Spring 2011 1
This edition of Outreach comes as a very special thank
you to all of our partners – to all those who participate in
some way to bring transformation to the lives of young
people and families through SU. In Philippians 1, Paul
I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my
prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of
your partnership in the Gospel from the ﬁrst day until
We feel much the same way about you!
Continued on page 2
2 Spring 2011
Releasing the Possibility!
When I was 22 years old, I remember release of possibility as you give to
nearly drifting out of Christian faith God’s mission through SU.
completely. I couldn’t ﬁnd any meaning
Outreach Firstly, you further God’s mission
...is published by Scripture Union Victoria in my church experience, I had become
to provide news and information for SU
grumpy and cynical…and I was starting among young people and families.
volunteers and donors. Outreach is provided
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to earn some serious money in my Thousands of people are impacted
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the older members of my church. I was
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astounded by his reply. ‘How is your ground and reach into more lives. For
SOAR Adventures giving going?’ I couldn’t ﬁgure out what this we thank you!
– Camping and mentoring program for
at-risk school students. that had to do with my inner life. But more importantly, by giving
SUFM (Scripture Union Family
Up to that time, I had been a poor generously, you are releasing the
Mission) – inter-church and
community-based mission activities for giver…almost non-existent. My wise possibility of a new experience of God
Generous giving builds spiritual health.
children, young people and families.
friend challenged me to tithe – to in your own life. I can personally testify
That’s why God commanded Moses to
ELEVATE (ELEVATE Framework)
release the potential for God to move to that! For this, we
– SU Victoria’s Schools Ministry direct the people to bring gifts for the
team building and ministry planning tool. in my life by letting go of myself and thank God!
making of the Tabernacle (Ex 25). Their
SUPA Clubs (Scripture Union becoming generous towards others. response shows that God was truly
Primary Age Clubs) – year-round
localised work in primary schools.
My life changed the moment that alive in their hearts (Ex 36:3-7).
happened. Jesus knew the power of Dave Tolputt
Theos Mission – activities designed
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Kevin Albertus keep that gap from growing. Just remember every dollar given to SU
Net Proﬁt / (Loss) (85) (175) (114)
Finance 109 makes a diﬀerence to the lives of young people! You can help make
Sophie Canter / Emma Payne * These accounts are still to be audited
that diﬀerence by keeping SU well resourced.
Admin for Missions 136
Resources 180 SU is a movement that fosters and draws on the passions and
Charlene Delos Santos
Metro West Schools Coord. 122
heart of God’s people to step up to His mission in the world.
Kylie Hunter Over the years, literally thousands of Christian men, women and
Schools Ministry Team Leader children have served God through SU to bring full life to other
North East Regional Worker 139
young people and families.
Operations Manager 106
We want you to know that your labour of love – and your
Missions Coordinator 135 sacriﬁces in both time and treasure – are making a massive
Tom Slater diﬀerence to countless lives across the state.
Wills and Bequests Officer 130
Naomi Swindon So, whether you are a ﬁnancial supporter, a ministry team
Metro East Schools Coord. 125
David Tolputt member, giving oﬃce support, part of the Board or a Ministry
State Director 105 Development Group, an Intern, an Outreach packer or working
Meredith Ward in another capacity, you are partnering with SU to turn lives
Schools Admin Assistant /
Webmaster 140 Continued from page 1 around. We thank you!
Spring 2011 3
Born 1990. Attends St Jude’s
Anglican, Carlton (Unichurch)
What you do with your
time? I’m in my fourth
and ﬁnal year of Primary
Education at Melbourne University.
What’s one thing you enjoy about SU
Mission? Being able to spend quality
time with campers and creating great
relationships with them.
What mission team are you leading?
What’s one thing you’ve learned from
being a Director? I’m yet to lead on my ﬁrst
mission as a Director, but I hope to learn
some valuable lessons about leading peers
and working well with fellow Directors.
Theos oﬀers me a great opportunity to put
my faith into practice. As a Director I will
hopefully build key leadership qualities that
can be put to use in my work as a teacher,
Shaping a Generation of Missional Leaders both here and in Africa.
