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Reflections on the SNSW Big Camp
by Pastor Fanueli Mataele, Tonga Mission
When I arrived at the campground of the Adventist Alpine
Village, the beautiful setting of the camp got my
attention. I looked across the colourful tents and buildings
and began to count the white big tents in which the meetings
where held. Without placing any question to the President
- who had picked me up from Canberra and drove
me the 200 kilometres to the camp ground - I knew straight
away that the primary focus of the Conference was on the
spiritual wellbeing of the church members as they consider
the different level of people coming to the camp from
beginners to retirees. As I picked up the program my assumption
was proved right. I quickly took some time to visit
around and was amazed with the effort and the amount of
When I entered the room where I was allocated
for the night I was impressed with the abundance
of this conference and straight away thanked
God for their willingness to partnership with
Tonga Mission. As I walked to the dining room
for my first meal and as I stood in the queue I
felt sorry for my Mission as my eyes wondered
around the place in amazement of the beauty of
the dining room. I quietly thanked God for His
ministry in this Conference. When my turn came
to be served, I was asked what I would like to
eat. Of course I told the Chefs and I was served
but what really impressed me was the servant
spirit that was seen in the Chefs. The food was nice,
delicious and beautiful. I was determined not to miss out on
any meal as not only the food was so delicious but my time
in the dining room also gave me a wonderful opportunity to
share with church members about Tonga.
Pr. Ben Maxson from the US was the main speaker for
the adults and I was truly blessed by all his presentations.
His messages were easy to understand and
deeply spiritual and I am sure every member enjoyed
I thank God for the opportunity to come, learn and
witness such a wonderful event that had been prayerfully
organized by our sister conference. I have been
blessed seeing people deciding for baptism and renew
their covenant with God and I go home filled and
refreshed to face the challenges of the year 2016.
Pr. Fanuele Mataele
I want to thank the President and the
other officers of our sister conference
for allowing me to come and learn
and to meet so many wonderful people.
I will go home with many good
memories and a number of promises
from church members to arrange mission
trips to help our work in Tonga. I
also want to thank my Tongan brother
(Pr. Toni Moala) who happened to be
the only Tongan Pastor in this conference
for his friendship.
Thank you to everyone in this conference for making
me feel at home and may God bless you all.
- Pastor Fanueli Mataele
During my stay I visited all of the worship tents. Each age
group had it’s own guest speaker plus appropriate resources
for every program. The messages were relevant for the
age group to meet their spiritual need in order to equip
and assist them to become more effective in ministry. I was
touched by what I saw and experienced. The vision of the
conference leaders was fulfilled as I witness so many people
come and listen to the guest speakers. I could see that the
campers really enjoyed the spiritual feast that was presented
to them every night.
I wish we had this kind of resources to help our members in
Tonga. But I know for sure this conference will do something
to assist our work in Tonga and I am looking forward to a
time when we will have a group of Tongans come to this
camp and a group of Australians flying to help our work in
How you can help Tonga Mission:
• Organize a fly and build team to build new
churches in new areas
• Maintenance and building of classrooms
• Resources for School and Mission Office-photocopier,
computer, printer, scanner and books
• Sponsorship for Volunteer teachers and bible
• Sponsor a student at Fulton College, PAU, at Beulah
and Mizpah High School
• Help the community with clothes, food, donations
• Resourcing pastors with laptops, data projectors,
screens, I pads, books
• Need of an outer islands boat
One of the highlights of “Big Camp” was the village fair day
where young and old got together to have fun with games,
music and food. A variety of activities were provided for
each age group.
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Camp Departmental Reports
Big Camp Departmental Reports
We were blessed to have Kylie Stacey run our beginners program. Everybody was blessed with joy and laughter.
The theme for the Kindy division for the 2016 Big Camp was Safari Adventure. As we do every year, the kindy division
had an absolute blast yet again. More than 25 children joined the Kindy tent this year and enjoyed meeting
different animals, listening to exciting Bible stories, singing fun praise songs, and participated in creative crafts and
activities. Thanks to all the staff who helped out to make this camp another great success!
- Michelle Dean & Jimmy Watanabe (Kindy tent leaders)
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Camp Departmental Reports
Big Camp at the Juniors Tent went really well this year, in fact, it seems
there has been a significant progression every year in the last four
years with God-filled moments and the quality of the programs and activities.
