Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Greetings from cloudy Melbourne with a verse of light, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1
I want to write about the time we spent in Sydney after the close of the Youth Convention. It was a time of fire, both literal and spiritual. Billows of smoke continually surrounded the Elim Heights Youth Camp where we were staying, and we could sense approaching disaster. In times like this we realize how much our life depends on God. Every night we went to bed not knowing what the morrow would bring. This however did not stop us from having our general Workers Seminar. The approaching bush fires could not extinguish the fire burning for the Lord in our hearts. The seminar was a time of involved discussions, a time of prayer and faith.
Early Thursday morning a team of fire fighters sounded a vehicle siren and hastened everyone to leave the camp as soon as possible. The situation was urgent, and many brethren did not have time to gather their luggage. Departure took less than 20 minutes; the fire truck leading us from the campgrounds. Our small convoy, including the youth bus with summer-school students, travelled north toward Singleton, crossed east to the Pacific Highway, then retraced south to Sydney — first arriving at the office where we had lunch, and were finally brought to Bro. and Sr. Stoyko’s home at Kurrajong, where we spent the rest of our stay. Approximately 15 of us had a most unforgettable time there, where we got to know each other much better than previously.
The trainee workers held their session in the air-conditioned room of the Wentworthville Church under the instruction and supervision of Bro. Brittain and Bro. Ciric. We had a very blessed and beautiful time.
While in Sydney I spent the Sabbath with my brethren in the Samoan Church, where I preached and fellowshipped. I was thankful to the Lord for sending me among brothers and sisters full of zeal for Jesus.
Looking back, I now realize how merciful and caring our heavenly Father is, and the only thing we can quietly say is, "THANK YOU SO MUCH!"
Your Brother in Christ,