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By Rod Long
he actions of Anders Breivik, the perpetrator of the Oslo attacks, are hard to understand. Something I found even harder to understand is how this man calls himself a Christian. I don’t know how you felt, but I was alarmed at how this person was being described as a Christian in the world’s media. As a Christian, I actually found that offensive. What he did, is totally opposite to what Christians believe, yet the image of Christians around the world was being tarnished by his inhumane and abhorrent actions. Breivik, in his 1,500 page manifesto that he left for the world to understand his actions, said this: “If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian.” I would suggest that most Christians would disagree with his notion that a person could be a Christian just by living an outward life and ‘keeping up appearances’ without having a personal relationship with God – in other words, being a ‘cultural Christian’. Clearly Breivik is not a christian under any definition. However Breivik’s claim that he is a Christian got me thinking. How am I placed when I call myself a Christian? Am I just a cultural or social Christian? Is there anything more substantial behind my ‘appearance’ that needs and desires a relationship with God? As a Christian, our core driver must be our relationship with our God and our desire to develop and grow that relationship. Simply attending church or having a headful of biblcal knowledge does not and cannot make me a Christian in the true sense of the word. It’s the desire to pursue a relationship with God that really counts. In the light of that, how do you feel about calling yourself a Christian? Let’s focus on seeking and developing our relationship with God on an intimate, personal level. That’s the single most important thing we can do. Our cultural and social response will flow as a result.
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They Heard a Voice Jesus In Adventist History By Sam Leonor
This article is adapted from one of seven presentations at The One Project in Atlanta, February 2011 - Editor The earliest record of Adventist history is in Genesis 1. The supremacy and authority of Jesus is evident in the Creation story. He spoke, “Let there be light,” and the result was immediate - there was light. The Creation story begins and ends with His voice. “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth,’” and here we are (see Genesis 1:28). So that’s the earliest record of our Adventist history, and I think we should always begin there. Later, the Beloved Disciple, John, described the coming of God to the world by saying, “The Word,” this same Word, through and by whom we were made, “became one of us.” And then this Word, Jesus with us, began to call us. His voice began to call us—ordinary men and women. He said to them, “Come,” and He says to us, “Come, follow Me.” He didn’t then, and He doesn’t now, call people to follow a religion, a denomination, a congregation, a preacher, a cause or a movement. He calls them to Himself. Matthew 4:19–21 (NIV) reads, “‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ ... At once ...” See, this is what’s so cool, “At once,” it’s like an instinctive reaction. It’s like they knew, they recognized, they obeyed. They knew that Voice. “At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John.” They were in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. Jesus called them “and immediately,” there it is again, “and immediately they left the boat, and their father, and followed Him.” Before they behaved right, before they believed right, they recognized a Voice and they knew—this Man, I will follow. I will belong to Him. All they had was Jesus. They left everything behind. All they had was Jesus. They didn’t know where they were going, what they were being called to. They weren’t sure who He was, but they were attracted to this Person. They recognized something in Him. Paul, when he was called, it went something like this (see Acts 9): “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Paul says, “Who are you?” “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” His transformation was so incredible that Paul writes to the Corinthians, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV). And then, from prison, his body broken from years of beatings, stonings, lashings, etc., Paul writes to the Philippians as he is about to die, “And my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ
Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV). We have all we need! This past summer there was an exhibit of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s work at The J. Paul Getty Museum. I took my kids, and we were walking around looking at this art. Suddenly, we came around a corner and there it was, “The Christian Martyr’s Last Prayer.” I fell apart at the Getty, weeping. It’s so painful. I looked into the faces of the people, the Christians who are about to die, and there’s a girl about my daughter’s age. I kept thinking, What were they hearing at that moment? What could they see? I believe they heard a Voice, and the Voice was the voice of Jesus saying, “You have all you need. You have Me.” The Reformers heard a Voice. So many of them were burned at the stake and died horrible deaths. One example is Jan Hus (also known as John Huss) who led the Reformation Movement in what is now the Czech Republic, where the Reformation actually failed. During his trial, Jan was about to be burned at the stake and was offered a way out. “You know, do it our way and things will turn out okay.” During his rebuttal, Jan quoted Paul: “God will meet all my needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” “When the body of Huss had been wholly consumed, his ashes, with the soil upon which they rested, were gathered up and cast into the Rhine, and thus borne onward to the ocean, his persecutors vainly imagined that they had rooted out the truths he preached. Little did they dream that the ashes that day borne away to the sea were to be as seed scattered in all the countries of the earth; that in lands yet unknown it would yield abundant fruit in witnesses for the truth” (The Great Controversy, p. 110). You cannot bury the truth! William Miller heard a Voice, he recognized the Voice and he followed It. While studying the Bible he concluded, “I had to admit that the scriptures must be a revelation from God. They became my delight and in Jesus I found a Friend.” Of Jesus he said, “God opened my eyes and what a Saviour I discovered Jesus to be. My sins fell from my soul. The Bible spoke of Jesus. He was on every page.”
◊ “God opened my eyes and what a Saviour I discovered Jesus to be. My sins fell from my soul. The Bible spoke of Jesus. He was on every page ” So, William gathered his people and his followers on October 22, 1844. And on that day they did not have the Sabbath. They did not have the Trinity. We were heretics for years! We didn’t have the State of the Dead. We didn’t have rules about pork, coffee, gluten, soy, cheese, chicken, beef. We didn’t have Blue Zones. We didn’t have conferences or unions or divisions or the General Conference. Before Ellen White had her first vision, we were about one thing. We had an all-consuming, irrepressible, irresistible, overpowering, radical desire to be with Jesus. AUGUST 2011 | fyi 3
“Although I have been twice disappointed, I am not yet cast down or discouraged. I have fixed my mind upon another time and here I mean to stand until God gives me more light; and that is today, today, today until He comes and I see Him for whom my soul yearns,” William said. He did not speak about streets of gold, friendly lions, mansions and crowns; His soul yearned for Jesus - for the One. What does our soul yearn for? As a people, as Adventists, what do we yearn for? We can argue all we want about 1888, but I think two guys, Ellet J. Waggoner and Alonzo T. Jones, heard a Voice and they were right about one thing. They were right about Jesus. While we were still confused about the nature of Jesus. We were still Arianists. Ellen White called their message “a most precious message. A message that was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour— the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in surety and invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ.” Ellen heard the Voice! She’d been hearing It, but here things got serious for her and she recognized It. The next couple of years she began to point out that the Church was more focused on herself than on Jesus. The brethren didn’t like this. For that and other reasons she was sent down under to Australia to encourage the work. She was already in her 60s, and the average life expectancy for a woman in the 1890s was mid-60s. They exiled her. They tried to silence her, but you cannot silence truth. She was ill. She had a hard time adjusting to the culture. She was homesick.
