Posts by Good Tidings Editor (Page 2)

Posts by Good Tidings Editor (Page 2)

Asylum Seeker Family Update

UPDATE 6/5/2020: A GoFundMe Page has been set up. You can also donate through church channels if you prefer to do so (see below). We have reported in the past (here and here on the plight of a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family who were caught up in an unfortunate series of events that saw the husband and father held in immigration detention. As we write, he is still in detention. “Brother A” and his family came to Australia on…

Elim Missionary College Programme

Twelve energetic students gathered at Elim Heights for the 2020 Missionary Training Program. Coming from around Australia and the USA, they entered upon their studies enthusiastically. We started with Bible Research and Gospel Workers classes, and then moved into how to conduct home Bible studies. After the first intensive month at Elim Heights, the program moved to Schofields. The canvassing program got into full swing, with many books sold and contacts made. But just as the canvassing program was finishing…

Organic Practices taught across the South Pacific Union Mission

The fight against poverty and climate change has been an ongoing battle across the entire South Pacific Region. Scientific studies have shown that best practice organic agriculture is a win-win situation. Research has shown that organic farming systems are more resilient to adverse weather conditions such as increased number of tropical cyclones and drought patterns over the last few years. Due to the increase of these types of incidents the Australasian Union Welfare Department has been assisting the South Pacific…

SA Baptism – Brett Wilcox

It was with great joy and refreshingly cooler weather that the baptismal drought in South Australia was broken on Sabbath, the 18th of January 2020. Brother Brett Wilcox has finally decided to make the ‘plunge’ and join Jesus publicly. After studying, on and off over the years, the reasons for our little company’s existence and the Present Truth, he is uniting with God and the church. He has studied with our brethren at Brisbane (Clayfield), in Perth (Guilford), and now…

LIttle Ones…

Gurduiala Family Grows Congratulations to the Gurduiala and Newman families on this wonderful news.A little bundle of joy arrived at the home of George and Shelley on Wednesday the 15th January 2020. How thrilling must it have been for these parents when God’s precious gift entered their family! We pray the Lord will richly bless George and Shelley with wisdom and knowledge, as they bring up little Eva Victoria to honor and love her Creator! Baby Boy Arrival It is…

Wedding Congratulations to Ashley and Benjamin

There is always an element of excitement in the air when it comes to weddings—whether for the couple themselves or for the guests attending it. The dream of nearly every girl is to grow up and one day be a beautiful bride. How fitting it is that the church is also compared to a bride adorned for her husband. Marriage—what a beautiful gift our Maker gave to mankind! How wonderful that Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding feast.…

Eulogy – Maria Cristea

I’d like to share with you all a few things about the life of our grandmother Maria Cristea. Maria was born in the heart of Romania in the small German village of Sincu Brasov on the 14th of June, 1934, to parents Emil Ghircoias and Elena Moga, who were both of similar age, born in 1898. She was the baby of the family—she had three brothers, Gheorghe, Jon and Basile. Life was not easy, when you consider that World War…

A Tribute to our Mum – Catharina Bende Sas

This is a very brief recollection of the life of a beautiful lady, Catharina Bende Sas, as seen through the eyes of her children Lidia, Charles and Rubem. Catharina Bende Sas was born on Saturday, 24th November 1934, in a little town called Caiva Presidente Venceslau.  The second of nine children born to Americo and Barbara Bende.   Sadly, two passed away very young, in their infancy.  Andrew was only 5 weeks old when he died of cot death and Lidia…
Cyclone Harold Update

Cyclone Harold Appeal

A news update from Br. Ben Thiel, secretary for Pacific Region. As I’ve been in contact with the brethren from different countries across the Pacific recently, it has been encouraging to hear that during this time, where it’s difficult to move about, that people are keeping in contact and supporting each other, with prayer, through phone calls, and also that fellowship and meetings are still happening via various multimedia options—both the Sabbath schools, divine services, young people’s meetings and prayer…

Theme for 2020-2022

A theme has been announced for our strategic planning for the current term. This will be, “Uplifting Jesus, Serving People, Proclaiming Truth.”

