfaction. Even a hobby

gardener like myself gets excited

when you can pick fresh food from

your own garden. Usually there are

no chemical sprays and sometimes

a bug or two, but when you sink your

teeth into a juicy apricot or tomato it

all seems worth it.

Whatever the crop, harvest time is

when you celebrate. As the Psalmist

wrote, “He who goes out weeping,

bearing the seed for sowing, shall

come home with shouts of joy,

bringing his sheaves with him.”1

Harvest is party time.

Harvest Question

Right from the start of ministry I loved

giving Bible studies – sharing the

word of God was a real joy. After my

first year of ministry, however, while I

had six regular Bible studies, I saw no

baptisms. The conference president

was concerned and suggested to the

senior pastor and churches I was

working with that I needed to shift.

They suggested I be given another year.

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“Disciple-making churches never

stop discipling people”

It was a good year – seeing the seeds

I had been nurturing grow, seeing

them come to the point of deciding

to be baptised. That was what I had

to learn – how to challenge people

to make a decision. At the end of a

Bible study about Jesus I learnt to ask

“how would you like Jesus to change

your life just as he did others?” Or

on the topic of the Sabbath I asked –

“is there anything stopping you from

keeping this coming Sabbath?” Or as

we discussed baptism – “when do you

think you would like to be baptised?”

When we are working with people

there is no development in

discipleship without the person

making a decision to change their

life. The disciples in the church then

harvest the disciples that are ready

to make a full commitment to Jesus.

This is the process of harvesting.

I wish I had been consistent in asking

decision-making questions - even

in later years people asked me

“When are you going to ask me to be

connected to Jesus and this Church?”

They were frustrated with me – but

the fact they asked the question told

me they were ready for harvesting.

As a church pastor I often called on

those with public evangelistic skills to

help me reap those who were ready

for harvest – challenging people to

a decision. The Holy Spirit uses the

public preaching of the truths of God’s

Word and calls people to make a

public commitment.

Harvest Location

Harvesting can happen in personal

Bible Studies, Bible study groups,

altar calls at a Sabbath worship

service or in public evangelistic

programs – the later are often called

‘reaping campaigns’. No farmer

would do all the hard work without

harvesting. Nor should any person

or church disciple people without

challenging people to give their whole

life to Jesus.

We all have to count the cost in

following Jesus.

Harvest Follow-on

When a person commits to Jesus

through baptism, they became a

part of the community of faith or

the church. We are baptised into

Jesus however Jesus is the head of

the church and committed disciples

are the rest of His body. The church

not only provides the care for the

new followers of Jesus but also

encourages and challenges them to

worship personally during the week

and corporately on Sabbath, to serve

others in the community, to share the

story of what God is doing in their life

with others, and to fellowship.

Harvesting is not just the joy of a

baptism but the joy of integrating

the new follower of Jesus into the

life of the church and participation in

service and evangelism. Churches

that have an integration process and

who give new followers mentors and

a role immediately are harvesting


Harvest Joy

Disciple-making disciples and

churches never stop discipling people.

Their whole focus is to make more and

better disciples.

So if I wish you and your local church

an abundant harvest I am also wishing

a joyous celebration of baptism and

the involvement of new followers of

Jesus into the life and ministry of the


- Pr Glenn Townend

From the President

Reflections - Mike Faber

By the time you read this article there will be only

a few days left in 2016. It is hard to believe that

another year has passed so quickly - and yet it

is reality.

Looking back on 2016 I asked myself the question if

I could have done things different or better. Have I

come closer to God, did I spend more time in reading

His word and in prayer as in the year before? Have I

used the opportunities that were given to me to share

the good news about Jesus to those I came in contact

with? Have I spent enough time with my family and

friends and did I tell my children and my spouse often

enough that I love them and that they mean so much

to me?

Yes, we all get so busy in our daily duties that we can

forget what life is all about. Running after things, chasing

a career and following in the footsteps of consumerism

are not all that there is to life.

From time to time we should stop and smell the roses

and remember the words of Jesus: “So do not start

worrying: Where will my food come from? or my drink?

or my clothes?’ These are the things the pagans are

always concerned about. Your Father in heaven knows

that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned

above everything else with the Kingdom of God and

with what he requires of you, and he will provide you

with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow;

it will have enough worries of its own. There

is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.”

(Matthew 6:31-34 Good news translation)

What do these words really mean? After all we do have to

work and earn money if we want to survive and are able to

provide for our families!

