Skyline is so thankful to have a special relationship with the Gosford Church of Christ in Gosford, NSW, Australia. Gosford is blessed with a great group of leaders. Their shepherds and ministers have a passion for God and people. Gosford’s members are full of love and a desire to share God’s love with others.
We are thankful for Gosford’s vision in beginning STAMP and God’s grace in opening the door to allow Skyline to participate.
As a congregation Skyline has pledged to provide financial support for the next five years to help Gosford launch their STAMP ministry. We believe that STAMP can make a lasting impact on the church in Australasia.
What is STAMP? Their website is fiull of information, but let me share a few things to get you started.
The Short Term Australian Missions Program or STAMP as they call it, is a new and exciting program that offers a spiritual, educational, and service experience for young Christians in Australia and New Zealand.
STAMP is designed around three key components: Bible study, field assignments, and career training. STAMP will take the participants on a journey that brings them closer to God, deepens their relationships with others and helps them gain necessary career skills.
The first ever STAMP class is scheduled to kick off in January of 2008.
I want to encourage you to click on the above link and find out more about what God is doing in Australia through STAMP.
During my stay in Australia I have developed an appreciation for an Australian country music artist named Slim Dusty. I can’t wait to share The Very Best of Slim Dusty with my friends when I get home. You can’t help but sing along with the catchy G’Day, G’Day. The pub song, Duncan has become another favorite. And of course there are classics like the international hit
A Pub With No Beer and the national treasure, Waltzing Matilda.
For those who never thought I would ever admit to liking country music, surprise. I just had to get 10,000 miles from home to discover some I really like!
I was completley unprepared for the trip to Australia. I was unprepared for the beauty of this place — I had no idea. I was unprepared for the warm hospitality — you have to experience it. I was unprepared for the strength of the church — these folks are the real deal. And I was unprepared for the rain, but at least the Aussies were, too. Someone told me they have had more rain in the last couple of weeks than in the last 10 years. I don’t know if that is accurate, but that’s what I was told.
I was completely unprepared for this trip. But truth is, I don’t think there was any way to be prepared.
What a blessing!
Amy Hanes has posted more photos from Australia which you can find following the link above. Also, if you would like to keep up with what is happening in the local news while our team is in Gosford, you can read the Sydney Morning Herald.
Thanks to Amy Hanes for providing photos of the fundraising dinner for the Australia team and some photos of the Australia mission team on the way to Gosford and in the first few days there. Please continue to remember the team in your prayers.