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hereby command you: Be strong

and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is

with you wherever you go." Joshua

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Of what God had promised, a lot still remained to be seen for the rag-tag group camped by the ]ordan River. After the strong foundation of leadership provided

by Moses in gathering and leading a diverse group of enslaved peoples out

of

Egypt, there was 'still

a

lingering future would the what uncertainty about hold.

The words the Lord spoke to Ioshua thousands of years ago provide much

comfort and encouragement for us in UNOH today. The road ahead is full of challenges, yet we face them in the company of a God who is present with us.

faithful to the world-changing call that God has placed on their lives.

UNOH was birthed through the Barkers as a creative response to poor

Barker have resigned, out of a desire to see a

new generation of UNOH leadership

rise up. Our founders have established

a

solid foundation and now turn to face $â‚Źw. ciallenges, as they continue to be

2,000 years ago the Word became flesh

and moved into the neighbourhood, 20 years ago a young couple received a vision

we share Christt love for the hurting, and celebrate with them as together we

and a call from God to immerse themselves

establish the Upside-Down Kingdom?"

God's Kingdom amongst societyt outcasts.

That same question is what energises us in our neighbourhoods today. If we continue to live that question then we

To this day, that same Spirit continues to whisper in our ears and keeps us moving

know we wont stray far from

our neighbours, we continue to find life in the most unexpected places and in the

God's

rallying cry to us. Our leaders may change, but the call remains the same.

During

seasons

of change and

uncertainty there is the temptation to try and gaz3. too deeply into the future as we ask questions that start with "will we...? Can we...?". Therein lies the path that leads to anxiety and uncertainty.

Yet, as Terry LeBIanc reminds us, we put aside our cultural obsession

This year we are at a threshold. As many

of you will now be aware, Ash and Anji

with little

Christian presence, around the question "How do

neighbourhoods

will energise us to walk with confidence into the future. So this year presents us with a call to look back and remember.

if of thinking about the unknown and unknowable future, and instead stoP to remember the mighty ways in which God has led us and provided more than we could have imagined, then this memory

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in struggling neighbourhoods and to

into neighbourhoods where, together with

most surprising ways.

From the streets of South Auckland to the slums of Klong Toey, there is much

to be thankful for, and even more to be excited about, as we think about 2014. In this season of transition for UNOH, stories of hope continue to emerge from our neighbourhoods, as the call to remain true to our calling and true to the vision handed to us from the Barkers continues to live on in the lives of the UNOH teams,.

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Lynette Leach As I reflect on 20+ years of association with UNOH, including

destabilisation. Transition is not a smooth, linear process, nor is

my ministry as UNOH Pastor for the past two years (almost),

it a one-step or two-step method of dealing with

I

recall many transition times. This was visually depicted at

be messy and fraught with contrary emotions and ambivalence,

the UNOH Retreat in )uly 2013, when members stood along a timeline representing the year that they joined UNOH. There

which affect the way that teams and individuals function. While

were some years, particularly in the early years of UNOH, when Ash and Anji Barker and Lisa Owen held the UNOH story. As more and more people joined and UNOH expanded,

leaving behind what may no longer be useful and moving into a

changes occurred. New teams started. UNOH became an order,

between place of uncertainty, disorientation and transition?

and alfrliated r\,ith Churches of Christ in Victoria-Tasmania. The Barkers moved to the Klong Toey slum in Bangkok. An

(1) God inhabits the places of vulnerability and the margins, places where we are not in control, places where faith is required because it is unfamiliar territory. A biblical motif that speaks into transition experiences is that of resurrection and the calling into newness of life. Mary of Magdalas statement to the disciples,'I have seen the Lord'(John 20:18), is one that

interstate chapter commenced in Sydney. Another international expression of UNOH occurred with the establishing of UNOH

in Auckland. These occasions are about corporate transition.

