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Welcome to the Moore Missions blog. 

This is a student run blog documenting what all our teams got up to on their missions! We want you to enjoy their stories and we’d love it if you could leave us a comment.

Our 2018 mission is now finished, but you can still read about the teams and their experiences below.

Day 8 / An Incredible Opportunity

After a day off on Saturday, the Moore team met at Shore school one last time for the final boarder’s chapel for mission week. Josh preached on Acts 17:24-31, speaking about the outrage of unmet justice. He compared the views of Atheism and Christianity, showing that...

Day 8 / The Last Hoorah

Today marks the end of an encouraging mission for all! For the second Sunday in a row we were able to be part of all four Sunday Services at St David’s. This meant another early start with the 8am Prayer Book Service right through to a late finish with the 6:45pm...

Day 8 / Our Last Day

Our final day on mission together was a mix of emotions. Sadness, delight, surprise and exhaustion. It was sad for the team to say goodbye to many of those we have come to know over the past week. Many of whom have become like family. It was a sad time to see our time...

Day 8 / What a Week!

What a week! We started off the day with the 10am service at Auburn. It was encouraging that *Dean was able to be in church and that two of his sons came as well. Earlier in the week, Goodson and Carol had visited *Dean in the Aged Care home. Simeon preached from Luke...

Day 8 / Fellowship and Farewells

As the team split again to three different Sunday services, Jaison unpacked the truth of Jesus being both the son of David and his Lord at Valley PC; James preached from the exciting story of David and Goliath at Epping and Joey challenged Hume PC with Jesus’ teaching...

Day 8 / The Reason for Church

For our final day of mission in Watsons Bay we remembered that the reason for church is Jesus Christ. Team member Dan preached on this topic, reminding us that it is Jesus who gathers people to him and calls on all people to repent and believe. This message encouraged...

Day 8 / Last Day

Day 8 was the last day of mission. The day was fantastic: we were up early to attend the 7:30am service, where we mingled with many people who had been praying for us all week and were so encouraging! We then went to the 10:00am family service which was followed by a...

Day 7 / BBQ in Auburn Park

Day 7 – SaturdayKebabs, prep and BBQDuring Saturday there was plenty of time to prep for the BBQ in Auburn Park and for sermons, kids spots, testimonies and kids church. A bunch of us headed across the train line to Auburn shops and enjoyed some lunch together. The...

Day 7 / A Samoan Feast

How about Vietnamese food for breakfast! We had the joy of celebrating the Vietnamese community by having a Vietnamese breakfast. Many of the people who come to the ESL group are from a Vietnamese background. At the Vietnamese breakfast, one of our team members did an...

Day 7 / The Word That Changes Hearts

In the morning Andrew lead a workshop for the leaders of Epping Presbyterian Church helping them think through conviction, character and competency.Nello, Pastor at Epping PC, shared openly about past struggles and dark moments in ministry while testifying to God’s...

Day 7 / Door Knocking & Women’s Event

Saturday was a day with less planned activities than the other days, but we really got to see God’s sovereignty, providence and power. The day consisted of a lot of door knocking and a women’s event with the church in the evening. The door knocking was a really...

Day 7 / Fodder, Food, Family and Fun Day

Praise God, we all woke up to the sound of rain pouring down in Tamworth! There was about 46mm of rainfall by 9am, and during the day, another 5.4mm. This was the most rain Tamworth has had for over two years, and was a long-awaited answer to prayer.For breakfast, we...

Day 6 – 7 / Students and Soweto

Prayer points:Give thanks for the opportunity to get to know some of the local JBC students a bit better.Pray for the students, that they would continue to grow in knowledge and love of the Lord.Thank God for the young people of South Africa, and the various...

Day 7 / Sausages and Cheese For Outreach

Feature Image: 56 women at Cheese and Chats - around half were invited friends!  Give thanks to God for the two outreach opportunities today!Reaching out to the community through free sausagesOn Saturday morning from around 9:30am, we cranked up the BBQ around the...

Day 6-7 / On For Young and Old!

FridayWhat a day! SRE, Aged Care services, Door Knocking, Music time, Kids time, Youth group, today had it all. In what is probably the busiest day of the week for the team, we started once more with primary SRE. Meeting at Laurieton Primary school, it was the last...

Day 6 / Ships Not Boats

Gday from Geralton! It has been an encouraging past few days as we have been serving alongside the members of Bluff Point and the Cathedral. A few of our members were given the opportunity to board a ship (not a boat, there is a difference) and see what seafarers...

