I’ve been going to Ridley college every Thursday morning for New Testament Early Church. I’ve also just submitted my first essay on the purpose of Acts. I’m really thankful to be learning, it’s already been enriching what I do in terms of ministry on campus. Particularly I’m discovering more how good God’s word is and celebrating that my God has always had a plan for all of human kind.
Our mid-year camp, Summit, this year focused on God’s plan for the world and our involvement in it. We looked at the book of Jonah and there we saw how God used a disobedient, self focused prophet in his plan of salvation for the wicked Ninevites. This is encouraging, though we may be painfully away of our shortcomings and sin, God can and will use us. It is also sobering that God may send us to share the gospel to wicked people, and remarkably beautiful that his grace extends to us and those we would deem not worthy of being saved.The week also included mirror groups where we applied God’s word to our own lives, seminars regarding chatting with Muslim friends about what we and they believe and electives on mission. The elective I ran was on the cost of ministry based on 2 Corinthians, some students participating are pictured below. There was a lot of fun to be had too, we had free time each afternoon, which included a trip to Mt Buller for me and a social night in the middle of the week. Praise God that students were challenged to mission and spent time to reflect on how God’s plan for them intersects with his plan for the world. You can also thank God for the friendships formed and strengthened over the week. Below are some of our Swinburne students.
June/July also brings an opportunity to rest. I really enjoyed time away in the grampians. My spirit feels renewed and I’m looking forward to the work ahead of me. I plan to take a few more days after our mid year camp, Summit.
I’m really thankful for the training I received over the course of my ministry apprenticeship. A large part of this has been through eQuip, which seeks to equip the next generation of Victoria’s Bible teachers, leaders, pastors, evangelists and church planters. It’s been a real privilege to learn from people with much ministry experience and become friends with others at my stage who are just starting out in ministry. You can praise God for those who run, teach and make up the eQuip class as they have grown and blessed me over the last two years.As I continue working at Swinburne I’ve enrolled in one unit at Ridley (theological) College, pray that I have the time each week to study well.
It’s our final week of core groups this week. These are our bible study and prayer groups that meet each week. There have been 13 groups meeting this semester at different times and we’ve all looked at the book of Matthew followed by Joshua, finishing off this week with how Jesus fulfils what Israel fail to by being faithful to the father.
Please pray that the work we’ve done in these groups would be lasting. Pray too that those who aren’t Christians who’ve been coming to core group this semester would continue to read the Bible and make decisions as to whether they will accept Jesus as Lord, Saviour and King over the break.
Our first camp of the year is from a Friday night to Sunday afternoon. It’s aptly called base camp because it’s short, focuses on getting to know one anther and leads up to our longer, more involved mid-year camp, Summit. This year our president Emily organised Base Camp, praise God for her commitment and ability – I am so blessed to do this work with her.
Base Camp this year was fantastic. Rob Miller from Melbourne CU joined us and spoke on Jesus’ sacrifice and how we are to live sacrificially in response. He’s message was clear and powerful. We had discussion groups that allowed us to unpack and apply what we had heard. I was in a group of ladies and really enjoyed this time, we were real and honest with each other. We also had a student on camp who isn’t yet a Christian, pray that we would faithfully present the gospel and life with Jesus to this student and others who are involved in CU who haven’t given their lives to Jesus. I thought it was a great opportunity to share with this student that following Jesus involves sacrifice, and that this is a worthwhile sacrifice
The majority of student who came on camp were first years or new to CU. Over the weekend students got to know each other over meals, board games, basketball and our games night. Pray that this would continue so that students would make lasting friendship with one another so that they will challenge and strengthen one another in their faith now and after uni.