Picnic Season Update

It truly is a new season now – what I’d call the picnic season. It’s cool enough now to have a picnic out the back without wilting, so time for another update. It also seems to be rainbow season. We often have showers trapped by the range just as the morning sunshine breaks out. It makes for these frequent and stunning rainbows that seem almost close enough to touch.


We’re hopeful in all God’s promises and thankful for all his provisions. Thanks to your generosity and your prayers my accrued deficit has been reduced to a much more manageable level. It was given in perfect timing as well. I was a week away from having to stop Bible talks and student meet ups to devote more time to financial partnership tasks, but a number of people gave generously and made it possible for me to just keep on going. At this stage I’m at about 100% for the 3 days/week target, so I’m so thankful to everyone’s prayer support and financial support.

Despite that encouraging figure, I’m not quite out of the woods yet, and need to recruit some new supporters to eliminate my accrued deficit and allow the potential for some more contact time on campus.

Thank God with me for his provision and continue to pray for the support needed to eliminate the rest of my deficit.

Mid Year Camp

We’re getting ready for mid year camp! The last couple of weeks have been exam time for the students and MYC prep for myself and the Townsville staff. We’re really looking forward to thinking about the topic of “the last days” with our students. We have a very special guest coming along to preach for us, Richard Chin, our national director for AFES. It will be such an encouraging time for our students to be able to spend time talking with him in this context.

At this stage we have very few students from Cairns registered for the camp though. I’m hoping to encourage a few more to see the value of giving up a week of their holiday break to grow deeply in their understanding of the gospel and to prepare their hearts for semester 2.

Pray for Richard, that God will give him energy to preach faithfully from God’s word, and that more students from Cairns will be able to come along.

A quiet friend & a gospel opportunity

I’ve been so encouraged by one of our students this year who has invited his non-Christian friend along to the Bible talks. He’s a quiet and reserved student who you might not pick as a go-to evangelist. But he simply brought his friend along to the Bible talks and this friend is now really interested in finding out more about Jesus. The three of us are now meeting regularly to read the Bible together!

Pray for this student as he hears the good news of Jesus and the call to repent and believe – that he will respond with joyful submission to him.

Mark focus

In semester 2 we are going to have a Mark focus. We were planning to present the Mark Drama and were very close to having the numbers needed to make it happen, but not quite… But the nature of student ministry is that it is constantly changing and so we are used to adapting out plans along the way. I happen to have a stack of Mark’s gospels on my shelf that need a new home, and so I hope to build on the momentum we started with the Mark Drama but just shift our focus a little.

Pray that none of these Gospels will be on my shelf at the end of the year, but be in the hands and hearts of those our dear Shepherd will call to himself.

Senior Staff Conference

One of the other key things that happen for me when the students are on break is our Senior Staff Conference. This week I’m down on the Gold Coast, meeting with all the other AFES staff from around Australia. As a solo staff worker, this is absolute gold! We have been praying together, hearing God’s word, sharing stories, being trained, uniting our thoughts on our national mission for 2024. I’m spurred on by this wonderful fellowship together.

It does come at a sacrifice to the family, though. It’s extra hard work for Wendy now at home with the 4 kids, so I’m also very keen to get back home. I’m so thankful to my whole family for their sacrifice to enable me to be here.

Pray that all the AFES staff will be encouraged to press on proclaiming Christ at uni, and that we may rejoice in God’s grace together

…See below – my gospel partners at home, helping me to be at the staff conference this week

2 thoughts on “Picnic Season Update

  1. Thnx for sharing the pics- really personalises your newsletter – lovely family!

    Thnx for sharing your life- giving us more of an idea of prayer needs.

    Thnx for you- relying on and looking to God for all your needs and ‘being there’ ready to serve in such a crazy, mixed up and unstable part of the world.

    Be encouraged and dont grow weary in doing good and above all else, stand.

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