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.
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.
Yesterday our team spent some time hearing about a church plant gone wrong from the minister who eventually made the decision to shut it down.
It was interesting listening to his reflections on what may have gone wrong and how it do it better but the most striking statement for me was his warning to us not to fall into the trap of thinking MTC needs more practical subjects. Practical things are best learnt as we get out there and do them. Theological study is important because it shapes our doctrine, which in turns shapes why we do what we do. We must get our doctrine right first.
It starts on Sunday.
I both love and hate it at the same time. The fact that the timetable we got last night looks strangely different to the one we got last week frustrates me. The fact that we have 3 women’s groups running simultaneously on Thursday is an interesting development. One of the biggest frustrations is that the one big women’s event has no gospel talk.
But all that aside I’m excited about lots of opportunities to tell people about Jesus. (If you don’t know him read about how he will change your life here)
It’s sure to be a busy but great week. Looking forward to sharing some stories in a week!
UPDATE: each mission team will be sharing some stories throughout the week on a blog set up especially for Moore College mission. Read about our time at Ingleburn, along with the other teams’ stories here
If you’re on twitter #MooreMission is the hash tag you want to follow for the week