Posts by Good Tidings Editor

Posts by Good Tidings Editor

NSW Camp Report 2021

“Saved to Serve” was the theme of our June 2021 NSW Conference Campmeeting, the first one held at Elim Heights campgrounds since the 2019 bushfires. Though we missed the former meeting hall which had been destroyed in the fires, we thank the Lord that most of the facilities were still functional. A marquee had been set up for the main meeting place, and work was done to obtain power to the site. As Friday came, the dormitories filled, and the…

Focus on Education

Featuring content from around the Pacific, this 4-part video series was hosted on our YouTube channel. Part 1 Christian Education DefinedPlus special feature: Story of Hebron Missionary College Part 2 The Need for Educational ReformPlus special feature: Tebakor College, Vanuatu Part 3 The Elementary YearsPlus special features: Luzon Field Academy (Philippines), Camponotus Kids (Australia & New Zealand) Part 4 The Importance of Higher EducationPlus special features: Bible Missionary Training School (Philippines), Elim Missionary College (Australia) Student Testimonials Or simply load…

The Story of Hebron Missionary College

Very few people are still with us who remember the Hebron Farm and the training college which used to operate there. Sister Elaine Weymark is one of those people. A retired AUC office worker, she recently celebrated her 90th birthday (in December, 2020). Some time ago we caught up with her to talk about Hebron, and this is what she had to say. The College at Hebron Hebron was a gathering place for the youth, and it was purchased in…

Concert at Clayfield

On the 20th of June 2021, the QLD Missionary Department held a music concert at Clayfield church to give thanks to the Lord for His amazing love and kindness toward us. It has been such a blessing to see the Clayfield church and main building repaired. Repairs have been going on for about two years or more, which have taken many hours, effort and means over the course of the project. Having completed the repairs to the church, it seemed…

Stratham Help Build in PNG

Recently we received word that a house of worship was built in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, with assistance from the Stratham Church in Western Australia. Three new young people are attending this new church and our sister Bible worker is going on a two-day walk into the wilderness to reach out to new areas. Sister Bethany (second from right in the photo) is blind and so Stratham members also assisted in contributions to build her a small house…

A Tribute to Steven Lett

By Nathan Tyler Those who knew Steve Lett knew a quiet but earnest man who thought about big ideas and always wanted to develop his talents and learn more. Born in 22 December 1965, Steve has family around NSW and Victoria. He spent the last number of years in Belfrayden, NSW with his wife, Debbie. In 2019, Steve requested rebaptism. It had been my privilege to perform this on the 14th of April of that year, near Wagga Wagga. Steve…

In Loving Memory of Colin Hammond

By Paula Hammond Colin Ronald Hammond was born on the 22nd of March, 1964 in Carlton, Victoria. His father’s name was Ronald Ernest Hammond and his mother’s name was Patricia Maureen O’Toole. There were five children – Colin, his 3 sisters and 1 brother. Colin’s childhood was not a very happy one. Home life was very tough for him and sadly, from the age of 13, he was asked to leave home by his father. Even though his mother wanted…

How to Survive in Lockdown

As we prepare this month’s issue of the Good Tidings News, New Zealand and most of Australia are under lockdown. Many families are facing difficulty and uncertainty as travel is restricted, school arrangements are changing, and some industries are shut down entirely while others face strict conditions in order to be able to work. There is a sense that we have all done this before by now, yet nobody really wants to go through it again. Nonetheless, the church has…

Blessings on Your 90th Birthday Terezija Stoyko

The Stoyko family was amongst some of the pioneers of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement Australasian Union, who came from Europe in the late 1950’s. The Stoyko family knew what it was like to start life anew with nothing, and that made them very attentive to the needs of others. Their hospitality was experienced by many, their home was always opened to visitors, and even became the first home to many who immigrated here from Europe, especially the Slavs.…

