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Pacific News July-September 2011 A Job Unfinished We welcome you again to another edition filled with stories and points for your prayers. Thankyou for joining with us in this work. As we have reported, the translation of ‘Tok Pisin’ Bible School curricula for Solomons has made some great progress thanks to the work of Wendy Rayner and the SIL/Wycliffe team. However the task, while continuing, remains uncompleted and will require further investment. This highlights the critical need to find ways to collaborate well and build capacity for developing literature suited to many countries, not only in our region but globally. For this reason I attended the SU Global Publishing meeting in France in June. It is notable that there is not a shortage of opportunity and need, nor also of good publications in English and other languages - but of the means to put them into the native languages that will best serve the needs of the people for clear understanding and effective ministry. We are thankful for those who have assisted us in the work that has been done. Please be in prayer that God will supply the need, and be open to being a part of the answer to that prayer. Of course there are many other needs that relate to unfinished ministry. You will be encouraged by the stories from all around our region that highlight the terrific work that is being done and the lives that are being changed. You will be challenged to continue serving them through your prayers and in practical ways. You will especially be stimulated by the challenges that face Sam Emery as he serves the Pacific Islands and the opportunities to build relationships across the region for the support and strengthening of ministry (including through ‘Sustain’). And you will be humbled to see the battle that is waging in Australia by virtue of the High Court Challenge to federal government funding of chaplaincy as growing segments of our society move from regarding Christianity as being good, to unnecessary, to damaging. Can we count on your continuing support? Lloyd Carter Regional Director www.scriptureunion.org.au

ABN: 41 151 542 731 Lloyd Carter Regional Secretary 31 Chapman Street Chapel Hill Qld 4069 Australia Ph/F: +61 7 3378 3702 M: +61 433 352 088 Email: director@su.org.au Sam Emery Pacific Islands Coordinator 35 Mountain Road, Rotorua NZ PO BOX 5125 Westend, Rotorua NZ Ph: +64 7 349-3722 Fax: + 64 7 349-2237 M: + 64 274 772-640 Email: sam.emery@slingshot.c o.nz Executive Wayne Fraser (Chair) Lloyd Carter (Secretary) Ron Lawrence (Treasurer) Sam Emery (PI Coord) Wendy Rayner (Aust) Penelope Trought (NZ) Albea Nalisa (PI) Sisa Teilai (PI)


Australia SUA Resources for Ministry – Resourcing the Movements and Churches across the Region SUA – RFM Team Farewells Kevin Hooper At the end of June, the SUA team will say farewell to Kevin Hooper, who has served as Business Development Manager for SUA Resources for Ministry since July 2008. He leaves SUA to take an extended break in order to regain good health. He plans to spend time in the Word of God, to step-up his fitness regime, and begin to regain both spiritual and physical strength through daily prayer-walks in a rural setting and through times of reading the Bible and waiting on God. He will miss his daily involvement with SU and the RFM team after almost 32 years of serving the Lord in Christian communications, (mostly in Christian bookselling and Christian broadcasting). Following a time of rest and recuperation, he hopes to find further opportunities of service to the Lord. Kevin will miss his daily involvement with the team, but he will remain committed to the ideals of Scripture Union to assist believers to engage daily in the Word of God and apply it’s teachings in their daily walk. He has enjoyed the challenges that the position with RFM has brought him and he praises God for the opportunity he has had to play a role in resourcing the Australian Church. Kevin is confident that the new team leader, Aiko Abbas, will be joining a dedicated team of professional people who are very committed to resourcing the churches and the eight SU movements across Australia. Please remember to pray for the Aiko as he settles-in, as well as for Arlene, Colin, Leanne, Alison, Jason, John and the wonderful team of volunteers who help with the quarterly distribution of SU’s Bible Reading Guides. SUA RFM Post: Locked Bag 2 CCBC NSW 2252 Australia T: + 61 (02) 4337 0200

RFM’s quarterly BRG mailout - over 14,000 Bible reading guides sent out every quarter!