That is true but I believe that what Jesus wants to tell us is

that there is more to life than chasing the obvious. I think

that He challenges us is to know when enough is enough.

How much do I need before I am truly happy?

Could having more of God and less of things make me happier?

It is hard to know until I try.

Trusting God and including him in all aspects of my life will

give me peace that surpasses all understanding. Placing

Him first in all I do will help me sort out my priorities and

to clearly see what the things are in life that will make me

truly happy.

Will I do things different in

2017? What is the most important

I have to do, what will

make me truly happy and how

can I best reflect the character

of Christ in my world?

May you enjoy the upcoming

festive season with your family

and friends and may 2017 bring

you closer to the things that really

matter in life.

God bless you.

Pastoral Moves - Mike Faber

No pastoral moves have been planned for 2017 as the appointments remain as in 2016 and no pastor accepted

a call to another conference. We wish our pastors and their families God richest blessings for 2017 as they minister

to our congregations.

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From the Chief Finance Officer

Why I return Tithe - Gavin Howie

In our early years of marriage and parenting, times were

tough, financially speaking. One day I came home to

find my wife in tears. What is wrong, I asked. Our oldest

daughter was now at school and her shoes had worn

out and no longer fitted. My wife informed me that we

did not have enough money to purchase new shoes. Why

don’t we pray about it, I suggested. We knelt right there

in our home with our children and asked God to help us

find a solution.

No sooner had we

closed our time of

prayer there was a

knock on the door. A

neighbor was standing

there with a bag

in her hand. “Hi, our

daughter has grown

out of her school

shoes and they are

perfectly good shoes,

we think they may fit your daughter, could you use them?”

As a child my parents taught me at an early age the concept

of returning tithe. Each week when my siblings and I

received our pocket money , 2 shillings (20 cents), a small

fortune in those days for a kid, I would immediately put

aside 2 pennies (2 cents, these do not even exist today),

into a glass jar. Each week before church I would empty

my meager amount of tithe from the jar, carry the precious

gift to church, place it in an envelope and scrawl

out my name and the amount next to the heading Tithe.

When I started work the process did not change much,

because way back then, on Friday afternoon we would

line up at the payroll office and collect a bulging pay

packet full of crisp new notes and coins.

Now however I was wealthy, no more 2 shilling pieces,

I was a working man, now I was earning big money, as I

recall it was a grand total of 20 pounds (20 Dollars) however

my process for putting tithe aside did not change. It

was easy, just take out the 10% portion of tithe and place

it in a jar until Sabbath.

But then the world of technology changed. They made

it more difficult. No longer did we receive cash, we received

a piece of paper they referred to as a cheque.

Now I realize for the younger members of our church

these terms of pounds, shillings, pence and cheques are

a foreign language, but bear with me, I will eventually arrive

in the 21st century.

Now I had to wander off to the bank, deposit my earnings,

and then withdraw my tithe and place it in the jar.

They said that this was an advancement in technology,

seemed like hard work to me!!

Here I am now in the 21st century and I have entered my

45th year of working for the church. Now wages are deposited

directly into my bank account, my bills are paid

by internet banking. I can choose to have my tithe deducted

from my wage before I receive it or I can use the

eGiving app on my phone to transfer the funds directly

from my account to my local church or conference.

So what is my point, why

do I return tithe? In Genesis

2:7 the bible states, “Then

the Lord God formed a

man from the dust of the

ground and breathed into

his nostrils the breath of

life, and the man became

a living being”.

And in Job 1:21, and said:

“Naked I came from my

mother’s womb and naked

I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;

may the name of the Lord be praised.” In the beginning

God gave us life, He breathed into us His breath, and He

can take it away.

Everything I have in this life belongs to God, even my

life. He alone provides me with the home that I live in,

the clothes I wear, and my employment. In return all He

asks is that I trust Him by returning 10% of what He has

given as a gift to me. What a deal! I get to keep 90% of

everything He provides for me.

God had responded to our prayers and faithfulness. We

do not return tithe for the benefits we will get out of it,

however He does state in Malachi 3:10 “ Bring the whole

tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my

house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, ” and

see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and

pour out so much blessing that there will not be room

enough to store it.” It is a privilege to be able return to

God that which is rightfully His.

During my career with the church, I have had my challenges

and hurts, but through all these challenges, when

it comes to returning tithe these are not factors in my

decision to return or retain tithe.

