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SNSW has held many great summer camps over the years. In
fact, some of the most formative experiences of my own faith
development took place at these camps. It was a privilege to
work alongside a passionate and dedicated team to make this
year’s camp a huge success!
We were blessed to have 48 Juniors and Teens at this years
JET camp. Activities included white water rafting, watersports,
go karts, God’s Kitchen Rules cook off, raft wars
sponge fight and inflatable laser force. One of the highlights
was the brand new waterslide “the Hunjey” made especially
for camp by our awesome AAV team (the place to be!). It
was a great way to wash off the mud from the Go karts, however
for some reason you still walked away covered in mud!
The evening worships were a real highlight with our special
guest speaker Phil Yates challenging those in attendance to
go to the Next Level with Jesus.
There was also a nightly chapter drama, which followed a
story of a brother and sister who were drawn into a virtual
world where a Great Controversy based theme played out.
On Sabbath afternoon everyone participated in a big treasure
hunt, which ended with everyone placing a special token and
some personal reflections in a time capsule ready for next
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The hope is that this time capsule will become a bit of a
camp tradition and will be a way of reflecting upon the
personal and spiritual growth that takes place in our camper’s
lives from year to year.
Plans are already underway for next year’s JET camp
to make it even more amazing! I am confident that God
works in a special way through these camps and it will be
exciting to see what He has in store in future!
- Hayden Petersen
Jet Campers and Staff 2015
Youth Week of Spiritual Emphasis
Albury Youth taking the Up & Go Challenge
Youth Week of Spiritual Emphasis (YWOSE) 2015 was a
real blast! The trip featured the Up & Go Challenge, which
thanks to Sanitarium saw over 1000 Up & Go drinks be
given out at the 8 different locations in which the event
The tour commenced at Bowral on Friday the 20th of
March. It had been arranged with council to run the event in
the local park, however due to rain we were forced to setup
and run out of Bowral SDA church hall. An energetic turnout
of around 20 young people (a number of which were
brought along by their peers) joined in with the activities.
On the 21st of March the Up & Go Challenge travelled to
Canberra. In the morning we ran a quiz at the Canberra National
SDA church in which Up & Go featured as a prize,
and in the evening the event was hosted at Canberra Christian
The Up & Go Challenge was well received in Narromine
with around 100 kids waiting for us when we arrived on
Wednesday the 25th. This was probably our biggest turn
out with a number of kids coming in off the street to participate
in the activities.
A large turnout in Narromine to try the Up & Go Challange
We setup and ran the Up & Go Challenge in Carrington Park
in Young on Thursday the 26th. Our timing was perfect as we
started just as the local primary school, which was situated
across the road finished! Around 80 kids participated in the
activities, which included a group that had planned a birthday
party in the park that day. They were thrilled when a jumping
castle popped up right beside them and not only was it free,
but we were giving out Up & Go for coming along and having
Friday the 27th saw us in Griffith at the local SDA church. A
number of local church members brought their friends along
and we had around 50 kids in attendance.
Saturday the 28th saw us visit Wagga in the morning to run a
repeat Up & Go quiz before shooting across to Albury for the
final event, which was setup and run in the Border Christian
College Multipurpose building.
All up, around 500 people participated in the Up & Go Challenge
over the course of the week.
- Hayden Petersen
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From the General Secretary
Change isn’t always easy
Change isn’t always easy. Moving away from a place
you’ve called home for nearly 20 years is not easy. Being
a PK (pastors kid), I know what its like to move from
one city to another frequently, and when I was asked to
consider the role of General Secretary for the South NSW
Conference, memories of moving came flooding back.
However, the welcome that Gaylene & I have received
since relocating to Canberra has made this change enjoyable.
We’re still to experience a winter, (I’m told it gets
cold….), and in the led up to that season, autumn has been
sensational, with vibrant colours bursting out across the
area. New places to visit, meeting new people, experiencing
another part of Australia has all made the change
worthwhile. I’m still learning aspects of the role and have
appreciated the support I have received from those I have
been involved with.
January seems a distant memory now, and Big Camp was
where it started for me. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet
with as many attendees as possible and I’m looking forward
to Big Camp 2016.