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Regen Dinner 2011 The Regen Dinner is SUACT’s major fundraising and showcase event during the year. Nearly 500 people gathered at the Hellenic Club to acknowledge the work of SUACT in Canberra’s schools. Guest MC Cameron Semmens created a great atmosphere from the start with his unique blend of performance and poetry, combining both humour and wisdom in his pieces. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading child and adolescent psychologists was guest speaker. He shared with us the challenges facing young people in schools, particularly mental health issues. Dr CarrGregg reflected on the role of school chaplaincy from the perspective of his professional discipline, sharing valuable insights. He noted various challenges and also stated his strong support for this role. Chaplaincy Director Di Priest led a segment showcasing SUACT Chaplaincy. Josh Mitchell, participant in the pilot Youth Leadership Training Program, shared his perspective from the viewpoint of a young person. With approximately 30 ACT schools represented, and at least as many churches, the evening was a great opportunity for networking. $85,000 was raised towards the support of SU schools chaplaincy and allied work in schools, camps and leadership development. Leader of the Opposition in the ACT Legislative Assembly, Zed Seselja, attended as a guest and subsequently reported in most positive terms about the event.

www.suact.org.au

Prayer for the School Chaplaincy program On Sunday 1st May churches across the nation joined together for the inaugural National Day of Prayer for School Chaplains, an initiative of SU QLD. Over 350 churches gathered to pray that school students across the nation would not lose their chaplain as a result of the High Court challenge that threatens the federal government funding of the school chaplaincy program across Australia. A minister in Goondiwindi wrote: “Our church has been very supportive of the Chaplaincy program and commits each year to provide financial assistance.” A Brisbane minister stated: “We think the Chaplaincy program in schools is so important. We support them in our local schools as much as possible.” The High Court will meet on 9 - 11 August to determine whether the Commonwealth can fund school chaplaincy under the terms of the current National School Chaplaincy Program guidelines. So far over 32,000 people have signed a Statement of Support calling on the Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard to do everything in her government’s power to ensure the federal funding of school chaplaincy continues. “We would value your prayers over the coming months,” said Tim Mander, CEO of SU QLD. “Please pray especially that kids will not lose their chaplains through this High Court challenge.”

www.suqld.org.au


The power of God’s Word “You know… I’ve really struggled to understand what God is up to in the Old Testament. I GET IT! He keeps loving these people who keep wandering away from him”. This statement was made recently by a man attending a Biblical Turning Points series. Not a church attender, his wife invited him to the course. Reluctantly he agreed to come, and over the weeks he began to ask questions of the presenter, of God and of himself. The most recent course attracted around 150 participants, and one church is devoting their entire morning sermon time to providing this big sweep of the Bible. The program is proving to be a great introduction to E100. The course will soon be available in DVD format for small group programs. Please pray for the DVD release, that it will be fruitful and help churches to engage their congregations in God’s Word.

www.suvic.org.au

Chaplains in Tasmania's State Schools Tasmania's Praypal website connects school chaplains with their supporters and helps the flow of information and prayer points to reach those praying for the work of chaplains in our state schools. The site serves as a resource for chaplaincy-related information. Chaplains provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis and those who just need a friend. As well as being available to students, the chaplain may also connect with others throughout the wider community. Chaplains are backed, supported and in some cases, financially provided for by a Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC) which may consist of local pastors, business people and parents. Each Chaplain is part of a wider regional group and relates to a Chaplaincy Support Officer (CSO) who is available to listen to and encourage the chaplains in their regional area. The LCC's, CSO's and particularly the Chaplains, need this committed support as they walk alongside those in their community, praying for wisdom as they touch the lives of many. This is such a privilege.

www.sutas.org.au

Helping Schools into Mission Christian schools have been in a “boom” phase for the last couple of decades. Many of them have been including among their aims the desire to have students equipped to be contributing members of the church and its mission, but few of them have really worked out how to do that, aside from smaller side activities here and there. In SA, Hamilton McNicol, SUSA State Youth Coordinator (pictured) has been working with the students and staff of the Sunrise Christian School Marion campus to develop ways in which the school cannot just be a Christian presence in their local area, but become a Christian influence. It has involved some aspects of simple connection with local residents, such as Christmas and Easter gifts made at the school, as well as working with the student leaders, helping them in their formation as Christian leaders. Mark Schultz, Executive Director of SUSA, sees this as being something of great value in helping local churches be more involved in community outreach. “If we can help churches partner with their local Christian schools, the potential for these young people to develop into leaders in local mission is exponential.”

