Faith Christian School has a heart for missions. We believe that as a Christian School we should be walking our talk and giving our young adults the opportunity to grow in faith while learning to serve and share the good news.
Each year we take a team of 30 to Vanuatu for 10 action-packed and life-changing days. Organisers work very hard to keep the cost to just over $1000 per student, as we believe in "walking our talk" and giving our young adults the opportunity to grow in faith while learning to serve and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We have also been given opportunity in future years to take teams into New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
On this page, you will see the exciting work students have been involved in, as well as other missionary work that we support (see the section named "Other Mission Work").
Is God leading you to go on a mission trip? Pray!
The family of God is global and the missions trip from Brisbane to Vanuatu helps us appreciate our family around the world, especially those in need!
Yes, it's that time again when our intrepid Faith Christian School explorers travel to the Pacific in hopes of acting with love, compassion and spreading the Good News to our dear brothers and sisters in Vanuatu.
On Saturday the 14th of September 2019 the plane carrying our Missions trip students lifted up its wings as Eagles flying smoothly to the airport in the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila. Everyone was excited and looking forward to the next nine days in the Island paradise.
Upon arrival, the team was met by our dear friend and host Charlie, who guided us to his home village of Ephasik in the province of Pango.
God is indeed truth, and His truth was made manifest in the amazing work the students did on His day, Sunday the 15th of September 2019. God really used the students today to shed his light to the world. Our team worked in small groups with the disabled children and their mothers in different villages.
The students that visited the hospital were challenged by the confronting realities of real-world, not 1st-world, issues they witnessed in hospital. However, the children they helped were so lively and God blessed their courage, to serve Him, so much that many of our students did not want to leave to go to lunch, asking to stay and hang out with the kids.
The Missions team also worshiped at Blacksand's Church and had a blessed and renewing time with the local church community.
On Monday the 16th of September 2019 the students helped relocate Jarissa’s family as the Landlord was evicting them on Wednesday, as well as requisitioning their possessions, and gifts from our last trip, as compensation for rent. Jarissa is a poor but delightful little girl that lost her leg earlier this year. Praise God for Jason’s negotiating skills with the Landlord. Now everyone can leave in peace.
The students helped demolish and transport Jarissa’s shack materials to their newland site near the local church. Now Jarissa’s family will be looked after and given pastoral care and receive the opportunity to go to church.
The Missions team are buying beds and many other much needed items we take for granted here in Australia. All have been blessed by such a servant heart experience!
"Today Jarissa was discharged from hospital. She has more surgery to go and life ahead with only one foot. Thanks for the help of Jinny Ruben, Jarisa now has a bed , a charcoal stove, a portable toilet, a pram and support from all those working at Vanuatu Society for People with Disability. The amputated leg is still an open wound and the other club foot is still there but needs more casting and LOTS of wound care. Her humble home now has lighting. Thanks Jason Caldwell." - Andy & Sharny Chapman
On Tuesday the 17th of September 2019 the day was packed full of visiting, praying, encouraging and working with several different school groups, performing songs and drama skits, as well as exploring art activities, and presenting object lessons.
The staff, leaders and students have demonstrated great team-work skills and have been very supportive with one another. Single acts of kindness and investment into these kids in Vanuatu, and alo our own missions students, can at times be enough to create magnificent future leaders in our community and society. God is blessing all our students and the wonderful kids in Vanuatu!
Towards the end of Tuesday the team headed off to Emua.
Having reached Emua the Missions team had a well earned rest on the 18th. The students descended on the beach, went snorkelling and marvelled at the variety of fish and sea creatures in this island paradise. The weather stayed fine and the students really enjoyed hanging out at the beach in the afternoon. Everyone that goes on the Missions’s trip knows why its a tourist hotspot - so beautiful!
On the 19th the team visited two nearby villages and also enjoyed another day of snorkelling and soft sandy beaches. Later they all played games and sang songs with the community of Emua.
In the evening the students delivered a rousing concert to a packed hall. It was fantastic! So many belly laughs and love in the hall! What a life changing experience for many!