Most of the ministers who It might seem that we take an Empowering leaders …as they
Born 1985. Attends
provide a reference for Mission incredible risk entrusting all grow other leaders, encouraging St Alfred’s, North Blackburn
Directors make a comment like, this to someone so young and all members of the team to grow
‘This will be a step up. She/He inexperienced, but it is through in their faith and in skills for What you do with your
hasn’t done anything like this directing that young, enthusiastic ministry, mission and life. time? I’m a civil engineer
before.’ and dedicated Christians learn working in water supply and
These are some of the next treatment.
SU missions provide generation of Christian What’s one thing you enjoy
an opportunity leaders – the next generation about SU Mission? Getting to know
for predominantly of Church leaders, the next and work with a creative bunch of people.
young adults to be generation of workplace
stretched, grown and leaders, the next generation What mission team are you leading?
trained as Christian of missionary leaders. Mallacoota SUFM for three years; this year,
how to be godly, visionary and the new Anglesea SUFM.
leaders. Leading and building a empowering Christian leaders.
team of people who are often All aspects of society need What’s one thing you’ve learned from
their peers, shaping a culture, Godly leaders …as they lead dedicated and godly Christian being a Director? There’s always more
ensuring their team is trained from their identity in Christ, with leaders. Please get behind SU going on than I can see – amongst the team,
and prepared to connect with a servant heart and for God’s Mission Directors with prayer, by in the kid’s lives, in the ways that God is
and share God’s Good News with glory; and as they grow in their recognising the strategic work working...so prayer is important! Wherever
people who are not linked with understanding of mission and in they are doing, by investing in I need to lead a team or bring one together
a church, understanding the their own personal faith. them and encouraging them to (at work and church too), my beach mission
theology behind mission, liaising Visionary leaders …as they form continue growing as godly leaders. experiences are invaluable.
with local councils, partnering and shape the team’s culture, set
with churches…these are things mission goals and motivate the
generally not entrusted to a uni team to stay focused on those
2011 Leaders’ Training Calendar
student. goals. Directors, together with two or three other signiﬁcant leaders are invited
to learn together around ﬁve main areas:
• A Biblical framework of mission
When the Burbs meet the Bush • Leadership tools
• Contextualized goal setting
Joylee at Suburban ﬂoated the idea, and the response • Sharing ideas across mission teams
Baptist Church in was amazing,’ said Joylee. ‘We’ve • Speciﬁc application of principles to SUFM and Theos
Hoppers Crossing had young people from non- July 23rd Advanced Leaders Training for SUFM and Theos
was asking, ‘How churched families who are busting July 24th Advanced Leaders Training for SUFM
can we best to get to Trafalgar. We already have August 27th Advanced Leaders Training for Theos
disciple our 11-14 oﬀers of transport, catering and Sept 17th DiSC Training Day for SUFM and Theos
year old kids?’ mentoring. But most exciting, I can October 8th Torque, SU Training Day for all mission volunteers; a
Sue Jacka, the really see how our young people workshop stream for leaders
Anglican Priest will grow a heart for God’s mission
at Trafalgar, was trying to ﬁgure
out how to reach the kids in her
through helping Sue reach her
community with the Gospel. Are you recently retired? Do you want to give God the rest of your life?
Sue agrees. ‘We have some really Do you want an exciting opportunity to participate in God’s mission?
SU’s answer? Sending the 11 to 14 keen young people here. Mixing with Would you be willing to move to a beautiful Victorian country town
year olds from Suburban to Trafalgar the crew from Suburban will help (no more traﬃc and plenty of fresh air!)?
to conduct a mission. This mission them engage with the young people
trip is scheduled for the September in our community. We also love the Then you should call Rev. Sue Jacka at Trafalgar Anglican Church.
school holidays. idea that we can help Suburban to The community of Trafalgar / Yarragon in Central Gippsland is an exciting
disciple their young people’. Christian mission opportunity – and Sue needs help.
Joylee and Sue can see the beneﬁts
to both churches. Real excitement is Stay tuned for the full report in the This is a voluntary appointment, but the excitement will be well worth
brewing at Suburban. ‘We tentatively next issue of Outreach. the move! Call Sue on 0409 757 170 for more information.