www.su.org.au/sa


DARE Gives At-Risk Kids a Real Change Throughout Western Australia there is an increase in children at risk of dropping out of the school system. The effect of leaving school early can leave children with no way of reaching their full potential. To help these children, SUWA’s DARE program has teamed up with the not-for-profit organisation Alta-1 and Esther House to provide an epic camping journey for high-school students who are at risk of disengaging from the school system. Recently leaders from DARE headed down to Albany to run a three weeks camp for students for at Glen Echo farm. This was an amazing, not to mention a massive, camping experience. SU WA, Alta-1 and Esther House worked together to introduce Jesus to about 80 at-risk young people. And God really showed his workmanship in them during the camp. Through the songs that were sung and the gospel that was shared, there’s no doubt that lives were changed forever.

www.suwa.org.au

Busy Times in SUNSW Things in NSW are hectic at present. There have recently been a couple of very good fundraising and profile-raising events: the Chairman’s Breakfast and Enough Hope (interviews with SU luminaries) were good times of connection with the past and hopefully building new connections into the future. SU NSW are renovating their new building at Rydalmere. It is exciting to anticipate a new start in a refurbished building but it is also a little disruptive to the staff. They hope to have the project finished by Christmas. In these next few months the Schools ministry and Missions ministry increase in intensity. The Mission’s crew start their training days and preparation of the mission season over Christmas. The next events are Director’s Base Camp, for new SUFM (Family Mission) directors, and then the 360 training day for all of SUFM volunteers. In the Schools ministry they have the ISCF leadership Conference coming up as well as Class of a Different Kind, a networking and support event. Each September they also run multiple HSC Lockdowns (HSC [final year] study camps). The next Camps are V11 (Vanuatu mission trip) in July and the Ag Camps in September and October. “We pray that all these events might reach more young people and families with the Good News of Jesus”.

www.nsw.su.org.au


Sad News for Scripture Union It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Ron Buckland. Ron was the State Director of SU Tasmania for some eight years, and SU National Director and Pacific Regional Secretary for a further 17 years, finishing those roles in 1999. He was the author of “Children and the Gospel” and was a major contributor to the thinking and approach of the movement around the issue of evangelism with children. It would not be too much to say that his ministry impacted literally thousands across the world, including many that he encouraged down the road of senior leadership in SU. Ron was an avid promoter of the gospel with the children in his own neighbourhood in Melbourne where he spent the last 12 years in ministry. A Celebration service was held on Wednesday 15th June and was attended by SU representatives from around Australia It was a tremendous testimony to the man and to his willingness to be used by God to impact many lives. He leaves behind his wife, Jill, and two adult sons, Martin and Simon. Please give thanks for Ron’s life and ministry and uphold his family, at the end of an epic journey with Ron’s health battles, in this time of sadness.

Pacific Islands Visit to Solomons and PNG Sam Emery, Pacific Island Coordinator. It was very encouraging during a visit to Solomon Islands to see some new systems in place, with good processes & decisions being made by council. These have resulted in a new tenant for their building,and two task force teams appointed to look after property & operations, staff reviews, developing of a property project plan, and an active student council. The visit to PNG was a full and busy time spent with staff, council, students, school principals, and land owners (related to a possible camp site – there are two options). School ministry has increased from 167 to 200 schools and there is now school ministry in 20 provinces out of 22 provinces. Praise the Lord, the ministry of education is open to SUPNG presenting a draft Christian Education curriculum for primary & secondary schools & tertiary level. It was also good to see some new council members appointed and an active Christian Teachers association working with SUPNG. For the next visit in July there are plans to visit some of the provinces and follow up on progress with the property project and operations team.

sam.emery@scriptureunion.org.nz

Scripture Union Easter Camp This year is another milestone for SU Vanuatu and all the glory and honour be to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It was the first time ever that SU Vanuatu staged the Easter camp in three places. A total number of over 300 students attended the camps. The SU branch at the Northern Islands had the theme ‘ The Power of Easter’, the SU branch at the Southern Islands had the theme ‘To know Him and to make Him Known’, and the IDS (SU) Campsite ( which is the main centre) had the theme ‘ There’s power in the blood of Jesus Christ’. During the camps there was a tremendous move of God with a lot of students giving their lives to the Lord for the first time and there were also some who made recommitments. The camps were full of activities such as Bible study, prayer times, campfire, sports, mini Olympics, etc. Congratulations to SU North and SU South for their first ever SU camps.

www.scriptureunionvanuatu.com


SU Land in Fiji Praise God for the provision of land for the ministry of SU Fiji. The land owner has signed the form to enable the ministry to process the lease of the 16 acres of land for the ministry. It will be a 50-year lease and it is hoped that through partnership with SU friends from SUSA, SU Pacific, the Sustain project team and SUFiji there will be enough provision to enable the ministry to develop the land to accommodate Camps, Conferences and Motels for SU Friends across the world. This is an exciting step forward and has the potential to impact many lives.