William Warren Prescott visited her. William shows up at a camp meeting in Melbourne, Australia, and something happened to her while he preached. William explained that a change had come to him like a personal revelation— like a person speaking to him. He no longer believed that the thing to do was to prove the doctrines, to simply demonstrate their truthfulness. Doctrines needed to be presented as the gospel rightly understood. They should grow out of a belief in Jesus Christ as the living Saviour. Adventists, he believed, needed a total re-orientation of their belief structure. Christ must be the centre of everything. They used to publish sermons from camp meetings. The brethren refused to publish this one. They felt it was too controversial. But this sermon series so affected Ellen that with Marian Davis and William at her side, she began to compile work she had been putting together from the 1850s, sensing it was time for The Desire of Ages. In 1895, the General Conference was practically begging her to come back. She said, “No.” The main reason given was that she was in financial problems. But I think it’s because now she had all she needed. She had Jesus. It took Stephen N. Haskell to convince her to come home to help with some pressing issues. 4
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◊ “The inmost central glory of the gospel therefore is not a great truth nor a great message nor a great movement, but a great person. It is Jesus Christ Himself. Without Him there could be no gospel. He came, not so much as to declare a message, but rather that there might be a message to proclaim. He Himself was and is the message, not His teachings, but He Himself constituted Christianity” The Desire of Ages book had such an effect on us. For one thing, this line on page 530, “For in Christ there is life eternal, unborrowed,” finally settled the Arianist question. Carlyle B. Haynes preached at the 1926 General Conference Session, “The inmost central glory of the gospel therefore is not a great truth nor a great message nor a great movement, but a great person. It is Jesus Christ Himself. Without Him there could be no gospel. He came, not so much as to declare a message, but rather that there might be a message to proclaim. He Himself was and is the message, not His teachings, but He Himself constituted Christianity.” That’s us! You can’t bury the truth! Blanca Pol is 101 years old. She loves Jesus so much. She didn’t finish high school. Never read Barth, Moltmann, Schaeffer, Lucado. She loves Jesus so much that she heard His Voice; and in 1934, she went to Antonio and Josefa Rivera’s house. Antonio was a poor carpenter; and while listening to Blanca, he and his wife heard the Voice, too, and they followed. They were my grandparents. In 1972, my parents—crazy people—went to Nicaragua to work in developing healthcare missions. I told my dad—once I learned about things, about history... I told him, “You were nuts! In 1972, Central America was in the middle of a civil war. There were people dying on our campus. There were bullets flying around. What were you thinking?” And he simply says, every time I ask him this question, “We heard a Voice. We were called.” They heard a Voice, and they had to respond. Me, I was hanging on a cross at Nosoca Pines Ranch one day—a cross made from cheap planks, ketchup on me for blood, fire ants crawling all over me, the cross leaning over. I heard a Voice. It’s hard to explain what it felt like. I read Chris Blake’s book, Searching for a God to Love 1, and he says it so beautifully and it’s actually how I felt: “I realized my love affair with Jesus was not like an arranged marriage to a demanding partner.” Hanging on the cross that day, playing the part of Jesus, I realized, “It was more like a rollicking adventure,” says Chris, “like otters in the ocean we swim in the assurance of deep, safe love.” Do you hear it? Shhhh. Jesus calls us. He calls us. He calls our Church. You can’t bury this Voice, you can’t bury truth.
Last January, a student was brought to me. She was in a wheelchair because she contracted something that began to deteriorate her nervous system. She couldn’t walk, and during a period of two years she lost her sight almost completely. They brought her into my office, and she just wanted to talk about what her future was going to be like. For four or five months, every week, we talked and prayed together. We prayed for healing; and eventually, I began to say to her, “Do you have Jesus? If you have Jesus, Paul says that’s all you need.” At the end of the school year, she came by my office and dropped off a card written in Braille. She had my secretary write a sticky note that read, “I have all I need. I have Jesus.” The card written in Braille read, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” In September, when school began again, my office was loud. I was talking to somebody; and then suddenly, the room fell completely quiet. And you could sense someone looking. Everyone turned to the doorway where there was a girl weeping. She pointed at me and said, “You are Pastor Sam. I’ve known your voice. I can see you!” During the summer, her medical team figured out her problem and began treatment eventually cured her. She could see now!! I believe there is a day coming when we will all stand in the Presence. We will hear the Voice, and we will say, “It’s you! I have known your Voice. I can see you now!” Sam Leonor is pastor for the La Sierra University campus in Riverside, California. 1. Blake, Chris. Searching for a God to Love: The One You Always Wanted Is Really There. Pacific Press Publishing Association: Nampa, Idaho. 2008.