Transition also aff-ects

us

personaliy. Because

of

the

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transition can be stressful, it is also a necessary experience of period of growth and creativity. Where is God in the place of 'liminality

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threshold, an in-

distinctive incarnational way of life that UNOH has among -can seem the poor, workers go through a transition which

hope

very disorienting. The transition is about taking on the UNOH

the past are Ieft behind.

lifestyle commitments, which sometimes friends and family find difficult to understand. When members take on leadership

workers are about transitions in their lives. A helpful reminder

responsibilities, the demands on them increase. When workers

move locations and join another team, new opportunities emerge, but ihere is also a feeling of dislocation until new

epitomises the experience of faith

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after death, and after the tomb where the gravecloths of

Many of my intentional pastoral conversations wiih UNOH about handling transition is the common UNOH phrase or rite of passage - the 'ideal, ordeal, new deal'. This can also be expressed

as orientation, disorientation, reorientation. In

relationships are formed and we find where we belong and where

navigating these stages, anchor points and sustainable rhythms

we can contribute to a different team and neighbourhood. One

of life

of the big transitions is uprooting and moving country, where

Sustainability for a faithful journey in mission depends on

wili help us to be resilient, despite changing circumstances. a

everl,thing is new and different - food, culture and language.

steady centre, and being 'sensitive to the ways in which we are

When people declde to mo\e on from UNOH, there is personal

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grief depending on the strength of the reiationship u.e have shared with the person who is leavlng. Managing change and transition is a key requirement for Ieaders

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to the cross and through the cross to the resurrectionl (2) Navigating transition is a challenge; it is also an opportunity to move into a new season of life and ministry, in which the fresh wind of the Spirit carries us along.

change carries the threat of

Roger Ftrelland and Leonard Hjalmarson, Missional Spirituality: Embodying God\ Low ;t'rom the Insicie (Downers Gror.e: IVP 20li) 14.

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by Gabriet Hingley (Servant Leadership Team Member) and Sharmila Blair UNOH Dandenong Team Leader) The Barkers would love you to join them but thankful hearts, and will do all we can As many of you will have already heard, for their farewell party on Saturday |une to enable their next steps to be supported. Ash and Anji Barker officially resigned Anji and however, 14th at the UNOH Centre in Dandenong things, from UNOH last October. We Parted Above these at 7pm. They are coupling this with Ash, along with their wonderful children, company on mutual terms, realising (often Nazareth, of of the farewell of our much-loved UNOH are disciples lesus together that there comes a time friend of the poor. So we can't limit the Barkers administration and accounts manager, around the 20 year mark) when mission lives but phase in their in this transitional Russell, as he plans to retire later this year. organisations need their founding leaders with our They go set them must instead missional for the in order aside to step free. Both Ash, Anji and Russell u-i1l be greatly thankfulness, prayers and love". community to grow and continue living missed by all in UNOH, but rve are exclted out its unique calling. UNOH sent out The Barkers will be taking a six-month about what God has in store for them as an official letter around that time. fust furlough/home assignment based in they prepare for their next venture. It is in case you did not receive it, here is a Melbourne after olficially leaving the brief excerpt:

"UNOH gives thanks

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God

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leadership, servanthood and outstanding

commitment that Anji and Ash haYe given throughout the journey. They are

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apostles,

in May/|une of this year. Their plans to relocate to the U.K, later in 2014 rvill see them being immersed once more, in the life of an urban poor neighbourhood - this time a Birmingham public housing estate - to seek Bangkok team

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friends, will

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apostolic callingis proven in their intention now to continue on into new felds of service among the woild's poor. So as their friends

and supporters we release them from their current roles and responsibilities with sad

transforination through Jesus there. Ash will join the faculty at nearby Springdale College and be free to serve locally, speak widely and support the work of the International Society for Urban Mission

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with healy, yet hopeful hearts we farelr-ell these u.onderful people from our U\OH familr'. Please continue to prar: tbr UNOH as lve grier.e the loss ofthese great friends,

and navigate this transition

knowing full well that we are in the hands of a faithfui and aimighty God.