"A little bit late, but last month we had a wonderful time in Vanuatu with Faith Christian School. We visited 3 different villages and even climbed a volcano (a first for me!) We got to spend time with the locals and learn their culture. The students performed lots of dramas and songs in their concert outreaches. It was a privilege to serve and love and see the joy and generosity in the villages." - Julie Adams
'Some once said if we travel simply to indulge ourselves we are missing some of the greatest lessons life has to offer!'
The Missions team has travelled to serve a greater goal than themselves. They travel to serve God and grow as people. Happily, along the way they are greeted by God’s breathtaking world!
On Friday the 20th of September the team travelled on boats to Nguna Island and hiked up Marou Mountain enjoying a lovely lunch, once they reached the top, with the beautiful villagers of Matos Village.
We are in paradise, at the top of the world, sharing and praying and eating good food with beautiful people. God is good!
Over the weekend the team praised God with the locals of Matoa, delivered another spectacular concert to the Blacksand’s church community, and celebrated Tori, Octavia, Miriam and Paul’s birthdays with the locals and their budding cake bakers, before heading back to Port Vila and the flight home.
The trip was once again amazing and life-changing! The students got to see how the rest of the world lives, serve those in need and enjoy God’s spectacular creation.
"Vanuatu! You stole my heart and changed my life. It was an honour and a privilege to serve alongside such an incredible group of people. You have all been such a blessing and encouragement to me. I am continually in awe of the way God works in so many lives. I was challenged in my faith, but hey that’s what builds us. I was touched by the hospitality and kindness of the locals as they welcomed us into their lives. We served in schools, churches and villages; had so much fun with the local kids; visited a hospital; saw God at work in the hearts and lives of others; witnessed miracles; climbed a volcano and snorkelled. A trip I’ll never forget. Thank you Vanuatu and Jason Caldwell!!!" - Sarah Aideen
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
2018 Vanuatu Missions Trip
This year the missions team arrived in Vanuatu eager to share their faith and show their kindness to those in need. Almost as soon as the team disembarked at Port Vila they were eagerly preparing the songs and dramatic messages for the local communities and local school children.
This year’s theme we felt God was encouraging us to adopt was “Be kind to those in need’. The role of the mission team was to support the local communities implement support system to help needy children and their local schools.
Some local communities are very isolated and so really appreciated the concerts and kindness freely given by the missions team. It is exciting witnessing our Faith School students wanting to make a difference in the world through serving others less fortunate.
On each trip the mission team focuses on practical as well as spiritual support to the needy people in Vanuatu. For instance, we have installed rainwater collection and tank systems in one of the isolated villages so that the small school located there does not run out of water mid-way through the week. This allowed the local school students to flush toilets every day!
On the trip gifts were liberally and joyously handed out to the children at the local schools, who have very little. We always try and give practical gifts such as soap and face towels for washing.
It was truly humbling to see the students in the mission team grow in their personal walk in the Christian faith.
By encouraging a greater understanding of global missions, serving others selflessly, experiencing global travel and cross-cultural exchanges in food, lifestyle and cultural expression, challenging their comfort zones with outdoor educational and personal activities, the personal confidence of each student grew richly as they rose to each challenge and shared their faith in practical ways.
However, the trip was not all work! Much fun and excitement were had by all. Hiking, snorkelling and games was part of the experience too! The kids on Nguna Island and the missions team had great fun enjoying outdoor games.
Our Vanuatu trips are lifelong treasures. Great friendships are forged, miracles experienced, and personal growth felt by the students as they learn responsibility, leadership, team building and teamwork skills.
2017 Vanuatu Missions Trip
Almost everyone I talk to agrees that a trip to the beautiful Pacific island archipelago of Vanuatu is on their bucket list. What an amazing life experience! Gasp in awe at the spectacular rugged highland views, relax on the golden beaches, explore the lagoons and hinterland on each island paradise and connect with local culture. What is even better, is being able to combine such a blessing with missionary work for God.