The Gospel of You By Karen Hughes
The other day it was dark and overcast, the sun was obscured by cloud. I turned on the light without a thought. I continued on through my day, lights were all around and they were everywhere! There were ceiling lights, lamps, outside lights; in a draw I noticed a torch and candles for emergencies. I opened up my linen cupboard to get something and there were the Christmas lights. I went out to do groceries got in my car and turned on my car headlights. My world would have been very dark that day without lights. The Bible has some provoking things to say about light. (John 8:12) “Then Jesus spoke to them again saying I am the light of the world.” He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life - This tells me light brings life. (Ps 119:105) “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path - This tells me God’s word is a map to use in finding our way around in this world. (2 Cor. 4:6) For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness - This tells me Light comes
from God and He commands it to shine and be reflected (Matt 4:16) The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light - This tells me that even in the midst of darkness people can see light So if light brings life why is it that this light can be confronting? Perhaps it is because the light of Jesus does expose the imperfections of our life, the areas that we know should be different. I don’t think there would be one of us that don’t have things we are not proud of in our lives. Yet, how easy it is to ignore these and notice area’s of darkness in other people’s lives. Think of the story of the woman brought to Jesus accused of adultery. People were so quick to accuse the woman and they also were trying to trick Jesus. What did Jesus do? If you recall He bent down and began writing in the dirt those things that her accusers would rather forget, and one by one they left ashamed of being exposed. Did Jesus then condemn the woman who was living in such obvious sin? No, He didn’t expose her failings to the world, but rather told her to “go and sin no more”, to leave her darkness and embracing the light of a hopeful future. So what is Jesus intention in bringing light? It is not to condemn or expose our individual darkness to everyone resulting in us hiding from Him in shame and disgrace. I think he is guiding us to the conclusion that darkness isn’t the best place to live. Once we discover this for ourselves, what good news and hope we have to share. The world we live in is shrouded in darkness and people live in fear. There is so much darkness; human trafficking, hunger, addiction, violence, loneliness and economic disadvantage to name a few. Once we are connected to the light source, we can get involved in our world living out lives reflecting THE light and its good news of hope to a world in desperate need. You may be the only Christian that people cross paths with; the only “bible” some in the world get to read so will you and I jump off the bench and get into the “game” of shedding light into our worlds? Part of a popular poem goes: There is a Gospel according to Matthew; Mark; Luke; and John There’s another gospel many are reading… The Gospel according to You Many read not the words of the Bible I will tell you what some do They are reading the story of your life and mine The Gospel according to You You are writing this gospel a chapter each day, By the deeds you do and the words you say. It’s the only gospel some people may read, The gospel according to You. - Anon The Bible reminds us “… you are a letter from Christ, read by all men….” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3. So, the question from a world in desperate need remains, what is the Gospel according to you? AUGUST 2011 | fyi 5
Making A Living By Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman is the lead singer and guitarist of multi-platinum rock band Switchfoot, “Hate was just a failure of imagination.” -- Graham Greene Re-appropriate is a word that I stole from my friend David Dark. He’d stolen it from a guy named Jeff Tweedy. It’s a good word to steal. In fact, of all the words I’ve stolen in my lifetime I feel the least remorse for lifting this one. Re-appropriate: to seize and reassign. Its very definition encourages a theft of sorts. I suppose all of language works like that: taking anonymous words and making them our own. This enlightened practice of re-appropriation is unique to the human experience: We adapt within our situation to make the most of it. All other creatures are defined by their innate abilities, mostly untaught. A worm is not taught how to crawl. A chameleon is not taught how to change colours. A rabbit, a horse, a spider- these creatures are defined by themselves and their intrinsic giftings. We human beings are not like this: we bend, we learn, we invent, we change. Humanity has been making herself up all along. Making life. Making a living. I would like to re-appropriate the phrase “making a living” to mean something larger than accumulating net worth in an online bank account. I’d like to suggest that ATM receipts and mortgage payments have very little to do with living or life or making life worth living. In my personal struggle to make a living, I’ve found that true success has very little to do with income or comfort. In fact, it seems to me that inconvenience, hardship and discomfort are my best teachers. It’s as though these horrible, wonderful moments where I realize my own limitations are almost exclusively the only ones that matter. So when I’m brave enough, I chase these awkward moments down. I write songs about them. I put my scattered thoughts online. Heck, I even seek therapy from time to time. Love, dreams, confessions, God, women - these are dreadful, aweinspiring mysteries to me. They put a funny taste in my mouth. They give me scrapes and scars. And stories. The best stories often come from inconvenient and uncomfortable places. Like a newborn child, real life comes out painfully, awkwardly, delicately. As a pearl is formed only when the oyster is agitated with sand, the most important moments in my life were born out of friction. The art comes from the awkward ache. The knot in my stomach usually teaches me more than comfort ever could. The sculptor’s chisel carves away at the block to bring something new into being. In the same way, we hammer away at the world we’re given to bring something new into being. We re-appropriate the past and present to create the future - breath by breath. We are making our living on a dying planet, born into a world of contingencies. Ours world is torn to shreds by the greed of men, the intolerance of our times, and the wars that rage on in the world around us. Every day our bodies are decaying. On the day of our birth, our death becomes an eventuality.
Yes, the world we’ve been given is under the dark shadow of these struggles. We’re born into the fight. It’s as though we’re armed only with a dream. So it’s no surprise that our hopes are dulled on the battlefield of institutionalized cynicism. In this world of death and taxes we might even begin to question whether dreams are appropriate. Against the backdrop of despair, we are tempted to abandon the struggle of hope and accept dead cash instead. We’re tempted to believe that “the real world” could never be anything other than it is. But isn’t “the real world” largely what we humans have made it? Let us remind ourselves that the “financial security” that we are slaving for is anything but secure. Let’s remember that this peace of mind recently went bankrupt. Yes, these supposedly stalwart investment institutions were bailed out by a government that faces an insurmountable debt. Let’s take it even further and recall that none of us has any control or security over the day of our birth or death. And in this context I believe that “making a living” cannot be tied to the paycheck alone. Rather we make the real world of tomorrow today. Moment by blessed moment, we’re making a living. To make this kind of living takes incredible creativity. To see the limitless possibility in the present moment takes a wild imagination. And it’s not just artists that need this untamed ingenuity. A good teacher is creative. A good computer programmer is creative. A good mum is incredibly creative. A good lawyer looks beyond the contingencies of injustice and works to bring a more virtuous existence into being. In fact, the argument could be made that a human being is most God-like when she is most creative: ingeniously crafting the true and the beautiful out of the confines of the present tense. Remixing tomorrow out of the raw materials of today. Re-appropriating a dream into reality. And it’s not just vagabond surfers who chase down preposterous dreams of doing what they love - humanity has been doing this all along. Flying without wings? Landing on the moon? Recording and amplifying sound? Yes. We invent, we progress, and we make it up as we go along. Does it sound like a swindle, like cheating the system? Does it sound outrageous!? It absolutely is! But that’s what making a living is my friends -- it’s scandalous! Yes, and the outrageous souls who are willing to risk failure might be the only ones who are truly making a living. For better or worse they are defining the world our children will inherit. This world is a hand-me-down. It was given to us by our parents -- women and men much like ourselves. Human beings in love, human beings rejected, human beings hungry, restless, apathetic and hopeful: everchanging, ever-adapting. Yes, the human soul is a bundle of conflicting desires. You want peace but you love excitement. You hate math but you want to graduate. You love your parents but they drive you crazy. Even our hopes are at odds with each other. The rent? The relationship? The career? The vacation? Our dreams rarely line up. It’s messy stuff, but these are the raw materials that life has given you. You had no choice as to where your journey begins, but the choice is available to you now. You could argue that you didn’t choose to be born, that there are factors of your existence over which you have little or no control. It’s true, these are the contingencies we were born into. Your heart, your bones, your soul, your sexuality -
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these were given to you. Given to you as a painter is given a canvas and a brush. Given to you as a sculptor is given a block of marble. St Francis of Assisi said that “He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” Your artistry? Your craft? You are making a living. Which is to say that you are the art. Your words, your haircut, your clothes, your actions - these display your unique blend of past and present, desire and lack thereof, insecurity and purpose. You are the painting, and everyday you’re painting yourself and the world around you.