4 Spring 2011
When you enter a school with a
genuine attitude to serve, who knows
where it will take you! Nine months
ago God opened a door to work with
students at Castlemaine Secondary
– taking Year 7 & 8 girls by storm! College on the ELEVATE Dragcar
Project. Within 9 months, Justin Trevan
and Martin Evans have also been able
In the light of current debate about the culture between students and Along with two friends, we were able
to begin a mentoring and a basketball
Christians in schools, imagine building community connections. to explore her feelings and ensure
program to meet the needs of the
oﬀering a program where you can’t that she was well-supported.
Part of the weekly sessions is a ‘how school.
keep up with all the interest!
I’m feeling’ exercise. This invites When evaluating the Semester’s
When I questioned Justin about these
CHIC (Choices, Hope, Identity, the group to be self-aware and program, many of the girls
opportunities he said, ‘We just serve
Connections), a girls-only weekly compassionate towards one another, demonstrated attitude and insight
the school with a genuine attitude
program, covers issues around choices, and helps create a really supportive shifts – some just an increase in
to help and the opportunities keep
communication, bullying, self-worth, community – rare in this and many conﬁdence and courage, others in
body image, identity and purpose – all schools. One girl said the most managing their feelings or getting
from a discreet yet strongly biblical important thing she learned was to along with family. A student wrote
perspective. At Fairhills HS we oﬀered notice how she’s feeling. If ONLY we me a note to say that she felt listened
CHIC as an elective for Years 7 & 8 in all did that more often!!! to and often left CHIC in a better
Semester 1 and immediately had a full mood than she’d arrived. YAY!
class (26 students). In Semester 2, 60 CHIC also provides an excellent
girls applied!! opportunity to give students a Naomi Swindon
listening ear in a safe and un-hurried
The Welfare Coordinator sees CHIC environment. We can identify
as key to improving the culture students in need of extra support
among girls throughout the school. and refer them to the school’s
Widespread negative relational welfare team, all the while building
vibes, such as bullying, isolation networks of support for them among
and depression, start in Year 8 their peers and with positive adults.
especially, so our goal is to develop During one session a Year 7 student The team also works closely with Steve
preventative measures, elevating revealed that her Mum had cancer. Carrol who is the Leading Teacher
for Student Well-Being. He says,
Looking for the Gold! ‘Some kids simply ﬁnd school diﬃcult.
They ﬁnd the work hard, they clash
Recently one of the schools we serve in Melton asked for a team with teachers. They literally are the
of volunteers to assist with their Mock Interview program – a program designed to square pegs in the round hole. It’s not
put students through simulated job interviews. The team soon learned the size of anyone’s fault. Despite everyone’s
the challenge confronting many students. One student, who struggles to cope with best intentions it’s hard to design
school and is often absent, attended an interview. She came with little expectation. large schools that cater for ALL of the
She sat down, her head and her eyes dropped. We immediately had the sense that kids ALL of the time. The ELEVATE
these shoulders carried heavy burdens. A couple of young recently arrived African Crew provide a circuit breaker – an
immigrant students came dressed and eager to please. These kids move your heart! opportunity for kids to enjoy school
and build positive relationships with
One of the features of SU schools ministry is ‘looking for the gold’ in young people. caring adult role models. Their service
As Christians, we believe that God creates everybody with intrinsic worth. As the team provision is simply gold!’
sat with these young people, we could see gold in each one. Each week, SU teams
meet young people who have wonderful conﬁdence as they face life. But increasingly, During this last term one young guy
we meet young people who live with little hope or expectation of happiness, and who went with Justin and Martin’s youth
have no sense of their own worth. group to the State-wide Youth Games.
He said, ‘I have never been with a
Please pray for all SU teams as they draw alongside young people to help them bunch of people before without being
uncover the gold within. paid out.’ He was blown away with the
weekend and now regularly attends
the youth group.
Prayer Next term we are planning a Make
Groups for a Diﬀerence (MAD) Camp for these
three groups to connect out together.
Schools Hopefully they will continue to ﬁnd
their gold and grow in their own faith
...is holding their annual journeys.
Prayer Day for Schools on Justin and Martin
Friday 2 September
Mount Pleasant Rd Primary Sch
Mount Pleasant Rd Nunawading
All are welcome to attend
For further information contact
Marilyn on 9874 5764.