My decision to return tithe is 100% based on my relationship

with a God who loves me so much that He gave his

life for me. He is my best friend. He plans to return and

take me home to live with Him forever. This is why I return

tithe and the only reason I return tithe, because He

loves me and I love Him.

Conference News

Wedding Bells - Mike Faber

Owen and Debora with David Haupt (Middle)

and Frank Cantrill (Left)

On Sunday 21 August 2016, Bowral Seventh day

Adventist Church was filled to the last seat. Family

and friends from all over had come to celebrate

the wedding of Owen Ellis and Debora Fabiola

Veliz Vallejos.

David Haupt and Pr. Frank Cantrill officiated at the wedding

and what a romantic wedding is was.

The vows that Debora and Owen shared with each other

Owen and Deborah Ellis

were a beautiful declaration of love and brought tears to

the eyes of many in the congregation.

We wish Owen and Debora all the best for their future

and may God richly bless their marriage.

As a conference we are privileged to have Owen and

Debora work as a pastoral couple for the Bowral congregation.

Partners In Ministry - Donna Tonkin

The ladies out for dinner

On the weekend of September 9th-11th, the

minister’s wives in the SNSW conference got

together in Canberra for a social and spiritual

time. Tina and Brendan Hayes hosted us for dinner and

a special ordinance service on Friday night.

Then on Sabbath the conference leaders kindly allowed

us to use the conference office for a time of spiritual


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Doris Faber took us through a discussion on praising God

in all circumstances, praying without ceasing and being

thankful for all of God’s blessings.

We were able to uplift each other in prayer, and share

blessings from our own lives with each other, and then

the weather fined up enough for a long walk along the

river. Closing Sabbath was led by Kaylene Kosmeier and

was followed by dinner at a local Indian restaurant.

To finish off the night Debbie Watanabe had organised a

baby shower for Sarina Taituave, where we had balloons,

gave gifts, and played games that had us in laughter before

long. The ladies then wrote positive messages on

the balloons and shut them in Pr. Mike Faber’s office for

a surprise!

The weekend was a great reboot for us and helped better

equip us for serving with our husbands in the ministry. We

would like to thank the SNSW conference for planning

this time for us and for our husbands who allowed us the

time to get away for this event!

Around the Churches

Bega Church Open Garden - Janet Kieltyka

The 2016 ADRA Appeal started early in Bega on Sunday

25 September, with Nola and Barry Hergenhan

opening their 100-year old heritage cottage gardens

to the public for the first time. This picturesque property is

a working Angus beef and Merino sheep farm and boasts

a large orchard, raised vegetable garden, roses, camellias,

and an array of bulbs and natives.

Visitors were invited to enjoy the garden via widespread

advertising within the local community. Throughout the

day guests were treated to relaxing live music from church

muso’s. Home-made jams, relishes, cakes, sandwiches

and curries were available at an open-air café, along with

plants and home-grown produce stalls, all provided and

manned by Bega Seventh-day Adventist church members

and their friends.

Bega church members at the ADRA fundraiser

(1 Corinthians 12); it enabled the community to get to

know the Adventist church in a relaxed, enjoyable setting;

and it also helped to raise more than $4,400 and

promote public awareness about the work of ADRA.

The event was successful for a number of reasons: it allowed

our church members to use their varied talents to

contribute what they could and facilitated working together

as a body towards a common good

CHEP & Hydrotherapy programs in Canberra - Mirjam Allen

The day was greatly enjoyed by all - Bega church

wholeheartedly recommends to sister churches an

open garden event as a worth while ADRA fundraiser!

Participants who have completed the CHEP course

SNSW is richly blessed with a class of 15 that have

recently become CHEP certified with Sibilla Johnson.

CHEP stands for Community Health Education

Program, and is a church run Certificate IV course through

Avondale College. This year a group of 15 church members

from the Canberra National and Queanbeyan churches

and members from the Bombala region gathered together

to be trained by Sibilla Johnson, the national trainer

for the South Pacific Division.

The group was blessed to have some of the church youth

enrol in the course as well. Stephanie Ligsay (Queanbeyan)

and Anita Allen (Canberra National) at 16 are the youngest

CHEP Qualified demonstrators.

Canberra National has a very active Health Ministries team,

called the Health & Wellness Team that run Health lectures,

Free Health Checks, Vibrant Food Parties, Depression

Recovery Courses, and now will be adding Whole Food

Cooking Schools to their list for community outreach.

Practicing Hydrotherapy

Canberra National church, along with other

churches in the SNSW conference, are utilizing

the services of the Cedarvale on the Road team.