◊ “You’re making a living with every step you take. So when you make a living, do not merely make money. Why settle for cash when joy is on the line?.” Every moment is a canvas is waiting to come to life. The walls of this planet and the walls of your heart are still available to graffiti artists everywhere. There’s still room for redemptive, honest, hopeful colors. You put your brush to canvas with every decision, with every breath. We are the human race. We are the re-appropriators. But none of us are creating out of nothing. Human creation is always reappropriation. Trying to put beauty into form. Tom Morrello once said that “Music is like sausage.” He was killing time on-stage in a club called Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. We were halfway through the encore trying to figure out a cover tune that none of us really knew. It was a mild form of chaos onstage. So as we switched instruments and tried to work it out, Tom told this parable to the patient crowd, “Music is like sausage. You love the final product but sometimes you don’t want to see how it’s made.” It’s one of my favorite stories to tell. I love finding something beautiful within the bizarre. Grace within contingency.* Because after all, that’s what music is. That’s what life is. Re-appropriating the scraps we have at hand in an attempt to create something truly magnificent. Crafting timeless beauty out of our own temporal specific circumstances. My friends who practice yoga have a saying, “Fake it till you make it.” Maybe that’s what humans do best: we make it up as we go along. You want to know the meaning of life? This is your highest calling: You are called into the dynamic co-creation of the cosmos. This breath is your canvas and your brush. These are the raw materials for your art, for the life you are making. Nothing is off limits. Your backyard, your piano, your paintbrush, your conversation, Rwanda, New Orleans, Iraq, your marriage, your soul. You’re making a living with every step you take. So when you make a living, do not merely make money. Why settle for cash when joy is on the line? You feel a thrill when you dance, when you sing, when you finish your poem; even when you sweep the room you
see order pressing back against the chaos. So when you create, never settle for making a living - at least not the way that the world might define that phrase. When you make a living, you are speaking a new world into existence. You are creating grace within the confines, you are co-signing God’s blank checks. *inspired by Gregory Wolfe Reprinted from huffingtonpost.com
Past The Smile
Adapted by Rod Long from an article by Glenn Townend People do not usually go where they are not welcome. That is just the way they are wired. Every Sabbath, our churches should have their welcome mats out with their doors open wide to all who want to come. In the business world, hospitality is not left to chance. Most managers understand that providing quality customer care is directly related to their ability to stay in business. Churches have a greater mission than any other business or organization – to share Christ and His message of love and acceptance with the people in their communities. Hospitality ministries can have a significant part in making this happen. How you interact with people makes a huge difference to the experience visitors have at church. Sometimes we can get so caught up in talking to our own friends at church we can forget about others altogether! Suggestions to help church be more friendly: ◊ Engage people in real conversation, not just a superficial ‘hi’ as you pass by ◊ Look at your church from a visitor’s point of view and try to see it again for the first time ◊ Keep an eye out for people that may not be connecting quickly ◊ Be conscious of how your church presents to visitors, clean and tidy up, care for it like it’s your home ◊ Introduce yourself to someone new every week. Better still, introduce your new friend to someone else with similar interests straight away ◊ Avoid enclosing yourself in a circle of friends so that it’s easier for others to interact with your group ◊ Don’t be embarrassed if you greet a ‘visitor’ that’s been attending for years! You now have a talking point for the next time you meet! ◊ Extend invitations to your new found friends to social events outside of church ◊ Leave the closest car park spaces for visitors It’s not too difficult to greet someone new and simply say “Hi, I don’t believe we’ve met … have we?” Our hospitality is one of the most important ministries we can do for people, and it starts with each of us. Take it past the smile to something more meaningful. AUGUST 2011 | fyi 7
Kukudu – Small Things Big Smiles By Alex Currie
Summer in Winter. Heavy rain. Bright sunshine. High humidity. Sweaty bodies. Electricians up poles. Painters grabbing a handle on things. Blacked out blackboards. Ladies decorating. Kilometres of wires being strung from 70 galvanised poles. Black and white working together. Primary school teachers ecstatic with joy. Fabulous island cuisine. Young and old working side by side. Men yelling and grunting as a 500kg generator was lifted. The beautiful purr of the newly installed 14.5kva generator. Refreshing dips in a salty sea. Great fishing. Coral wonders via snorkel and glass. Seeing God’s amazing and surprising Hand at work. These and a myriad of other memories of Kellyville’s Fly ‘n paint – build - give electricity etc are anchored somewhere in the cradle of our brains. Positive memories! Memories of newly forged friendships. Bridges were established between Kellyville and Kukudu, an isolated mission school on the mountainous ex volcano called Kolombangara . This strange name means King of the Waters. (Not only is the island surrounded by sea but it has 80 rivers or streams gushing down its Fujiama-like mountain side.) Mount Veve, centrepiece of the island, juts 1779 metres or 5,810 feet above sea level. Remember Kosciosko is only 2228 metres or 7,310 feet above sea level. (Photograph – Patrick Pikacha used by permission)
with joy and happiness. It was thrilling to be there and experience the thrill. This project was a tremendous infusion of encouragement and love to the locals. 2. In providing woodworking/joinery machinery the Chaffey Team have not only equipped a school with first class machinery but laid a foundation on which they can establish an industry to earn money for the institution that will eventually replace worn out machinery. This project provided new ways of creating wood products but provided sustainability for a school based industry that if managed correctly will provide wages and finance for a school based industry. The public relations factor from this alone will be great.
The fact that an almost new14.5kva generator which was donated by a Sydney layperson was installed to generate electricity for the Joinery, library (with 30 computers) and administration building has provided the school with more options than they have ever had. 3.
