Missions Focus 2018
Taking Our Next Step
We are called to be a global church. The mission moves forward when we take a step together.
Taking My Next Step in God’s Global Mission
Kate Pocklington, Training & Development Team Leader for Pioneers of Australia.
Kate grew up in the Philippines, and knowing that she wanted to go into missions, went straight to what was MST after school. Then God took her to the States for some study, at which time He gave her a heart for the poor in India. After returning to Australia and teaching at MST for a short time, she then worked for Pioneers for a year, overseeing the short-term program, before heading to Delhi, India, where she lived and served for about 8 years. Working with an Indian team, together they ministered in a slum community, doing a combination of church planting and community development. She’s been back in Australia for about 7 years now, working as staff at the Pioneers National Office.
Taking My Next Step with the God of Mission
Tim Cross, Vic/Tas State Director, OMF International
Tim and his wife Sally joined OMF in 2006 and they have served in SE Asia and Melbourne. Tim currently leads OMF Victoria’s ministry team, but has been asked to be the international leader for Serve Asia, OMF’s short term mission discipleship program. Last year more than 700 people from around the world did a Serve Asia placement with OMF. Before joining OMF Tim worked as an Environmental Engineer. Tim and Sally have three children.
ACTIVATE MISSIONS CONFERENCE – Saturday, 28 April 2018
Activate is a free conference organised by Victorian churches and mission groups. Come and explore how to be a message-bearer in God’s redemption of the world.
Register here: activateconference.org
Taking My Next Step As I Am
Naomi Reed, Communicator, Author and Keynote Speaker for 2018 Activate Conference
Naomi grew up on a quarter acre block in Sydney, with one brother, one dog, two cats, four hens, nine ducks and a turtle. One day at high school, a friend invited her to the Christian group, and she went along, hearing about the Lord Jesus for the first time. The news of his love and forgiveness seemed astounding to her then and has continued to do so, ever since. At school, she also met her future husband, Darren, and they studied physiotherapy together and worked in Sydney hospitals before leaving Australia in 1993 to serve in Nepal, with the International Nepal Fellowship.
Six of the next thirteen years were spent in Nepal, with Darren working at the local regional hospital and Naomi at Green Pastures Leprosy Hospital. They both loved their local Nepali church community and during their third monsoon, their first son was born. By their second term, in 2003, Darren was training Nepali physiotherapists at Dhulikhel Medical Institute and Naomi was home-schooling their three sons on a Himalayan ridge. It was delightful to inspect red bugs and draw maps of the world, but there were also challenges to do with civil war, rain and curfews. At one point, fearing she might not make it through another 120 days of rain, Naomi began to write. The months of typing helped her to see God’s purposes through different seasons and, somewhat surprisingly, became her first book, ‘My Seventh Monsoon’. Back in Australia, ‘My Seventh Monsoon’ was warmly received and Naomi continued writing – firstly the sequel, ‘No Ordinary View’ (which won the ACBOY award, 2009) and ‘Over My Shoulder’ – a look at the impact of personality on cross-cultural mission.
till enjoying first-person narrative, Naomi turned her love of words to the creation of Biblical monologues, using the voices of women. A year later, ‘The Promise’ was released and its audio version followed as a 7 CD set. Naomi now regularly performs these monologues in churches and larger conventions. In 2011, Naomi completed the third book in the original trilogy, ‘Heading Home’ as well as finished her Grad Cert Divinity (SMBC). In 2013, Naomi began running day conferences in the art of storytelling. Then in 2014, she developed, ‘The Zookeeper’ – a gospel presentation for all ages using story, music and puppets. To find out more, click here.
During 2013 and 2014, Naomi also worked on a book commissioned by Interserve, aiming to tell the best stories of faith and mission in Asia and the Arab world, over the last 25 years, through the voices of Interserve partners. The book, known as, ‘The Plum Tree in the Desert’ was released in June 2015, by Authentic Media.
Naomi has also recently completed ‘Finding Faith: inspiring conversion stories from around the world.’ This book is due to be released by Authentic Media in the first half of 2018.