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Synergy We were wonderfully blessed by the preaching and teaching of Dr. Sidney Poe and Brother Harry Scism in what was a packed program at our recent Minister’s Retreat held at the Sunnybrook Convention Centre at Warwick Farm. The excellence of the material presented made it difficult to pinpoint a single highlight, but one session that really spoke to me was Dr. Poe’s teaching session on ‘Teamwork’. Dr. Poe at one time used the expression ‘synergy’, and gave the example of how much one horse could pull, then how much two horses could pull. Instead of the result being double as one would imagine, it was many times more. My mind immediately went into top gear as I realised how a relatively small organisation such as United Pentecostal Church of Australia (UPCA) has accomplished as much as they have over the years on our Foreign Missions fields. Synergy (from the Greek syn-ergos, συνεργός meaning working together) is the term used to describe a situation where different entities cooperate advantageously for a final outcome. Simply defined, it means that “the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts”. Although the whole will be greater than each individual part, this is not the concept of synergy. If used in a business application it means that “teamwork will produce an overall better result than if each person was working toward the same goal individually”. For example, if instead of one person sacrificing one dollar, a number of individuals combined their dollars and implemented a microeconomic venture, the outcome would be much more than if each individual had summed their dollars.




The Overseas Missions Department of the UPCA declares in its Mission Statement that its purpose is to preach the whole gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world; to establish new churches; to send forth missionaries; to endeavor to perform any other duties connected with religious work; to help in any way possible to meet the needs of local churches; and to translate, publish and distribute religious literature. This is a bold and visionary statement for a relatively small organisation such as the UPCA, and yet when we look at the fruit resulting from the synergizing, the unity and teamwork of our churches working together with our Overseas Missions Department. We can nod our head and agree with Dr. Poe that “the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts and that teamwork has achieved what was planned”.

Rev. Margaret Bellette Director

Unity means integrity: an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting. Teamwork is not only limited to working together but it collectively means to achieve whatever is planned by helping each other. Teamwork is the spirit to care for others in your group or organisation, to help them, support them, and then win together. Teamwork is a fuel that allows common people to attain and achieve uncommon results.

“the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts and that teamwork has achieved what was planned”.

Synergy (continued from page 1) men and women who desire to gain experience through ministering in an overseas mission field by sending in a short term missionary couple to East Timor for the purpose of strengthening, encouraging and building up the work.

The United Pentecostal Church of Australia has made an outstanding impact on the lives of people who were without hope in this world by “synergizing” our desire, uniting in our purpose to save souls and labouring as a team. God decreed that our small Australian organisation would evangelize the largest Islamic nation in the world with the knowledge and understanding of the plan of true salvation.

4. To further implement the Video Bible School in remote areas of Indonesia. I would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have faithfully helped and supported the Overseas Missions Department throughout the past years and pray that you will continue your support.

You and the Overseas Missions Department have been given the task of carrying out this mission, until the Lord returns. We know from Genesis 11:6 that when we put our minds and our hearts together to do a task nothing will be beyond us.

I will shortly commence my visitation to the churches throughout Australia to promote the Overseas Missions Department by way of teaching on Faith Promise, showing one or two videos of what the department has done during this past year and sharing God’s Word.

The goals for the Overseas Missions Department for 2009 – 2010 are: 1. To continue to support and help Br. Thomson to complete the building of his church in Bali.

The success of the Overseas Missions Department is a direct result of the co-operative effort between the churches, the missionary teams and this department.

2. To work with the Pentecostal church of East Timor by building faith and trust in the message of true salvation through increasing our visitation and support.

In appreciation of your faithfulness and support.

3. To assist the next generation of young Pentecostal

Introducing our New Director (more on page 6) was repeated twice more within a few minutes, Margaret obeyed and two days later was filled with the Holy Spirit speaking in other tongues.

Margaret Bellette was born in Glasgow, Scotland and migrated with her parents to Australia when she was 12 yrs old. Margaret was the second eldest of seven children. As a child Margaret got into more trouble than the others as she was always looking for adventure (something to challenge her).