Spring 2011 5
The Bendigo Community Backs SOAR Adventures
The Annual SOAR Adventures This event has become a genuine
Community Fundraising Dinner was
a huge success. There was much
community-building event. Apart
from raising much needed funds, it Camps Planned
excitement and true community as 170 recruits many mentors and results in Outdoor Adventure Camps are an integral and important part of the
people of all ages and backgrounds ongoing donations of in-kind goods. SOAR Adventures Strategy, allowing us to expose boys to: positive levels
joined to support the event, of stress; the natural consequences of engaging with the environment;
raising $25,000! The night featured The dinner continues to build
momentum due to our wonderful and important relational opportunities as the SOAR Adventures team and
testimonies from SOAR graduates, School Chaplains speak positively into their lives.
who described how SOAR Adventures supporters. Thank you to all those
had changed their lives forever. Their who support this vital ministry! In 2011, with an increase in resources, people hours and schools, SOAR
stories typiﬁed the courage of SOAR Your continued and generous Adventure Camps have expanded in number from 12 to 24. That is 108
Adventure participants. Matthew contributions give more and more sunrises and sunsets, 1700+ hours, 78 days in the bush, rain hail or shine!
Maruﬀ (Girton Grammar School boys the opportunity to participate God willing we predict that by 2014, SOAR Adventures will be running 48
Headmaster and keynote speaker) in this life-transforming experience. camps in a 12 month period. That’s nearly two a week during school terms!
spoke about his own experience of Thank you on behalf of the boys,
growing up with the real prospect of their families and the SOAR
not achieving his potential. Adventures team!
I ca me to SOAR Adventures at the beginning of 2011 and have
been hu mbled by the experience. SOAR doesn’t just provide
short-term ca mps for young males on the cusp of disengaging
from the education system – it takes vulnerable young men on
a journey of self-discovery. In addition to the adventure-based
activities, school-based learning focuses on key growth areas
such as ‘Who Am I? ‘Relationships’ and ‘Reaching My Gold’.
SOAR Adventures Changes Lives!
When Corey stepped up to the podium to
Gaining the boys’ trust is not easy – many of them lack share his story, you could have heard a
confidence in themselves. Y et building positive relationships is pin drop. This was a boy who a few short
the key, not only with the young people, but with their fa milies months ago would never have stood up
and schools. Core values of respect, forgiveness and hope are in front of people to speak. But here he
the cornerstone of the progra m. Each young person is given the was speaking in front of 170 people with
opportunity to take part in SOAR for a year after graduating a new found conﬁdence – articulate
– teaching other young males the values they have learnt. and determined to let the guests at the
SOAR Adventures Dinner know what
I recently holidayed in Alice Springs – my previous workplace. had happened to him because of his
This re-enforced the importance and value of SOAR Adventures. involvement in the SOAR program over
As I spoke with different agencies (including mental health, the previous 12 months.
education and welfare), there was great enthusiasm for such a This Year Nine student shared how he has
progra m in the Red Centre. gone from being withdrawn, struggling at
Please pray for me and school and home and lacking motivation,
the SOAR Adventures to being a new young man. This change
Tea m as we strive to has not gone unnoticed by others. At the graduation event a week later,
Corey’s Dad spoke about the change at home and how Corey was a diﬀerent
mentor, challenge and boy from the one who entered the program 12 months ago – one who is
walk alongside these beginning to show positive leadership among his peers.
vulnerable young men.
The SOAR Adventures Program takes young men from Years 8 and 9 on a
God Bless journey of self-discovery through challenging outdoor activity and regular
Tim mentoring. The Gospel is at the core. Please join us in praying for the 80 boys
going through the program this year.
