Greetings to everyone in the special Oceania Conference edition!
How great it was to join with 23 other Oceania leaders at Camp Tamborine, Queensland, for seven days of jam-packed inspiration, teaching, sharing, networking and praying together. Representatives from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Australia, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands and New Zealand attended. Rod Story brought us up to speed with “Every One Hears”, the plan for resourcing and growing EE globally over the next four years, as well as New Strategies, Hope for Kids and Congress next year. Everyone creatively presented reports from the Oceania nations: No one will forget Pamela Amini’s presentation on “Looking After Your Team Members” and Rusi Tulaga’s on “Fund Raising”?
Temperatures were colder than expected. Each evening, we met at the fire place and discussed topics like “Thinking Creatively”, and hear veteran ‘EEians’ Laurie and Sylvia Skilton share their story of faithfulness in sharing the Gospel. Also we heard Raj on visual communication and making Powerpoint presentation exciting. Recommendations to EE International and possible
Congress Resolutions also brought lively discussion. Finally at the end of the week, Paul and Anita Bertrand from the Philippines led the training day in Explorers’ Club, the official follow-up course for children after they’ve done Hope for Kids. This was well received. Thank you Paul and Anita
A huge vote of thanks is due to Robert, Coral and David Carner, Pete McCutchen and a team of 15 local helpers from North Tamborine Presbyterian Church, who shuttled delegates from airports and railway stations, helped in the kitchen, provided hospitality, took people shopping and loaned many blankets and duvets to keep us warm. Also we will never forget Kelly McGregor, our chef, who took a week off from work to cook gourmet meals for us and became part of “Team EE Oceania”.
All thanks and praise to God for blessing us and taking us, to a new stage in understanding each other and the potential of being a team of EE leaders in the Pacific.
Anne Bowie, VP Oceania