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lntroducing The Servant Leaders Transition Team: As a response to the Barkers resignation, UNOH members are wary of simply trying to replace Ash with another International Director. Ash did the job of about five peoplel So UNOH members elected a Servant Leaders Transition Team (SLTT) to help us navigate the unchartered waters ahead ofus without our founding leader.

The SLTT consists of:

- Australian Regional Director - Operations Manager Chris MacCartney - Asia Regional Director fodie MacCartney - Communications Manager Dave Tims - NZ Regional Director Peter Blair - Training and Formation Manager |on Owen

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Gabriel Hingley - Member The SLTT is under the wise and patient chairing of Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling College.

AII of the SLTT are looking forward to seeing what plans God has in store for UNOH as a missional community in 2014, and are all passionate about seeing UNOH's unique calling continue to be lived out in the years to come in neighbourhoods across the Asia-Pacific region. Below:

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FROYI Rom Klao

In

October last year, a fire ravaged Rom Klao, destroying 68 houses. Neighbours generously donated clothes and opened their homes, but some panicked, protecting their own assets. Two weeks later, another fire broke out in the construction site. Some boys heard screams and ran towards the fire to help. \Arhen they arrived the flames were already out. The builders laughed at their over-reaction to the small blaze. "But this is our community," they protested. "We have to help!" Love won over self-protection that night.

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Lok 3 Life has been characterised by change. These transitions have brought grief, whilst dreams of possibilities are being'stirred. It is with sadness that some of our UNOH family is relocating, but we watch in awe as our neighbours' hearts continue to expand. Lok 3 recently celebrated this at the opening of a new hub for UNOH's Thai foundation, which has given our neighbours

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particular we have enjoyed connecting with our neighbours, the local schools and MITA (Immigration Detention). On Christmas day we celebrated with new friends -for most of them their first Christmas. Sadly, there has been little movement towards freedom for our friends locked in Immigration Detention. We will continue to stand with them. We look forward to our team growing to four, as we welcome Ashlee Plank.

Manurewa Residents

of Randwick Park became alarmed when Auckland Tiansport

posted

pamphlets claiming bus stops may tlose down in the near future. This prompted Natasha, a local resident, and Colleen Brown, local Manurewa Board member, to organize a Public Meeting with Auckland Transport which had over 100 submissions

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signed. The meeting was well attended and residents were able to communicate clearly. Auckland Transport agreed to keep the bus stops open and to look at possibly building bus shelters. Residents are positive and look forward to using the new bus route in 2015.

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Springvale At the Free Burma Caf6, Peter and Naomi's roles in the daily

running of the cafe have been handed over to Mas Mai and KhaRhe Mar, with some support from UNOH workers Steve and Ashlee. Mas Mai is happy with what he is learning in the absence of Peter and Naomi. He commented that his organisational skills have especially improved! Kha Rhe

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Dandenong The Dandenong team, together with Noble Park celebrated Christmas

u'ith our Iranian friends on the 20th Dec, and with some neighbours for Christmas Day lunch. We cooled ourselves down with water pistols on Christmas day, sparing a thought for teammate Abby who

returned home to freezing Michigan! She hopes to rejoin us midyear. We also farewelled

Vikki Home from our team this year and

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welcome Ange Conway.

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The Noble Park Team is looking a bit different this year,

with just Catherine and Gabriel Hingley on board. Other workers left at the end oflast year for various reasons. The

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in their neighbourhood, specifically to recently migrated families from Bangladesh and asylum seekers from lran. They celebrated, together with the Dandenong Team, a wonderful Christmas dinner (pictured), at which Catherine

read out the Christmas story and an Afghani friend translated into Persian, so that many might understand the

true meaning of Christmas.