We were very encouraged on this year’s missions’ trip to see many lives encouraged and souls saved, not just through this year’s work, but the work that has been happening in Vanuatu over the last 6 years through our students and mission leaders.
What an experience! Our students were amazing and worked together well as a team. I want to thank all the mission leaders and students; you were excellent ambassadors for the school and Christ. It was exciting to see each team member sharing such genuine heart felt devotional messages and testimonies. Tears of joy poured freely, and lifelong friendships were forged.
Parting is such sweet sorrow! It took all the students who shared this wonderful mission experience over an hour to hug, share tears and smiles and say their goodbyes.
The only difficult part of the trip (tongue in cheek), was at the very end, on our return to Brisbane Airport, where the students put on a great impromptu mini concert. They were so bold, I thought security might kick us out!
On this trip, I felt God encouraging the students to be encouraged in the knowledge that they are never alone. God is with us! This year we had a special bond of unity and prayer on the trip. The fruit of such a powerful foundation was a blessing (Psalm 133). The students grew very strong in confidence, as a team and individually, as they stepped out for God in faith, drama, song and testimony.
2013 Vanuatu Missions Trip
The most encouraging thing this term has been to see lives transformed and many making commitments to Christ while away for eleven days on our Missions trip to Vanuatu. We had 27 from the school head over and it was clear from the start that God was opening the doors and touching lives. I could write a book of testimonies but have only time to list a few of the experiences. We took in about 8 large bags of lovely clothes to many poor villages where mothers were so grateful. We gave away a PA system, several laptops, a projector, four guitars, medical supplies… great work students.
Our students had amazing opportunities everywhere we went. In villages, schools, churches and even in the main central markets. In the evening we were asked to perform dramas, give testimonies, preach the Good News and sing. Students worked very hard the whole time visiting the hospital and running object lessons and book sharing activities with small groups every day.
I taught some of the parents and pastors last year, about how they could work together as a church community to help thier own children to read and get the basics as they were concerned about this. This year two pastors are planning to build schools starting with preps and later Christian schools. It is planned that the parents and teachers will work together in homes and community rooms.
One couple, Loi and Julie, said they had heard me talking about teaching the young ones last year and they had felt that God wanted them to go home to their village in the mountains on Nguna Island to start a preschool that involves the mothers. Now they have 22 students and had just been praying and fasting for three days for God to send someone to help them. That’s when we found out we were going to Nguna Island for three nights. Twenty seven of us tramped on foot up into the mountains to a village. When we arrived we were told that they had only ever had two white people visit -ever. God used us to encourage many and I was so proud of our students and their excellent behaviour and witness. This Picture shows, Principal Lio with his school car.
Every place we went was an adventure and the students united in prayer and really worked hard. We still had some time for snorkelling and some swam with turtles. At Sama, Jack got to swim beside a dugong for ten minutes.
We had a wonderful team of students and leaders with so many talents and gifts to share. Many doors have opened and I believe that our work will continue on as many students were asking what can we do to make a difference –not just while we are there? We have been invited into the Prisons next time to perform and share testimonies and several smaller isolated Islands also want us to visit next year.
This trip we saw many elders and community leaders reduced to tears when given Bibles and support or following a message. God also used us to bring unity in one village and one elder travelled over 80 km to see us off at the Airport. We also met with the Minister for Labour who I have worked with for three years and it is good to see he is going strong for God.
I must admit it was hard getting home to the paper work but wonderful to see the rest of my family. I want to give a special thanks to our leaders Glen Matthews, Sue Kirby, Sue Hill, Diane Fuller and Miriam Rivers (an additional helper with local experience). I was very impressed with the effort and energy these adult leaders put in to ensure things flowed smoothly.
We worked the students hard and on the last day I could only persuade four students and Sue Hill to join me for a 5:30 am snorkel.
Praise God for his provision!
Vanuatu 2012 Trip
The Vanuatu Missions Trip was so exciting! Report on our School Missions team of 26.
Our students were excellent ambassadors as Christians and for Faith Christian School. On many occasions I was caught up explaining to local leaders or even tourists, who observed our students and asked, "Who are they and why are they working so hard, they all have such a lovely attitude to help the people of Vanuatu."