Our goals this year were to teach the juniors about the reality of God
that He moves, acts, and cares. In return, He wants them to follow and
share. God moved mightily not only through our guest speaker Leslie
Ncube with his evening talks but also through Pastor Hayden who took
our morning worships throughout the week.
The children put God to the test through prayers for things that were
beyond their control, and God honored their simple faith and the desire
of their hearts to experience His power with amazing answers to their
Best of all, apart from the wonderful worship experiences and the fun
activities, was their response to God’s call for them to serve by carting
3 tonnes of gravel with buckets up the hill to improve the condition of
the pathway up to the Outdoor Chapel. It was estimated that each child
would have carted up between 75 to 150 kgs of gravels. Furthermore,
they planted solar lights along the pathway. It was an incredible sight to
behold and a wonderful experience and a memorable event of serving for
the future leaders of our church.
I would like to praise God for the commitment of the Juniors Tent Staff.
This group of volunteers went beyond what was asked and expected of
them. It was an honor for them to be used by God in enriching these children’s
journey with God. I pray that our Heavenly Father will richly bless
them for the commitment and sacrifices they made.
Pr. Tony Moala
Having Fun Trekking in Thailand
And what a journey it has been! This year Primary went on a trip to
Thailand, to learn about the culture and to learn how much God loves
us (even when we are so different!), and He wants us to respond by sharing
His love with others. We learned that God is real, love, forgiving, forever,
and serving through songs, crafts, games, and Bible stories.
The children also collected funds for a real project in a village in Thailand.
We have asked for pictures to show how the money collected is used,
and we will share those with you as well. We were very blessed to have
Grandma and Grandpa who have had lots of experience to share about
Thailand’s culture and customs, and Pr Ricky (Mr Trek) for the amazing
stories he shared from his life and the Bible.
We would like to thank all the staff and volunteers, and especially the
children who made Thailand trek an unforgettable memory, and we will
always feel it in our hearts and deep down in our souls that God is forever
- Pr. Benjamin Galindo
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Primary Tent Team 2016
Camp Departmental Reports
“Dare To …”
As 60 teens sang from their hearts, “I’ll stand, my
soul Lord to you surrendered, all I am is yours,”
and moved onto the big tent stage on the final night of
camp, it was evident to all that something special had
happened during the week. Our teens shared a special
bond with each other and a desire to “Dare To …” live
for God. So what brought about this bond?
Our teens came to camp with open hearts, ready to
make new friends and have fun together. During the
week they plunged right into a number of fun activities;
flying across the water on biscuits and skis on Lake
Jindabyne, negotiating the high ropes course, flipping
out on trampolines, testing their limits on mountain
bikes, teaming up against the youth in laser force, getting
covered in mud on the go-kart track, soaking each
other with water, and dusting each other with handfuls
of bright colour. All of this helped to bond everyone.
But there was more.
Our teens came to camp ready to be involved in worshipping
together. During the week almost half the group
were directly involved in facilitating worship through
playing instruments, leading the singing, operating the
sound system, and taking part in short skits each night.
This high level of involvement further helped to bond
our teens to each other and to God.
Our teens also came ready to learn more of God. Each
morning they gathered for breakfast smoothies and a
devotional time. During the week they participated in
mid-morning Bible studies and discussions on issues
confronting them as teens.
Each evening our guest speaker Karlie Fraser stepped
into character bringing to life the stories of Bible characters
including Rahab, Joseph, David and Mary Magdalene.
As these characters’ stories came to life each
night our teens were challenged to “Dare To …” believe
in God and live for Him. Karlie’s messages blessed our
teens in visible ways. All listened intently. Many shared
how much they enjoyed the messages. One teen personally
recorded the meetings so she could listen to the
stories again. In the evenings many came forward for
special prayer and lingered on singing together into the
night. On the final Friday evening many washed each
other’s feet and shared in communion together. Three
quarters of the group made either a first time commitment
or a recommitment to live for God; sixteen asked
for Bible studies and eleven requested baptism.
Yes something happened to the teens at camp this year.