By painting classrooms, Meagan’s team which was a mix of locals and Kellyvilleans not only made the rooms look cleaner but brightened them. Ceilings that were worn and motley were transformed with fresh paint. Walls which were often stark and unpainted cement brick looked fabulous when painted. This project that used over 400 litres of paint made teachers and students proud of their ‘new look’ classrooms. Those who learned to paint with brush and roller can now use the paint left behind to spruce up homes and classrooms.
What did the Kellyville team achieve through my eyes? 1. By injecting $80,000 of electrical hardware into an old run down system, the Partridge team provided a state of the art system for a mission school vital to SDA education in the Solomon’s. This school of 400 plus students ranks as third best in the Solomon’s. This team provided electricity to the Primary School and staff houses on Mt Soika that has never before had an electrical supply. Teachers and their families were absolutely jubilant – in fact ecstatic, dancing 4.
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In painting blackboards and using 16 litres of paint Ray and his faithful team of two locals really put the polish and final touches into the classroom that was required. Some Masonite blackboards had been eaten out by white-ants – these were replaced with villaboard. This project gave locals a sense of accomplishment, neatness, pride and belonging as well as a new trusted friend. 5.
In refurbishing the domestic science block by painting, laying new vinyl and equipping it with 20 sewing machines we are helping lift the status of women in the community, encouraging the teaching of new skills and providing the possibility of developing a small sewing industry for the school. This provides huge ramifications and possibilities.
Previously the swing bridge was erected but our team took wire for the sides of the bridge. This will make the bridge safer for all who walk or ride over it. 8. Simple skills were taught to locals – painting skills, electrical skills, and woodworking skills. I took a local to buy a four litre tin of blackboard paint. Before buying we visited five hardware stores – asked the price if we brought one tin compared to two. We ended up paying $50 more for two tins compared to one. The local said “You’ve taught me a big lesson today.” 9.
By providing 25 bicycles teachers and students are saving time. Some of the bicycles were given to persons who do a lot of walking. Others have been kept in a pool so that one has need of a bicycle one signs in and out for it on a daily basis. This project alone helps create a fresh meaning on the value of time, responsibility and also fun. It was fascinating to see some teenagers learning to ride a bicycle for the first time.
Gary Crabtree and his team, who often included Anthony Chaffey provided expertise and a much needed injection in building another classroom block. They built the trusses and before leaving had erected them. Form 7 can now commence in 2012.
10. We forged contacts and built friendships which aree important. There is greater appreciation of both cultures. Relationships are strong because we have done something practical and passed on some of our skills. Because of an interest in providing hydroelectricity on Kolombangara I visited The Honourable Prime Minister, Danny Philip. He was a student of mine from the 70’s in Fiji. AUGUST 2011 | fyi 9
11. Grandma Chaffey, the real senior citizen of the team, (Anthony’s mother), conducted knitting, tapestry and craft classes for the ladies who greatly appreciated her specialised ministry. To improve the skills of women in any culture means that the whole culture is lifted and improved. This has been one of the great gifts of Christianity to society.
Well done Kellyville - you accomplished great things and saw God’s amazing hand’s at work. Small things really can make big smiles.
Team Comments My story starts the day we stepped off the plane at GIZO airport and put our gear and feet into the open boat to travel 14 kms across a fairly heavy sea that had big white caps. Myself and 5 others were drenched from head to toe by the time we arrived. I always had to be at the back of the boat to keep the balance which copped most of the waves! Disregarding all that, we arrived to a very friendly warm Island welcome with traditional warriors dancing. Getting over the arrival, we got changed into old dry gear and started working. My pet job was mainly blackboards. After the first week we became more acquainted with the Islanders. Most of the younger ones stood around and watched. I managed to talk two teenagers Cliffy and Lynden into helping me, they both worked well for a time. There was one day when they both took off to play games but I tracked them down and said “God helps those that 10
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help themselves” and that I was not going to work on any more blackboards if they did not help me, after that they did not leave my side! After the 15th blackboard they were able to repair and paint the remaining 3 with little help from me - that gave me great satisfaction. You see all Aussies had gone home by then and only left a few all doing different jobs, Garry on trusses for the new class rooms, Anthony cutting most of the timber for the trusses and numerous other jobs, Phil all other electrical jobs, me working on repairing, replacing, and painting blackboards - 18 done in total. As well as painting class rooms with Megan, Catherine, Jesse and the boys off the Island, and the great job the other Aussies did painting before they went home. When the lights came on at the primary school for the first time in 30 years we were just sitting around drinking a hot cup of Milo and the kids were playing soccer and dancing around under the spotlight that Brett had installed. It was a great feeling for all of us, to see the appreciation from the Principal Macklin when he spoke of what the power meant after all this time, he had tears in his eyes. These people could not thank us enough and really appreciated the work. To see the carpenters shop and Library computer room powered up all day with the generator that we took over was fantastic. Gibson the carpenter can now make furniture bunk beds, and badly needed trusses etc anytime. They are rather fortunate when it comes to beautiful timber as they obtain it from the forest. The generator that they have had for years only came on from 6pm to 9.30pm. There are so many of them willing to learn anything from us they listen intently and get it right. I feel extremely privileged to have been able to help these gracious and
loving people who would do anything for us, and knowing that we live in the BEST country in the world where most of us get it pretty easy – Ray Dunn
I’ll admit it. I love a good mission trip. Whatever or wherever the “mission” trip is I’ll probably want to be involved. So when Brett Partridge started talking about the Solomon Islands, I was pretty keen, mainly because someone else was organising this one. I’d like to think I am pretty aware of the issues of the developing world with all of my recent adventures, however I was once again challenged on this trip. Challenged by the incredible need, challenged by what the school achieves on such a little budget, challenged by the long term issues facing the Solomon’s, challenged by the overwhelming hospitality and friendliness of the people.
