Julia Fulton - Youth and Young Adults Coordinator New Peninsula Baptist Church
Early Monday morning 23 September 2019 a group of seven young people from New Peninsula Baptist Church on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria set off on a 10 day trip to Newman in Western Australia.
The aim was to see how God is moving outside of our own context, to learn more about remote Australia and to practically support our brothers and sisters in Christ in any way they needed.
Whilst in Newman we stayed at Newman Anglican Church thanks to the hospitality of BCA Field Staff Roger Kyngdon and his wife Amanda.
One of the mottos of our group is that we are ‘blessed to be a blessing’. At New Peninsula we have been investing in building up our youth to serve in the band, on sound and
in visual technology during our Sunday services. It was awesome to be able to have them bless the congregation of Newman with live music at their Sunday service, something which I understand they haven’t had for over two years. Those of us not musically gifted were able to give Amanda a week off by running Sunday School for the kids.
During the week we represented the church in the community by providing the meal for Night Fields, an initiative that the Police have started in Newman for youth in the community. This event happens each week where they have games and a football match before a free dinner for anyone who comes along. We were able to prepare and
serve dinner to the 40–50 youth that came.
We also supported the leaders that run the Scripture art class, aimed at primary school students, on a Wednesday afternoon.
The youth were able to participate and share their own testimonies about baptism to the kids, as many of them had never witnessed one.
After some seven hours in the air and over 30 hours driving in the dusty desert of WA we all returned safe and sound to the Peninsula. This trip will definitely stay with these
young people for the rest of their lives. I’d like to personally thank BCA for contributing to our trip but also for all the work they, its Field Staff and volunteers do to support remote churches and ministers.