From Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
On Friday 25th March 2005 we turned off Myers Creek road and slowly drove into "Ferngully Lodge", a retreat camp on a little property set amidst the quiet, scenic hills of Healesville. It was the second year running that we had visited Ferngully Lodge for our Australian Southern Field annual Spiritual Conference and Victorian/Tas-manian Field Delegation session.
Having settled in quietly to our accommodation and making the necessary preparations for Sabbath, after the evening meal we met together in the worship area as Br S Kiriakov opened the conference in conjunction with the opening of the Sabbath and he spoke on the theme of our conference, "Not I but Christ."
On the Sabbath day many brethren were present and the worship area was filled to capacity, ready for the Divine Service, which was taken by Br J Ciric, who spoke on the "Love of Christ." Morning worship included prayer bands, and our Young People's Meeting was blessed by many special items with special thanks to all, particularly the young people of the singing group Focus, who came all the way from Sydney.
That afternoon Br Matt Evan was baptised in a creek not too far away from the lodge.
After the closing of the Sabbath we had a season of lively praise and fellowship.
Sunday saw us through study presentations in the morning, after morning worship and breakfast. Following lunch we enjoyed an afternoon of activities, while the Vic/Tas Field members also held their annual delegation session later in the day.
Sadly, our camp concluded on Monday 28 March 2005. Following the morning worship and prayer bands, breakfast was served and then the necessary preparations to clean up and depart were under-taken.
The catering and food preparations were greatly appreciated, enjoyed and consumed by all as a result of the hard-working brethren and sisters who made it possible and endeavoured to make our stay an enjoyable one. Many thanks to all concerned, especially the sisters who sacrificed time and effort from the spiritual meetings to present our meals on time.
Our main Speakers included Br N Tyler, Br S Kiriakov, Br J Ciric, Br G Robles, Br J Parker, and Br D Cristea. We thank those brethren who laboured as good soldiers in Christ Jesus to bring timely messages in due season. May their labour on our behalf not be in vain as we partook of that Heavenly manna for our spiritual nour-ishment.
It truly was an encouragement to have brethren visit from the differing fields of NSW, SA and even as far as Queensland. It certainly was a most spiritually uplifting time together in fellowship. The Lord's mercy endures forever in blessing us with His glorious presence. May we honour Him in taking this most precious message of righteousness by faith to a dying world and making the necessary preparations to meet Him in the clouds of the sky. This is my prayer.
Your Brother in Christ,