Strength of the Ministry SU Tonga praises the Almighty God for all the leadership and strength that he has bestowed upon the organisation. It only survives by the power of prayer from the workers and supporters locally and internationally. Apart from SU regional grants there is no basic source of income. It survives because of the wisdom and grace of the Lord Almighty. In the SU office, staff pray three times a day - morning, lunch and evening. In the schools they have their own prayer fellowship and they come together every Friday evening and join in a combined prayer meeting at the head office, Maseia Plaza; they call it the “Upper Room”. All the leaders of the school come together every Wednesday evening and have their combined prayer meeting at the head office also. Not only that but the ex-ISCF have their own prayer meeting every Wednesday at lunch time at the head office as well, and different prayer groups are running in their own villages. “We believe that prayer is the power of our Ministry here in the kingdom of Tonga; not by our work, wisdom or knowledge but by the power of God.”

Changing young lives Scripture Union PNG is thankful for Sam Emery’s visit (the Pacific Islands Coordinator). He spent about a week speaking to hundreds of school children and visiting key leaders in the Education Department and the Ministers’ Fraternal regarding a possible Christian curriculum in the government schools. The Education Department recognises the work of Scripture Union in schools and acknowledges that the movement is in a better position to take on the challenge of developing this curriculum. SUPNG continue to make a difference in the lives of students in schools and camps. In May the SU working committee in Port Moresby organised a camp for about 450 students from primary, secondary and national high Schools. SUPNG is thankful that it has a good relationship with Catholic schools. Amongst the hundreds that were touched by the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, there was one particular student that came from a tribal fighting back ground. Some years earlier during a tribal fight his father and uncle were gunned down right in front of him. He ran away from home and lived in fear until he attended the SU camp for the first time. That was the turning point when he found inner peace through receiving Christ and forgiving his enemies; not an easy thing to do. Please continue to support SU movements which are making lots of differences by becoming agents of change for young people in schools.


Scripture Union in High Schools Despite the challenges and difficulties SU Solomon Islands has faced in its running of the movement, there are still great and marvellous things happening. The Student Council has been a successful concept within the SU movement in the Solomon Islands. Its purpose is to provide a forum where young potential leaders, who are members of SU, take leadership roles to empower their peers. Playing this vital role in schools has also resulted in a rapid growth of students joining the movement. Our Student Councils are actively taking part in a HIV Life Skills project that SU Solomon Islands is piloting. 2011 is a year of empowerment for the Student leaders. Camp nights are organised fortnightly, where leaders of SU groups come together to share with each other from God’s word, encouraging one another. Many of the students admitted the camps truly help them to reflect on the word of God as the source of refuge and hope in this difficult time our country is going through. top right: students involved in praise and worship. Bottom left: Chlorine, Kenneth, Beverly during one of the weekend camps. Bottom right: A student leader speaking during one of the weekend camps.

New Zealand Earthquake Response The recent and ongoing earthquakes in Christchurch have had a devastating effect on people as well as buildings and the economy. Besides donating some money it has been difficult to know what to do that is meaningful for the people of Canterbury. Thinking about this, two volunteers living in Wellington, Tanya Layborne and Raewyn Phipps, came up with the idea of running a camp on the outskirts of the city where families could experience some reprieve from the aftershocks and cleaning up. A campsite was available and programme resources assembled, allowing parents to come and go as work commitments demanded. Some staff attended to help facilitate what was planned and up to 50 people enjoyed a week of being together and seeing their children and families experience some normal life activities. The stories coming out of this camp talk of deep appreciation for the space to recharge and reconnect with each other. This experience of deep community certainly reflected a core value of Scripture Union and brought together a number of people who had been involved with and affected by Scripture Union activities in the past. Doing something practical like this that drew on the resources in our network was very satisfying and reminded us to never underestimate the power of an idea and good relationships.

www.youradventurebegins.org.nz


Pacific Region Prayer Diary July 1

New Caledonia

SU NSW have sent French language ministry team to spend this week in New Caledonia. Pray that good connections will be developed for the strengthening of ministry. Pray for new opportunities to emerge out of the relationships being developed.