Three months after returning to Wollongong, Margaret’s husband Ron was also baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit. They both committed their lives to God and to be obedient to whatever God directed. In 1993, having attended Bible School in Perth, Bro and Sis Bellette were asked by Rev. Dennis Jacobsen if they would give two years to assist the Education Department in Kirrabati. They consented, but found themselves placed instead in the land of Irian Jaya. It was here that Bro Ron Bellette went to be with the Lord.

Although her parents were not practicing Christians or a t t ende d c h urc h the y believed there was a God. Before coming to Australia, Margaret found herself drawn a number of times to go to a small missionary hall not far from where she lived where they showed lantern slides of various missionaries. Margaret recalls just how exciting this was!

The Lord confirmed to Margaret a number of times that she was to continue the missionary work in Indonesia, which she did until May 2007. In June 2007, Margaret moved to Darwin where she worked with Brother and Sister Namakadre to established a new church, Northern Light Pentecostal Church.

Growing up, Margaret had a number of strange experiences that told her God was somehow involved in her life. However, given the time spent being educated, pursuing a nursing career, marrying and having a family, these experiences became buried in her memory.

Sis Margaret Bellette has now returned to Sydney where she continues to be heavily involved in her newly elected role as the Director of Overseas Missions for United Pentecostal Church of Australia.

At the age of 40 while visiting here sister in Townsville, Margaret heard a voice telling her that if she didn’t get baptised before she returned to Wollongong she would go to hell. She knew immediately it was the Lord. After this

Sis Bellette says “this will be perhaps my greatest challenge but I know that the Lord is still working with me”.


East Timor: Thirsty for Living Water Marcella Ferrari | Sydney | Australia Member of the Overseas Missions Committee John 7:37…Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! What a Promise!

responded by getting baptised the following day IN THE RAIN! And he came out of the water speaking in other tongues. John 7: 38 He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. God keeps His Promises! It was a joy to fellowship with Bro Stevens. He is open to the teaching of truth and looks forward to maintaining contact with us. It was the Highlight of this trip: A new soul filled with God’s spirit, and certain of eternity with Jesus!

The nation of East Timor continues to renew their hopes and endeavours to rebuild their homeland. Nevertheless the spiritual thirst on every face is compelling, in great need of “Living Water”.

Our brothers and sisters in the church need to be equipped and grounded in Bible doctrine and teaching. Access to resources and materials is costly. There’s a strong possibility of evangelising a new area. The city of Baucau is a few hours away from Dili and hopefully we’ll get to visit during future trips. The leaders need close mentoring and training to fulfil their vision.

The team was well received by our brothers and sisters who were always willing to assist us and looked forward to the fellowship and encouragement. Sis Bellette and Bro Butcher lead the team with great wisdom and Brother Thomson was a wonderful blessing. Bro Thomson not only interpreted for the team but he was a wonderful source of encouragement to the leadership of East Timor during business meetings. These meetings helped to clarify the vision and mission of the Australian and East Timorese churches.

Jesus said in Jn 6: 34 I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time). So… Let’s take them to the one who can quench their hunger and thirst: Jesus!

We are always prepared to be ‘flexible’ with schedules, ready to face any challenges that come our way. We had some Youth focussed teachings and activities. It was good to see some familiar faces. But due to school exams held during the same time, fewer young people were able to be part of the Youth workshops. Nevertheless those who attended were renewed and encouraged.

Marcella Ferrari lives in Sydney Australia and attends Grace Tabernacle Christian Centre. Marcella was saved under the ministry of Bishop Ted Slack.

The young people enjoyed themselves playing games, singing praises as well as participating in a ‘new’ drama. They listened to God’s word and responded to the move of His Spirit with incredible hunger.

Marcella is a fully qualified teacher with the New South Wales Education Department and is heavily involved in the work of the church. Over the last 12 years, Marcella has been on a number of missions trips into India, Indonesia and East Timor.

A young person received the Holy Ghost and many were challenged to take on the Gospel to those around them. As a gift, we presented them with a Yearly Bible Reading Planner that had ‘One Way For Jesus’ as a theme.

In 2009, Marcella joined the Overseas Missions committee.