I love the fact that trips like these bring stronger bonds with people within our church. I spent great time getting to know guys in our church that I had really only knew by face and never really had the chance to get to know. We laughed, we sweated, we worked, we sweated, we swam, we sweated. Sadly I had to come home and back to work before the unveiling of the power, but I will never forget how emotional a massive Solomon Island principal became when talking about his school. He had dreamt and prayed of his school being painted and having power and his prayers were answered. It was a privilege to be able to personally play a small part in his answer to prayer – Michael Were
Wow, what an emotional life and attitude changing experience! I really didn’t know what we were in for but the hard work, constant sweating and cold showers were way worth it! After a saturating boat trip to Kukudu I found myself welling with tears as the village and children welcomed us with such beautiful song and traditional dance. The most rewarding thing about service to others is when you see the utmost joy and openhearted appreciation for the simplest of things. From painting and almost impossible school room wall to going on a shopping trip across the water to purchase curtains and flooring to bring a bit of colour into the cell blocks that were. I found that the more I did, the more I wanted to do and the more I wanted to give. When we give to others with open heart, God ALWAYS provides back! We have to trust in this. I hope I have brought back some of the simple values that we have lost here in such a busy and consumed world. Kukudu, Bless You – Alison Sutherland
First of all it was amazing to see Brett working! I have never seen a bloke work so hard in all my life. Up and down ladders, cutting his way through the bushes
and trees to even get to the poles to hang the wires, in the blazing sun and humidity and the torrential rain with bites all over his body. And if that wasn’t enough, come home and do all the washing, ironing and organising of his three sons. Christine is just one lucky lady having a man like this. I just want to thank the Kellyville people that supported us with their prayers and donations a very big thankyou. It was great to see the Solomon Islanders get a great thrill out of us being there but there are friendships in our own group that were made with people we don’t usually have contact with that has brought us closer and the personal testimonies from our group, I found uplifting. I do want to say the whole group worked very hard – Ken Muggridge
Kukudu is a wonderful little place that has achieved so much for so many over a long period of time. We saw happy, well nourished, well educated, Christian kids with a future in front of them. However, in spite of all this good stuff, they are still at the absolute mercy of both their natural and economic environments. The heat and moisture wreak havoc on their timber buildings by being the almost perfect environment for termites. Literally, wherever you look there are termite ‘leads’ (mud tunnels) everywhere. In building cracks, over concrete slabs, up block walls, inside swing bridge timbers, roof trusses and behind blackboards. Wood rot abounds in doors and door jambs, eaves and facias. Building with timber is a flawed strategy unless termite trapping and treatment becomes a permanent and programmed process. Their economic circumstance is equally dismal. A largely subsistence agriculture economy with a minute cash economy administered by a government that is not at all forthcoming with funds - if indeed they have any to give. Some residents do exhibit entrepreneurial ideas but cannot put thoughts into actions without money. With the right direction, some good on-going advice, some serious personnel training and some short-term financial assistance, Kukudu could develop its way out of its position of financial dependence and continued reliance on foreign aid. Looking at its saleable assets, there’s not much that they can sell that everyone else in the Western Province doesn’t also sell. It must develop a niche product offering that is not being offered by its neighbours. In my opinion, that product could be and should be holidays/tourism aimed at Europeans. Imagine two beachfront Burre’s like the one pictured AUGUST 2011 | fyi 11
(attached). It could be built by the local men, with supervision and design ideas coming from the Kellyville team. It must be full of island flavour but contain the essentials that holidaying Europeans demand - spotlessly clean and fully functional with electricity (hydro), hot water, a modern kitchenette and bathroom, comfortable beds, comfy lounges, something to snack on and a refrigerator full of drinks. Team this with a couple of mountain bikes, a few sets of flippers, mask and snorkel, some walking maps and a guide, a fishing line, a frisbee and you have the beginnings of a fabulous family holiday. Initially, it could be advertised in the Record and open to a familiar market, Adventists. These guests would pay a market rate tariff as they would anywhere else. They might even elect to have all or part of their food catered by the community women - at a market price of course. Didn’t someone famous once say that there was “no such thing as a free lunch?” Their future could be so bright. Kukudu could and should make money from its most plentiful resource nature. With careful consultation, planning and execution we can help them escape the boundaries imposed by Aid and get them firmly on the path of Development - Nick Dixon
Honestly, it was just the most awesome experience! I was so excited to go and just be... I didn’t see myself in the mirror for ten days and I know that is a good thing because I usually choose my mood for the day depending on what I look like that day, if I have a bad hair day or if I have a pimple that day it usually gets me down, but not there!! :) I was just feeling so happy and content and not because of the way I looked but because I was just happy and the people over there were also just happy. It really humbled me. I made so many great friends who I got to know and I also got to know Catherine really well. Usually we would start the day off by doing some painting, then having lunch and then going to the Jetty which was so fun cause we would all muck around and play games with the locals and push each other in and then do some more painting in the afternoon. One day when we were up at the primary school, Catherine and I painted the whole yr 1 classroom by ourselves and after it we felt so proud! The next day we then did a decoration on the front feature 12
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wall and we did this underwater theme with all fish dolphins ect, we were kind of worried though that our ‘Amazing’ artwork would scare the kids though. Haha- they were stoked. Catherine and I met two really beautiful girls, Jenirah and Lillian. They gave us each a turtle, shark and a necklace and wrote this really sweet little letter to us pretty much saying even though we are distant we will always be in their hearts and I think that was really special. Now the food, all I can say is mmmm! Its was amazing the food, every lunch and every dinner they would cook for us. And I think they spend nearly all day cooking for us because in the mornings you would walk past the cooking classroom and there would be all these ladies in there singing and cooking and that would be the same story after lunch when they were preparing dinner. But you could just taste all the flavours and I think one of the most popular things was a wrap sort of thing and it had sweet potato some nights then others it had beens and it was called Roti everyone loved them and everynight when we were waiting for people to arrive for dinner some of us would go check and want to know what’s on the Roti tonight? Some nights we would go out to the Jetty with some of the local teen/youth and we would just sit there getting to know each other, jamming on the guitar and it was just so peaceful being there listening to the waves and I actually was amazed by how much light the moon creates because we are so reliant on lights but there the power was on from 6:30pm-9:30pm and then suddenly when we are all in the middle of a game of cards at the kitchen table. BANG its black! I could go on and on about this place and talk about everything in detail, it was just so beautiful there and I do miss it. I hope to go back there. But I thank God for giving me this opportunity of experiencing Kukudu, I have come back a changed girl – Jaz Sutherland
