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Vanuatu Missions Trip 2014: Meet the Team
We have a team of 32 this year and plan to visit the villages and places we went to last year. Our biggest challenge is not being able to stay as long as each local village or school are asking us to stay for. They all want us to stay for longer than last year and give the good news message through drama, song, testimony or by helping with resources or practical projects.
Kylie McDonald Teacher
Tim and I have been married for 8 years and have four wonderful children. We feel so blessed to be a part of the Vanuatu Mission Trip. I feel like missions have been a part of me for so many years and that is why I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself!! God’s timing is perfect and when we wait on the Lord he will answer us.
We are excited to see what God does through us and others. We know those involved will come home different people as we believe the Vanuatu community will leave an imprint in hearts of God’s love, endurance and I am sure so much more.
We have recently been at a conference and loved the statement that we as Christians need to bring heaven to earth. How can we do this? I believe it is through our actions. We need to move and get uncomfortable and show people God, not just tell them! So you can be sure that God will show up because he will be in each one of us. We will be the hands and feet of Jesus.
My spirit is stirred and ready to embark on an unforgettable journey. I know the journey will bring its challenges but we will say ‘The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.’ (Psalm 28:7)
I am a full time mum, grandma and great grandma. I have always believed that everyone should go on at least one mission trip and that one would never be enough once you went but my busy family has prevented me up until now. The reason I feel it is important is because life in Australia is so comfortable. We become complacent and bland unless we are vigilant ,something I must confess I have failed to do. I believe that I will grow as a result of my experience and that as I give, God will reveal more of Himself to me. As I prepare for this trip, although I am going to give of myself, I truly believe that I will be surprised by the way God will move in my life.
Hi my name is Sue Hill. I am looking forward to going back to Vanuatu to help strengthen and encourage the people we have already met, and all the new people we will meet too, with the Word of God and His love. I love blessing them with the clothing and other items we take over. It is such a joy to see the gratitude on their faces. My two favourite scriptures are: Nehemiah 8:10 “The JOY of the Lord is your strength.” and John 10:10 “Thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
My name is Loloma, pronounced how it’s spelt. I have five siblings, there are six kids in total. I haven’t really travelled a lot in my life so this will definitely be an experience for me. There are a few things that I would like to do and see in Vanuatu. What has really motivated me to go on this trip would probably be being able to experience a new lifestyle and being able to help with other peoples’ needs. I think that the most saddest thing in this world is that too many people take too many things for granted without knowing that there are less fortunate people who would do anything to just maybe to go to bed warm and not afraid of warlords or pirates.I would love to go to Vanuatu to help make a change and if possible help people get back on their feet and lead them towards the right path. That’s what I am wanting to get out of this trip.
My name is Sila Tupou. I’m 14 years old. This is my first year in distance education and to go to Vanuatu. I’m the third eldest of six kids. I live in Springfield Lakes Brisbane. My ethnicity is Tongan but I was born and raised here in Australia. I want to go to Vanuatu because it would be a good experience for me, I want to learn about the people,the islands, their culture and much more. I’m looking forward to visiting different villages and meeting new people. Hopefully I’ll learn some Bislama while I’m there and see the beautiful sights. I also want to sing for the villages to bring hope to them or just lighten up their day.
I am 15.
My favourite colours are pink, purple, blue and green and reading is one of my biggest past times. I went on the missions trip last year and while I was there I had a God experience and recommitted my life to Him. This year I want to go back and see what God has in store for me this time.
I love performing in front of large crowds, I have had experience in singing, dancing and drama, I regularly attend theatre school, was in a debating team this year, and enjoy playing piano and guitar. I am so excited to be on the 2014 team and am especially looking forward to feeling God's presence and playing with the little children in Vanuatu. Jumping off cliffs, swimming and looking at the colorful fish on the reef,will be a fantastic experience as well. While I am away I would like to hear from God and talk to him, to worship without holding back and gain spiritual gifts.I am praying that everyone gets stronger in their faith and for revelations from God.
My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me John10:27
Hey I'm Bridie and I'm 16 years old. The things I love to do are photography, guitar, piano, singing, dancing, acting, art and sewing.I've been on the last two mission trips to Vanuatu and I can honestly say it was life changing and the best time of my life This year I want to go on this mission trip to Vanuatu because I believe God is going to use me. I'm so excited can't wait to go back again!
Of eight, I'm number five. My name is Liam and I was born and raised in a christian family. I have had both difficult and good times just like everybody else in the world. Being a christian might not be different in your eyes, but a whole new
and different perspective in my eyes. Ever since the day I made that decision it has been a battle, a battle of both spiritual and physical wars between good and evil, but the closer I get to God the easier it gets for me. So that is why I am going to this Vanuatu trip, because I would like to take my faith to an extra level into the kingdom of God to see what he has to offer me so that I can take that and use it to help those who are in need. I hope to accomplish all that God has planned for me to do there, for I do not go by my understanding of things nor by my own will, but by Gods...Proverbs 3:5-6
Hi everyone, I’m Tyler Adams from North Mackay. I’m really excited for this year’s Vanuatu trip! Why wouldn’t you be? I love God and I believe this is a great opportunity to show God’s love to others in a practical way; “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19). Some things about me: I love to study mathematics and apologetics, I play the guitar, read my Bible, love sport and live life for the one who gave me it! Can’t wait to serve with you on this year’s 2014 mission trip.In Christ, Tyler Adams.