Missionary Ventures Australia news
The Year that was – 2015
As Christmas fast approaches I wish to take this opportunity to share with you some of what has been happening throughout the year at Missionary Ventures Australia.
January: MVI International Conference
The year started with the MVI world mission conference in Orlando Florida USA. MVI now has field workers and associates working in over 73 countries worldwide. The week long conference provided an opportunity to catch up and be encouraged as worker from across the nations shared field experiences. It was also a time to learn and discuss different ways in which we, as an organisation, can share the love of Jesus amongst communities of differing faiths.
March: Cyclone Pam
In March we saw Cyclone Pam devastate much of Vanuatu with category 5 wind speeds up to 250 kph leaving 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter, and 96 per cent of food crops destroyed. With your support we were able to assist Pastor Zebedee (MV field associate in Port Vila) as his church team organised and worked tirelessly distributing food and building supplies for the communities in Blacksand, Nguna and Pele Islands. A special thanks goes out to Plenty Valley Christians School who supplied fund to assist in the provision of clean drinking water to the community Uncap on Nguna Island. Even as this newsletter goes out your support is still required as many communities are still without adequate water supply and secure dwellings.
April – July: School Teams – preparation and trips
The preparation and planning required in organising successful school team trips to Fiji, Vanuatu, Northern Territory and Thailand, throughout April, June July and October is a mammoth task. A big thank you goes out to all our partners on the ground who have assisted us in making these trips such a life changing event for the many students who have participated.
Whilst on the field and upon their return, it was a truly humbling time to see and hear those God stories about how lives had been impacted, both in the lives of the students and in the lives of those they were ministering to.
It is our prayer at MVA that these experiences can be appropriated into the lives of each participant forever, to make a difference.
March – November: 34 Motorcycles distributed
Missionary Ventures Australia partners with Christian Motorcyclist Association USA (CMA) to provide much needed motorcycles for Christian pastors and workers to reach communities in the Asia Pacific Region. This year many of these bikes are are dispersed on team trips. This year we have had the awesome privilege to distribute 34 motorbikes and 7 horses to aid pastors with transport to assist in evangelism, growing the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Computers for Fiji
In April, MVA and MV Fiji (whilst leading a school team trip) were able to met with regional development officers for the Fijian Central division in Nauva. The meeting brought to our attention specific needs for schools within Fiji’s central Division. Many of these Fijian communities are very poor and schools within the interior having inadequate resources to train and educate children. It seems most high schools do not have any computers, nor an adequate supply of text book resources for students.
To date, we have managed to secure 80 refurbished desk top computers and 10 laptops (a big thank you to Stev- Computers), as well as a pallet of school text books. Early next year these resources will be going into those poorly resourced schools within the Central Division, making a real difference in the educational outcomes amongst the students in these under privileged communities.
We need your support to help us find the money required for shipping costs to Suva Fiji, $3500
July and September: Survivor Camps
In July and September, we continued with our Survivor Camp programs (now called core expeditions). Our Indonesian Camp took a group of young adults from a Children’s Home in Bali hiking up Mount Rinjani. As well as the experience creating lasting relationships the team learnt personal resilience as they discovered much about themselves, others and their Creator God.
In September Nicolette and husband James headed off to Vanuatu. They took a team of young leaders from Victory Church, Port Vila (thanks Ps Zebedee) to Nguna Island into the jungle on a six day endurance trek, developing core skills of leadership and personal resilience.
Next year we intend to run three such camps in Fiji, Vanuatu and Indonesia. These camps are life changing and work towards developing leadership skills amongst future leaders. To date these Camps have been facilitated out of personal fund raising, however to ensure these Camps are truely sustainable we are needing an increase level of funding support.
September October: Reverse Mission Trip
A personal highlight was the reverse mission trip in September / October where our field coordinators Mere and her son Ben Kato travelled from Fiji to minister into various schools, churches and youth groups who partner with us. This proved to be a special time as many students were encouraged and blessed, as well as old relationships renewed. A special thanks goes out to Belgrave Heights, Lighthouse and Calvin Christian Schools for making this such a memorable time for all who met with Mere and Ben.
Ministry into Indonesia and Sabah
This year MVA has continued to facilitate teams through partnerships with Australian churches into Sabah (Malaysia) and Indonesia.
In many parts of Sabah the indigenous churches are faced with enormous challenges in the face growing Islamisation. These Australian teams work with indigenous pastors and churches, equipping financially, as they encourage and assisting with teaching to grow the church in Sabah and as they pray for revival.
In Indonesia MV Church teams work with partners Pondok Kasih and PEKAN, encouraging, assisting with teaching, funding projects as they share the love of God in poor and marginalised communities.
Training in Sarawak
For the past two years MVA, in partnership with MV Malaysia, have ministered into Sarawak.
Working with local indigenous churches we have assisted in training and equipping Longhouse leaders to plant churches and disciple their own communities. This is an exciting opportunity for MV as we have undertaken a long term commitment to work with these indigenous communities in Sarawak, to bring in teams to assist with training across a wide variety of ministries. There is still much need for teaching in tribal Longhouses in worship leading, children’s and youth ministry, training up cell group leaders and training the indigenous church in the importance of discipleship.
Last month we had the awesome opportunity to lead a CMA (Christian Motorcyclist USA) team into Indonesia, visiting MV partners Pondok Kasih and PEKAN. The purpose of the CMA visit was to witness the work carried out by previous motorbike recipients. Whilst on tour the team was able to commission 3 bikes for service and pray over 18 previous bike recipients to bless their ministry for the Kingdom. Upon their return to the US all CMA team participant will actively engage in fund raising activities across the length and breadth of the United States. They will share reports from the field to raise the funds required to purchase bikes for future recipients. What a fantastic ministry.
Medical Mission: January 2016
In January next year, Moonee Ponds Baptist Church in partnership with Missionary Ventures will travel to Candon province, in the Philippines, to run its annual medical mission and pastors retreat.
The medical mission is part of a joint program with Christian Doctors and Dentists based in Manila who donate their time to impact and work with those communities least able to receive such medical assistance. Under the supervision of medical staff, mission team participants help out in practical ways and with prayer for each patient before they leave .
After the Medical mission the team holds a Pastors retreat for as many as 45 pastors, including wives and children, as a means to sow into and bless those pastors who work tirelessly amongst their communities.
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On behalf of the team at Missionary Ventures Australia I wish to thank you for all your prayers and support in making this year such a blessing for the teams and the communities we work with throughout Asia and the Pacific.
Missionary Ventures Australia -Involving people to impact nations for Christ
Executive Director Missionary Ventures Australia