Day 5 / Telling Tourists the Good News

Feature Image: Tom is ready for Wine and Cheese Night. Watsons Bay offers a great view of Sydney Harbour. It’s a pleasant ferry ride from Circular Quay and there’s well-known fish and chip shop Doyle’s to stop for lunch. These are just a few reasons why Watsons Bay...

Day 6 / Science & Religion

Day six, Friday, our last day in the Christian Studies classes at Shore. We began the day by being led in a short devotion by Peter Orr. We looked at Philippians 1:12-26, in which Paul declares that there is nothing more important than proclaiming the gospel. It was a...

Day 6 / Newington Anglican and Auburn Kids Club

Day 6 – Friday Newington Newington is only 10 minutes away from Auburn but has a different vibe! The church was planted about 2 ½ years ago to focus on reaching the many people who are moving into Newington, Wentworth point and Silverwater. Earlier in the week, the...

Day 6 / Three Youth Groups

Friday was a big day for our team in Sadleir. As we began our day with a team devotion, God reminded us that He has given everything that we need for a godly life - even on mission. Then some of our team helped with a Bible study for the playgroup mothers. Usually the...

Day 6 / Blue Women, CREW & Beef With God

Day 6! Today was such a great day as we got to witness the body of Christ working together. The ladies of the team helped out at an event called “Out of the Blue”. The event was designed for women who struggle with anxiety and depression. Heaps of women attended;...

Day 6 / Cold Contact

Friday saw Team Watsons Bay put in a final effort to get out into the community. We finished leafletting the area with invites to church for Sunday and Easter. We engaged people in conversation on the topic of why the church matters. It was encouraging to have an...

Day 6 / Discipling Melbourne’s Next Generation

We began our day with a session by Richard (Pastor of Valley PC) on ministry philosophy and were encouraged to think carefully about how biblical principles inform pragmatics in the running of a church.The rest of the day involved the team splitting into groups for...

Day 6 / What a Day!

Feature Image: Kids enjoy singing Super Saviour with Captain America and CoOur 6th day of mission was a big one! Here’s a snapshot of the day by the numbers:Two scripture assemblies at local primary schoolsFive scripture seminars at the local high schoolFive...

Day 5 / Team Day Off

Day 4 / Team Day Off Team Melbourne enjoyed their day off by appreciating God’s creation, good food and fellowship. Prayer Points: - Pray in thanksgiving for the gift of rest and renewed energy for the rest of mission week in Melbourne. - Pray for the students at...

Day 5 / Picking the brains of the ministry team

Getting kids excited about Jesus This Thursday morning our team helped Watsons Bay Anglican host their first scripture assembly. While only half the expected number of kids from the local Primary were able to come, those who did were really keen to visit the church....

Day 5 / Invigorating Faith

The group were at it again this morning, meeting at North Haven Primary School to teach them once again about the Good Shepard, Jesus. 120 Kids attended the SRE assembly and loved it. They were laughing along with Laruen and “Jafa” and singing along with Claire as she...

Day 5 / Lives Changed

Our God changes lives and it has been a joy to share our stories of what this has looked like for us to many students in the Christian Studies classes. Among those who shared their testimony today was Jess. Here is Jess’ testimony: “I grew up the eldest of 5 kids so...

Day 5 / The Supernatural and Celebrities

Today was an awesome day full of different events that the church had planned. We started off by participating in a program for the older members of Penrith Anglican called FOSS (Friends Of Saint Stephens). Sam Darmo brought the word to the group and also shared his...

Day 3 – 5 / Op Shop and Gospel Opportunities

On Tuesday morning we helped Jo, one of the stalwarts of Newman Anglican Church in sorting through bags and bags of donations for the op-shop in preparation for the big sale on Saturday. We also helped sort through $2400 of silver coins which had been donated to the...

Day 5 / A Day Off for Team Tamworth!

Feature Image: Dan, Josh and Tom having a really good time at Chaffey DamWe started our day off with a sleep-in, before heading to our chaplain Julia’s place. It was a lovely warm and sunny day and Julia cooked us a delicious brunch: fluffy pancakes topped with...

Day 3 – 5 / Masterchef and Mandarin

Tuesday night – we had an awesome Q&A with people from the church coming along. It was a safe space for the members of the church to bring their questions about the New Testament and the construction of the Bible without feeling any shame. On Wednesday we enjoyed...

Day 4 / Meeting Over 100 Kids

An early start for some of the team this morning as they headed over to Herron’s Creek primary school to run another SRE assembly.  Despite the smaller numbers, the children were excited to meet Jaffa and Lauren, although poor Jaffa got swamped at the end. The...

