About 8 years ago, I accepted Christ and was baptized together with my wife without having much knowledge of God’s words. Since then, I started attending Sunday service and served in church according to my personal schedules or sometimes by my emotions. I have never been a mature Christian and enjoyed life as a baby Christian during those years. My past life was quite simple as it was all about studies, work, martial arts training and sleeping. Although I always said that I am a “Christian” and showed kindness to people around me, knowing God and serving in His Church had never been something important in my life. After I graduated and worked for a couple of years in Australia, I went back to China, joined a large cooperation, and was a group leader of the Accounting department; whilst my wife was completing her PhD in Canberra and attending Hope Canberra church.

Two years later, my wife finished her studies in Canberra and found a job in Brisbane. For my family’s sake, I decided to resign from my job in China and came back to Brisbane last year. At that time, I thought that finding a job in Brisbane should be fairly easy given my extensive knowledge and experiences in the area of Accountancy back in China. However, I got beaten down by reality. Due to the language barrier, and the differing rules and regulations between the two countries, my previous experiences did not grant me any advantage in job hunting. Many times, I saw the opportunities and had great confidence of getting the job. However, I always missed out for various unbelievable reasons. I started to blame God and I got easily angered by everything. During those times, my brothers and sisters in ES5 encouraged me and consistently prayed for me. My wife also kept encouraging me to join lifegroup and even opened up our house for weekly lifegroup so that I will not have any excuse to skip it; hence I started to serve in lifegroup. She also encouraged me to attend prayer meetings and told me about the power of the prayer and the importance of attending church.

Slowly, I began to spend some personal time with God; such as offering my best time (early morning) to pray and trying to be consistent in reading the bible. I had been doing that for a while but God still remained quiet, leaving me to feel abandoned and unloved. I could not understand why God placed all these struggles in my life even though I had made so many changes in my Christian walk. I started to doubt whether God exists, until one day my wife suggested for us to fast and pray together until we see a break though and God’s blessing comes to pass. Our dinner time was replaced with a time of family bible study and prayer.  I started to study the bible carefully instead of merely browsing it like before. Through bible studies, I started to realize the true purpose of fasting. Fasting was no longer only for my job situation but also learning to fully focus on God alone and trusting in God’s plan, not my personal strength. In addition, I found peace during the period of fasting. By God’s grace and His blessings, I was offered a short term contract of work without an interview.

Finally, I would like to share a verse to encourage all of you –

Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Nate Wang
Accountant
Elevate S5, St Lucia Centre

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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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$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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