Report of the 35th AUC Delegation Session

Delegates from across Australia and New Zealand gathered at the AUC headquarters in Schofields, NSW for our 35th delegation session. A total of 28 delegates represented the various units of our Union. The following is the list of new officers, including those elected by the Delegation, and other committees and officers appointed by the Council: Officers   President Nathan Tyler 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Miguel Mendoza Benjamin Thiel Secretary / Treasurer Joe Voncina Committees   Executive Committee Nathan…

AUC 2019 Conference and Delegation Session Venue

Update 26/12/2019 The venue has had to change yet again as the Mt Victoria venue have cancelled on us due to fires. See the links at the end of this article for up to date information. NEW Venue with Accommodation Confirmed While we have certainly felt disappointed by the fires at Elim Heights Youth Camp, we are very encouraged by the prayers and support everyone has shown in ensuring our AUC 2019 end-of-year program proceeds in some form. Today the…

Elim Heights Youth Camp: Bushfire Update 2

On the evening of 12 November 2019, Sydney, Australia time, the bushfires raging in New South Wales, Australia, passed through our Elim Heights Youth Camp, nestled in the surrounds of the Yengo National Park. The fire has destroyed the main meeting hall, the main machinery shed, the roof of the small toilet block and a cottage that was housing the NSW Conference President, Nathan Tyler and his family. While personal effects have been destroyed, we are grateful to the Lord…
Meeting Hall Prior to Bushfire

Bushfires Destroy Campground Buildings

BREAKING NEWS: Yesterday evening (12 November 2019, Sydney, Australian time) the bushfires raging in New South Wales, Australia, passed through our Elim Heights Youth Camp, nestled in the surrounds of the Yengo National Park. The fire has destroyed the main meeting hall, the main machinery shed, and a cottage that was housing the NSW Conference President and his family. While personal effects have been destroyed, we are grateful to the Lord that no life was lost. We will keep you…

Congress, climate change & the sunday law

Four years ago, I wrote an editorial on the Pope’s Laudato Si’ encyclical. That encyclical, released on June 18, 2015, called for discussion and dialogue on climate change. Pope Francis stated,   “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.” (Laudato Si’, Sec 13)  According to Pope Francis, that development includes the restoration of spiritual life in all of humanity, with Christ, in the form of the Eucharist, at its centre, and Sunday,…

Elim Health & Book Store

A decision was made to have a combined Elim Health Food Store and Elim Book Store at the Australasian Union Conference Centre in Schofields.  The rooms which have been used in the past as a Church for the Slavic brethren was no longer being used by them and was vacant.  These rooms were transformed into one large area for the new project.  The plan to open such a store had been in the making for quite some time. Now it became a reality; and with no time wasted, the work of remodeling began.  Brother Robin Gordon with the help of Brother Joe Voncina removed all furniture, books, equipment, and floor carpet.  The two Ilic brothers: Ivan and Branko came to the new venture to see how they would be able to help.  Branko placed a large glass panel window in the entry foyer…

Zachariah John

Early on a Tuesday morning, the home of Brother Benny and Sister Amy Gules rang with thanksgiving and praises to God for the safe arrival of their second baby boy.  Zachariah John, a home-delivered, beautiful, healthy, and bouncy 4.05kgs baby entered this world.  He has continued to grow rapidly, bringing so much happiness to all the family and those around him.  Baby ‘Zachy’ is tremendously loved by his big brother Levi, who can hardly wait for him to grow up, talk, run and play.  Congratulations and best wishes to all on the wonderful news!  We wish you God’s richest blessings as your family extends.  May He give you wisdom as…

Going Canvassing

In January 2019, we, as Bible workers from Melbourne – Victoria, organised a three-day canvassing project for the Field, which began on Monday the 14th and extended to Wednesday the 16th. Training was given on “how to introduce yourself” as well as a description about the books that were going to be offered on a donation basis. We had the participation of mainly young people and some adults as well. We had those who had never canvassed before, those who…

Long-awaited answer to prayer

It has been nearly 4 years now since a Sri Lankan family started a battle which, at the time, seemed a quick immigration matter. We always knew that the chances were not so good, but never thought it would take the family 4 years to get to this point. They had only been in the country for about 6 months, and hopes were high that they could quickly apply for a protection visa and settle in Australia. Their third child was just born, and…

VIC Canvassing

Recently the youth from the Keilor Park Church took part in a 3 Day canvassing project, which began on Monday the 14th of January and extended to Wednesday the 16th. Before going out to begin our work, we were given training in the form of a brief outline on how to introduce ourselves as well as a description about the books we were offering. This was an important step as it offered insight into how to carry out this task…