During some of the evening services we noticed a UN worker from Uganda, who continued to take notes after every preaching. We invited him to meet us at the hotel for coffee and shared about Baptism in Jesus name. He


East Timor Mission Trip: April 2009 Rev. Simon Butcher | Perth | Australia Presbyter | General Board | United Pentecostal Church of Australia name baptism with him, and he returned to our hotel after work the following day to be baptised in Jesus name! As we walked to the beach to have the baptism we spoke to him about the gift of the Holy Ghost, encouraging him to have faith and believe the promise of God. As we stood in the water it began to rain, and as he came up out of the water he was gloriously filled with the Holy Ghost! Praise the Lord! Please remember to pray for Brother Stevens Kamukugize.

After arriving in Dili just after 6am in the morning, Sister Bellette, Sister Marcela and I found there had been some confusion concerning our accommodation. The “hotel” in which we had been booked to stay was just a few rows of shipping containers that had been disguised as hotel rooms – and it wasn’t a very good disguise!

After leaving East Timor we travelled to Bali, where we had several services with the two local churches there. Brother Thomson and Brother Frederik are doing a great job of preaching the truth in that place. During the service on Wednesday evening Bro Thomson’s nephew was filled with the Holy Ghost.

We decided to have breakfast at the place where we usually stay (Hotel Tropical), and after making some enquiries we found that we would be able to stay there after all. In previous trips we had commented on the lack of cleanliness etc at the Hotel Tropical, but after comparing it to our other options we realised we were blessed! Sometimes the Lord has humorous ways of making us grateful!

Please remember to pray for these churches as they are both facing challenges regarding the leases on their church buildings. While we were in Bali the Lord greatly encouraged the saints there to be faithful. We are believing that God is going to do great things in these churches, and your prayers and ongoing financial support of the Overseas Missions department are making a difference!

Our visit to Pastor Benardo’s church in Dili was scheduled to have a similar format to our visit in 2008. We were going to have a couple of days of youth focused activities and teaching, followed by services in the church over the weekend. Sister Marcela did an excellent job of organising the youth centred activities. There were fewer young people than last year, due to some misunderstandings in the local leadership, and the timing of school exams in Dili. It was a little disappointing as we were hoping to have greater participation.

Simon Butcher lives in Perth Western Australia where he is the Pastor of Northside Pentecostal Church. Simon is married to Caterina and has two children Matthew and Cassandra. Simon is currently serving as a Presbyter on the General Board of the United Pentecostal Church of Australia.

But the Lord always knows what He is doing! During the weekend services a man from Uganda was in attendance. He works in Dili as a part of the United Nations effort to establish a national police force. We invited him to the cafe at our hotel to have some fellowship as he spoke very good English. We shared the wonderful message of Jesus


Faith Promise 2009 - Your Commitment to God! What is Faith Promise Faith Promise is a commitment to God to give a specific amount monthly or weekly to the foreign mission offering of the local church as God enables. Faith Promise is a scriptural plan of giving based upon the Apostolic method. (I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 8:1-5; 8:10; 9:7-10) Faith Promise is a spiritual covenant between the donor and God. Unlike a pledge, which is based on the ability of the donor, Faith Promise is based on the ability of God to provide. Faith Promise is an agreement that, as God provides, the donor will give a specific amount monthly (or weekly) to the missionary offering of the local church. Faith Promise is a spiritual experience that requires the exercise of good stewardship and faith in God. Faith Promise commitments are made for twelve months and should be renewed annually on Faith Promise Sunday (the first Sunday in May) or on any other day as specified by your local church.

Faith Promise Works Faith Promise works because: •

It is based upon a scriptural precedent.

It involves the essential elements of faith in God and personal commitment to the great commission.

It leads to consistent, individual involvement in missions.

It insures an increasing return.

Based upon the law of sowing and reaping, one can expect a harvest in proportion to his investment. (II Corinthians 9:6; Luke 6:38) Faith Promise giving incorporates the dynamics of faith, love, commitment, consistency, and the sure promises of God. It cannot fail! It works! A Faith Promise commitment should involve the three dimensions of giving: •

Stewardship: giving from the wise use of material blessings the Lord has entrusted to you.