They came with open hearts and through the ministry
of Karlie, the teen tent team, and each other, they were
touched by God, and it was a blessing and inspiration to
As I was leaving Jindabyne the site was quiet and workers
were beginning to dismantle the tent where so many
great things had happened during the week. Please pray
for our teens, pray that the memories and commitments
from camp will not be dismantled, but will stay with them
as an anchor point in their lives.
- Pr. Owen Ellis
Camp Departmental Reports
The Youth of SNSW were blessed this year with another great Big Camp experience.
Guest speaker Brendan Pratt challenged the Youth to break away from the
consumerism mindset that has enveloped today’s society, and instead focus on the
things that God has intended for us. Namely community! That describes the camp
experience perfectly! Whether it was the shared breakfasts in the morning, water
sports on the lake, or running around the Laser Force maze, the Youth were always
together building a community of inclusion and acceptance that will last into eternity.
The ‘Wild West’ Banquet was one of the biggest highlights of the week with youth
dressing up as cowboys, Indians and the occasional farm animal! The Youth tried
their luck on the mechanical bull that managed to throw all of its passengers well
clear before the one-minute mark! Looking forward with great enthusiasm for what
Camp will bring next year!
- Hayden Petersen
When Love Overflows
‘Wild West’ Banquet
Pr Ben Maxson preaching
The Adult tent at Big Camp seems to be meeting after
meeting, starting early in the morning and finishing
late in the evening. And yes Big Camp 2016 certainly had
the meetings, however the variety and style of presenters,
kept it moving along. Each morning kicked off with morning
worship, taken by our own Pastors, Rajko Celic, Jimmy
Watanabe, Owen Ellis and Orlando Berry, who each delivered
thoughtful & provoking messages. We ensured the
kids were looked after also and Pr. Colin Richardson presented
a story each morning before the kids ventured off
to their program. Brendan Pratt kept everyone engaged
with his energetic presentations on Consumerism followed
by Mary Maxson who presented on Service. Instead of
continuing to sit all afternoon, activities were organised for
those who wanted something different and included, high
ropes, go karts, water sports, i.e. skiing & mountain biking.
Those that took up the challenge of an outdoor activity
want to do that again next year, and if you missed out, plan
to be involved next time.
For those that wanted to learn more, the afternoon had a
seminar presented by Ben Kosmeier on two afternoons,
and a film on the remaining two afternoons.
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A Lesson study, also taken by our conference pastors,
Orlando Berry & Ken Bird capped off the day.
Our evening program started each night with a story
for the kids told by Pr. Jim Tonkin and the sensational
“Marble the Mouse”. Our evening speaker Ben
Maxson spoke in a way that engaged the entire audience
on the grace of God and many attendees were
impacted by the message that was shared and also
took the opportunity to spend time talking with Ben
during camp. Meetings without music would be dull,
and we were blessed with the delightful musical talents
of Sandra Entermann along with Braedan, Joe &
Sanja who bought everyone into a worshipful harmony
Positive comments received from attendees in the Big
Tent indicated all the time and planning put into making
Big Camp 2016 was worth the effort. I want to acknowledge
that it would not have been possible with
God. He showed up and blessed us throughout the
week we were at Big Camp.
- Calvin Drinkall
Camp Departmental Reports
Big Camp ADRA Op-Shop Sherryn Kieltyka Douglas Kieltyka
It was inevitable that Big Camp this year was going to
be a great time, with the theme of service encapsulated
with the vision statement ‘When Love Overflows’, blessings
were sure to abound. And what a blessing it was for all who
were able to attend! I pray that as a result of our time at
camp, love will overflow onto those who did not have the
opportunity to attend and even further into our workplaces
ADRA Café – ‘Milk & Honey’ was back again for a consecutive
year! Serving the camp community with another delicious
selection of treats along with some classics from last
year such as the Vanilla Chai Milkshakes, Elderflower Mocktail
and M&M Biscuits. Healthy snacks and vegan goodies
were piled high and were reported as a delightful taste sensation
while the smell of fresh cinnamon ‘donuts’ drifted
across the hungering crowd at the evening meeting.