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Dave, UNOH Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand Our young adults grow quiet as we

The bustle of people, vehicles every'where

see

where it will end.... but

I

belleve that the

and stalls selling mangoes... it's hot for

how we will be living for the next two

desire to please You does in fact piease You"

us, but the locals tell us it's cold. We are

weeks - in tin sheds amongst open sewers

And I hope I have that desire in all that I

in Manila for a Slum Retreat, with twelve

where hundreds of children roam about.

am doing... that

young adults from Manurewa (Warriors

With heat that never seems to subside. It's

apart fiom that desire....

of Change), Auckland, NZ. Today, after

a silence that comes from fear of what's

do this, You will lead me by the right road,

resting at the retreat centre we are walking

unknown.

though I may know nothing about it.

to our slum. For the next 16 days, this will

our bags for the weeks ahead. Nervous

to follow Him into the unknown. Whether the unknown is a slum; facing a personal issue; or sitting with a grieving mother. Faith in Jesus is

but excited, we head out on foot toward

holding His hand and stepping out

the slum. Each one of us will be living

passing of the old into the new. If we always

be home.

Weve just spent the morning packing

with

a

host family to learn about slum life

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hold onto what we know

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Therefore I will trust You always, though

I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never ieave me to face my

perils alonel Over the next 16 days, friendships will be forged, challenges overcome and global

then we have no need to

injustice discussed. We pray God's heart

stay in control

to watch. We are quite a sight, us Maori,

reach out to lesus.

(white person). We gradually draw closer

if we stay

the

never do an1'thing

safe,

and Godt heart for the poor. Locals stop

Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island and Pakeha

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for the poor will be revealed and a desire

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have no idea

I am going. I do not see the road ahead of.me;, I cannot know for certain

where

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serve ]esus released. The challenge will come as we live with the tension of knowing that thousands live daily in these conditions and that, no matter what,

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FREEDOM Brad, UNAH Broadmeadows, Melbourne, Australia 'Thank you, God, for the foodl was the simple prayer offered as we tucked into the proudly cooked meal

of fried vegetables, rice and flatbread. I was sharing a meal late one

night with four men on a mat on the

floor of their unit, joking and enjoying the evening banter, mostly in Farsi (Persian) so most of

it went

to them,

I

could sense a new possibility, eYen for these fishermen, for the

'underside'of their world. Maybe, just maybe, they could live

as free

persons

even in the teeth of an empire that all but the elite few knew brought only oppression and injustice.

over my head!

Earlier that evening

them ready for another day in an exploitative system. As |esus' call went out

i had been reading the Bible

with'Yousefi something we had been doing reguiarly

for the previous feu, ll'eeks. Tonight lve had been looking at Mark's story of the call of the first disciples.

As

I reflect on our four years with UNOH I

can see that it has been an

incredible time of transition. As we've lived and shared life with those on the 'undersidel rve've been invited to see with different eyes. Weve viewed life

from

a

different vantage point and we've been transformed ln the process.

Our hearts have been broken time and again

as we've sat

with people and

This time, the story unfolded somewhat afresh before me. As I read, I became mindful of Youseft

heard their stories. Our anger has been aroused at the oppression that those

experiences of repression and persecution in Iran, of

around us have faced. We've seen rich friendships growwith some wonderful

his fleeing to Indonesia, and now the demonisation

people. And we've sought ways together, through hospitality and sharing and

he feels as a'boat person ln Australia. I was seeing the

celebrating the small things, to live freely in the face of the oppression that

story with different eyes.

many of them face daily.

