Our recent trip to North Queensland was amazing! We met many wonderful people and saw many beautiful sights (check the pics below). On the tour we met a woman who had been at one of our concerts two years ago & she told us of how God had used our message & song in her life. Two years ago she had been in a place where she had turned away from God. She wasn’t feeling good & didn’t want to come to our concert, but had gotten stuck at the church, so she hid away in the baby room waiting for her ride. During our concert she said she heard the music & message through the speakers in the baby room & that God had touched her heart to the point of crying. After the concert Eric felt a strong impression to give her a CD as she had no money with her. She kept listening to the music & told us how through the message in our music, God had led her to come back to Him!
- E & M
Change began in my life from a young age. The first was before I could remember, when I was a baby my family moved from Lismore to Coorangbong for my parents to go to Avondale College. A few years later began the first big change that has influence so much of my life. When I was 5 1/2 my family moved to Papua New Guinea.
Even though I was so young I can remember a remarkable amount of what it was like. My parents packing up the house and sleeping the last night on our two single armchairs pushed together. Making chocolates in moulds while my parents were at a two week course at a Mission Institute. Being on a large plane full of strangers and my brother being so excited he needed to use the vomit bag. Walking around the plane with Dad, talking to another missionary family who were also going up to the same place as us and meeting their daughter. Getting out of the airport in Goroka. My brother and I sitting in the back of the ute on the DIY seats complete with seat belts.
This was the beginning of an adventure. An adventure that often was seriously awesome, but sometimes incredibly difficult.
Yet, I am so thankful that my parents answered God’s call to teach in the Highlands as these 3 1/2 years were the beginning of my journey of faith and when I first knew that I personally believed in Jesus Christ.
It was the place where I learnt how to snorkel, had a short scuba drive with my Dad, and began to overcome my fear of putting my head under water. The place where I sang in front of a church full of people for the first time.
The place where I learnt that love, friendship and God transcends cultural backgrounds. I learnt that Cowcow (a type of Sweet Potato) is incredibly hard to eat without milk or water and that flowers grow incredibly high when fed with leftovers secreted from the dinner table. I learnt and saw that the Great Controversy between God and Satan is real. And I learnt that God provides the best safety when tribal wars are breaking out, when black-market rascals (thieves) are stealing in the night, when earthquakes are creating waves underfoot, and when health suddenly deteriorates enough to cause my family’s evacuation.
The years we had in PNG were filled with powerful persuasion that the God of the Bible is real and that He personally cares for me. I learnt that I can cling onto Him when life serves me a situation beyond my understanding. For me, my life changing at the age of 5 1/2 led me on a path to follow God no matter where and no matter what. It was a journey that spanned beyond the years in PNG and that led me through some very difficult times, where I had the choice to trust in God and leave my burdens at His feet or to try or figure them out for myself.
In the end God prevailed.
In the end, if we trust Him, God always prevails.
Is it really only two days away from November? Seriously! We can hardly believe how fast this year is going! So fast and busy that we are about three months behind in tour recap blogs. Since July we have been on a NSW & VIC tour throughout July to September. On these two tours we had the privilege of doing ministry at churches, schools, a university, two radio stations, and even at someones house.
We were astounded at the hospitable atmosphere at Epping SDA Church. Such a beautiful church family who have the best luncheon every week!
We had a fantastic time at ‘My House’ in Newcastle, which my uncle pastors, and being a part of the ministry for the day. We visited this church a few years ago while doing some recording in Sydney and it’s so amazing to see what God is doing in this community.
It continually astounds me how much work aside from ‘singing’ music ministry makes up! But it’s such a joy to be able to choose the location of our office.
I love telling stories!
Playing live on the radio for Rhema FM in Newcastle!
These two guys have such a heart for media ministry! We really enjoyed working with Hunty and Caroline a few years ago for a HOPE Channel project in Victoria and it was a pleasure to be able to work with them again for a concert at Wahroonga for www.findjesus.tv.
The road. At night. Our view after many of the concert nights.
On our way through NSW we visited Kempsey for a few days. What a cool area! We had a great time singing and sharing stories at the school and catching up with some friends and former colleagues we haven’t seen in a while. Had a brilliant Sabbath fellowshipping and sharing the gospel through Word & song at a closing Sabbath concert.
My hand gestures & expressiveness has caused several collisions throughout the last two tours. With set ups being different each time, with differing amounts of space, I have managed with not only whack Eric’s mic stand a few times, but once I also sent it flying! Opps!
Love singing for Jesus! Fairy lights are just an added bonus!
School ministry takes a special place in our year. We love being able to share Jesus’ love and trustfulness through stories & music! We had the privilege of visiting the two schools I’ve taught at in Victoria and it was so wonderful! It was so good to catch up with my former students and colleagues! Love seeing how God is working in their lives.
Enjoying Island life while visiting with my parents.
Sound checks. Sometimes I get a little bit distracted… while Eric plays the piano patiently.
Sunrises. Honestly I never saw many of them before doing music ministry. But WOW are they beautiful! We serve a creative God! ~M
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