This year it was decided that funds raised would go towards
an item on ADRA’s Grant a Wish Gift Catalogue. We were
hoping for around the same amount as last year (last year
the funds went towards ADRA in SNSW and an amazing total
of $2,128.36 was raised). When the final count was made
we were blown away when an amazing total of $6,359 was
raised! This exceeded all expectations and resulting in the
SNSW Conference purchasing a few items from the ADRA
Grant a Wish Catalogue:
• 1 x Oil Presser at $5,300
• 1 x Boat at $200
• 2 x Solar Drier at 150ea ($300)
• 1 x Drip Irrigation at $300
• 2 x Toilet at $112ea ($224)
• 2 x Water Filter at $10ea ($20)
• 1 x Life Vest at $15
For all those who supported the café with purchasing
items, thank you. A massive thank you must go to my
wife Sherryn Kieltyka for her hard work in organising,
planning, decorating and operating the café. Also to
the fantastic and dedicated team of volunteers, without
your support this café would not have been the
success it was. A big thanks must go out to those who
cooked and donated such delectable goodies. Thanks
also for those who participated in the ADRA Auction,
it was a fun time filled with intense bidding and great
laughs. A big thanks to our President Mike Faber for
sharing his enthusiasm and great auctioning skills with
us. I must also thank the AAV for their generous donation
of two weekends accommodation (for silent auction),
watermelons and their background assistance.
Again surrounding the café area was a pop-up ADRA
Op Shop, with the goods kindly donated from various
churches around SNSW, (thanks to Janine Low
from the ADRA Op Shop in Canberra for her sorting
and pricing). An ADRA photo booth was also present
where one could transport oneself in the digital world
to get a picture taken in various parts of the globe
where ADRA works.
We felt blessed to be part of the camp and thank you
all for allowing us to share with you the difference that
ADRA makes in our local communities along with our
global impact. It was again shown to me that it is yourself
that makes ADRA such a great success, your help,
your donations, and most importantly - your prayers.
It is your ADRA.
• 3 x Wells at $250ea ($750) - from the Youth Café! Awesome
effort! – Thanks to Kaitlan Rath and her café team for
their efforts in making this happen and also for the generous
support of the youth.
More information on these items can be found online at
Plans are underway to follow the progress on the larger Oil
Presser in order to provide further information as it comes
- Douglas Kieltyka
Big Camp Village Fair
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SNSW Youth - Converge AUC Youth Congress
Youth from all around Australia converged together at Stuart’s Point
Convention centre over the weekend of Feb 12-15 for the AUC youth
congress “Converge”. Keynote speaker Jeremy Anderson called the
youth on a journey to Higher Living, which can be experienced by committing
everything to following Christ. Murray Hunter who also presented
throughout the course of the weekend expressed that this weekend
could not be just “banging on the chook shed” (meaning that we all
get stirred up in the short term, but soon settle back to normality). The
third speaker for the weekend Pako Mokgwane, assistant Youth Director
for the general conference drew examples from scripture to powerfully
speak to the youth of the power that comes from having God at work in
Approximately 20 youth from around SNSW Conference attended the
weekend, with Rhys Thomson Jones from Young SDA Church getting involved
in the program by sharing scripture and praying over the congregation.
The atmosphere at Converge was awesome! Each night the café
served a selection of different food as well as a range of non-alcoholic
mocktails whilst live music was performed in the background. The evening
activities included glow stick soccer, speed dating, table tennis and
painting on the graffiti wall.
Converge will definitely be happening again! If you weren’t able to get
there this year, grab some mates and make sure that you get up there
for an amazing weekend next time it happens!
Rhys Thompson Jones sharing scripture
- Hayden Petersen
Our vision is to increase the quality of on-site activities, which will
both reduce the cost of having to provide off site activities which
comes at a higher cost to parents and attendees, as well as building
a stronger sense of excitement and pride for the facilities we have at
SNSW Adventist Youth is looking to develop
the Youth and Teens program with
the purchase of a new inflatable waterslide
for use at the Alpine Adventist Village.
Youth and Teen camps are a powerful experience in the faith development
journey, with many of our young people making life-long decisions
for Christ at these camps. With an increased activity profile it
is highly likely that our young people will encourage their friends to
come along and in doing so experience the powerful love of God
through our community of faith. In order to achieve this vision, we
need your financial support.