2

Western Australia

Praise God for what He has provided us through the generosity of our donors in the End of Financial Year Appeal. Pray for the growth of our missions and movement in WA.

3

ACT

Pray for promotion for our E100 Children’s resource, The Big Bible Challenge..

4

NSW

5

PNG

6

Solomons

Shearing Camp during July school holidays. Pray for a great time of ministry and fun. ISCF Conference, 4th-9th July. Pray for wisdom and creative ideas. V11 – Scripture Union’s Vanuatu Missions Trip for year 12 students, 9th-16th. Pray for safety & impact. Sam Emery plans to visit PNG, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Lae and Madang between 29 th June and 13th July. Please pray for a safe and productive trip. Prayer for further strengthening and development of our literature ministry.

7

Tasmania

Pray for the Junior Leaders' Training Camp, 8th-10th. Pray for these young people who are willingly taking on the role of leadership. Pray for humility, for strength, and confidence to learn new skills and how to work in a team.

8

Vanuatu

Pray for SU PNG mission outreach to Vanuatu, 8th-24th..

NT

Indigenous youth camp – Burunga, near Katherine, 10th – 13th. Pray that those involved will hear and receive the Word of God.

9 10

SA

This week, 10th-14th, students completing their final years of school will be away on SWOT (study) Camp. Designed to help students prepare for exams and think about their future, pray as they reflect on the plans that God has for them & their place in His plans.

11

ACT

Youth Leadership Training Conference, 11th-13th. Pray for wisdom and understanding.

12

Western Australia

Pray for the winter camps that are currently running. Pray that God reveals His love and kindness to the kids who are participating in this winter camp, from 10 th-22nd.

13

Tonga

Pray for the translation of the Tongan Daily Bread 2012.

14

Fiji

School visitation- Northern/ Western Division. Pray for favour and for new ways to reach the next generation.

15

Africa

Nigeria: Thank God for the successful National Elections acclaimed free and fair even by International Observers. There have been reports of killings and persecution of Christians in the North. Intercede for God's justice to be done!

16

Vanuatu

Pray as ministry expands in both the SU Northern [SU-NI] & SU Southern Islands[SUT].

17

NZ

The first ever SUPAkidz camp for the children of prisoners is being held near Wellington this week, 18th-22nd in partnership with Prison. Pray for the leadership that is running this camp to be sensitive to needs and skilled in responding to the families.

18

SA

Youth Leadership Week 2011 runs for young emerging leaders this week, 19 th-22nd. Pray they will be enriched & challenged to be people who bring a Kingdom influence in their churches, community & world. Pray for those who will mentor them in the year ahead.

19

Tasmania

Pray for our YMIS (Youth Ministry in Schools) Intensive training course for chaplains, 19th-22nd. This is a compulsory course for new school chaplains.

20

Tonga

The Combined fellowship will meet today. Pray for a great time of connection with God and each other, and for the leaders.

21

PNG

Pray for the SU regional camps around PNG.

22

QLD

23

NSW

SU volunteer leaders Retreat, 22nd-24th. Pray for a great time of fellowship and planning. SUFM (Family Mission) Director’s Training Day 23rd July, pray for connection and a great time of impartation.


24

NZ

Kids camp at Rotorua. Pray that children will be impacted & come to know God better.

25

Australia

A General Assembly tonight by telephone to vote on proposals from the SUA Review. Please pray for good understanding, decisions & commitment to the new structure.

26

Solomons

27

QLD

28

Australia

Pray for the Students council as they begin school visitation this term. Terry Williams Chairing QLD Children’s Ministry Network Meeting. Pray for wisdom and direction for the coming months. The primary age field ministry leaders from the States & Territory movements will meet in Melbourne today to be trained in strategies for using the ‘Big Bible Challenge’ and ‘Daniel Quest’ resources. Please pray these will be effective in children’s lives.

29

Tonga

Leaders training, please pray for impartation and great connection between leaders.

30

Solomons

Prayer for the planning team for the sports tournament which will happening sometime in August. Prayer for the National Council for God’s guidance in their decision making.

31

Australia

Kevin Hooper concluded as Business Development Manager of resources For Ministry at the end of June. Please pray for a time of health recovery for him. Pray also for Aiko Abbas who has taken up the team leadership role.

