Dressing up in fineries and suits, getting photographs taken by a professional photographer and sitting down to fine dining, are not part of the job description for missionaries in CCCA. However, once every two years, they look forward to catching up at Connexion Conference and attending the Awards night. In January of this year, awards were given to those who have served for at least five years or more in CCCA. It was exciting to cheer for colleagues and the anticipation and applause intensified as the longevity of the service increased. The missionaries stood up and applauded for those who had served thirty years or more.
It’s not every day that the makings of a movement drop right into your lap without any effort on your part. But that’s exactly what happened recently to FamilyLife Australia.
A couple of months ago, we received an email from a couple living in Brisbane who had begun using our HomeBuilders small group Bible studies in their church. It had been so successful and helpful to participants that they continued on with the studies. Before long, more leaders were raised up and soon there were other churches involved until there were five HomeBuilders groups running. The couple who started it were Eugene and Lyn Lapore, a beautiful godly Filipino couple with young children. They have a passion for building up marriages in the Filipino community.
It was over 15 years ago when Belinda and Scott first walked into the local surgery of Dr Warren Thyer. That first appointment led to an ongoing connection with Warren as their trusted family doctor who would in time deliver their three baby boys and walk with Belinda through treatment for depression. Another appointment in late 2010 led to a life transforming chain of events.
DAVID GLEESON: If you walk up the stairs from the reception of the Mission Centre, turn right and head to the end of the corridor, you’ll see a group of important people who love crunching numbers. They are the quiet and smiling mild-mannered men in Finance. David Gleeson is one volunteer in Finance who comes into the Mission Centre one day a week.
Blake shifted from side to side trying to find a comfortable position on the grass. Trucks thundered past on the nearby highway. It was almost the end of a two week mission trip with Student Life. Blake and the other students were tired. He tried to pay attention to the ‘working with Student Life’ session, although he’d heard it before. Then one of the missionaries said, ‘Working with Student Life, you can have a real impact in people’s lives.’ Those words hit Blake in a powerful way because he had experienced that firsthand - he’d become a Christian through Student Life team members spending time with him, answering his questions, and investing in him.