Please contact The SNSW Youth Department on 02 62496822 for
more information on how you can support this and other Youth Ministry
- Hayden Petersen
SNSW Youth 2016
Ordination at Big Camp
On the first Sabbath afternoon of big camp (January 16th) Pastor Brendan
Hayes who presently ministers in the Greater Canberra District and Pastor
Ben Kosmeier who cares for the Young District were ordained during a
Pr. Ben Kosmeier with wife Kaylene (left)
Pr. Brendan Hayes with wife Tina (right)
Supported by family, friends and many church members both pastors committed
to the blessings and challenges of full time gospel ministry.
Pastor Brendan Pratt the Ministerial Association Secretary from the Australian
Union Conference presented the charge while Pastor Mike Faber the President
of the South New South Wales Conference gave a short message and
offered the prayer of ordination.
We pray that our Heavenly Father will richly bless Pastors Hayes and Kosmeier
in their ministry.
- Pr. Mike Faber
New Appointment for Wagga Wagga District
Due to the fact that Pastor Rob Cook is
no longer working for our Conference
the board of directors placed a call for Pastor
Tharren Hutchinson (Western Australia) to fill
the position of Senior Pastor for the Wagga
For Tharren ministry is sharing the love of Jesus
and his journey continues to be filled with
God’s amazing people. Pastoral ministry started
at Wahroonga, followed by a call to Hobart
where he worked in youth ministry and from
there he went to Perth to serve as chaplain in
a primary school. Now working in our conference
Tharren tells us that he loves the friendliness
of the people he has met so far.
Tharren and Marcia Hutchinson with their children
Tharren is married to Marcia and together they have four children, two girls and two boys. Jordon who recently got
married to Alyse Hunter is studying teaching at Avondale College by corresponding from Melbourne. Sebastian is finishing
his degree in business and accounting and has a special interest in Laura Mitchell who like him happens to be at
Avondale College. The girls have just settled into high school, Bridie in year 10 and Sophie in year 8.
Tharren says that he is blessed to have a wonderful wife who supports him in his ministry and that together as a family
they minister among God’s larger family wherever God leads. “God has been incredibly gracious to our family and I
pray that you can see where he is a blessing in yours”.
A hearty welcome to the Hutchinson’s from the SNSW Conference.
- Pr. Mike Faber
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Ken Bird retires from Ministry
Mike Faber (left) with Ken Bird (right)
On the last Friday night of big camp (January 22nd) the conference honoured
Pastor Kenneth John Bird for his 38 years of ministry.
Pastor Bird commenced formal service for the Seventh-day Adventist Church
with the Victorian Conference in 1977 where he served for a period of one year
as a Literature Evangelist and then began his journey in Pastoral Ministry. He
was called to the North New Zealand Conference in 1982 and was ordained to
the Gospel Ministry in 1984. Ken returned to Australia in 1990 following a call
from the South New South Wales Conference where he has faithfully served
through to his retirement.
Ken is a quiet achiever, who gets on with the task at hand. He looks logically at his approach to ministry and has endeared
himself to those he has ministered to across the many congregations he has been responsible for. Throughout
his ministry he has been ably supported by his wife Cheryl and we honour her for her loyalty to God and His Church for
her genuine care and love for all people.
We recognize Pastor Ken John Bird for the outstanding contribution he has made to God’s work in Australia and New
Zealand. We acknowledge his dedication and compassionate approach to ministry and his ability to shepherd congregations
in a caring and Christ-like manner. We thank Ken and Cheryl for their faithfulness throughout their 38 years of
pastoral ministry and recognise that many lives have been impacted and will be in the harvest for eternity due to their
labour in His fields.
- Pr. Mike Faber
Cedarvale Health Ministries
Thank you for your interest in healthy living. Adrian and
Michealle Dorman, have been involved for 30 years in
health ministry. From managing a vegetarian restaurant and
health store to working in four health retreat/centres in Australia,
Africa and the USA. Currently we are the manager and
head cook respectively at Cedarvale Health and Lifestyle
Retreat. We will be changing roles to being full time on the
road as of April, 2016.
We are available to help with your individual, church or organisations
interests in offering a range of health programs.
1. Simple Remedies for Common Ailments
Contents: Covers hydrotherapy theory and practical demonstrations,
charcoal and simple chair massage.
Duration: Range of 1-3 hours depending on interest.
2. Health Talks.
Duration: 45 minutes approximately.
- The Blue Zones. Covers the areas of the world where most
people live to 100 years of age or more. What are the fac
tors that contribute to longevity?
