Oceania Region Reports
Oceania Leadership Convocation
The OLC (Oceania Leadership Convocation) was held on 19th -21st June, 2017 at Sydney Peace Embassy. Rev Jin Hun Yong (International Mission HQ Director) was the special guest and Regional Director Rev Yoo, 7 national leaders, 2 state leaders, UPF/WFWP/s leaders, family dept, youth, witnessing, and finance leader attended.
It was the first time International Mission Director Rev Yong attended full schedule, gave a ‘Current Providence’ and HQ’s international strategy for 2020 vision, and also supported 5 island leaders’ air fare fee for the conference.
Sunday Service Report
Lance gave a sermon titled ‘Jewish/Christian Relation - Resurrection’
We appreciated his music performance, testimony and sermon.
Clark & Nina were living 5 years in Cairns, 9 years in Brisbane, 9 years in Toowoomba, and finally moved to Victoria. We warmly welcome the Clark family into our Victorian Community.
Thank you for your love and support,
Sunday Service Report
James Brooks gave a sermon, ‘My First Trip to America with My Father’.
Captain Richard Brooks- third great grandfather brought convicts from England and settled in Sydney in 1814.
He received 5,000 acres at Brooks Rd.
His family relationship growing up- Mother (9 siblings) & Father (8 siblings), 30 uncles, 42 cousin.
His grandmother was very religious- she read the bible every occasion.
His dad bought a Mustang and encouraged him to do an apprenticeship, and after finishing his apprenticeship at British Motorcar Dealership, he started his own business and bought his first Mustang.
The question he had about life after death- he asked around but nobody could give him the answer including Catholic priests.
King Island Report
Rev Arai visited King Island from 23rd - 25th June, 2017 via King Island Airline from Moorabbin Airport, small plane (8 people)
Mary & Douglas:
Mary joined in 1980 and was blessed as part of the 2075 couples in 1982, but her husband left the church, and blessed Douglas in 1995 in Seoul. Douglas joined in1973. They returned to Australia in 2003, and adopted Carlos in 2008.
Pastor’s activity in King Island:
Looked around King Island (coasts, city, harbour, golf course, Mary’s relatives’ home, visited parents cemetery, cheese factory, fishing at pier, lots of talk, lunch and dinner at two nice restaurants, morning HDH, and Sunday Service.
Spiritual/religious /FFWPU expectation:
Small community (know each other), Mary’s family was so respected, but after Mary joined the church, parents suffered in families and community, (Mary’s sister died in a car accident and brother suffers down syndrome, Mary was the only hope). Parents visited USA twice and once Korea (Blessing for Mary), and they received the blessing through Greg Stone. Grandfather had 400 acres property, but Mary could not receive but only inherited her Mother's home. The community is not yet open to new comers and new religion. Carlos is doing well in school, he gave song in front of 200 church gathering, but kids parent talk to their kids about UC and some relation stress. There is no high school- Carlos has to enter high school in Tasmania or Melbourne.
Douglas & Mary’s occupation:
He was driving truck and bus, and had been picking up kelp with Mary in the past three years, and is now retired. Mary is working at an aged care centre 3 days/week. Mary looks after the vegetable garden.
Mother passed away in 2008, when Mary and Douglas was in Africa to adopt Carlos and father passed in 2010.
Best wishes, Pastor of Victoria