Growing up in a Christian family, I was taught about Jesus and knew of Him. However, it all became a routine, and I found myself dragging my feet to church on Sundays. It was the norm, which was inversely correlated to my fading passion and uprooted convictions for God. Yet God had a much greater plan for my life when He picked me out of my comfort zone in Samoa, where I was sheltered under my parents, and placed me in Australia. This opportunity was certainly God-given, and it was not that easy. God never said it would be easy, but He did say He would be with us to equip us through every trial with what we need to persevere.

I had experienced a life without God when I put Him aside and put my priorities first. I was merely existing, until I realised it was not about me, but it was all about a personal relationship with Jesus. Whenever I attempted suicide, there would always be a hindrance. God surrounded me with people to speak life into me whenever I was giving up. This was God’s saving grace – that He never gave up on me. He rescued me from a very dark slimy pit, and breathed life back into me. He gave me a whole new pair of lenses and deeper convictions, to view life as a child of God without self-condemnation. Who am I, Lord, that You are mindful of me?

My father passed away a year ago, which was the moment I have been dreading ever since seeing my friends’ fathers passed on. I had always pictured scenarios in which I would block everyone out of my life when this happens, and basically give up on life. I heard the news on the day of my last exam, and at that moment, God was whom I turned to and in Him I found refuge and comfort. He covered me with peace as I went in and sat that last exam before flying home.

God reminded me about Job in the Bible when he was stripped with everything. He was not resentful towards God; instead, he worshipped Him. For God gives and takes away as He sees best. Throughout the funeral preparation and ceremony, I saw God’s hand upon my family, and was assured that it was the perfect time for my Dad to leave – God’s perfect timing. It was not my timing as I would have wanted him to see me graduate this year and go through more of life with me. Yet God had prepared me for this moment. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. Now finishing off this year with challenging Honours, I never imagined I would be here after Dad passed away or after being saved from Cyclone Evans, which hit Samoa, or even after having brain encephalitis before Christmas. Jesus Christ is my HOPE to live every day a purpose-driven life to overcome as He overcame.

The joy of the Lord is and always will be my strength. I came to know His heart for the lost, as I, despite a sinner, was saved, not because I deserved it but because He loves me!
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Makerita Ieremia
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Uni-Generation UQ 2, St Lucia Afternoon Service

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NORMAL PRICING

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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