- Beating Diabetes. Successful ways to help control and even
- Losing Weight without Losing Your Mind. Most of us know
what we should be doing but how to be motivated to do it
is the question.
- Stories that Inspire. Hear how people’s lives changed as a
result of following a healthier lifestyle. Includes tips on how
the results were achieved.
- Winston Churchill’s Black Dog - Depression. Introduction
to the causes and lifestyle treatment of depression.
3. Cooking classes.
Content: A range of demonstrations are provided covering
a variety of areas of nutrition.
Duration: A range of programs can be chosen from a
basic one hour program to a series of programs over 3
nights. (Can include some short lectures)
Contents: Learn how and why hydrotherapy works.
Training can be from demonstrating several treatments
up to seminar participants observing and then practicing
a series of treatments.
Duration: One afternoon and up to 5 days or evenings.
For more information contact: Adrian on 0478 229 614
or email: email@example.com
Adrian and Michealle Dorman
Canberra District - Road to Bethlehem
During the month of December, a number of people from the community flocked to
Canberra’s first ever Road to Bethlehem program held at Canberra Christian School.
Months of build-up and planning, building sets, organizing costumes together with dozens
of volunteers led to this fantastic outreach event.
As people entered the car park of the school, they were greeted by a variety of market
stalls and live entertainment. Choirs and music rang out from one end, combined with
a host of food, drink and craft vendors at the other, to create a buzzing atmosphere of
However, the real excitement was felt as people entered the gates on the Road to Bethlehem
drama itself. Starting at a flashback scene with Mary and Joseph, groups of 20,
30 and sometimes nearly 50 were then guided towards the marketplace of Jerusalem,
through King Herod’s palace, past the fields where shepherds tended to their sheep,
through the doors of the inn, and finally, they emerged in the stable, where a young baby
lay in a manger. Members of each group experienced the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth
unfold before their eyes.
There was an overwhelmingly positive response from the community of both our church members, and members of
the public who attended. This amazing reaction left no doubt that this event should be run again in the years to come.
It has brought our church families in the Canberra region closer together, and has made an impact in our local community
A special thanks needs to be shared with everyone who contributed their time and effort to make Road to Bethlehem
a huge success. There are rumours of another Road to Bethlehem program starting up elsewhere in the Conference, so
keep an eye out for that, as well as the return of the program to Canberra this December.
- Pr. BJ Hayes
Fundraising for ADRA
In the afternoon of October 17th, 2015 Wagga Wagga
Church held a hymn fest to raise funds for ADRA. During
the event Douglas Kieltyka the ADRA Director for
the SNSW Conference spoke about some of the work
that ADRA is involved with.
- Joyce Ball
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We had a wonderful turnout and enjoyed singing hymns and
were favored by a number of special items. The total offering
that was taken up on the day came to $ 3,220.00. There
have also been other amounts donated online
Next, the tables were cleared and after an
audio-visual presentation of what ADRA is all
about, trivia questions exercised our brainpower.
During the first interval all the cakes were auctioned
off, the highest price going to Heather
Ralph’s tray of monte carlos $106.
On Saturday night, 24 October 2015, Bega church hall was filled
with the sounds of 55 people enjoying themselves. The occasion
was an ADRA fundraiser in the form of a Trivia Night with Cake
and Slave Auctions. As well as having a fun time Bega church raised
$4050, including donations. It was also great to see quite a number
of non-church people invited along and having a good time with
The evening started with a hot food supper and voting on the various
sections of displayed cakes: best decorated; healthiest; lightest
sponge; tastiest slice. The people’s choice award went to a sumptuous
creation by Kevin Davies.
In the second interval several slaves were auctioned.
The highest price reached was $230
for a tree-pruning slave called Peachey; whilst
Chester, a home-maintenance slave, fetched
The event was well supported by church
members freely giving of their time, talents
and money. ADRA thanks all who gave for
- Janet Kieltyka
Raising Funds for ADRA
For some years the Nowra SDA church has not participated
in the annual “ADRA Door Knock Appeal”.
However some members felt that fundraising
of some type should be conducted to help raise
money for ADRA’s many worthwhile projects. Church
member, Sue Dillon suggested a Car Rally followed by
a get-together BBQ lunch. Sue’s very clever and well
thought-out clues sent the car rally participants driving
around some beautiful locations in the Shoalhaven
Eventually everyone met up for lunch at the home of
Christine and Leigh Johnstone in North Nowra - together
with those members who chose to go for the
lunch only. A total of $560 was raised on the day.