Local missionaries were even giving high praise for the work the team was doing to make a difference and going out to form relationships where "no other team has gone and stayed before". The poor villages and places where we had to rough it commanded a blessing and just made the trip more real and exciting for the students.
It also goes without saying the trip has had a dramatic life changing effect on the students and adults involved. Learning the value of money to make a difference in the world, giving all you could to someone less fortunate. They worked and prayed together in unity as a team, keeping a positive attitude and making an effort to love one another throughout!
I want to give the students the opportunity to report in greater detail in Term 4. There were just so many amazing testimonies and life changing experiences and things are still on going.
We also enjoyed amazing snorkelling and diving, cliff jumping, cultural lessons and demonstrations, opportunities to learn about food and the different ways of living. It was exciting taking BJ snorkelling as BJ has cerebral palsy and it was great to see the joy on his face seeing the fish and colours. Thanks for Tyler who helped me lift and support BJ in the water.
Thank you so much to those who prayed and or supported this trip in some way. Our luggage on the way out was so far over the limit due to taking clothes and medical supplies (25 kg), Christian school books and guitars. Four guitars and a charango were given away and each was received with such gratitude.
Please continue to pray for a pastor's daughter that we learned of who has breast cancer at just 22. The students wanted to get her some help as she has no medical options in Vanuatu. So yesterday Vanessa and I spoke with a Director in the hospital system here and straight away have an agreement from a top specialist surgeon to provide free diagnostics and surgery as required if we will pay for the travel and non-medical costs. Please pray that God will open the doors if this is meant to go ahead.
God certainly opened the doors and we were able to share the love of Jesus in practical and spiritual ways.
I pray that God will continue to work in our students lives as they realize that the same God that moved through them in Vanuatu wants to use them here Australia.
Just some of the amazing creatures children saw snorkelling.
Fiji 2009 - 2011
The 2008 a team of 22 students and another team in 2010 worked extremely hard also and we were able to complete all planned tasks on our very busy program. The team was successful in completing 20 metres of covered walkway which will help the students stay dry when going to the toilet of between classrooms in the rain. We also worked and served in the Deaf School and Homes of Hope, this was very exciting and I believe our lives as much as the children we wanted to bless. We also shipped over 47 computers and were ablet to install half of them in schools and the homes of hope.
We also provided training for school staff on the new computer equipment, led or supported several youth groups/Kids club type functions - gaining valuable opportunity to share the gospel.
This trip was self funding and I am very proud of students, families and staff who fundraised a total of $28,000 and additional funds for the gifts they bought themselves.
Some of the main items fundraised and gifted include; materials for the covered walkway, 6 computers and laptops which were gifted to the local district school. This school receives $30 in government funding per student per year and did not previously have a single computer.
In 2009 I took a team of students back to the same communities and we took with us 45 computers and the team worked hard to set up computers in the Homes of Hope, Deaf School and two State Schools.
During these trips, students were constantly involved in confronting situations that challenged their Christian World view in a positive way. Students were constantly praying together and reflecting on God's Word. They worked well together to share gifts and the good news about Jesus Christ. Many overcame fears and challenges, to speak out publicly or share a testimony, while others snorkeled for the first time or overcome their fear of heights.
Students were constantly stating that they had just had, the most exciting" day or experience "of their life".
Paul the Coral Coast Camp Manager mentioned that we were really doing a lot in 7 days -"way more than usual".
I asked him to let me know if I was tiring him or the camp staff resources out and we could cut back. He replied "no way, this is awesome! This is how a missions trip should be...
I know the team we are working with in Vanuatu are also looking forward to the next visit where there will be similar opportunities.
The success of these last trip was due to several factors:
*having sound local support and coordination
*high expectations and behaviour standards for students
*having a team of leaders who worked hard and cooperatively together -giving and giving. I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with several other wonderful teachers from my previous Distance Ed Schools. These leaders were fantastic. Building and maintained positive and loving relationships with the students.
