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News from around the Australasian Union Conference. Also visit the Good Tidings News page for downloadable back issues.

AUC Hosts Online Week of Prayer

Australasian Union Hosts Online Week of Prayer The AUC had the privilege of hosting the Pacific edition of the online Week of Prayer, August 21-30, 2020. Collaborating with the Pacific regional secretariat, items were collected and posted along with the sermon content from the General Conference. Hundreds of viewers from around the Pacific joined via YouTube stream and in some cases, downloaded videos which were taken by Bible workers to remote areas. Highlights included musical items from around the Pacific…

Ordination of Miguel Mendoza

We would like to welcome Br. Miguel Mendoza to the ministerial team. He was ordained as a minister at Schofields Church on Sabbath the 25th of July. Originally the ordination ceremony had been planned for the Victoria camp in April. However, with the cancellation of the camp, the plan shifted to a local service at the Maranatha church at a future date to be determined. Then the situation changed again, with metropolitan Melbourne going back into lockdown. At this point…

Report of the Online Conference

At the onset of the pandemic in Australia, we realised that all our upcoming conferences were going to be cancelled. So work began on an online conference, to take up a bit of the deficit. The conference committee from Victoria were gracious enough to let us “borrow” the theme from their Easter weekend camp which was cancelled, which had been called “Our Greatest Need.” And since we didn’t have missionary school students to assign topics (they had already gone home…

Social Media Projects

Several of our workers and members have started new social media channels, to provide resources and stay in touch. Br. Miguel Mendoza has been hosting different speakers, who have been sharing a variety of messages reflecting on spiritual themes for today’s world. There’s something for everyone—be sure to check out his channel! www.youtube.com/MiguelMendozaofficial You’ll find on Br. Jacob De Souza’s channel a variety of testimonies, messages and everyone’s favourite—recipes by Lucas. The latest, Cranberry Coconut Healthy Bars, are absolutely delectable.…

End of Year Stocktake

The end of the financial year can be a nightmare to many businesses in Australia, and it is no different here at the headquarters. A careful account of all stock items on hand for the Elim Health and Book Stores is taken on the last day of the financial year, 30th June. This is required from us by our accountants and the government; so, it is all-hands-on-deck for the day! Like most things in life, there must be some drama…

Children’s Zoom Meetings

We have been richly blessed by children’s Bible classes, kids’ groups and youth Bible classes, which we are currently running on Zoom on a weekly/fortnightly basis. A range of topics have been covered, and it has been beautiful to see the enthusiasm and participation during the meetings. We pray that these will continue to bless and encourage families and youth in their walk with God. We know there is no greater education than that obtained at the foot of the…
Clayfield Renovation Appeal

QLD Renovation Appeal

[Update 29th of July 2020] So far, nearly $15,000 has been raised from this appeal. With this assistance, work has been able to continue. We ask for your continued assistance to reach our goal of $30,000 for this project – see donation details below. The Queensland Conference has an urgent need of funds to carry out repairs and renovations of the residence situated at the Clayfield property. The restoration work has already begun with repairs to the roof both structurally…
Adelaide Building Project

Adelaide Building Project

Through the generosity of one of our members, a small residence is being built next to our church in Somerton Park (Adelaide), South Australia. It was the desire of one of our sisters in Christ to give back to the Lord what He had given to her. In consultation with the local church, she decided to enter into an agreement that would see a unit being constructed for her next to the church, which would be used by her and…
Elim site cleared

Elim Heights Recovery Progress

Update from Joe Voncina, AUC Secretary-Treasurer, regarding the progress of recovery and rebuilding at Elim Heights Youth Camp. The Elim Heights Management Committee have been working very hard on the rebuilding plans, and we have some good news for you. The New South Wales Government has pitched in and has paid for all our cleanup. All the debris, all the buildings, all the burnt-out caravans have disappeared from Elim Heights, and it’s all nice and clean, ready for the next…

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.”