- Vicki Chalain
A time for Giving
Top Left: ADRA Car rally competitors, Top Right: BBQ Lunch
in North Nowra after the Car Rally, Bottom Left: Car Rally
runners Roger Tilley & Ezekiel Picon & Bottom Right: Tama &
Michelle Teterano with Emily Dillon
Nowra SDA Church members enthusiastically responded to the ADRA’s Grant a Wish Gift Catalogue Appeal over
the 2015 Christmas period. A total of $1,074 was raised to support various ADRA projects for 2016 such as: Chickens
(8), Prescription Glasses (3), Seed Loans (4), Water Filters (6), Wheelbarrows (2), Emergency Food Relief (2), Sex
Education for Youth, Solar Drier, Village Well. ADRA”s Grant a Wish Program brings joy, hope and healing to a person
or community facing poverty or hardship.
- Vicki Chalain
Shoeboxes for Children
In October 2015, Nowra SDA Church members recently
joined with other Christian organisations in supporting
“Operation Christmas Child”. Twenty shoeboxes were filled
with small treasures such as something to love, something to
read, something to wear, something to write/colour, something
to wash with soap, (face washer etc). These shoeboxes
are often the only gifts ever received by many children living
in destitute circumstances around the world.
The act of giving a simple shoebox gift packed and sent
with love has a huge impact on a poverty stricken child and
reaches into a community. What goes into the box is fun, but
what comes out of it is eternal.
Participating in this project is about changing children’s lives
all over the world in Jesus name through the power of a
simple gift. Shoebox givers are asked to pray for each child
as they donate their filled box.
Since 1990, more than 124 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God’s love through the power
of simple shoebox gits from “Operation Christmas Child”.
- Vicki Chalain
Wodonga English Church reaches out to the
On December 12, 2015 Wodonga English Church hosted
its annual Christmas Carol Service and luncheon.
Among the 123 guests were 45 visitors from the local community
of whom many have become friendly faces that we
welcome on an annual basis at both our morning and evening
“Carols by Candlelight” services. The Quintet “Symphony
of Praise” that came all the way from Melbourne
provided a relaxed atmosphere for our guests.
During the morning program Darrel Francae sung: “The
Song was Christmas” with the intermittent sound of bells
ringing performed by five of the young people. There was
also a farewell presentation given to our local pastor and
family who were spending their last Sabbath with us before
moving to a new district.
In his last Christmas message to us, Pastor Dragan Kanazir
spoke of our need to turn our minds away from this busy
time of wrapping and unwrapping of gifts to “unwrapping”
Jesus Christ who can be found “wrapped” in our Bibles; in
prophecy, history and mystery. There too we will find the
true meaning of Christmas.
- Sue James
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On Sabbath 14th November 2015, Wodonga English Church conducted
a combined young people’s church program and baptism followed
by a fellowship lunch.
The baptismal candidate Shianne Lucas, born in Sri Lanka was supported
by her family, a large number of her high school friends and teachers. All
of them witnessed Pastor Dragan Kanazir lead Shianne into the baptismal
font in front of a packed congregation.
Shianne’s grandparents especially flew in from Sri Lanka for this beautiful
occasion. As the service concluded four young people came forward to
express their interest in future baptism.
- Sue James
Shianne Lucas baptised by Pr. Kanazir
During 2015 and part of 2016 we were blessed to see people give their hearts to the Lord through the waters of
baptism. This shows their commitment and love for him. They are as follows:
• Lachlan Roberts - Baptised on July 11, 2015 at Mumblepeg. Welcomed into the Narromine SDA Church.
• Connor Robertson - Baptised, September 26, 2015 in the Cook Islands. Welcomed into the Narromine SDA Church.
• Jack Robertson - Baptised on September 26, 2015 in the Cook Islands. Welcomed into the Narromine SDA Church.
• Jared Heckendorf- Baptised on November 7, 2015 in Narromine. Welcomed into the Narromine SDA Church.
• Anthony Stonestreet- Baptised on December 12, 2015 in Fairview. Welcomed into the Narromine SDA Church.