National church recently ran an intensive 5-day hydrotherapy

course to 25 church and community members.

Participants were enthusiastic to learn how something

as simple as water can be used in its various forms to

assist the healing process and gain so many health

benefits. Treatments were not only demonstrated but

participants actually performed them on each other,

which saw some good laughs.

Adrian and Michealle Dorman, who head up “Cedarvale

on the Road”, a branch of Cedarvale Health and

Lifestyle Retreat in Kangaroo Valley, are now travelling

as a full-time ministry offering a variety of health seminars

for churches and communities. Albury, Temora,

Tumbarumba, Corryong, Tumut, Cootamundra and

Cowra churches are using their services to gain a better

understanding of how to experience the positive

results of healthy living and sharing it with their communities.

SNSW Youth

Southern Regional Youth Rally - Hayden Petersen

Wodonga Church full on Saturday morning

Around 150 people turned up at Wodonga SDA Church

for the Southern Regional Youth Rally on October 15th.

Speaker Jeremy Taituave delivered a powerful message

encouraging all those present to continue to commit daily to

Jesus! Jeremy also shared a message with the young people on

the Friday night. After a spectacular lunch of yummy haystacks,

the youth went to the botanical gardens to hang out as well as a

number participating in the Knocktober ADRA Collection!

Jeremy Taituave presenting Gods Word

The day finished with a games night held at Border Christian College with heaps of fun to be had by all. The regional

youth rallies are intended to be hosted and organised by local youth groups. A big note of appreciation to the fantastic

work of Chris and Naomi Oberson and the Albury youth team for putting on such an amazing weekend. I know

everyone who was involved with the weekend came away more deeply committed to Christ.

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SNSW Youth




ultiplying Disciples

Plan ting Churches

SPD church planting conference

January 30 - February 2, 2017

Glenn Townend

President, South Pacific Division

Asian Aid Australia is seeking to employ a:

Chief Executive Officer

The Mission of Asian Aid is to give hope by fostering

permanent positive change in the lives of

disadvantaged children and their communities.

What Is It?

The 2017 SPD Church Planting Conference is for those serious about Adventist Mission.

This conference will:

• Examine Adventism’s unique heritage as a disciple making, church planting movement

• Empower and equip individuals, teams, Churches, Conferences, Unions and Missions to plant churches

• Show how to facilitate a church planting movement in our conferences

• Explore the growing potential in making disciples in an increasingly post-Christian world

Kleber De Oliveira Gonçalves

Director, Global Missions

Centre for Secular and Postmodern Studies

Gary Krause

Director, GC Office of Mission

Asian Aid is an accredited Independent Supporting

Ministry of the Seventh-day Church.

For further information please contact the

Company Secretary, Kerryn Patrick.


Phone: 02 6586 4250

Or go to the Asian Aid website:

Who Should Attend?

Church members, pastors, church leaders, administrators . . . anyone who is passionate about making

disciples and church planting. We particularly hope that teams of potential church planters will

attend. Maybe you want to be inspired, maybe you want to be equipped and empowered, maybe

you want teachings, or resourcing - whatever the reason, this Conference is for you!

With overseas and local speakers, plus over twenty workshops to choose from, this SPD Church

Planting Conference, with the Holy Spirit’s leading, promises to be a unique opportunity to be

inspired, empowered and equipped to join God in His mission on earth.

Avondale College will be the venue for the conference.

Accommodation and meals can be booked via the

registration process.

Online Registration Only:

For more details contact Jan | | 02 9847 3306 or

Wayne Krause | | 0414 435 314

O N L I N E R E G I S T R A T I O N A V A I L A B L E F R O M S E P T E M B E R 3

Simon Martin

Director, UK Office of Mission

Kathy Hernandez

Coordinator of Evangelism, Southern Union Conference

Roger Hernandez

Director, Evangelism, Southern Union Conference

Thankyou for those who attended our first retreat in Shoalhaven. It

was a great success and we hope to grow the singles network through

future events around the conference.



Lands Tour

Celebrate the 500th

anniversary of Luthers

95 theses launching the

Protestant Reformation

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

God-inspired story

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

The SNSW Singles network is diverse with singles 25 years & over. It

is a great way to connect with other Adventists within and outside our


Interested in receiving information about upcoming events? Please

email Christine Sosnovsky at to join the

mailing list, or call Christine on 0403 519 878.

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.

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 for more!

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