Calvin & Gaylene at Jindabyne Big Camp 2015
Planning has commenced and
the program is shaping up to be
a blessing. Mark January 15 –
23 2016 on your calendars or in
your diaries for Big Camp 2016.
More details will be shared soon.
...the welcome that Gaylene &
I have received since relocating
to Canberra has made this
Internet enquiries and word of
mouth from satisfied customers
have resulted in more people
knowing about our camp and
wanting to come and experience
Our Conference Board of Directors took time out for a retreat
in April and spent the weekend of April 10-12 at Adventist
Alpine Village in Jindabyne. Our time together was
refreshing and also provided an opportunity for learning
and development with Mr Warrick Long, Head of Business
at Avondale College, spending time on the church
structure when it comes to our incorporated and unincorporated
entities. The learnings will assist the Directors in
their responsibilities during their work for the conference.
There are many things to be thankful for in our conference
and I am reminded of Paul where he writes in 1 Thessalonians
16 – 18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in
everything give thanks”, NKJV.
We can rejoice on the plans God has for us, be thankful for
His leading in our lives and pray, that God will continue to
bless our conference.
Approval finally arrived for the camp kitchen extension at
AAV. This addition will be added to the western end of the
lodge and will provide space for cooking by small groups
accessing AAV throughout the year.
Stan and Russ along with their wives, Bron and Shirley are
working hard to make, “AAV the place to be”’ and bookings
have been steadily increasing since the start of this
- Calvin Drinkall
Around the Churches/Schools
Baptism in Dubbo Church
Jesus said: “... There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of
God over one sinner who repents.”
Dubbo church was rejoicing on Sabbath the 21st of March when
our friend Arpit Dabhi was baptised. It all started five years ago
when brother Geoff Nicholson, an electrician by trade, completed
a job at Arpit’s house and spontaneously invited him to our
Arpit Dabhi (left) with Pr Bogdan (right)
When Arpit visited for the first time, one of our young couples
from church, Andrew and Karina Day befriended him and his
two children. Shortly after Arpit attended evangelistic meetings
and from then on continuously visited our church services and
received bible studies. We praise God for Arpit, our new brother
- Pr Bogdan Petrovic
Wodonga English Concert
On Wednesday March 25, Wodonga
SDA community church had the
privilege to have Naomi Striemer,
a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter
renowned speaker and best
selling author from USA perform at
their church venue.
Naomi came to share her music and
her testimony of how God led her
from a life of fame and fortune to a
Photo courtesy of Border Mail
Recently a Border Christian College
story entitled “Pathfinders a natural
- Pr Dragan Kanazir
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Andrew & Karina Day (Left), Arpit Dabhi (Middle),
Pr Bogdan Petrovic with wife Ljubica Petrovic
(Right) Children of befriended families (front)
life of ministry. Local church members
and visitors from the community
decided to come on a weekday to enjoy
spiritual music and a powerful testimony
at the jam-packed Wodonga
church. Naomi is also an Ambassador
for Compassion Child Sponsorships
and Hope Channel.
choice for youngsters” was placed in the
Border Mail (a local newspaper). It was reported
that about 25 Border Christian College
students are reaping the benefits of the
school’s pathfinder group that started over
60 years ago with the Albury Seventh-day
Mr Chris Hawken, the director of Albury
Pathfinders said that the main aim of this
group was to give students a taste of the
great outdoors through camping, abseiling,
hiking and canoeing. Pathfinders also
raise money by delivering phone books
throughout Albury and in the coming
months from Bright to Porepunkah.
Mr Hawken said it gives youngsters
within the club from the
ages 10-17, confidence and leadership
skills. One of the pathfiners
Bree Sredojevic who is 14
joined pathfinders because she
enjoyed being outdoors. To find
out more information regarding
pathfinders check out the website
- Melissa Smead
(Marketing Director BCC)
Narromine Christian School
ANZAC Day 2015
Every year Narromine Christian School marches in
our town’s local ANZAC march. This year we were
extremely privileged to be able to form a guard of
honour at the war graves while the war veterans laid
wreaths. One of our students was also chosen to ride
in a jeep with a war veteran during the march. Sixty of
our eighty two students represented our school beautifully
during this important event and many community people
commented on our student’s great behaviour and how smart
they looked in their uniforms.