Sacrifice: giving that requires you to give up something in order to add a dimension of sacrifice to your giving.

Faith: giving that goes beyond your ability, and requires the exercise of faith in God to supply. (Hebrews 11:1,6) "For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves." II Corinthians 8:3

“If you will supply the FAITH – God will provide the PROMISE” Exercise your faith. Make your commitment that will touch God and bring his eternal reward. The earth’s nations are still being blessed by the message of life through people like you and I who have learned that if “We supply the faith – God Will Provide the Promise.”


His Stamp of Approval Rev. Ewan Glass | Melbourne | Australia Recently retired Overseas Missions Director A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another - (John 13:34- 35).

who they are, and what they stand for. Many today have a recognition or identity problem with what and who really represents God, His Church, or as Jesus put it, “My disciples’. If we in the church are truly His disciples then we will produce a certain kind of fruit that all men will recognise. The Bible says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20).

We live in a world today where people desire a stamp of approval on everything they do, touch, wear, drive, ride, eat or drink. Young and old people alike are convinced that if they wear a certain fragrance, dress in certain brand name clothes or wear designer footwear that they become more attractive and more noticeable.

It is not giftedness, nor is it by the number of followers a person may have. I’m glad that Jesus put it so plain, yet so profound. We must love one another as He loved. Only then, would “all men know” who we really are. Jesus was making it very clear that our identity with Him is determined by how we love and how much we love. Brethren, if we are going to be effective in reaching this lost and dying world we need to show them Jesus. We must have His stamp of approval on us. A stamp of sacrificial and unconditional love that says “authentic disciple of Jesus”.

Some even going so far as to tattoo, pierce, and stud their bodies with the shocking result that says, “look at me”. There are names given to certain groups of people, like Yuppies, Greenies, Reds, Hells Angels, Generation X Y Z, Baby Boomers, Goths, Bodgies and Widgies, Geeks and Freaks just to name a few. All these groups and types dress and behave in a certain way so that they can identify

“By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35)

A Passion for Missions! Rev. Jonathan Downs | Canberra | Australia Director of Promotions | Overseas Missions Mark 12:30 — And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. The creative force behind all great art, all great drama, all great music, all great architecture and all great writing is passion. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) said “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion”. I agree – in my 31 years on this planet anything great I have seen achieved has always been achieved by passionate people. Passion is the energy of life and makes the impossible possible. Passion is that thing that gives us a reason to get up in the morning and go, "I’m going to do something with my life today”. Passion is a powerful thing! It is passion that mobilises an army into action. It is passion that caused the explorers to boldly go where no man had ever gone before. It is passion that causes scientists to stay up all ours of the night trying to find the cure for a disease. Mark 12:30 is talking about passion. In fact it commands very clearly what our passion should be. The object of our passion must be God! This entails loving Him, loving His word, obeying His word (“if you love me keep my com-

mandments”), sharing His passion – I could go on and on – but our passion must be God! The Apostle Paul was a great example of passion. The apostle Paul wrote: “Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view if the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:7-8). Here’s the amazing thing. Today it is ok to be passionate about anything except God. I can be passionate about sports. I can be passionate about politics. I can be passionate about fashions and clothes. But I cannot be passionate about God. The Bible says (Rom 12:1) “present your bodies”. It’s not automatic. Notice it is “a living sacrifice” - that is total abandonment – that’s passion! Do you know what the worst sin is for Christians? It is not adultery. It is not murder. It is not some sort of sexual perversion. God tells us in Revelation 3. He says it’s lukewarmness. No passion! A lack of passion and love for God will cause you to do all those things! Let’s have a passion for the work of God! Missions is Jesus passion! Let it be our passion! 6