*Having such a wonderful group of students, each one with their own talents and giftings to serve God.
*Prayers and God's provision.
During our devotions on the last trip, I shared with the students, "look to God for all that He has for us in our lives. God wants to use us all, where ever we are, to make a difference for eternity".
I can honestly say we lived life to the maximum and got the most out of going to Fiji in 2008 and in 2009. I am prayerfully looking forward to Vanuatu.
If you are looking for an opportunity to share your faith, and have computer skills and are over 15 years of age, you may want to come with us on this next trip.
I believe things happened in Fiji because we and others were praying and believing with expectation and faith. If we maintain or have this faith and focus we will be used in exciting ways here in Australia also. This is the Great Commission.
I am excited to think of the future God has for each of our students and look forward to hearing the exciting stories at the wedding feast, see you there!
Videos From 2014
Cushy Cushor (Skit)
If I wanted to be loved (Skit)
Singing at the airport
Jesus lives in you
Welcome at Saama Village
Our Team for 2014
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)
Needs for this year's Trip:
Computers for the two schools...
Is there something we can do to give Internet access on Nguna?
Reading Books for the schools
Quality second-Hand Clothes and Shoes
Art and Craft materials
These last few months included visiting sick kids in hospital, class breakups and pikinini graduations. Our Disabled children's Life skills program came to an end and I have complied the new curriculum for Vanuatu Society for People with Disabilities - my goals achieved! We fare-welled the children in this program and celebrated our achievements. We are still hoping UNICEF continues its funding for this important program to teach disabled children how to function in society.
Andy also completed his Australian volunteers assignment with the National Youth Counsel after 18 months. It was not without challenges, but we are both grateful to the Australian Volunteer program for the opportunity to work with local colleagues to achieve success. Our Ni-van co-worker has taken his futsal team to compete in the Oceania club futsal league in New Zealand. Graham has been their chaplain, as he used sport to mentor this group of street boys. A fantastic achievement. This has been a great season of establishment for us in Vanuatu.
We started the new year in Australia visiting family and had a wonderful time attending birthdays, Christmas celebrations, had a wedding anniversary and said our final goodbyes to my mums remains. Our time was short , busy and fast but we loved every minute. Especially baby sitting duties with our grand baby.
On return to Vanuatu we have faced many challenges. Our property was not respected and we have had to deal with disappointment and broken things. The christian lifestyle is not for the fainthearted but we have a Father in Heaven who requires us to forgive as He forgives us.
The time has come now when we are trusting God to give wisdom for the next step of this faith journey- Andy is now on a tourist visa as his assignment is finished and mine will end in March. Our comfortable stage of establishing relationships and property has come to an end. Now we need to put legs on the dream. The small house is now ready to move into.
We are now navigating "how" to stay in Vanuatu. After a visit to the immigration department, we have found that owning the land is a big plus. We just need to supply evidence of income. This is where the body of Christ can help us in mission work here in Vanuatu. We are unable to achieve the vision alone.
The next phase will be to establish “SOULAID- music and missions training centre” to train up locals to GO and share the gospel using any God given gifts or passions. (ie: sport, education, medical, music, creative arts )
Our passion for worship, prayer, music, dance and teaching has taken us to the outer islands and other nations. Our goal is to encourage local missionaries, partnering with YWAM, Marine Reach, Scripture Union and local churches to GO and share the good news. We need finance to do this. Firstly to fulfil the visa requirements for residency and secondly to sustain us while we live in Vanuatu. We now require on going support so we can put this assurance to the immigration department.
"Ask, Seek, Knock" was our bible reading this week. Not all are called to GO but some to SUPPORT those who can and some to PRAY for those ones.. So we are asking, seeking and knocking (on many doors) to see which ones open. We believe God has lead us thus far and has a way for us to be here financially. We ask you to please pray for us in this difficult transition period and to seek if you are to be a part of the support ( financial or prayer) that we need. Team work is the answer! We are not meant to be alone. Thanks in advance for your faithfulness to fulfil the great commission.