Workers Fellowship Weekend

Jesus once said to His disciples, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). A few weeks ago, our pastoral workers did take a rare opportunity to come apart, for study, meditation and prayer at our first ever AUC workers’ retreat. At a conference centre in the Blue Mountains, surrounded by God’s beautiful handiwork, we had the chance to have heart to heart talks and deepen our relationship with God, and strengthen our commitment…

Baptism – Perth, WA

Due to Perth COVID restrictions with indoor meetings, Guildford Church and some Stratham members and visitors enjoyed a beautiful mild, sunny Sabbath on the 1st of May 2021, by the banks of the Swan River, at Sandy Beach Reserve in Bassendean, where we worshipped our Saviour. Brother Jacques Payet held an inspiring Divine Service message on how Jesus paid our debt on Calvary, and because of this, we have the assurance from Galatians 2:20, “The life which I now live…

In Memory of Peter James Jackson

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brother Peter Jackson, former Australasian Union Conference Secretary, and much-loved brother in Christ. Brother Peter Jackson was first introduced to the Third Angel’s Message through his wife-to-be, Sister Charmaine. While he was still in the Royal Australian Air Force, he read the book The Great Controversy, became convinced of the Present Truth, and gained an early discharge from the Air Force. After receiving Bible Studies from Brother Neville Brittain,…

NSW Easter Bush Camp

The COVID lockdown in Australia had taken its toll. For several months throughout 2020, members had been worshipping at home. Camp meetings were a thing of the past, a distant memory of days gone by when freedom reigned. So, it was with great relief that in early 2021, COVID restrictions eased in most of the States, and east coast borders opened. Making the most of the opportunity, over the Easter weekend of 2021, the New South Wales Conference hosted a…

Ordination of Jacob DeSouza

Matthew 20:28 “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The Ordination Service On Sabbath 27th of March 2021, our dear brother Jacob de Souza was ordained to the gospel ministry, at our church in Somerton Park, Adelaide. We were privileged to have three active ministers present for the service, as well as retired minister Brian Jaksic. Brother Friedrich Staudinger, minister from Germany, led…

WA Easter Youth Camp 2021

The WA Easter youth camp at Lucky Bay, outside Kalbarri National Park, was previously planned for 2020, at the same time as the regional border closure. Because of the delay however, we were happy to have Lidia and Joe Voncina visiting in time for the camp. Most families started arriving around 4 o’clock Friday afternoon, and we set up camp before worship and opening Sabbath. Sabbath School the next morning was taken by Luke Kneebone and included a very long…

WA Youth Camp – Coral Bay

In the early hours of the morning on a summer day in January 2021, a group of families left Perth and made their way up the coast of Western Australia to a beautiful place called Coral Bay. Coral Bay is a beautiful little bay with a reef and sand dunes for four-wheel driving. It is about 12 hours drive north of Perth and is a very popular holiday destination for locals and tourists and great for families and children.  This trip had…

Clayfield Renovation Stage 2

We believe that God has ways and means to help them that trust in Him. Sometimes our faith is tested, but as long as we keep our faith alive, God will supply our needs according to the riches of His glory. We are happy we were able to finish the installation of the flooring for the hall of the Clayfield church house. Now the hall and the kitchen look neat and tidy and ready for some missionary activities that are…

Baptism in Queensland

In the book of Luke, chapter 15, we find a parable of Jesus which He concluded like this, “Likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just person which need no repentance.” On May 22, 2021 the brethren from Queensland held a combined Sabbath meeting, with visitors from New South Wales attending, along with friends and relatives of Sr. Aimasi Jenny Foaese, who was getting baptised on this day. The divine…

First Trans-Tasman Bubble Conference

Community spread, contact tracing, index case, index patient, patient zero, self-quarantine, social distancing, and super-spreader are all associated with SARS-CoV2, Novel coronavirus, Coronavirus, and COVID-19. Along with a crisis situation unprecedented in our lifetimes, there has also been upheaval in our language! Another phrase, “travel bubble,” has been used in relation to the opening of borders between countries during pandemic. Because of pandemic restrictions and the closure of borders between Australia and New Zealand, conferences and travel have been restricted…