I

could see the fishermen, Simon and Andrew,

]esus' call is a call to 'believe' that another world is possible. But first

it

with the healy taxation of every fish they caught reminding them that they were a subject people.

is a call to 'repent' - to cease living out of the narrative that is complicit in,

Caesar, they were told, owned the lake and every fish

God's transforming justice. It is a call to transition to the 'undersidel

in it. I couid feel the rough,

sore hands of |ames and

John as they laboured with their tattered nets, getting

and indifferent to, the suflering ofthe poor and oppressed, and to join in on

This has been a transition that

that there is still

a

I am incredibly thankful for, and I know

long way to go. My prayer is that as we continue to explore

the stories of |esus, together we can find out what it means to live freely in the teeth of oppression and injustice. My prayer is that others too will hear the call to the 'undersidel


THE DAY

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COOKIES Lexie, UNOH Rom Klao, Bangkok, Thailand Currently in Rom Klao, Rod and i are holding down the UNOH fort. Teammates Chris and Jodie ieft in November for their sabbatical and Tim has joined his wife Jess

in New Zealand to support her

as she recovers

from an illness. It's been a

I

As

carried the frozen dough through the

community on December 24th,

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voice whispering, "Lexie,

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sensed a small

already enough,

real adjustment for us and God has been showing me that apart from growing

you dont need to do an1'rnore! Forget about the

us in leadership, there is a deeper opportunity for us this season: the chance to

cookies, just be with peoplel'

open our hearts in new ways to the people in front of us. I iearned this lesson by

making too many cookies for Christmas.

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I arrived

It

was open way past closing time. Customers were

started helping out more at Second Chance Op Shop in Chris and iodie's

still shopping and the ladies were busyplacing new

Apart from sorting payments, answering emails and pricing merchandise

merchandise on shelves. Id help them as soon as I

absence.

(all of which I need assistance withl) I plod away slowly until frustration kicks in.

set up,

My natural instinct is to then find other projects where I can be of more use.

to bake

For Christmas Day, the ladies at the shop wanted to buy cookies, fruit and punch

to give to customers

as

gifts. I thought it was a great idea and offered to make the

cookiesmyself(uhoh).I startedweeks inadvancewith chocolate chip,peanutbutter

envisioned us baking, icing and laughing together while Christmas music

played. Having aheady completed two Bible studies on Advent together,

I

was

I thought. I cleaned the kitchen and decided a

few cookies. Before I knew it, I had baked

the entire batchl Hours rolled by and Lek and

I

managed

to decorate all the cookies whilst the

other ladies slaved away in the shop... "See

and sugar cookies, reserving some dough to bake with the ladies on Christmas Eve.

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at the shop with my neighbour, Lek.

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you tomorrow for Christmasl By the way,

the cookies are all done!"

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called out as I peeked

into the shop before leaving. The ladies were sorry they couldnt help as they still had much work

keenlo make Christmas really "happen1

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to do. I reassured them, and began walking

Lek home.

Suddenly

I felt overcome with

conviction.

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hindrance I would have

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shame, sad that I had upheld my cookie project

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to simply be present to those God had

placed

before me.

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stayed back,

helping with the cash register, willing to sit and do

nothing if needed, but most of all, willing to enjoy the companyof the people around me that day. I'm

grateful for God's lesson that day. loving the ones God had placed in front of me over the task.

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FOR BETTER OR WORSEI Lisa, UNOH Blackett, Sydney, Australia As Pete drove us away from our wedding reception I watched all our friends and family waving us off. We were both silent. For my part

I didnt know what to

say

to Pete as it finally hit me

- we were now married for life. From hereon in our lives would

be combined in so

many aspects. Could I make the transition from girlfriend to wife? My prayer on that trip was "Uh-oh Lord, what have we done?! Am

I capable of being the wife that (the amazing) Pete deserves?" In ministry with UNOH, I ve had

girl staying with

us. After the safe

a

few memorable times of anxiety-ridden transition. In December 20l2we had a pregnant teenage

birth of her daughter, Elise Cook and I went to the hospital to bring them home. After the paper

work was signed it was tlme to leave the maternity ward. The three of us stood at the nurses' desk for

a

few minutes and looked at each

other. Our faces said it all: "are they REALLY going to let US take this precious little one home? \Arhat do we know?!" We suddenly started the transition from single women who generaily know how to handle things to a team of women who needed to make it up as we went along. Together we were responsible for this tiny, precious and vulnerable little bundle, and to top it off, manage it all being sleep-deprived! The UNOH Sydney team is separating into two neighbourhoods this year