"GO YE into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
Photos. 1. Family Christmas. 2.Visit by UNICEF to assess our new Life skills program.
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A & S Chapman
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In His service,Andy and Sharny Chapman
"Musicianaries" to the Nations.
We Glendon and Christina Terrace have been residing in Indonesia since November 2012. As a family, we decided to leave Australia fulfilling the call of God in our lives with our three children, Grace - 18 years old, Ben - 16 years old, and Zac - 7 years old. We have been residing in North Sumatera, Indonesia in the last 7 years. We exist in the middle of a farming community in the town called 'Sidikalang', 4 hours drive from Medan, which is the capital city of North Sumatera, where the town itself is located approximately 1400 meters above sea level. Together, we are providing an Early learning Education to underprivileged children in our playschool called ‘Margaretas Kasih Bangsa’ meaning Pearls of the Nations.
We believe He had a greater purpose for the region: to take the Gospel further through Education, Godly character, and mostly, the Fear of God.
As a family, we encourage you to keep us in your prayers, knowing that God is using us to build His kingdom and permeate godliness in the region, which is the 4th most populated nation on earth.
With Agape, the Terraces.
Facebook: margaretas kasih bangsa
" ... as for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Josh 24:15b
We are in a very busy season leading up to Christmas. This is our time of year where we have more freedom in the community to share the love of Jesus. Many Buddhist schools are excited to welcome us into their schools to bless them with gifts and presenting the Christmas message of Christ through song, dance, drama, and love. Serving Without Borders, BIFA (Brazilian International Football Association), CRICS (Chiang Rai International Christian School) and CRIS (Chiang Rai International School) all come together for the common goal of sharing God's love within this Buddhist community. Stay tuned to Marc’s FB page for live coverage of when we attend these schools to deliver this life-changing message of love. It really is an incredible time.
We value working with other ministries here and see Chiang Rai as a unique community where mission organizations and missionaries work together. Women come together weekly at our home from a variety of nations to be built up, encouraged, disciplined, supported, equipped, and grow deeper in relationship with their Abba Father and each other. Many women call it a life support and it is unique and one of a kind where we bridge the gap between organizations and denominations. Praise God for the opportunity!!
Marc is heavily involved in BIFA where he is given the creative opportunity to minister to local Thai children and missionary children here in Chiang Rai. Church on the soccer field is amazing. The relationships built through learning soccer skills is a unique ministry here which we are privileged to be part of. He also enjoys teaching English and soccer at a local school with this organization. Joshua has been part of this training also and has grown in cross-cultural teaching and communication.
FODSS is moving forward step by step. We have a huge vision for this ministry and recently had the honor of Jason, James, and Paul visiting us and sharing their wisdom in relation to policies, administration, and general set up of this school. We feel that we have been well equipped with the administrative side of developing the school and look forward to the next step God has for this ministry. There are many children affected by trafficking, living in group homes and village life which causes trauma and difficulty to learn in the classroom environment. Teachers, parents, and children are not equipped with training or the strategies that would be helpful in supporting everyone involved in the child’s life. This will be quite a huge part of our ministry here in working with children who have come from trauma and transitioning into a safe, secure, and unconditional love environment. Exciting times!!
We also have a fellowship that meets in our home on Sundays and are learning so much about discipleship, the goodness of God, how to study His Word and our relationship with Christ. It is a great community of people who love to come and grow and learn about Christian living with Kingdom guidance. We are growing and learning so much from this time. God is so good!!
Thank you to all who contribute to our support here. We value every person who sows into the lives of the people of Thailand and us through prayer, finance, encouragement, and visitation. We are privileged to be the hands and feet on the ground here and we praise God for being our Jehovah Jireh. Thanks for being a valuable part of God's ministry here. Bless you.
WOW, November already!
