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This year has been a great year for our Community Mission program. Our Summer Mission teams, AMUC camp and Cheers Community outreach has continued to reach out to people with the gospel. We are looking forward to expanding our Summer Mission program from its current eight teams to include others from Esperance, Narrogin and perhaps Exmouth and Geraldton.

Our Boost Youth Discipleship program has been running now for 18 months of a 2 year cycle and, during this time, we have worked with some 50 young people to develop their skills and boost their understanding of their faith. This journey has been an amazing experience to participate in as we have explored a number of quite weighty topics. Such topics include Christian vs other world views, leading small groups and individuals on a discipleship journey, sharing life and faith, outreach, and hands-on leadership skills. This program has 15-18 year olds as its target and seeks to prepare our young people as they leave high school and move into university and the work force. We are looking forward to reaching a new audience for the two years ahead and we trust the friends and family from SU will encourage their children to join us to grow & develop their teenage children.

Paul Edwards

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Fine Edge went out with a bang last season with a wonderful Christmas show that toured the metro, south and northern rural areas of WA sharing the story of Jesus’ message of love and grace to all. The show was received with absolute delight! We had some lovely feedback from teachers, and some students sent in drawings and letters to their favourite characters!

We are now full steam ahead with Reel Change as videos are being completed and schools are being contacted with the details of the program. We are also sharing the films with some current chaplains and teachers for feedback so that we can make sure the program is lining up with what schools need and want at the moment. A fundraiser is running at the moment for Reel Change, through ‘Go Fund Me’, as we need to purchase some film equipment to be able to continue collecting the stories we find! We have some wonderful stories to share from everyday Western Australians, who walk us through their journeys with God and what they have learnt about His character through those times. I can’t wait to see these films opening up discussions in high schools and also presenting and normalising a side of God that perhaps hasn’t been explored by these young people before. Please pray for Reel Change as we begin sharing these stories in schools, that doors and minds will be opened for young people to start building a real picture of who God is.

Bonnie Hughes

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Many of SU’s family who have had their life touched through its ministry are so appreciative that they couldn’t imagine WA without SU and therefore take steps to make sure it continues for years to come.

Are you aware that you can leave a legacy to SU WA in your Will? By leaving a legacy, you help provide an opportunity for ongoing ministry, enabling future generations to hear the gospel. Please consider including SU WA in your Will.

Contact the SU WA office on 9371-9100 or email info@suwa.org.au for more information on how you can leave a legacy to SU WA.

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Dinner, live music, ministry celebration and AGM.

Save the date! Saturday 26th October, 5 – 8:30pm @ Lake Gwelup Christian Church.

You’re invited to come and celebrate the ministry of SU WA and join in a focus discussion on the nationalisation of Scripture Union.

Go to suwa.org.au/campfire for more details.

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You might not know, but in Australia, SU in each state is a fully autonomous organisation. Since November 2015 there has been ongoing conversation about how greater collaboration and cooperation between us all could further and grow ministry across the country. Those of you who attended the National Conference in 2016 loved the shared heart & vision of SU across Australia. Last year, many of you gathered to consider the possibility of a national organisation, what the issues are for us here in the West, and where are things at now?

In 2019, discussions have moved to the process for joining SU together across Australia. Key staff have dreamed together and always at the heart has been the question of how to grow ministry – through better support, more resources, new initiatives and collaborative wisdom. The Chairs and Directors of each state see great benefit in nationalising and while there are still many considerations to deal with, a vibrant vision is emerging of greater sharing of effective ministry tools and development of ministry in new places…
It’s an exciting time for SU in Australia!

Come along in May to one of the Q & A sessions to hear more and to explore what this new development means.

Thursday 23rd May 7.30pm, south of the river (contact SU office for address).

Monday 27th May 7.30pm, at SU office.

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SUWA Orientation
Wednesday 13th June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday 22nd June, 9am – 12pm

See the website for more information: www.suwa.org.au/orientation-training/ or contact El at el.holmes@suwa.org.au or 9371 9100.

Mental Health First Aid
If you are interested in completing your Mental Health First Aid (a 2-day course), please email an Expression of Interest to our Training Coordinator, El Holmes. el.holmes@suwa.org.au

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Opening an office upstairs at 931a Hay St and appointing a staff worker were significant steps of faith in WA in 1957. In that year the wonderful Barbara Chappell was appointed as the first staff worker, to be shared between SU, CSSM and the ISCF of Crusaders, before the Scripture Union of WA was officially formed in October 1959.

Barbara’s many years of service as a SU staff member then a volunteer was a great model for the mainly young leaders who comprised the leadership in those early days.

Barbara passed away peacefully in late February. She was the widow of Dr Peter Chappell, who was the first chairman of SUWA.

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SU WA is a movement of passionate Christians belonging to over 250 churches. We long to see children and young people experience the love of Jesus in relationship and community and to have the opportunity to come to know and follow Him. Furthermore, for young people to grow in their walk with Jesus and in Christian leadership as they serve and are trained.

Check out this little snapshot of the impact we’ve had in the lives of children and young people as we live this out together:
• 83% of young people who attend an SU camp have said they’ve grown significantly closer to God as a result.
• 85% of attendees on LEAD Camp feel more confident, equipped and empowered as a Christian leader through camp.

Praise God for this work He is doing in the lives of children and young people!

There are many great new ministry paths happening in 2019, with a reboot of Schools Ministry, development of Reel Change Digital Story-telling and the new Journey Youth Ministry support program. These ministries are all partnering with churches to take the good news of Jesus to young Western Australians. Read about some of them in this SU News.

Money from programs covers some costs, but we cannot do this work without the support of people like you. This June, we will again offer 50% tax deductibility for your gifts, but we are working hard to increase this again in future. Let’s pray together for God’s faithful provision for His work.

Blessings, Kent Morgan

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Veta has got off to a really good start in 2019. The students, along with chaplains and teachers, got together for the first retreat of the year in mid-March. It was a great time of community and growing relationships together.

The first retreat focused on engaging with the Bible. It is so important that, as followers of Christ, we learn to engage with Biblical texts as best as we possibly can. Reading the Bible in context, understanding the audience that it was written for and understanding why it was written are all things we looked at through the weekend with the students.

Please keep the second retreat in your prayers at the endof May where we focus on the Mission of God.

Taylor Cowper

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For over 25 years, schools ministry has been a complex and changing space that SUWA has adapted to with varying success. Now in 2019 we sense God’s call to reboot, and intentionally reinvigorate to take the love of Jesus into WA schools.

We’re dreaming of partnering with Christian schools to effectively share the good news of Jesus through video story-telling, Make a Difference workshops, life-changing camps and equipping student ministry and student-led Christian groups.

We see churches lovingly connecting with staff and students in government schools, with SU’s help. There are many opportunities; we are planning a new student ministry in government schools, linked to church youth groups. Before and after-school care is a great opportunity for SU to partner with churches to meet the needs of families and share good news with students.

It’s an enduring vision with a new edge and we think God wants to use SU and His church to transform lives and communities with the light and life of Jesus. We are excited by what God is doing.

An example of the kind of opportunities that have opened up for us in recent weeks is the willingness of both government and Christian schools to invite SU volunteers to help students at risk by commencing mentoring relationships. Mentoring is an SU program that has been sitting in the background for the last few years, but God’s Holy Spirit is raising it for us as a way of serving individual students, and easing pressure from under-resourced school staff in support roles such as Chaplains. Our role at SU would be to help set up a team (of at least 2 people!) of Mentors who we train and support to meet with a child each week, with the aim of showing God’s love and care for them.

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