Southern Cross DECEMBER 2021

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Scripture Union Family Missions resume this summer.

Mission is on! Tara Sing After a tough few years for tough decision to cancel physical Scripture Union Family Missions, there is cause for celebration. The mission is on, in person, once again! This year more than 1000 volunteers across 25 teams will be packing their bags, hoping to engage 30,000-plus holiday makers with the message of Christ. S U F M r u n s co a s t a l a n d inland evangelistic missions, sending teams to popular tourist destinations throughout NSW to take the gospel to caravan parks, coastal towns and regional communities. However, many teams were affected in the summer of 20192020 by bushfires, and last summer’s COVID restrictions meant that no teams could venture out at all.

missions last summer, so many teams are excited to be heading off this year. “The movement exists to do mission, so to say we couldn’t travel was really hard,” he says. Although teams and programs will look different to previous years, that hasn’t dampened spirits. “We go out to make God’s good news known,” Mr Milham says, “We’re not just going out to run a kids’ club or a coffee cart... “Capacity limits or masks might affect [programs] but they won’t prevent us from meeting our purpose. We might change our programs and modify our missions, but we can do that because we are committed to a purpose, not a program.”

We’re here! The Lennox Head team makes its presence felt.

people, building relationships and having that refreshment that we enjoy so much.” The Kioloa team has had close to 60 members in the past, but this year looks like it will be half that size. Usually they run a 10-day program from December 27 to January 6, with multiple kids’ and family activities each day for the 400 or so families who stay at the park. “This time, we’ve shortened our organised program,” says Mr Luy, a student minister at Park Road Anglican. “Most people FIRST MISSION SINCE 2019 haven’t had the easiest two HOLIDAY MAKERS READY For the team at Kioloa Beach years, so coming off the back This year is looking promising. H o l i d a y P a r k , h a v i n g t o of that and having a short prep Many Sydney residents are implement a different format time, we wanted to try and make desperate to get away after for mission this summer is a tiny mission as easy as possible. “ O u r o rganis e d p ro g ra m months of lo ckdowns and inconvenience compared to the cancelled holiday plans, which joy of finally being able to return finishes on the 31st, but we will be at the campsite until means free spots at caravan in person. parks and holiday rentals are “The joy is going [on mission] January 3. We are hoping many hard to come by. and seeing the p eople and can stay... sharing the love of These people may also be ripe talking to friends in the caravan Christ between each other, and for spiritual conversations, with park from years gone by,” says also seeking to love and care for McCrindle Research revealing Hosea Luy, co-director of the the park around us without our organised program.” almost a third of Australians are Kioloa SUFM team. praying more since the start of “We have spent two years away the pandemic. from mission. This year we are PRAY FOR TEAMS N at h an M il h a m , S U F M ’ s keen and looking forward to Although many teams are missions chairman, says it was a being on mission, talking to preparing with excitement, Mr

Milham acknowledges there is still fatigue and anxiety to manage. “We’ve got really thoughtful and passionate directors and leaders,” he says. “Pray for them as they lead their teams and care for their communities. It’s a tough role for volunteers to lead a mission when there are still questions in the air about what the Government roadmap or COVID cases will look like. “Pray for our leaders – they need encouragement, wisdom and support.” As his team gets ready to go, Mr Luy prays they would be truly captivated by the gospel. “It’s the foundation of our faith, really, believing in the good news of Jesus and having that sink into your heart,” he says. “Pray this will sink into our hearts so that we are thankful to God for his grace towards us and that we desire to share it with others. “Also, pray for our relationships with the people who we’ve known for a long time [at the caravan park], the people who we meet, and the caravan park management and staff.” SC

Full-on fun with time to chat: Urunga SUFM.



December 2021