- Debbie Robertson
Our new classrooms are finally finished
and we have moved in! Our
K-2 students (and their teachers)
have loved moving into their new
classrooms and having their own
The classrooms not only look fantastic
on the outside but have been
planned beautifully to provide not
only classroom space but much needed
storage and terraced steps that also
double as a stage for presentations
- Debbie Robertson
Border Christian College
Border Christian College came alive on the 27th of
March 2015 when Grigg Media was invited to do a video
production to market and showcase Border Christian College
and to encourage the community to come and have
The Video Production has been shown at the Albury Cinema
in the April holidays over a three week period and will
be running at the Albury Cinema in the July school holidays
also for a period of three weeks. The Border Christian
College Video Production is also being shown on
Southern Cross Channel 10 TV station in between shows
such as Master Chef, Project, Jamie’s, Ten News, Living
Room & Bondi Vet.
Spiritual Emphasis Week
You can view the video production of Border Christian
College on either You tube or on the Border Christian College
- Melissa Smead
(Marketing Director BCC)
Everest. Many balloons were made, stories shared, singing
and giving. The week ended with a commitment from
almost every primary student to follow Jesus to the top!
Secondary Campus shared worship from the fantastic
High School Worship Team, who put in lunchtime practices
and countless hours of effort preparing. There were
also special presentations and drama, daily prayer time,
community building and icebreakers, all student led and
Border Christian Colleges Week of Spiritual Emphasis
(April 4-8) was filled with excitement, joy, sharing and
learning new purpose as we climb the highest mountains
of life with Jesus. Primary was blessed with sharing from
the Balloon Man Pr Daron Pratt, and about the stories of
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I’m impressed with the way BCC operates as a team and
continues to develop as a community. As parents and pastors
we are so thankful for the commitment students and
staff have shown to the spiritual life of the school. I believe
that we are finding new purpose as a school community
as we look up, stand up, stand out and be magnificent
for Christ Jesus!
- Pr Andrew McCrostie
SNSW ADRA Report
ADRA in News in SNSW
Great things are happening in our conference, ADRA projects
are expanding and there are more planned to occur
over the coming months. What an avenue of blessing these
have been to the Churches and local communities. It is
such a joy when I get to speak to the volunteers about their
On behalf of ADRA Australia I would like to thank you
for the passion and the value that is added to the programs
from your involvement. I understand that most of you do
not volunteer to receive any recognition or thanks, but volunteer
because you believe in the Adventist message, practical
ministries and serving as part of discipleship.
Interestingly enough, our ADRA programs and projects are
not just filled with Adventist members but involve those
from other denominations and also community members
with no Church affiliation, all who have a heart for serving.
I would like to recognise and say thanks to our volunteers.
Thank you to all those who are involved in daily service,
with large amounts of time and effort put forth into running
and leading successful programs. Thank you to those
volunteers who contribute on a weekly basis and give of
themselves to serve others. Thank you to the volunteers
who donate their time and energy when called upon.
Thank you to the volunteers who brave the ADRA Appeal
and thank you to the volunteers who donate resources and
funds to an integral part of the SDA Church. I believe that
all of what is happening in SNSW would not be possible
without each one of you and with the involvement of each
new volunteer, greater things start to happen.
One way you can support our local ADRA programs is to
have a good clean out of your house. Our Op-shops are
Southern Illawarra ADRA Community Pantry van
desperately in need of quality used items, ranging from
furniture, clothes and bric-a-brac. If you have large items
or large amounts of goods to donate, please call your
ADRA op-shop first before delivery. ADRA op-shops are
located in Albury, Wodonga and Braddon.
KNOCTOBER is approaching again and it is time to start
thinking about how many supplies your Church would like
to order. Appeal time can be a daunting process but it is
ADRAs largest fundraising appeal. It also is a great way to
meet the community and let them know that the Adventist
Church is making a difference. In the current economic
climate, particularly after the foreign aid cuts, your support
is really valued.
I like to imagine what ADRA would look like locally if
each one of us volunteered in some capacity. Even for
those that do not believe they are capable of doing so, we
are always in need of your prayers.
Thanks again to all our current and soon-to-be ADRA volunteers,
supporters and promoters.
- Douglas Kieltyka
ADRA Director SNSW
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