• Sophie Cole - Baptised on November 14, 2015 in Forbes. Welcomed into the Parkes SDA Church.
• Nadia Cole - Baptised on November 14, 2015 in Forbes. Welcomed into the Parkes SDA Church.
• Jessica Cole - Baptised on November 14, 2015 in Forbes. Welcomed into the Parkes SDA Church.
• Vanessa Cole - Baptised on November 14, 2015 in Forbes. Welcomed into the Parkes SDA Church.
• Tahlia Heckendorf - Baptised on January 2, 2016 in Narromine. Welcomed into the Narromine SDA Church.
This is a blessing from the Lord, and we are thankful that the Kingdom of God is flourishing for His glory. Praise the
- Pr. Iorangi Eiao
Photos showing some of the baptismal candidates
Border Christian College Year 12 Formal
Wednesday 4th November, saw our Year 12 students
along with their teachers, family and friends enjoy a
lovely evening of celebration.
The evening kicked off at the Botanic Gardens where professional
photographs were taken. The party then moved
on to Atura where they were lavished with tasty hors
d’oeuvres followed by a generous buffet dinner.
Lots of laughter filled the room as they took a stroll down
memory lane and reminisced on their past years of schooling.
We wish our year 12 students God’s richest blessings as
they move onto further study, work and gap year.
- Melissa Smead
BCC Marketing Director
ADRA Exibition Soccer Match
Wednesday, November 11th
saw the inaugural “ADRA Exhibition
Soccer Match” between
staff and students. This great event
promoted team building and raised
money for charity.
WIN News presented the story, advertising
to the local community
both Border Christian College and
the ADRA Appeal.
- Melissa Smead
BCC Marketing Director
Congratulations to the ADRA Op-Shop in Albury who has been open for a
milestone 20 years as of February 2016. This is such a great service to the
local community and is much more than just a place to buy good quality
clothes and home wares but is a place to connect with the community and
share our passion for helping others. It’s a place to build friendships and to
laugh, it’s a place where one can feel safe and also provide safety, and it’s a
place where amazing things happen.
A huge thanks to all who are involved in the ADRA Albury Op-Shop, it is a
privilege that ADRA has you as volunteers. Thanks also to those who have
been involved in the past and have helped build up the shop into what it is
today. To the supporters and those who are still to support thanks for your
donations, please keep them coming.
- Douglas Kieltyka
TOUR 1 ANCIENT EMPIRES
June 12–July 8, 2016
Iran, Jordan, Greece, Israel
ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG AT LACHISH, ISRAEL
TOUR 2 ANCIENT WONDERS
July 8–18, 2016
China, Cambodia & Thailand
TOUR 3 AMAZING DISCOVERIES
September 25–October 21, 2016
Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Greece
All the tours are designed to help people realize the
relevance of the Bible and its teachings. So plan to join us
in 2016, and invite a non-Adventist friend to come with
Go with someone who knows the way!
For more information & bookings contact us at:
Post: Locked Bag 1115, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Free-Call: 1800 240 543 (Australia only)
Fax: 61 (2) 5619 2033
* Tours subject to sufficient numbers and prevailing security conditions.
All the tours are designed to help people realize the relevance of the Bible and its teachings.
So plan to join us in 2016, and invite a non-Adventist friend to come with you.
Best of The Bible Lands Tour
Travel and see the exciting high points
of four Bible countries — Jordan,
Israel, Turkey and Greece.
See where Jacob wrestled with the
Angel on the Jabbok; Stand where
Moses stood on Mt Nebo before
dying and then raised to life; see where
Jesus was baptised; ride on the Sea of
Galilee; see where Jesus gave the Sermon
on the Mount; six of the seven
church of Revelation; in the steps of Paul
in Greece. You’ll also see dozens more
exciting places, from the Dome of the
Rock in Jerusalem to Mars Hill in Athens
and the prison cell of Paul in Phillipi —
and so many more.
The tour will run from Thursday, 8 September
to Tuesday, 11 October with options
to stay in Dubia — or you can travel
elsewhere in Europe and around the
To register your interest in this tour,
please contact Pastor Harold Harker
on (02) 4385 8282 or mobile 0410
518 468, or by email at Harold.
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departing Sydney On November 30th 2016
Cruise to Paradise on the Voyager of the Seas
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