Last week, Moore Theological College students, lecturers, and chaplains left Moore College to spread the gospel across various regions in Australia.
The teams went to 14 different locations, from the lush landscapes of Jamberoo to the vibrant communities of Alice Springs, and from the coastal beauty of Sans Souci to the bustling urban centres of Blacktown and Doonside. These teams join hands with local churches and ministries, working to share the message of hope and salvation throughout our nation.
During their mission trips across Australia, Moore Theological College students and staff members found themselves engaged in encouraging and at times challenging experiences that impacted both the local communities and the mission team members. For example, in Minchinbury and Rooty Hill, students Sarah and Anna had the opportunity to join an afternoon tea with a group of women from Doonside Anglican Church. Sarah shared a touching passage from Luke 7 and her own personal journey to faith as an international student. The group of women displayed immense faith and support for one another, even as they faced personal hardships and health challenges. Their dedication to evangelism and their heart-warming efforts to create a loving family for international students at the church showcased faith in action.
In Albion Park, mission team members joined the Men’s Shed Open Day and connected with older men who eagerly taught them woodworking and metalworking skills. The Men’s Shed ministry offered a valuable space for community building and camaraderie among its members, with one man even crediting the group for saving his life. One of the long-time members, George, shared a remarkable testimony of how he became a Christian through a Moore College mission over 50 years ago, demonstrating the enduring impact of these missions throughout the years.
In Blacktown and Doonside, team members had an insightful conversation with a Muslim man from Pakistan. Despite facing personal challenges, this man showed great interest in understanding the Bible, leading to an in-depth discussion on the Scriptures and the story of Jesus. In Tamworth, the mission team visited the Coledale Anglicare food pantry, connecting with community members over tea and coffee, and assisting with setting up and packing up. This event facilitated an impromptu Bible study and prayer session among indigenous women, bringing much joy and encouragement to the mission team.
These highlights from a few of the mission teams illustrate the experiences and connections formed during the mission trips, as they worked to spread the gospel and support local ministries across Australia.
Moore Theological College Vice Principal Simon Gillam emphasised the importance of mission trips as a crucial aspect of the College experience. He said, ‘Embarking on Mission with Moore College not only allows our students to put their learning into practice but also fosters a deep commitment to God’s work, grounded in the relationships they build along the way. These missions help cultivate a passion for service that extends well beyond their time at the College, shaping them into dedicated ministers who are prepared to make a lasting impact in God’s harvest field.’
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