This trip for me was an opportunity to see some family history and reacquaint myself with the South Pacific Islands. My parents were sent to Kukudu as missionaries in 1958 and they spent 2 years there until they needed to move as my mum had contracted Falaria (no not Malaria, but a disease also transmitted by mosquitos). Since their time there many years ago Dad has been back for a “fly
and build” and has also supported many projects. While I have been asked for donations over the years I did not appreciate how much of an impact they were having until I walked around parts of the mission with Cyril. Cyril is a long-time friend of my parents and is someone who gets things done, and attribute I feel may be in short supply. He showed me around the village of Meresu and pointed to many things and said “Your Daddy sent me the money for that” or “this is what we built from the money your Dad sent”. When talking about this with some of the guys in the house we were staying in, they provided the insight that, “at least I knew where my inheritance was being spent”. As a family we also spent a couple of years in Vanuatu, so I was frequently comparing my boyhood memories of Vanuatu with what I was experiencing in the Solomon’s, I’m sure the guys got sick of hearing me compare the two places, but when faced with something quite outside our norms it at least was one way of dealing with the differences. The group of volunteers introduced themselves to the church at Kukudu on the Saturday morning. Jake got quite a reaction from the audience when he said he was Geoff Harrington’s grandson. I also met a few of Dad former pupils and while they are retired the impact of the missionary’s from many years ago is still being felt as the students, children are now involved in church work or activities. The work was a reminder to me of the heat and humidity found in the Islands, and this was the middle of winter, I cannot imagine what it would be like in summer, too soft obviously. While my personal contribution to the project was not significant, what was achieved by the team as a whole was pretty dramatic for both of the schools. So looking back this trip was both an experience for us and an opportunity to give to other that have a lot less than us – Paul Harrington
very lacking in todays community. But not in Kellyville or Gods family abroad. Kids and teenagers to give up their holidays to help others, retirees and adults to walk away from their day to day activities, business’s and jobs. The reward to associate with some of the most thankful and generous people I have ever met. To stand back and see a man break down because you have helped him fulfil his dream doesn’t get much better than that. Blessings to all who helped and donated to a great cause. It was special to do with my boys and great friends - will hold the memory forever - Brett Partridge
Sometimes I sit in awe of the way God moves people. Here was this project that so much was needed, just to give another human the sense of caring. The electricity was something we all take for granted and as a electrician can sometimes seem mundane. But when put in perspective that its another mans dream for his pupils it changes everything. I knew we could do it, but we could not do it alone. Hence God steps in and touches peoples hearts to give and to help. This is the part that blows me away. The circumstances, the strange events, that take place, The giving to complete strangers - foreigners, sacrifice of time and income, passion to help others 26 other helpers and the joy to give is sometimes AUGUST 2011 | fyi 13
Why Am I Here? By Lyndelle Peterson
As a child in primary school I would often lie in bed staring up at the ceiling. It was pretty cool in the 90s to have glow in the dark stars and planets all over the room and I loved to look at them and count them as I fell asleep. Many thoughts drift through a child’s mind right before sleep envelopes them. Most of my thoughts were of childish and trivial things like toys, school, friends and perhaps what I was going to have for lunch tomorrow. There was one concept I can remember pondering from a very early age. Why am I here? Me, in this bed, looking up at these tiny glow-in-the-dark stars. How am I who I am? How am I me? Why am I me? What is my purpose? These were huge questions for such a small child, major concepts that I just couldn’t seem to get my head around. I would deliberate over these questions until my little brain hurt but never seemed to come to any concrete conclusion.
of going to God was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men and (as far as we are capable) purely for the love of God… that the end we ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity.” Perhaps the highest end or focus for our lives, perhaps our purpose as Christians is to know God, to show Gods love in and through how we live and simply enjoy His presence in our lives. Perhaps we get so caught up in trying to meet the criteria, tick the boxes and do the “Christian” thing we forget to just enjoy our relationship with God, to enjoy His presence in the everyday humaneness of life. We exist because God created us, each and every one of us was put on this earth for a reason and part of that is to glorify God and have a relationship with Him. In the wise words of Brother Lawrence “let it be your business to keep your mind in the presence of the Lord.” As a small child it was difficult for me to grasp the concept of a creator that made me to have a relationship with Him and as a grow older I still struggle with the idea that an all powerful God would desire that we have an intimate connection with Him.
◊ “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and to fully enjoy Him forever” Why am I me, here, at this time, in this body, with this brain, what am I doing here? As I was preparing for a Bible study this week I came across this quote “What is the chief and highest end of man? Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and to fully enjoy Him forever.” This quote suggests that our supreme responsibility, our purpose, the reason we are put on this earth, should be to glorify God and simply enjoy Him for who He is in our lives today. 1st Corinthians 10:31 tells us to glorify God in all things, including the mundane eating and drinking and John 17:22-24 that we are able to do this through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Brendan Pratt took a Friday night program for the teens a couple of weeks ago where we wrestled with this notion of living every aspect of our lives to glorify God. How do I glorify God as I brush my teeth, eat my breakfast and travel on the bus? Is it our actions that glorify God or our life? Is this the purpose of a Christian? When Matthew Gamble was here for the week of spiritual emphasis he shared some great insights into what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. One thing that really stood out for me though, was when he spoke about having devotional time. Matthew was really passionate that we shouldn’t be segmenting God into devotional time but rather our whole life should be devoted to God. Rather than having devotional “time” we should have a devotional life that is rich with prayer, Bible study, fellowship, outreach etc. essentially, a life that glorifies God. The Practice of the Presence of God is a 300 year old book by a monk who was the chief cook for his order that talks about the joy that comes from the cultivation of a continual sense of God’s presence. Brother Lawrence discovered “That the most excellent method he had found 14
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I want to encourage you to really find joy and fulfilment in your relationship with God, live a devotional life and just enjoy being in His presence.
◊ Hills Adventist College staff have been busy preparing for their Accreditation Assessment this past week. We are happy to report that the accreditation has been successfully completed and our college has received an excellent report. The accreditation team especially commented on our beautiful students and their very positive attitude towards their school ◊ The Ewing family is off to New Zealand for a week where they’re going to play in the snow for the first time in a very long time! ◊ Ken & Wendy Long have just returned from a week in New Caledonia ◊ Marcus & Vanessa Pereira are currently in Portugal after catching up with Ritchie & Bec Reid in London ◊ The Thompson family spent a week in Phuket ◊ Pastor Martin, Drene & Daniel have returned from a month away in Europe, catching up with family, friends, preaching and attending a wedding! ◊ Richard & Colleen Birch have been touring the UK on the bikes!