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the Blackett team will consist of Adam Booth, Liam

O'Brien, Peter and me. While the four of us are transitioning into our new neighbourhood, the rest of the Sydney team is also transitioning, into being a smaller, more independent team. In our own way we are all experiencing exciting new opportunities, along

with the grief and loss of change. Times of transition often bring fear. 'v\rhile it provides opportunities for growth and learning, there is also loss, grief and a time of facing the unknown. What will life be like after this change? What effect will it have on those around? What if it doesnt work out? As an organisation, UNOH is undergoing a time of great transition. With the farewell of the Barkers

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our founders and long-term

directors, UNOH teams began to ask, "Uh-oh Lord, are you really going to trust us with this organisation? This ministry? Do you really

know what you're doing?l" While we are facing

a

time of positive development and growth

as an organisation, we also face the fear

of

the unknown. There are times

in our lives where we anticipate transition, and other times when it suddenly happens. The transitions that just

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to be the "best" at experiencing and dealing with what happens. When we are entrusted with the precious, the vulnerable and the unknown, we just need to be willing to remain faithful to God who is faithful to us.


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Slum Life Rising Ash Barker

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Jesus the Fool Michael Frost reoucec to $ lu Jesus the Fool offers fresh,

One in six people now live in urban slums. What does

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reframed expectations.

conventional wisdom, chal lenged assumptions and

Muddy Spirituality lon Owen reduced to $10 ebook $4"95 This book is a collection of stories, anecdotes and reflections on how the stories of Jesus still interact and shape our lives and ministry

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Mick Duncan reduced to $10

the story of a homeless prophet and those that gather to listen to his wisdom. lt is a holibtic dive into themes of power, faith, peace, justice, truth,

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Martin Luther King.

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Register of the ISUM Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (June 28th - ]uly

lst): www.newurbanworld.org/summit

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the past several years UNOHT training schedule has morphed and changed so many limes as our teams, personnel and community needs have changed. Training can look so different from one year to the next, but the need to provide a solid framework for our newest workers never changes. Toward the end of 2013 those of us involved with UNOH training took a good long look at what we have achieved, what opportunities we missed and what gaps remain. This was an invaluable opportunity to take stock and honestly reflect, and to

look to the future of UNOHT training. UNOH's partnership with Stirling Theological College has been

a

rewarding and fruitful one

that has benefitted both UNOH and Stirling and has enabled us to deliver quality training to our workers and to students of the college. In the past year we have had some inspiring and challenging speakers share with the UNOH teams and coliege students, including Mick

Duncan (New Zealand), Terry LeBIanc (an indigenous Mi'kmaq from Canada), Merryl Blair (Stlrling), Ash Barker, Mary Fisher and a host of others. While this current year will offer a smaller formal training schedule we will continue to work to provide action/reflection-based ti-eini"g for new workers. While this has always been a part of UNOH's training at some ve1 we

intend to make this a core and integral learning component for the Submerge year.

On the whole, another c:al1er.rvir.rg and exciting year of training and formation is underway.

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rve have on

board Angela Conway (Dandenong), Peter Blunden (Bidwil1),

|ustin and |o Latif (South -\u;k1and). Please pray for them as the,v undergo the Submerge in their various conte\Is anci star-tuned for updates from them along the way.