6 Spring 2011
Lives Changed Through Camping The Gap Year
The students were full of energy but the Gospel of Jesus, emphasising they learnt new ways of building
an unpleasant group dynamic was how each young person was so relationship with each other. Changed My Life!
operating between the boys and special in His sight. Students who had arrived feeling
girls. On Day 1 of the expedition, as Leaving my home in Ballarat
The next morning one of the alienated, eagerly told the SU team,
half the group cooked dinner, Hayley for Coolamatong has changed
teachers remarked, ‘There has been ‘Guess what, I made some new
and Gav could feel the frustration my life. I’ve always been very
such a change in this group – they are friends this week’. shy – a real homebody. When
between the boys and the girls. They
talking to each other’. Barricades broken down; the love of I ﬁnished school I lacked
lifted the lid on the subject after
God shared; new behaviours learned; direction, self esteem and I
dinner and the boys poured out their While Gav and Hayley talked with
stronger community developed… In had bottomed out in my faith.
feelings…they felt excluded from the expedition group, the rest of the
the words of one of the staﬀ, ‘It is as My life has done a complete
the rest of the group, they didn’t group had the same conversation
180° at Coolamatong. I have
want to be at school, and some were with Mark and Colleen. There was if God’s potential for them has been
made lots of new friends,
struggling at home. In this place of a dramatic change in the whole released in them this week…thank
and am healthier physically,
brokenness, Gav and Hayley shared group over the rest of the week as you.’
emotionally, mentally and,
most importantly, spiritually.
Plans for Icthus I love seeing God work through
me. On one night walk, two
very scared girls clutched my
When God called Abram to leave his term camping programs that enable hands. I shared how I pray to
home and go to a far away land, simply students to better develop personal God for protection when I feel
on the basis of God’s promise, Abram leadership as they transition into young fear and He gives me strength
must have wondered what God had in adult life. Currently the Education Dept to keep going. We kept talking
store (Gen 12). Similarly, when the Icthus runs four such remote ‘schools’, as do about faith and God. They were
campsite came on the market, SU felt the largest private colleges. However, amazed that I chose not to
God’s nudge to purchase it, not knowing SU believes that there is real potential swear because it was one of
what God had planned. ‘Discerning what for a distinctive Christian-based version. the 10 Commandments. Their
God is up to is not always easy,’ says Gav ‘A redeveloped Icthus presents an response: ‘WOW! God must be
Osborne, SU State Camping Manager. opportunity for independent Christian pretty awesome.’ What a joy
‘But recently, we have been catching a schools to provide life-changing Our Poor Old Tractor and privilege to plant seeds
vision, and we want to share it with SU’s experiences that will disciple young
supporters.’ people to be future Christian leaders
Says Thank You! and share my faith.
with integrity’, says Gavin. We have been blown away Thank you to the amazing
by the generous support Coolamatong staﬀ for their
To make the site capable of housing this encouragement and support.
project, Icthus would need a huge amount that has enabled us to
complete some amazing It is wonderful to belong to
of prayer, time and work. this team. I am blessed to
projects this year. Andy
First of all, we need to cover the debt is close to completing have a family who cared
associated with the purchase of the land, the Lake Camp toilet and enough to push me in this
which currently stands at $170 000. If laundry; Craig put his diesel direction and a God who led me
you want to assist SU to cover the debt, mechanic’s hat on to rebuild here. I know I will never forget
please contact Kevin Albertus on the tractor; and we have and never regret this year.
03 9482 5700 Ext 109. committed to a new set of
Research is telling us that Holly Corden
mountain bikes. Each of
young people face growing challenges Please pray for God’s leading and timing
these projects has a direct Is God calling you to a gap
during the middle years of secondary as we assess the feasibility of this project
impact on ministry at both year of mission and growth
school. One of the more eﬀective – and for His help to shape a work that
camps. Your support is at Coolamatong?
responses is the development of medium- builds His Kingdom.
undergirding the stories of Interested… get in touch
transformation you read in with Gavin: 0418 557 850 or
Do you have skills that God
is calling you to share…?
Volunteers are the life blood of Coolamatong!
From interns to summer camp leaders to
working bees…there are endless opportunities
for mission-hearted people to serve.
Get in touch with Gav 0418 557 850
Spring 2011 7
Prayer Diary Spring 2011
Resources @ SU Victoria
The Board, staﬀ and volunteers of SU are grateful for the
prayers of God’s people. Please continue to pray for the
More of Lucy Moore
Those who attended the CTM Parkville events on the 29-30 July already know about Lucy
• Give thanks for the work God is doing on the Bellarine Moore. Lucy has been a ministry leader and resource writer for Christian book publishers,
Peninsula through Bec Olver and her team. BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship), for many years. She has now become a world-renowned
leader and creator of children and families ministry resources, travelling around the globe
• Pray for the young people being reached by SOAR at the invitation of ministry leaders who want to know more!