Three months have passed since the last newsletter and we've finally gotten some time to pause and reflect. Andy and I love serving in the islands but miss family and friends abroad. We were really blessed to receive a visit from our son, his wife and our only grandbaby. She was a delight to the entire village and enjoyed the freedom of bare feet and happy smiles from EVERYONE who met her. While her mum and dad had a night away, we visited the turtles and fed the fish at a local reserve. What a treat to have them come and stay and be part of the children's program for disabled kids. They all loved Sadie! We also had a visit from our dear friend Kath who was able to utilise her nursing skills to help with regular dressings for our client, whose leg amputation is taking too long to heal. Please join us in prayer as she undergoes a third skin graft this week and still needs a lot of treatment for the other club foot. It would be wonderful if we could even get the surgery done in Australia, due to her difficult circumstances, and to the fact that the first surgery resulted in an amputation. The marginalised and poor really face hard times here, but the beauty of the Nivan people is their smiles and resilience.
We were delighted to travel to the Island of Pentecost to join the celebration of marriage for our dear son Frank and his wife. The wedding was VERY different from the traditions we celebrated with our own children this year in Australia. Pentecost is steeped in culture and custom, and we enjoyed eating lots of yams and listened to music ALL night long. Frank wanted to honour God in a church service but first had to pay the traditional bride price and follow family customs. Custom belief is hard to alter for Christians in the islands and we were happy to stand alongside this young couple as they navigate how that is played out when trying to honour family traditions as well. The island is full of beauty and the local fuel station (pictured) was a memorable event for us. (Only in the islands!)
This week we had a 'sleepover' and practical demonstration of our Life-skills learned this year by the newly developed program Sharny has written for the children with disabilities (7-15 yr olds). The kids had to cook and clean and follow the family routines for daily living. It was a lot of fun, we swam and made our own meals and we were all VERY tired when it ended.
The final few months this year will see an end to Andy's Australian Volunteer assignment with the National Youth Council. He will join the youth with Reggae Fire music night this week and finalise his paperwork with this organisation. He is looking forward to doing more practical youth work and we are glad that Sharny will continue with her assignment until mid next year. It's always a challenge juggling full time ministry and paid work, as many are aware and we are grateful for the support we have from these projects, as it is a means to continue building and establishing a ministry base on our land. Our initial vision has never changed but timing is important to see the fulfilment of it. We look forward to catching up with many friends and family over the Christmas season as we return to Australia for 3 weeks over this time. Please connect with us if you have time during December/January.
We look forward to good coffee and laughs.
In his service,
Andy and Sharny Chapman
'Musicianaries' to the Nations.
Hello there. We are the Binks family. My name is Sharon, my husband Marc and our four boys Joshua, Isaac, Daniel, and Joel. We have been homeschooling now for 8yrs with our home base in Mackay. We are currently ministering in Thailand and have been here for about 2.5 years. We have been involved with a few missions here and are currently working with a missions organisation called BIFA (Brazilian International Football Association) where Marc coaches children's soccer and shares the gospel on the field with them. We also support other mission organisations with English camps or whatever support they need with their projects. We are studying the culture and trying to learn the language also which we believe is important to know and understand in order to minister God's love effectively. I am also involved with women's ministry here for missionary women where we meet together, fellowship, and support each other with cross-cultural joys and difficulties and the many transitions of missions life.
We are excited about a new venture here that God has laid on our hearts for 3 groups of children. The first group are children who struggle to fit into mainstream schools due to behaviour difficulties. The second group are those who have been rescued from trafficking or traumatic situations, and therefore, in most cases, only have a grade two education. The third group is for homeschool children, both Thai and International. We want to provide an educational opportunity for these children to learn in a safe, dignified, and adaptive learning environment. Part of this educational environment will include Third Culture Kid programs to support Thai children living in western foster or adoptive homes and for western kids living in a foreign country. Here they can come and have a place to share and meet with other children in similar situations with similar cultural struggles. Our vision is to Love God Love People and everything we do comes from this. The scripture that guides and directs us is Micah 6:8 and we walk in the light of this verse ... Love kindness, Do justice and walk humbly before our God.
If you want to know more about us and what we are up to over here please feel free to email me. You never know one day we may have a website or a Facebook page ... Lol. God is good! Be blessed.