%-, Funding Focus: Transitions to a new vocation can be an extremely challenging and stressful time. None more

so than stepping out on a missional vocation. For those choosing this path it can be an uncertain time made just a little easier knowing that it is a path that God has called us to. This coming year the UN0H community would lrke to extend f urther support to those who have taken the next step in their commitment to discipleship amongst the urban poor: our novices. Currently serving in their first year as novices with UNOH are:

--"@IU!91 Knief (Klong roey) .ro stroffiRiffiTory)Abigail Weller (Dandenong, seconded through CMF) Ashlee PIanck ( Broad meadows) Eric and Anna Mailau (South Auckland) Liam 0'Brien (Sydney)

loe and Emma MacLeod (Sydney) We would love for you to prayerf-ully consider financially supporting our novices who have made

the courageous decision to follow Christ into the challenging urban neighbourhoods where they live. We are grateful to the community of supporters who stand in solidarity with us; who know us, trust us, and believe in what we do. By your support you are also part of the work of UN0H. We do not take you for granted.

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UN0H Equipping 2014

UNOH is committed to equipping people to go deeper and

Missio Dei Discernment Retreats:

find ways for more meaning-full living. lt doesn't matter if you

Missio Del

are just starting out, or have much experience, these course

to create some solid space in their

are great opportunities to go deeper.

may be calling them towards. The three main questions focused

For more information on any of our equipping opportunities,

on are:

check out www.unoh.orglequipping/ or send your enquiry

Where have I come from?

to equipping@unoh.org

Where am I going?

is a

two-day discernment retreat for anyone who wants lives

to explore what

God

Who can I go with?

Seminar

Over the two days, UNOH workers will guide you in a number of

Urban Shalom and the People of God This seminar wlll focus on the nature of clties and competing

individual and small group activities that will help you to create space for God to speak into your life and to shape your future.

visions for their projected futures. Together we will explore a biblical understanding of God's 'Shalom'as this relates to

Missio Del is an invaluable, insightful and sacred space experience

people, society and broader creation as well as asking what prevents Shalom from occurring in urban neighbourhoods.

out some space to listen for what God has been doing and wants you to be doing in you life, then Missio Dei could be for you.

This seminar is run in conjunction with Stirling Theological College and can be taken for credit (foundational unit).

For dates, times and costs for Missio Dei in 2014 please email:

For details please contact John Williamson

equipping6unoh.org

(registrar6stirling.edu.au) or phone: 9790 1 000. For more details: equippingqunoh.org

lmmersion experiences

Cost S100 waged S70 unwaged

For those wishing

Dates: July

1

1-12 open seminar 14-16 closed seminar for

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you have a niggle that it would be

to

a

good thing for you to carve

see, experience and

to travel a iittle closer

with a UNOH team we would encourage you to get in touch with

credit and Submerge students

a team that you have been.lourneying with to arrange a time to

Ven ue: TBA, Western Sydney

immerse yourself a little deeper into the life of the team and look a llttle closer at the what UNOH does. For further enquiries please

email: equipping@unoh.org

UNOH commissioning and thanksgiving service Friday 11 July, Tpm Venue: BidwillUniting 26 Bidwill Square, Bidwill, N.S.W.2770 RSVP/enquiries: elise@unoh.org

urbat< neiyhbouw a$ hope Finding Life is the newsletter of Urban Neighbours of Hope Editor: Lisa Owen Proof reader: Elise Cook Design: Les Colston - les@zealartstudios.com

Farewell Party Please

join

us for a

combined farewell to: our founders Ash

and Anji Barker and their children Amy and Aiden; and our

administrator of 10 years, Russell Kilgour. We are so grateful to them for all they have contributed over rnany years and hope you can share this time with

us.

Where: 216-12 Airlie Avenue, Dandenong Vic 317.5 Urban Neighbours of Hope Factory 2/6-12 Airlie Ave

DandenongVlC 3175 PO Box2711

Dunearn LPO Dandenong North VIC 3175 Phone:03 9701 7114

Fax039701 7115 Email: unoh@unoh.org

www.unoh.org

When:14June,7pm RSVP:

elise@unoh.org or O3 9701 7114


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