Adventures, that their lives would be transformed by the
love and care of the team as they consistently display Jesus The Messy Church series put Lucy Moore on the map. Lucy is gifted in the area of All-Age
among them. Worship and ‘messy church’ (i.e. church that functions throughout the week with a range
of activities for all ages and at various times). Her vision is to see churches become a
• Give thanks to God for the many partners – in prayer, full time hub of activity and shared time that powerfully and
ﬁnance and ministry – who join us in the mission God has set creatively nurtures a strong, close-knit, inclusive, inviting and
before us. joyful church community.
• Pray for the mission by Suburban Baptist Church in Trafalgar Discover what thousands of churches and ministry leaders and
in September, that many young people and families will be helpers are already experiencing – The Messy Church phenomenon!
reached by these partnering churches. Lucy Moore’s range of resources is still available, for a short time,
• Pray for the Summer teams as they commence work in at the discounted prices oﬀered at the Messy Church events.
earnest preparing for the Summer missions and camps
season. All-Age Worship
Doing all-age worship with
• Pray for the release and use of the Biblical Turning Points creativity and guidance.
The Bible – The Big Picture video program, that those who
use this resource will be inspired by God’s story. Messy Church
• Pray for the Leadership Team at SU: Mavis Payne, Kylie Bring people into the Church
Hunter, Gav Osborne, Brock Gravener, John Lim and Dave building – not just on Sundays.
Tolputt. Pray for wisdom and energy for their work.
• Pray for John Lim as he settles into his new role as
Operations Manager, that he will sense God’s hand upon him $19.95
in this work. $19.95
• Pray for the Torque Training Day on 8 October. Pray that the
Messy Church Vol 2
teams will be well equipped to take on their mission over the
Summer. More ideas and strategies for
community-building in your church.
• Give thanks for the new mission and camp directors as they
step up to the challenge of leadership. Most are in their early Messy Church DVD
20s, and will be stretched in the appointment. The Story of Messy Church, plus
interviews with leaders and those who
• Pray for SU’s ﬁnances. Over the past two years, there have
have experienced a messy church!
been great strides in new ministry and signiﬁcant increases
What is Messy Church and what’s
it like on the ground?
• Pray that God will be preparing the hearts of young adults
to take up the challenge of internship at Coolamatong and
$19.95 Messy Crafts $16.95
SOAR Adventures. Please pray for 10 interns. Craft activities for community-
building within the church.
• Pray for School Chaplains in Victoria and across Australia,
that they will continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus in
Cooking activities for community-
• Pray for wisdom and vision in regards to the Camp Icthus building within the church.
site. Show us what you want this site to become Lord!
Messy Church Readings
14 ‘messy moments’ readings
SU Victoria People News... $2.95 to get your lot into the Bible.
We welcome Michelle Whitby (right) back to
the Board of SU.
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Melton Community Youth Worker.
8 Spring 2011
An informal network of people who want to stay connected with each other and SU.
Phone Tom Slater at SU 03 9482 5700 Ext. 130
The life of former SU Coolamatong in Spring
National Director, Ron
Buckland, was celebrated Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September
in a service at Ringwood
Church of Christ on 15 A weekend for SUstainers and other SU supporters
June. Ron was State
• Relax and enjoy the beautiful farm and lake
Director in Tasmania
environment, good meals and the company of
(1971-80) before holding the post of National
old friends and new
Director from 1980 to 1999. Ron played a
• Take a cruise on Lake Victoria on the CC Neill
signiﬁcant role in SU’s international forums,
• Be provoked and heartened by Kath White
and his writing and speaking on the theology
as she speaks about faith today
of children had a world-wide impact. Ron is
• Join a lively ‘Q&A’ on current issues
remembered as an energetic, passionate and
• Meet Coolamatong and other SU staﬀ
committed leader in SU ministry, whether in
the local church or on the bigger stage, and A variety of accommodation is available and people may stay in local motels if they wish, and join in the program.
as a ‘full-on’ follower of Jesus.
