Once again the time has come for Moore College to send us out into the world (literally) to partner with churches for a week of mission. While many of our teams will be Sydney based, there are a few teams heading a little further.
This year my mission team is heading to Canberra to work with Crossroads Church for 8 days, starting Sunday. Much excitement!
But we’re not the team going the furthest. One team will be on planes this weekend, heading to Hong Kong for the week.
If you want to know a little about what we do on mission read about my last 2 years here.
It’s always a busy week and of course we’d love your prayerful support as we head out. If you’d like to pray for us, or if you would just like to know what’s happening, you can read updates from all the teams on the moore college mission blog. I’ll be over there, keeping you updated on behalf of the Canberra team.
You can also follow the #mooremissions tweets.
Study is intense. This is not. Enjoy.
I had a conversation today about studying at college and what I do at church etc etc. At one point I was asked what I planned to do after college and the conversation went something like this.
Guy: So what do you want to do after college?
Me: Well I’m hoping that after college the Sydney diocese will ordain me and then I’ll work in a church somewhere in Sydney.
Well, the smug, superior look on his face told me exactly what he thought of that. But to confirm it the next question was
Guy: As a minister?
Me: As a deacon, yes.
Guy: So not as clergy.
The conversation continue briefly while I tried to convince this man that the Sydney diocese of the Anglican church does in fact respect and value the ministry of women.
His response communicated to me that he was making judgements about me, and as it turns out they where judgements from nothing but ignorance. I patiently answered his questions, although it was clear he didn’t believe a word I was saying, but what I really wanted to say was that you might think the Anglican church hates me, but your ignorance, snap judgements and smug look show me that you’re the one that lacks respect. You’re the one that doubts my ability to make an informed, intelligent and biblical decision. You’re the one who thinks I’m less than based on what I do/don’t do and because I don’t agree with you. In that 5 minute conversation I felt less valued than my church has ever made me feel. Thanks for that.
Moore College rocks the suburbs. If you’re interested in Full-Time, Part-Time or External Study to better equipped for ministry and mission come along to the 2010 Open Day & Spring Carnival – Sat 25 September. The day starts with morning tea at 10am and continues through to 2.30pm. BBQ lunch included. 1 King Street Newtown 2042.
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(h/t: Dave Miers)
… I started reading for an essay that’s not due for 5 weeks (I’m aware what’s early for me is late for others but baby steps right ;-) )
AND I picked a question for an essay that’s not due for 2 and a half months!
It was a good day.
The Catechist is..
a student magazine from Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. As students, we often serve in churches as student ministers or in ye olde English, as catechists. In other words, we’re both teachers and students. And so, we’d love to share with you what we’ve learnt, and learn from what you share.
The first issue’s theme is Forgiveness.
Be sure to check out my article on Singleness! Check out the first issue here. Enjoy!
On Monday morning the team went to the unusual community of Macquarie Links to do some letter box drops. The reason this community is so unusual is that it’s a gated community that surrounds a beautiful looking golf course. House prices in the suburb starts at the $500 000 mark, which is highly unusual for this area of the South West.
There’s one family who attend St Barnabas Ingleburn who live in Macquarie Links. They are very keen to open their home to a small group for the area, and so the letters we delivered on Monday invited each and every resident to one of 2 meetings to discuss and ask questions about Christianity – either Wednesday night or Friday morning.
On Wednesday night 6 people from the community turned up. They’re all Christians and very glad to have contact with other Christians in the area. A great night of prayer and testimony was had and there are plans in place to continue to meet up with this group.
Today was the second of these meetings. Jacque, Dan and I went over ready with gospel presentations and testimonies and hopefully some answers to people’s questions.
Sadly, it seems that Friday mornings is not the best time for this obviously very hard-working community. Even though we had no guests we chatted about the gospel and shared testimonies with our host, Jenny and her daughter Sharon. It was an amazingly encouraging time listening to Jenny share her story and to spend time in prayer with her, for her, her family and thanking God for Jesus.
Jacque shares her testimony
This meeting didn’t exactly go as planned but God is good all the time, and he gave us a great gift of encouragement this morning from a faithful woman who loves Jesus and seeks to love others and he would.
Jenny shares her home & her life
Jenny is the kind of woman that everyone wishes they had at their church and it was a pleasure to share her life with her today.