I grew up in Newcastle, NSW, the youngest of three sons in a typical working class family. The first time I heard God’s voice was when I was about 20 years old. I was drinking with a mate when he had an accident, so I thought I will be a good samaritan and take him to the hospital. He was very uncooperative so I took him to the pub thinking maybe that will settle him down, but when we left in the car we both passed out and were heading toward a horrific accident. Suddenly I was awakened by a voice that was very clear and sounded as though in full 3D surround system. The voice said, “Stu, you better wake up.” And I did just in time before we crashed into a house. My mate never woke up through the whole ordeal, so where else could that voice come from? I believe it was God’s voice. I believe He stepped in and saved our lives that day.

By the time I was 23, I felt things were getting out of hand and that maybe if I settle down into a relationship my drinking would settle down also. I did meet someone and I did settle down, but not for long. Due to stress and anxiety, I went on a drink driving rampage, and from there I found myself in Alcoholics Anonymous – a society for recovering alcoholics – for the first time, but unfortunately I did not stay in the group for long. For the next few years the alcohol demons only surfaced occasionally. I moved to Brisbane in 2001 and not long after that I got divorced from my first wife and my drinking gradually started to escalate again, until I met my second wife, my soul mate. Things remained good for the next few years until 2005, when my father, my best mate, passed away and I also became estranged from my children. This is when the drinking really took a turn for the worse.

It was at this point when I decided to go back to church and get back in touch with God. I had asked God many times to remove this terrible disease from me, but nothing really happened, until I prayed with Pastor Joshua one day, to have it removed completely from my life. This time was different; it truly came from the heart and God heard me. Over the next few days I started to feel different, like a massive weight had been lifted, and what’s more, God spoke to me through a vision. He said, “Stu, where have you been, My son? I’ve been waiting for you. I have missed you. I have a seat at my table for you. Let me carry your bags for a while. Come in and have a seat.” At that moment, my pain and addiction were completely gone! I guess you could call it a miracle. I had been cured and all I felt was pure unconditional love from my Spiritual Father – it was an amazing feeling!

I once thought, how could God love me or want me after all I had done? Yet He welcomed me with open arms and unconditional love that only a truly great father can give. I don’t know if the addiction will try to return, but I know that as long as I stay close to God He will protect and comfort me through stormy weather or the calm waters that lie ahead.

Through God the impossible becomes possible, the unbelievable becomes believable. These are not just words; they are facts that I have seen and felt from my own experience.

Stuart Yarr
Elevate W5, Willawong 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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