Short But Sweet - News from around the World Greetings from Barcelona, Spain! We're excited with what God is doing here in Spain. This past month Tanya has concentrated a lot of time and energy to the Sunday School Department of Spain. She was involved in teaching two seminars to the Sunday School teachers of Spain. There were two seminars held for the teachers, one was here in Barcelona hosted by our church, Los Pentecostales De Barcelona and the other in Madrid hosted by Tabernรกculo de Vida, pastored by Missionary Gary Sones. These Sunday School teachers traveled from all across Spain to participate and learn. Between the two cities there were 100 Sunday School teachers that attended these seminars. I believe that this is a great testament to the growth that is happening in this nation. This past month of May we were excited to see 12 receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost in our local church. We have had 64 receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost since January of this year in the church that we pastor here in Barcelona. We are continuing to search for a larger building to accommodate the growth that God has given, we are now averaging over 300 on Sundays. Since the beginning of this year we have had two "doctor confirmed" miracles of healing from cancer in our local church. Also, our other churches here in Spain are also testifying of miracles and many people receiving the Holy Ghost in the congregations throughout Spain. We are excited with what God is doing in this nation. We serve a great God! Nathan & Tanya Harrod Missionaries to Spain

Greetings from Poland! At the end of September we were blessed to have Bro. & Sis. Mark Shutes, missionaries to the Baltic Republics and Belarus, with us for our Holy Ghost seminar. Bro. Shutes was our guest preacher and was anointed of God for this seminar. Each night he preached about receiving the Holy Ghost and each night someone received the Holy Ghost. In all four people were filled with the Holy Ghost evidence by speaking in tongues. We thank God for this outpouring. We were also blessed to have Bro. & Sis. Tony Miller, missionaries to Lithuania with us for our conference. The Millers, along with a few saints from their church in Vilnus, provided the music for our meetings. What a blessing they were to our conference. They not only supplied the music for us but also witnessed on the streets during their stay here. In February we made contact with a group of about 300 young people who have left the Catholic Church in pursuit of a relationship with God. Wiktor Szpilko, our national pastor who lives near the area of Opole in southern Poland, has a son who made contact with this group. He has met them and found that some of the group have the Holy Ghost and some do not. He was able to speak with them and they desire to have further contact with him and with Wiktor Szpilko. It is our firm desire to teach these young people to learn the whole truth. We also hope that some of them will become future leaders in this nation. We have also made contact with a group of believers who live in the city of Krakow. After finding out about our organization on the internet I was contacted by an individual from that group requesting literature. In speaking with this individual I found out that they believe the Oneness message and baptize in Jesus Name. From this initial contact we have had several emails and phone conversations. The pastor of the group desires to have meetings together and fellowship with us. Ray and Judi Nicholls Missionaries to Poland


Getting to know Sis Margaret Bellette What is your middle name? DON'T HAVE ONE What is your favourite song? AMAZING GRACE / THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM What is your Bible verse? I CORINTHIANS 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9 9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. How old were you when you were saved? 40 YRS What is your favourite food? SCOTTISH TABLET Do you have any pets? What kinds? What are their names? TABBY CAT - MOLLY What was your favourite subject in school? ENGLISH - I WAS GOOD AT IT What was your least favourite subject in school? PHYSICS - COULDN'T UNDERSTAND IT Do you have a nickname? What is it? MAGGIE Do you have a hobby? READING/CRAFT

Would you ever sky dive or bungee jump? YES

What is a topic you wish you knew more about? HUMAN NATURE Mountain or Beach? MOUNTAIN Sweet or Salty? SALTY Cats or Dogs? CATS

Recipe: Scottish Tablet (Sis Bellette’s favourite) Also called Scottish Toffee! It will keep your dentist in business…..but well worth it!

Tablet Ingredients: 1 teacup of milk Large tin of condensed milk 900g of sugar 100g of butter Cooking Directions: Melt the butter and sugar. Add the condensed milk and the teacup of milk. Stir and turn up the heat and keep stirring until it reaches boiling point. Turn the heat down low and stir for 45 minutes (chair and book optional!) Remove from the heat and beat 60 times with a wooden spoon. Put a wee bit on a plate and if it sets then it's ready to be put onto the shallow trays. 5. Score the tablet surface marking into squares and allow to set and get cold.

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Overseas Missions Newsletter - June 2009  

Overseas Missions Newsletter - June 2009: A Division of the United Pentecostal Church of Australia

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