August 1

QLD

Staff Conference, 1st-5th . Please pray for Godly direction & for a great time of fellowship & connection.

2

Britain & Ireland

Scotland: Many Scottish children are attending camps or holiday clubs in July. Lots of them return year on year and yet put off committing to Christ. Pray for such an awareness of God’s presence at each event that they would bow the knee and acknowledge Jesus as Saviour and Lord

3

NT

Quiz Worx, a children’s ministry group will visit schools during Aug (1 st – 14th) performing puppetry, chalk drawing and singing in a very creative way. Please pray for students to think seriously about the message.

4

Western Australia

Thank God for the holiday camps that ran during the winter. Pray for the campers that they will continue to explore and be challenged in their faith.

5

Vanuatu

6

NSW

7

Pacific

Pray for SU Youth weekend camp, for a safe and powerful time of encountering God. Moving into the first refurbished stage of the building (final move in December). Please pray for a smooth transition. Following the decisions of the SUA Council in July, SU Pacific may need to consider some changes to the way the movements are supported in the region. Please pray for the Executive in considering these.

8

Tonga

Pray for financial needs of the SU Tonga.

9

ACT

Development of SUPA Clubs.

10

VIC

Give thanks for continued growth in schools ministry.

11

PNG

12

NZ

13

SA

14

Solomons

15

Tasmania

Pray for SUPNG’s major fundraising corporate dinner that is planned for this month to raise funds for a vehicle for the SUPNG office. Nationwide Pray Day for Schools event. Churches pray for schools in their communities. Pray for good participation by Christians in engaging with schools and increased interest in what SU is able to offer communities to work in their school communities. Team Leaders of SUSA’s camp and mission directors will be on retreat today. Pray for a great time of growing their God-given vision for the ministry and equipping those who will work with them to reach children, youth and families. Prayer for the staff as they liaise with a host school for the end month Rally. Pray that great things will be done. Pray for the launch of “Spirituality Toolbox” (15th-17th), a resource developed by SU Tas to help teachers tackle the issue of spiritual health. Pray for many educators/politicians to attend the launch events and be excited about this unique resource.


Kids Game, pray for all children, staff and volunteers involved, and for a fun and impacting event. Combined fellowship meeting, pray for all involved and for God’s presence to be tangible.

16

Fiji

17

Tonga

18

Americas

Haiti: Pray for new volunteers & resources for the project “Light for Families” with volunteers giving them biblical material to families. A project is being planned “Giving tools to Haitian pastors” to resource them with better biblical material.

19

Australia

The Management & Development Group (National Executive) will meet in Adelaide this weekend (19th-21st). Please pray as they consider the transitional issues to the new national governance and collaboration model.

20

Western Australia

Pray for today’s Transform Conference that God will empower the speakers and equip His people who are joining this event to do His missions.

21

Vanuatu

22

NZ

23

PNG

Pray for water and light to be connected to the SU camp site. 22nd-26th Scripture Union staff meet in Auckland for the annual staff conference followed by ministry department days. Pray for the staff to be encouraged in their ministry areas, refreshed in their energy & vision, and for leadership to be strong & clear. Pray for the fundraising committee and for supporters to give to SU work.

24

VIC

Pray for the release of Biblical Turning Points DVD series, that it will assist churches to engage their people in God’s Word.

25

ACT

26

Tonga

27

Pacific

28

NZ

29

Tasmania

Chaplaincy Conference, 25th-26th. Please pray for wisdom and effective equipping. Prayer chain and ISCF Rally, 26th – 27th. Pray for God to move in both of these events, and for His power to be manifested. SU NZ AGM. Please pray for all discussions and outcomes that God’s will is done. This weekend, the Annual Meeting of staff, governance & key volunteers. Presenting fresh vision & sharing plans for the year ahead as well as considering finance & governance changes. Pray for all will be committed to creating a great future for our mission. Pray for today’s whole Staff meeting. Many field staff are regionally based and do not meet together regularly so pray it will be a unified time of fellowship, fun, growth and understanding.

30

QLD

Please pray for all of the upcoming camps and their leaders: Gracemere Powerkids Camp/Community Outreach. Directors: Susan & Robert Davey. Ubertweak Nanobyte, Primary Computer Camp at Toogoolawah. Directors: Ashley Donaldson & Megan.

31

PNG

Pray for professional Christian teachers that started meeting to develop a Christian curriculum under SUPNG.

