Exciting new ministries in regional Victoria

Trevor Bell and Jacob Kelly   

Bell Family
The Bell Family

 

Two exciting ministries were launched in April to help celebrate BCA’s Centenary and lead us into the next 100 years. We are delighted to welcome Trevor & Cindy Bell as well as Jacob & Sarah Kelly who are serving in regional Victoria.

Trevor & Cindy Bell together with their four children have commenced ministry in the central Victorian town of Bendigo.

Cindy and I have been involved in ministry within the Anglican Church since 2003 and we have four energetic children – Josiah, Corben, Levi and Charlotte. We both grew up in Central Victoria around Castlemaine, not far from Bendigo. We enjoy walking and sports, particulary AFL and basketball. Our family AFL team is the Sydney Swans and in the NBL we follow the Detroit Pistons.

I came to faith in Jesus as a late teenager, through the influence of my brother whose life had been turned around by an encounter with God at a camping ministry. This change in him, first made me persecute him, but then after his resolve to show God’s love, it caused me to be interested in going to one of these camps myself. From there I heard the message of God come close in Jesus afresh and experienced His love through the Holy Spirit. Cindy grew up in a Christian family and was blessed to have always known about His love and accepted it for herself for as long as she can remember.

We have followed the work of BCA with great interest over the past 14 years while serving at various Anglican Churches and have also used the prayer notes to join in the work of BCA through prayer.

Because I was so influenced by camping ministries, I do not underestimate how much God can use these moments in the lives of searching teenagers. I am excited to think that God might use me in this task.

Initially I will work to establish and grow connections and fellowship between the children and young people across the Diocese of Bendigo. This work includes establishing camping ministries, weekly discipleship via digital platforms, creating/sourcing appropriate Sunday school resources for small churches and raising up new leaders and youth champions across the Diocese. As the role progresses we will also look to initiate schoolies mission trips for high school leavers and potentially a gap year program.

Recently I was the speaker at a five-day camp in Central Victoria attended by 50 upper primary school children from different churches and denominations. It was exciting to present the gospel in this way and I hope for more opportunities to do so.

We really value the prayers of BCA supporters and ask you to please pray that we will have wisdom and seek God’s guidance as we start to enact the finer details of this new role. We also need to decide on key dates, places and events early on. I would love your prayers to be guided in this decision making.

   

Kelly
Jacob & Sarah Kelly