Day 4 – 5 / Visiting a Mosque

Day 4 & 5A Visit to the Mosque, another arvo of making friends and then home for a rest!.At the MosqueIn the morning we visited a local mosque which our team found interesting. We mostly listened to the friendly, courteous guide and then were given an opportunity...

Day 4 / Panthers, Dragons and Jesus

Today we had our team day off. This was to help us rest and recuperate for what is going to be a busy three days ahead. Penrith Anglican were incredibly generous in organising a visit to Penrith Panthers, where we were able to meet some players and check out some of...

Day 4 / Dog Walking and Dancing

Bringing Christ to the community A typical Sunday at St Peters Watsons Bay sees a small congregation of about 40 adults get together for their single 9:30am service. Yet based on the census data, there’s over 800 people who identify as Anglican within the suburb...

Day 4 / Questions and Answers

One of the great things about the Christian faith is that it can be interacted with and argued rationally. At Shore school the Moore team has already had great opportunities to show this, with one of the most exciting ways to do so with question and answer time. It...

Day 3 – 4 / Come All and Worship

wozani nonke simdumise – come all and worship Prayer points: Pray for the teaching that happened across the two days, that what was faithful and true would take root in the hearts and minds of all who took part. Pray for the students who attended, that they would...

Day 4 / Team Day Off

Feature Image: Brunch with the teamThe end of today marks the midway point for our mission. After a few busy days at St David’s Forestville we had the opportunity to spend some time together as a team and rest up ahead of a busy end to the week.Our team enjoyed a...

Day 2 / The Drought and Evangelism

Feature Image: Team Tamworth at the farm  After a huge Sunday, we all started a bit slow… until the coffee kicked in! We started the morning with a team meeting and some prep time, before visiting a church family’s drought-affected farm. The farm is located on the...

Day 3 / Can Teenagers Have Any Hope?

Do you think you have enough information to make a decision about Jesus? If a rope represented all of eternity, your life on earth would take up only a tiny little bit of it. Do you care about what comes after that? Can you find the Easter eggs? These were some of the...

Day 3 / $15 Million Homes

The fallenness of humanity means that even for those living in $15 Million homes, people have the same questions, the same concerns, the same insecurities and the same longings that we all have. Ministry among those who wake up looking over the harbour has its perks...

Day 3 / Learning Suffering

Another great day sharing the gospel at Shore school! The Moore team was able to teach and participate in classes, to speak at chapel, and to enjoy handball and conversations with students over recess and lunch. Here’s a bit more detail on what that has looked...

Day 3 / Scripture and Training

Today we had a great day where we got to share the gospel with kids at Penrith Public school. A team went down to school and taught various scripture classes, covering from kindergarten to year four. The team said that it was an awesome opportunity where the story of...

Day 3 / G’day from Geralton Mission!

G’day g’day from Geralton mission!It many respects the team has been in cultural shock exploring how in the same country mission can look very different here in the North West. However we have been warmly received from Bishop Gary Nelson as well as the ministry staff...

Day 1 -3 / Team Melbourne

Day 1 / Three Churches and a Bushwalk The Melbourne Mission team hit the ground running with preaching, testimonies, and encouraging conversations at three separate churches in North Melbourne! At Valley Presbyterian Church, a church plant run out of a school gym that...

Day 3 / Coffee, Calrossy and Christian Unity

There is a train that leaves Tamworth railway station at 10.27am every day, headed for Sydney. To avoid missing that one train, many commuters get there early. Making the most of this opportunity, a couple of team members headed over there, armed with a coffee machine...

Day 3 / Village Visits and Crucial Conversations

Feature Image: At St David's VillageWe began the morning by letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly and asking God that everything we do might be in the name of Jesus. Half the team then went to visit residents of St David’s Village, a retirement village and...

Day 0 – 3 / Throwing the Norms Out the Window!

Feature Image: Handing out Arvo tea on MondayDay 0 - 3: Throwing the Norms Out the Window!Saturday – 4 of the team went to Macquarie Anglican Christian Church. John Costin gave a sermon. They are a small but very faithful church. They are really excited to throw the...

Day 3 / Cross Cultural Training

Feature Image: Cross Cultural Training and PrayerCross cultural training and the opportunity to put it into practice!A bunch of people from the church joined us which was really encouraging. Tim gave us some insights from his time in Auburn and a bit of cross cultural...

Day 2 / Making Friends in Auburn

Making Friends in Auburn & story telling!A centrepiece of our mission this week is direct outreach to the neighbourhood.Each day, we’ve been reading a passage together from the book of 1 Thessalonians. This has been great fuel for our prayers and strengthening.On...