Funtastic STORMco By Lyndelle Peterson
It was just 5 weeks before our Hills STORMco. Sharyn Harrington and I were chatting at our Leadership Day about how we’d love to do something for kids in the community. With limited time and resources we were unsure as to how we were going to pull this local STORMco together but thankfully God promises “my strength is made perfect in weakness” and boy did we feel like we had a lot of weaknesses! We had soon assembled a team of 30 teens from Hills Adventist College and Kellyville Church with an average age of just 14! Only two of those had been on a STORMco before, but what we lacked in age and experience we made up for in faith and determination. Never before have I met a team more willing to serve then the teens of Kellyville and Hills Adventist College. In the weeks leading up to the Kids Club we enlisted the help of some key teen leaders to bring everything together. Sharyn and myself mentored Jessica Shipton, Meghan Hale and Michael Dalton through the process of leadership in the areas of registration, small group time and dealing with the big group time and special guests. Give teens some responsibility and they sink their teeth into it. We are extremely proud of our leaders and look forward to them developing their gifts in the following years. After a few key training sessions and enlisting the help of some adult supervisors we felt somewhat ready as we approached the big day. If the Hills STORMco is a testimony to anything it is the power of God to bring together something that has been given over to Him. I can’t tell you how it all came together on the day but I can tell you that I saw the Holy Spirit moving on that campus through the teens serving on that first day. All our hesitations and reservations were thrown out the window as we sat back and watched our team serve and they did such a fantastic job. Each day was centred around a different value with special guests to help illustrate those different themes. Monday we had the Fire Brigade come and talk about COURAGE followed by some jugglers who spoke about the importance of PERSEVERANCE if we want to achieve our goals. One of the highlights of the week was our special guest Barbara who came on Wednesday with her guide dog to teach the kids about the importance of TRUST. On Thursday our very own Chaplain Craig Vanas came and showed of his ballooning skills as he shared stories on
the different ways we can show LOVE to one another and we finished of the week with a car and motorbike show illustrating the importance of SELF-RESPECT and looking after our things. Overall the highlight of Hills STORMco was not only seeing the smiling faces of the children and parents but also the immense sense of pride that came from seeing this teens take on such responsibility with a great deal of talent and skill. Many of the parents were shocked and delighted to find out that these were students from our College that had dedicated their time and given up their holidays to serve their community and it was a great advertisement for our new school. Ultimately the greatest thrill was being used by God to share His love with others and to know that the Holy Spirit was working powerfully and actively to counteract our weaknesses and make the whole week a huge success. Averaging 60 children per day we were blessed immensely and look forward to serving in the years to come.
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turn your whole day around - Jess Shipton, Admin Leader
“STORMco was awesome!! It was amazing to be able to make a difference and be able to serve others for our incredible God. It was so cool seeing God working through all of the leaders and just seeing those smiling faces was priceless!” - Kim Parmenter, Craft Leader
It was just like the STORMco we did in Nyngan. We had a lot more kids than we expected which was great! It was so much better than I expected! - Sam Long, Games Leader
“I enjoyed getting involved with the little kids...I’ve never really liked hanging around so many kids and this was just a different experience… there was a little girl who was so quiet so myself and Elyse jumped and started playing with her and we witnessed her opening herself up and her self confidence grow ( plus I got a little gift from her! ) I think God was using us to help open these kids hearts to the Lord and make them more confident in themselves. I enjoyed it, I’m definitely doing it next year!” - Judith Burr, Puppeteer
After Jake come home from his first STORMco he was telling me how great it was and that I should definitely go when I’m old enough. So when I heard a local STORMco was going to be run I put my hand up straight away. It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait until I’m old enough to go to Nyngan! - Aubree Harrington
It was an amazing experience, I have always looked forward to going on a Nyngan STORMco and still do, but this Hills community one was a great experience. I was a clown, and it was so much fun to play with the kids and sing the songs with them. It was also a little tiring, having three kids sit on your lap at once, and want to sit with you all the time! It was a great experience and I really learned that serving is all about others, and I have learnt that serving should not only be at STORMco but anywhere and everywhere. A little thing someone can do makes another so much happier. I discovered that at STORMco, when there was a shy little girl, and I just asked her if she wanted to come play, she had a massive smile on her face, and the rest of the week, whenever she saw me. and I just learnt that you can do so much for others, by just doing a bit - Olivia Jack, Clown I really enjoyed getting involved and seeing the impact us as teens can make on another childs day. Just seeing one of them smile lit us all up and being able to make friends with the little dudes was really cool. I even had one kid give me a lolly and a massive hug on his last day at Kids Club. I learnt that just something simple, but sweet like that can AUGUST 2011 | fyi 17
snapshots some of our favourite pictures from around the church
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quotable some of our favourite thoughts, observations, and opinions from this issue
You may be the only Christian that people cross paths with; the only “bible” some in the world get to read so will you and I jump off the bench and get into the “game” of shedding light into our worlds? ~ pg 5 Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and to fully enjoy Him forever PG 14
W h e n y o u make a living, you are speaking a new world into existence. You are creating grace within the confines, you are cosigning God’s blank checks. Pg 7
S i m p ly at t e n d i n g c h u r c h o r h av i n g a h e a d f u l o f biblcal knowledge does
Hanging on the cross that day, playing the part of Jesus, I realized, “It was more like a rollicking adventure,” says Chris, “like otters in the ocean we swim in the assurance of deep, safe love.” - Pg 4
not and cannot make me a Christian in the true sense of the word.
the desire to pursue a r e l at i o n s h i p
t h at r e a l ly c o u n t s . P G 2 Wow, what an emotional life and attitude changing
To stand back and see a man break down because
you have helped him fulfil
really didn’t know
his dream doesn’t get much
what we were in
better than that - Pg 13
for but the hard work, constant sweating and cold showers were way worth it! - PG 11
Churches have a greater mission than any other business or organization – to share Christ and His message of love and acceptance with the people in their communities. Hospitality ministries can have a significant part in making this happen. How you interact with people makes a huge difference to the experience visitors have at church - Pg 7 AUGUST 2011 | fyi 19
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A great inspirational week sponsored by Fox Valley Adventist Church - everyone is welcome!
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Matthew Gamble is familiar to Kellyvilians as he was our Week of Spiritual Emphasis speaker this year. Nick Zork is a worship leader, songwriter, recording artist and the director of the Andrews University Music and Worship Conference. He regularly leads worship and performs at events around the United States and abroad. For more information, speak to Rod Long or call James 0401 205 180 or Russell 0402 222 220 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kellyville Adventist Church magazine for August 2011