Oceania Region Reports
Report of the 7-day Centre Life Workshop
19-25th February & 12–18th March
5th CIG missionaries planned 7day workshop as a life of faith training for the graduates of 1 day and 5day workshop held before. This was broken down into three times 7-day program. We had 2 participants; 2nd generation university student and a guest from CIG missionaries. The purpose of this workshop is to help build deeper relationship with God, to teach how to overcome fallen nature and to connect our guest with the community.
The first 7-day centre life workshop was held on 19th to 25th of February at the Peace embassy. It was strongly supported by Sydney church members who gave presentation on prayer, growth of love within the family and how to see things from God’s viewpoint. This was concluded by a 1day workshop and Sunday service.
This was an evening program, but we also had Hoon Dook Hae in the morning, and then shared breakfast together. In the evening, we closed together in prayer. We also had 7minute prayer,14 minutes prayer and 21minutes prayer over 3days. Participants also set their own internal goal and action plan, and then they write diary of hearts every day.
The 2nd one was held on 12th to 18th of March at the Peace Embassy. This was supported by leaders who gave inspiring talks on meaning of HDH and relationship between husband and wife. We also had testimony of fundraising by a 2nd generation university student and lecture on meaning of holy songs. The culmination of the week was Fundraising practice, followed by Sunday service and BBQ. In the middle of the workshop, 1 of the participants signed up for membership.
All in all, we were able to hold a successful workshop. We will hold the next 7-day workshop in April. We hope next time that we will be able to hold a more and more developed workshop.
Report on CARP UTS
15th February & 25th March
CARP was established at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in January, 2018. The first event was prayer meeting held on Thursday 15 February from 2pm to 4pm at UTS. Participants were Japanese missionaries, UPA graduates, the national leader, centre members and CARP UTS president. Rev.Park the continental leader was specially invited for the prayer meeting and he prayed for the future UTS CARP.
There was big event (Open Day) for all the clubs at UTS on Thursday 1 March. All the clubs over 120 set up club stalls to introduce their club to UTS students and obtain the membership on the day. Our CARP also attended at O’ Day. Japanese missionary and CARP UTS core members prepared for this day. We introduced CARP by using booklets and handing out flyers. Over 20 students got interested in our CARP activity and left their contact details. 5 of them signed up for membership at CARP UTS.
On Sunday 25 March CARP UTS held an orientation for new members and people who were interested in CARP at Central park. The number of participants was 9; 5people from UTS and 4people from other universities. The MC was Nori Park (CARP UTS president). In the beginning, we enjoyed BBQ, Mica Camera who is youth director in Oceania, introduced CARP, and then we played 2 icebreakers. The main activity of this event was the CARP TALK, which is a weekly discussion and application of core principles. Odette (CARP UTS secretary) gave a talk about her own life to the participants and we shared about our lives this time. It was a good opportunity to introduce our activities to new members.
We have recently started advertising the Nigeria Library Project at the Concourse at UTS main building every Wednesday and Friday. This project involves the collection of books in Australia and then shipping them to Nigeria. This project was started by Rev.Park. It became one of the activities of CARP UTS. We can also promote CARP to UTS students through advertising the Nigeria Library Project. Many people will get interested in this project and support CARP.
Support our Pacific Island Neighbours WALK-A-THON
The purpose of the Walk-a-thon is to raise funds for the WFWP Australia projects within the Oceania Islands nations. WFWP Australia has undertaken practical service projects within the Oceania Island nations since 2003. Successful projects include: books for the Islands; sewing machines sent to support the Women’s Sewing Centres; a solar panel donation for the New Hope Kindergarten in Honiara; and the Pacific Island Scholarship Fund.
This year, the “Support our Pacific Neighbours Walk-a-thon” has taken place for the first time at Lysterfield Lake Park, near Narre Warren, on the outskirts of Melbourne. The event was open to young, old and those with special needs, providing three different types of walks: gentle; advanced; and special needs.
Upon arrival, Walk-a-thon participants registered for their walk at the registration table. At 11.00am the Walk-a-thon started. Participants left the park site well equipped with hats, water and snacks. Back on barbeque area, lunch was being prepared and music was being played.
After the walk, participants enjoyed BBQ lunch with salads and cold drinks. The overall atmosphere was very positive and participants were friendly and supportive. It was also very inspiring to meet new people interested in supporting our cause.
This year, funds raised from the Walk-a-thon will support two young women, receiving a scholarship from the “Pacific Island Scholarship Fund”. This project, in partnership with UPF and FFWPU is a not for profit development program that aims to provide young adults from Solomon Islands and Vanuatu with opportunities to access empowering education programs in their own country. The program supports young people who are passionate about getting an education and who align their heart with one of the values and goals of WFWP: “Living for the sake of others”.
In Solomon Islands, education is not free, so families can only afford sending their children to school until a certain age. As a consequence, youth and young adults do not fully complete their education and their place is therefore taken by foreigners. This creates a tremendous social problem: Solomon Islanders become second-class citizens in their own country. With this scholarship, WFWP allows young women to receive an education and feel empowered, thereby contributing to the resolution of this social problem.
Our first scholarship recipient, Jenny, has successfully accomplished her first year of study in early childhood teaching. She has now started her second year. We are all very proud of Jenny and wish her all the best for her final year of university. This year we also have a second scholarship recipient, her name is Janet. She is currently enrolling at university and will be studying teaching as well. Congratulations Janet, we wish her all the best for her studies.
Further WFWP projects for 2018 include the establishment of a women’s sewing centre in Samoa. At the start of February 2018, we sent 20 sewing machines to Samoa. We also sent over 500kg of books and school material to the New Hope Academy in Solomon Islands. The school is now under development and is transitioning to become a primary school. To accommodate the new students, new classrooms are being built. Through the Walk-a-thon funds, we are also able to cover the transportation expenses for these two initiatives.
WFWP would like to sincerely thank all our sponsors, supporters and walkers who make the Walk-a-thon a successful event this year. We raised over 2’000$ on the day and have enough funds available for our 2018 projects. A big thank you also to all staff that helped with the preparation of the event.
We all had lots of fun and are looking forward to coming next year again!
Helping Hands Project
Melbourne Australia, 12 March 2018 – John Bellavance, Vice-President UPF Australia
From right: John Bellavance, Hussen Mohamed and Bill Pontikis
Ambassadors for Peace in Melbourne Australia in partnership with UPF have come together to create a novel interfaith project to serve those who cannot do their gardening and cleaning for themselves. UPF Melbourne purchased a trailer with gardening equipment to support men who are seeking to change their lives by helping others. Bill Pontikis, founder of Café Care said that serving others is a good way to change one’s life style by serving others. Bill approaches raising up individuals from Christian perspective, while Hussen Mohamed does this from a Muslim perspective.