September 1

Pacific

Sam’s visit to Tonga Student Camp, 1st, 8th, 16th. Please pray for safe travel and for God to move in people’s lives during the camp.

2

Solomons

Prayer for the HIV project which the National Council put on hold.

3

Pacific

4

NSW

5

Vanuatu

Good resources for Pacific Island nations are in short supply. Pray as we follow up on some ideas and leads for financial capacity to develop them. HSC Lockdowns (final school exam study camps in various places) during September, pray for students to be refreshed during this time. Pray for encouragement and empowerment for SU volunteers, Grina & Christina.

6

PNG

Pray for the SUPNG team that it is planning a major KIDSGAMES in the city this month.

7

SA

For 3 years, SUSA has placed a Regional Worker and Ministry Development Team on the Lower Eyre Peninsula region of SA. Mark Schultz & Jenny Lanyon are now developing a plan for more regional work in other rural areas of SA. Pray for wisdom & foresight.

8

Fiji

Volunteers Training/ Central, Western & Northern Divisions. Pray for wisdom and


blessing for all of our amazing volunteers. Annual national camp to Eua Island, pray for those that are coming from overseas and the running of the camp to be successful. Prayer for the Student Council leaders who will leave school after external exams. Prayer also for the new student leaders that God will empower them in their leadership roles Sam Emery plans follow-up visits to the Pacific islands who are in need of most help. Please pray for wisdom and safe tavel. Pray for Camp Coolamatong and Gavin Osborne (Director) as they minister every week to school groups.

9

Tonga

10

Solomons

11

Pacific

12

VIC

13

West Asia

China: Please pray for more Sunday schools for children, youth camps & Christian marriage seminars, camps and/or seminars for the marriage would be launched in order for His kingdom to be expanded in China. For permission to publish Bible Reading Notes.

14

ACT

Pray for the preparation and planning for Zone 40 Primary Camp.

15

NZ

Pray for Neville Bartley, the new National Youth Ministry Leader, as he coordinates our ministry through camping & school involvement. This broad role is vital to ensuring the breadth & depth of our ministry. Neville needs a clear head for leading the way ahead.

16

Vanuatu

Pray for SU council members and families. Pray for this month’s ISCF Rally.

17

PNG

Pray for our Sustain project. Funding is needed so that it can be actioned.

18

Europe

Romania: Pray for our social evangelistic events in Negresti Vaslui, the poorest area of the European Union. Not only do we want to present Jesus Christ but also to provide shoes and basic food parcels (feeding 3-400 people) for these very poor people.

19

Pacific/Inter nationa

The SU International Team and executive meet in Germany this week (19 th-23rd). Lloyd will attend. Pray for clear insights into the best way for the SU global community to relate & support each other.

20

Tonga

Pray for a new piece of land for the new office of SU Tonga, also for office equipment and stationery, a vehicle etc.

21

Western Australia

Pray for the growth of SUWA missions and school ministry. Pray for the leaders that God will always guide them with strength and wisdom.

22

Fiji

Financial Partnership Drive, please pray for favour and provision.

23

Tonga

Pray for the Mission Trip 2011 – 2012 to Australia.

24

NSW

SUFM (Family Mission) 360 Training Day. Pray for all involved for practical tools to be shared to enable staff and volunteers to impact lives. Boys’ Ag Camp 25th September – 2nd October, pray for a safe and empowering time.

25

South Asia

26

Tasmania

27

PNG

28

Pacific

29

NSW

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Tonga

Pakistan: SU in Pakistan is looking to expand its ministry to South Punjab. Please pray for wisdom and open doors. And as the country faces difficult times, please pray too for the protection of SU staff and peace and stability for the country as a whole. Pray for a powerful response at the Annual Fundraising Dinner. Pray that support will be above and beyond expectation and that a desire to see ministry extended will be the strong and motivating factor for all present. Thank God for a strong council which two more members have joined. Sam plans to return to visit Solomon Islands along with a team from SU Victoria, 28 th Sept – 7th October. Pray for him and the team as they travel. North Coast Junior Ag Camp 29th September -4th October. Pray for all involved that it will be a time of impartation and fun. Follow-up for the new Christians who accepted Jesus into their lives during the National camp in Eua. Pray that they will continue to walk with the Lord, growing in maturity and developing their relationship with God.

Pacific News July - September 2011  

Quarterly newsletter for Scripture Union Pacific Region

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