I have been a Christ follower for over a decade, however it is funny and humbling that the lessons God has been wanting to teach me time and time again is on trust. About 2.5 years ago, I made a career change from teaching to social work; it was an industry and field of study I knew nothing about. At that time, God closed every other door I was considering to pursue and after much prayer and counsel from my leaders, I quit my job to take on full-time studies. Although I knew for sure it was God inviting me to walk further in His plans, I remember the fear that gripped my heart as I considered my age, finances, family’s lack of support and uncertainties of the future. Eventually, I surrendered all my fears and concerns to God. I trusted that if He led me to this season in my life, He would surely see me through.

To be honest, I did not foresee or anticipate how tough this season would be when I stepped into it. During these 2.5 years, I learned and gained knowledge on different social theories, human psychology and frameworks to work with the most vulnerable groups of people in our society. My eyes were opened to the atrocities, brokenness and hopelessness that exist in our world. Even though most of what I have learnt developed in me a passion for social justice which goes hand in hand with God’s word. There were also incidences where I found my Christian beliefs and values, as well as my personal convictions, being thoroughly challenged and tested. As the semesters progressed, I found it harder to cope with the stress that came from my own unrealistic expectations; I felt the need to achieve good grades and to do my best as I firmly believed God called me into this. I also felt alone and discouraged when the relationships with my closest friends started falling apart. At the same time, I felt that I could not really reach out to my family as they did not support me with this decision in the first place. The stress and pressure became unbearable and started to take a toll on my body physically. God is faithful and trustworthy nonetheless!

Without a doubt, Jesus provided for and met my every need as He always has. Practically speaking, I was never in lack of finances nor worried about paying bills. I passed all my subjects and He led me to Mackay for my final social work placement. While I was in Mackay for 4 months away from home, family, friends and comfort, His providence and guidance were once again evident. I was led to the right accommodation and a church community where I was able to serve Him in ways I never imagined. God strategically placed people in my life that I now call friends and family away from home.

I asked myself many times, how could I have doubted God time and time again when I have continuously witnessed His goodness, faithfulness and power? I have learned that God is always interested in taking us deeper in our faith. He desires for us to become mature and not always remain as spiritual babies. I have also learned that these hardships and storms have brought me closer to my Heavenly Father, though I would have liked God to spare me the pain that came with it, I cannot deny the intimacy and growth I gained as a result. In the end, all glory belongs to God, and I seek to know and trust Him till the end.

Becky Lee
Social Work Graduate
Elevate W4, Willawong 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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TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION

Interstate Delegates

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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