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Australia Brisbane Ben and Cindi Church plant Vision Values Letter from Pastor Frank Damazio
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Australia Australia. It is a land of adventure and mystery. It is a place of contrast, with major urban cities converging with beaches and nature. The original name given to Australia by the Spanish explorer Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros was “Australia del Espiritu Santo” or “Southland of the Holy Spirit”. Implied in the name is a destiny for the country. At present, there is a real need for healthy churches in Australia. Latest research indicates that just under 10% of Aussies attend church weekly. However, whilst there is a great need, there is also an opportunity. 70% of Australians believe in God, and many are searching for answers. Australia is also a very strategic country as it plays a leadership role in the Asia-Pacific region. This region includes Japan, China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Korea.
Ayres Rock at sunset
Brisbane Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland. Brisbane has a population of 2 million people, and is the fastest growing city in Australia, and the second fastest growing city in the Western world according to research conducted by the Brisbane City Council. Each week, 2000 people move to Brisbane. Brisbane is a major metropolis, known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and its close proximity to world class beaches and the Great Barrier Reef. The Brisbane lifestyle is one of variety. Take a long walk down an empty beach at dusk, enjoy the nightlife of the bustling downtown district, enjoy a game of footy with some of your mates, or have lunch at one of the many alfresco cafes along the river. Of course, thereâ€™s no denying the selfish motivation to live in a city that has more sunny days than Florida and warmer winter days than the Bahamas! Words that describe Brisbane: secular irreligious lifestyle aďŹ„uent contemporary young growing optimistic urban spiritual cosmopolitan sports multi-ethnic
Brisbane City at night
Ben and Cindi Ben and Cindi have both been raised in ministry families, and have dedicated their lives to serving God and the local church. For almost 7 years they have felt a call to plant a church in their hometown of Brisbane. Ben was raised in a church planting family. His parents planted 6 churches all around Australia. Cindiâ€™s parents are also in full time ministry.
Ben: GradCertMgt [Qld.UT], GradCertBusAdmin [Deakin], MBA [Deakin] Ben has worked full time in ministry for 8 years, has written two books, and recently completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) through Deakin University in Melbourne. Cindi: B.Ed [Qld.UT] Cindi completed her Bachelor of Education and worked as a school teacher before coming to the USA. She is passionate about ministry and the prophetic. Ben and Cindi served as pastors for 5 years in Australia, before having the privilege to serve on staﬀ as Youth Pastors at City Bible Church for the last 3 years. Recently, they had their first child, Houston Gregory.
Early morning, Manly Boat Harbour, Brisbane
Vision Our vision is to build a multi-site Bible based local church that changes the city of Brisbane, reaching and helping people in need. In time, we also see the development of a significant Bible College. Our vision is to be both a soul winning church, and an equipping church. Our vision is to be a church that has a heart for the Brisbane community, a national focus on Australia, and a regional influence on the Asia Pacific. Vision statement: Empowering you Key vision scripture: Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 8
Values Our core values are captured in two words:
Relevance + Depth
Surfers Paradise and Q1, 45 minutes from Brisbane
Brisbane City and the â€˜Gabbaâ€™ football stadium
A Letter from Pastor Frank Damazio October 16, 2008
Ben and Cindi Windle have served as an integral part of the youth ministry at City Bible Church since moving to Portland from Australia in 2005. Their heart for young people and their ability to pastor has been clearly evident during their time as youth pastors of our 217 Campus. In December we are sending Ben and Cindi back to Australia to plant a church in Brisbane. We send them with a great sense of honor and expectation as to the future. They have the capacity to build a life-impacting church that will influence all who are touched by their ministries. For the Harvest,
Frank Damazio Senior Pastor City Bible Church Portland, Oregon
The Story Bridge, a Brisbane icon
H Fun and fascinating facts about Australia • • • • • • • • • •
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Australia is the largest continent occupied by one nation and is the least populated. Population 20 million. Just under that of Texas. Queensland is 2.5 times the size of Texas. Melbourne has the second largest Greek population in the world outside of Athens Australia is the smallest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent in the world. It is the only country which is also a whole continent. Over 90% of Australia is dry, flat and arid. Almost three-quarters of the land cannot support agriculture in any form. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason. We have 8 of the top 10 most deadly snakes in the world. People: 92% Caucasian descent, 7% Asian descent, 1% Aboriginal descent. Kangaroo - The name for the Australian marsupial Kangaroo came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with ‘Kanguru’, which in the native language meant ‘I don’t know’ . Homicide - Australia was founded by Convicts. Its homicide rate is 1.8 per 100,000 population. The United States was founded by religious people. Its homicide rate is 6.3 per 100,000. Almost 400% greater than Australia. Newspaper readership - Per capita, Australians read more newspapers than any other nation. Urban dwellers - Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised countries, with about 70 per cent of the population living in the 10 largest cities. With less than 1 percent of the world’s population, Australia has more than 20 percent of its poker machines.
Area: Total: 7,686,850 sq km land: 7,617,930 sq km water: 68,920 sq km note: includes Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island Area - comparative: slightly smaller than the US contiguous 48 states Drought – the most severe drought in history means thre are children that are 7 years old that have never seen rain.
Australia is the Worlds Largest Exporter of: • Coal • Wool