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A Different Church and a Different Nation!

Since starting in the role of National Director I have become aware of the brilliant work done by a relatively unknown group called ‘Missions Interlink’. This group isn’t very well known outside cross-cultural mission circles but it’s name says it all — it links together the many mission agencies around Australia with the result that there is an amazing amount of pooling and sharing of resources and ideas.

Listed below is what looks like a simple list of dates and events. But please don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s boring or irrelevant. This represents the cooperation of churches and agencies around Australia for the magnificent task of making the name of Christ known to the ends of the earth.

So if you are thinking of serving in a cross-cultural setting then please look through the dates and events to see if there is something there that suits you.

But it may be that you plan to stay in Australia in your current occupation. Is there something on offer below that would help you to better serve the gospel in Australia? Is there something you could learn to make you more effective in your local church? What if we took the training that cross-cultural missionaries go through and used some of that training for ‘ordinary people’ in the pew? What if we thought like missionaries while living here in Australia?

The church and the nation would be different!

Kevin Murray

 

JANUARY

5th – 17th February  EQUIP TRAINING

Six week course to give grounding in anthropology, phonetics, language learning and language awareness.

Held at SIL Kangaroo Ground in Vic

Contact info_equip@sil.org for more details and form.

Applications close 15 Nov 2011

10th – 19th Transition Training

Preparing for living and working in another culture

Held at Belgrave Heights Convention Lodge, 23 Lockwood Rd. Belgrave Heights Vic

For more details contact Karen Newman on 0411 513 024

20th – 25th MILL Essential Language Training for Cross Cultural Workers

Held in Hawthorn, Melbourne

Cost is $400, plus $10 per day if lunch required

No accommodation or child care facilities

Applications close 6th January, 2012

Enquiries:  mi@ea.org.au

www.mill.org.au

FEBRUARY

18th Debrief Day for returned Short Termers
10am-5pm at SMBC,

$35 or $30 if registering on line at www.afes.org.au/mission-debrief  (includes lunch)
Keynote speaker is Brian Stark, Director, International Teams, New Zealand and Director of International Partnerships for DELTA Ministries International. 

Other experienced mission experts will be leading seminars throughout the day.
This is a fantastic opportunity for returned short termers to think through,
process and pray about their response to God in the light of their recent
mission trips.  The day is also suitable for those who lead short term mission
trips or are involved in mentoring, training or helping those who go on
short term mission.
For more details contact Judy Kay 
jkay2x2@optushome.com.au

or Robert Ward  robert_jward@yahoo.com.au

MAY

1st – 3rd SMBC BIENNIAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE – Muslims & the Message: Bridging the Gap.

Closing date for registrations 23rd April 2012

Registration form from SMBC

18th – 19th   ILLAWARRA MISSIONS DAY

Friday 18th. (Youth Event)
Saturday 19th .(Open Event)
Venue: University of Wollongong

JUNE

2nd – OneWorld Missions Expo

at Erina Fair Shopping Centre.

Keep an eye on the ‘OneWorld Expo’ info page at www.missionpossible.com.au

AUGUST

11th – 12th REACHOUT

Speakers Dr Mark Young – President of Denver Seminary and Steve Maina, Director of SMS New Zealand.