This past week we headed 8 hours south to a town called Dakabin, right outside of Brisbane, to attend the South Pacific Convention (SPC) for Wesleyan Churches. It was a great time to get together with churches from Australia and surrounding countries to praise God together and look forward to the upcoming years. This conference is held every 4 years so there are heaps of business meetings that took place to make decisions that would affect the Wesleyan church! One exciting bit of news is that the Wesleyan church here in the South Pacific has grown large enough that it no longer has to be under the leadership of the North American church. Prior to this, a General Superintendent from America has had to attend the meetings and be a chairperson. Now, the South Pacific Church is self governing. It was neat to be able to be at the meeting and see history in the making! We also got to see the new National Superintendent be elected in. Rev. Rex Rigby is our new Superintendent.
Dr. Wayne Schmidt, who is the Vice President of Wesley Seminary in Indiana, was the guest speaker for the camp. It was so nice to hear someone with an American accent! Even though we don't really know Dr. Schmidt, it was just comforting to hear someone speak the same as us AND talk football! We actually helped Dr. Schmidt move into his home a couple years ago so we kind of know him.
|This is Pastor Shae Taylor. He works at a church about 3 hours from where we live and ministers to Aboriginal people. Here he is leading devotions and playing a didgeridoo. Want an amazing instrument!|
|Mr. and Mrs. Rigby after he was officially elected in as the National Superintendent.|
|These are all of the new directors and board memebers that were elected in|