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Hearing Gods Voice Taking time to Listen
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Disciple-making disciples and
churches never stop discipling people.
Their whole focus is to make more and
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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Plan ting Churches
SPD church planting conference
January 30 - February 2, 2017
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
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
Online Registration Only: https://events.adventist.org.au/ew/app/registration/index.html?e=1098
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Coordinator of Evangelism, Southern Union Conference
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.
Celebrate the 500th
anniversary of Luthers
95 theses launching the
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more!