To register, and for full details, visit the SUstainers page on the SU website (go to www.suvic.org.au and on the
home page click on SU Community, then SUstainers). Contact Tom Slater (0438 013 120) for further information.
The same day saw the funeral of Dr John
Solomon, a distinguished paediatric surgeon
and long-time SU Council member and How I broke into SU – Ray Averill
supporter. John maintained his active interest This self-eﬀacing story from Ray better establish their small oﬃce Babbage,
in and support for SU to the end. Averill is published on the SU at 262 Flinders Lane…. I turned my Ralph
website at www.suvic.org.au/ back on becoming a teacher and Davis and
Honor Lumsden visionary-proﬁles. Sadly we only accepted the position as Assistant Ian Milne. I
Also in June, Honor Lumsden died after have room here for a few snippets to the Hon. General Secretary… thought God
a period of ill-health. Honor was a gifted to whet your appetite. must have
person, who strongly supported her late ‘In 1962 …the Council sent me a wonderful
husband Bruce, the former SU General ‘On October 10, 1950 I made to New Zealand to receive some sense of humour. Our children
Secretary in NZ and Australia, and later SU a public commitment to be a grooming by Bruce Lumsden, the called me ‘pope’.’
Victoria Council member, referred to in follower of Jesus … NZ Gen. Secretary, and to broaden
How I broke into SU ( right). my experience. By the end of Ray ﬁnishes his story with:
‘One year later I learnt that that year I became the ﬁrst paid
a new CSSM was to open at General Secretary of Scripture ‘I am ever grateful to God that
Betty Ritchie Portarlington. At the time I was Union in Victoria…’ I ‘gate-crashed’ the CSSM at
In July we lost Betty working at Greyhound Tourist Portarlington. The big bonus has
Ritchie who, with her late Bureau and could only arrange a 4 After leaving the staﬀ in 1966 been to meet (and work with) so
husband Alan, was an day break ... Travelling on my BSA to work with Kraft Foods, Ray many wonderful people who have
active SU volunteer for Bantam motorbike I duly arrived at went on to serve as Chairman of taught me so much.
six decades. Betty had Portarlington. I gate-crashed the the Victorian and Australian SU
rejoiced in the refurbishment of CSSM, met Alan Kerr and asked if Councils and representing Australia ‘Such an experience was only
the Coolamatong Lake Camp in recent years I could join in the activities. I was in regional forums. Of the ﬁrst he possible because Elva supported
through the Alan Ritchie Building Appeal. both welcomed and hooked! writes: me at all times, carrying the heavy
load of raising our children while I
Our loving sympathy goes out to all their ‘Sometime in September 1955 ‘This to me was amazing was ‘saving the world’.
families, as we remember with gratitude their Alan Kerr asked me if I would be recognition. I followed a line of
wonderful contribution to Scripture Union. prepared to work for Scripture outstanding people who had held “God moves in mysterious ways
Union for two years to help them the position – Alan Kerr, Barton His wonders to perform …”!’
The Book that
Changed the World
As 2011 is the 400th Anniversary of the publication
of the King James Version of the Bible, the National
Bible Society of Australia has mounted a travelling
exhibition of rare and unusual Bibles, which will be
on display in Melbourne.
An interdenominational service of thanksgiving will be held in The 1611 KJV Bible was the work of 54 Phone Tom Slater
St Paul’s Cathedral (cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets) on translators who began their work in 1604. on
Sunday 2 October at 2.30pm. There will be selected Bible The travelling display copy is one of only 03 9482 5700 Ext 130
readings and Sons of Korah will sing. 150 originals. Also included in the 25 for more
After the service a brief Formal Launch of the the display will be Bibles on display are: a 1495 Bible; a 1607
held at the Melbourne City Library. Geneva Bible believed to have been owned
The Rev Dr John Harris, writer, historian, linguist, Bible Society by William Shakespeare and initialled
Consultant and author of SU notes, will speak at the service and by him; a Bible inscribed by Governor
the Launch. Macquarie; and a Bible given to Australia’s
first Governor General, Lord Hopetoun, at
The display will be held from Sunday 2 to Friday 28 October
the time of Federation in 1901.
Melbourne City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.