I’m just going to share about how God has been working in my life since I came to Ablaze. I was born in a Christian family and would attend church every Sunday, but I never know what the preacher was speaking about, so I always got bored. I attended Sunday school but as I was really shy back then I didn’t talk with the other kids except my sister. Over time, my family and I stopped going to church. However, after some time we found another church and attended their service for about half a year. But then again I still did not understand what the pastor was sharing and would tend to fall asleep in service. I hardly know who God is and neither did I have a relationship with him. However, things started to change when I joined the Ablaze service in June last year.

Ablaze is the first youth group I have been to. Previously, the churches that I use to attend, most of the members were either very much older or younger than me and I found it hard to relate. I am glad to have met this bunch of people who are about my age! Interestingly, before I came to Hope Church, I had a dream of a building that has just finished construction. I saw the entire building in my dream; I also saw the doors, the set of stairs and children playing. It took me some time to realise that it was God who gave me that vision, and it was God who brought me to this place for a reason.

As my relationship with God was really poor, I didn’t know that He was changing my heart. I felt really happy and had a great sense of love when I came to Ablaze. Everyone was so friendly and it felt just like a family. I gradually begin to come out of my shell and started talking to people. I guess the turning point was when I responded to God during an altar call that really struck my heart. I remembered the song, ‘With Everything’ was the worship song and the lyrics of that song really spoke to me. I was crying, yet I still didn’t know what God was stirring in my heart. A leader came to pray for me, and told me that she saw a box – that God was slowly unpacking the box which was filled with new things. The words spoken really struck me because it was the first time I was told that God was doing something for me.

Since then, I have responded to most of the altar calls because I could relate to the things that Torch or Lisa (Pastor and spouse of the Ablaze service) shares. It wasn’t easy at first, as I struggled to find the courage to step up and respond to him. I wouldn’t go up wholeheartedly to respond because I was afraid that I would be judged or laughed at for crying. However, I overcame my initial fears and my relationship with God started to grow! Lisa lent me a book called ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ and it really revealed so much about God’s purpose for me. I could see that God is slowly changing my heart, in terms of loving and forgiving people – even though I still struggle with it today.

Lastly, I just want to encourage all of you to really start drawing closer to God, even if it is five minutes of your day, begin to build this relationship with Him as there are extraordinary things that God wants to do in your life. I just want to end of by saying: My life purpose is to be a member of Christ’s family, a model of His character, a minister of His grace, a messenger of His Word and a magnifier of His glory.

Josephine Tiong
High school student

IGVO, Ablaze Service

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WA, NZ & International

Adults / Youth (13 - 17 years) / Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $149

QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, SA

Adults - $179
Youth (13 - 17 years) - $159
Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $179

What's included in your Registration?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee each day
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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SPECIAL OFFER

$109 (ends 30 November)

Adults / Youth / Family (2 adults plus kids under 4)

What's included in your Registration?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee each day
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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KIDS CONFERENCE

PRICE

$15 (without meal)
$55 (with 3 lunches and 2 dinners)

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PROGRAM

Thursday, 5 July

Registration: 8:30am
Session 1: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 2: 11:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:00pm
Free Time: 3:00pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 3: 6:00pm

Friday, 6 July

Session 4: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 5: 11:00am (demographic spheres)
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:30pm (optional)
Free Time: 2:45pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 6: 6:00pm (Missions)

Saturday, 7 July

Session 7: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 8: 11:20am
Closing: 12:05pm
Lunch: 12:20pm

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Please book your flights to leave Brisbane after 5pm.

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Breakout & Demographics Spheres

Day 1 / Breakout Topics

/ Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour

/ Enjoying Parenting Babies

/ Handling Peer Pressure

/ Sharing Hope in Crisis

/ Speaking Truth in Love in light of Same-Sex Marriage

/ Apologetics

/ Simplify Your Life for the Gospel

/ Discipling Millennnials

Day 2 / Demographic Spheres

/ Family - Getting Real about Marriage

/ Working Adults - The Ministry of Work

/ Students - Missions at Tough Places

/ Youth - Ready to Soar at your Next Life Station

Day 2 / Breakout Topics (Optional)

/ I want to communicate God's Word to others in a helpful way

/ I want to finance God's kingdom (working adults)

/ I want to raise godly children (families)

/ I want to help someone out of addiction

/ I want to reach communities

/ I want to reach out to my colleagues (working adults)

/ I want to reach out through creative medium

/ I want to reach out to my parents/siblings.

This session is to provide the avenue for people who are passionate about living out love on a particular frontline, to come together and exchange practical ideas of doing it personally or together.

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RAVI SUNDAR

Rev. D. Ravi Sundar is a leader with zeal, committed to God-given vision and founded Shalom Church in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India in the year 2001. Pastor Ravi is a well-known and well-respected preacher who has traveled to over 16 nations declaring the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ in Churches, sharing principles of leadership at Seminars, encouraging pastors conducting prayer drives and planted 76 churches across the countries Sri Lanka, Fiji and Philippines.

A shepherd at heart, he identifies and understands the challenges of pastoral ministry and makes every effort to uplift pastors and their families. He strongly believes that Church must make an impact on society. The ministry of Pastor Ravi reaches to thousands of people across India and his messages are a blessing to the sick, the brokenhearted and to those who are helpless.

 

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SIMON ENG

Pastor Simon Eng graduated as a Civil Engineer from Melbourne, Australia. In 1992, together with a team, they pioneered Hope Kuching and the church has successfully produced many leaders and pioneers to this day. In 2001, Pastor Simon and family moved back to Kuala Lumpur to be the Senior Pastor of Hope Kuala Lumpur. Pastor Simon is currently also the President of Hope International Ministries. He travels extensively to minister to various regional churches of Hope. He loves to build God’s people and is actively serving to fulfill God’s Great Commission.

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WILSON LIM

Pastor Wilson Lim is the founding and senior pastor for Hope Church in Brisbane and also serves as an Elder with Hope International Ministries. He was a former research scientist with CSIRO. Pastor Wilson also serves on the Board of a community services organization, Australian Care and Trauma Services (ACTS) and previously on an interdenominational Bible college. He is recognised for his balanced, in-depth teaching and engaging-style of expository preaching. His passion is teaching, equipping leaders and building the church.  He travels extensively to minister to HIM churches in different parts of the world.

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