When God’s Spirit moves, people respond. That’s exactly what happened at the South Queensland and North New South Wales Conference Big Camp programs this year.
Pastor Nick Kross, youth ministries director for the South Pacific Division and Litiana Turner, associate youth ministries director, are not fund raising experts, but they are passionate about the “World Changers Bible Project” that will place 200,000 Bibles and discipleship kits in the hands of young men and women across the South Pacific.
The most inspiring part of the story is that many people felt God impressing them to support the World Changers Bible Project.
Starting with South Queensland Camp, when Mrs Turner promoted the project the response was outstanding. More than $A42,000 was raised and pledged in offerings. The amazing outcome included more than $A14,000 raised by the youth and teens, who gave nightly offerings in response to challenges made by youth leaders. This represented a third of all offerings given to the project in South Queensland—a clear indication of how committed young people are to mission.
|Pastor Nick Kross, youth ministries director for the South Pacific Division.|
At the North New South Wales Conference (NNSWC) Big Camp held at Stuarts Point, both Mrs Turner and Pastor Kross promoted the “World Changers Bible Project” where more than $A45,000 was raised in the first week.
Jeff Parker, youth ministries director for NNSWC supported the project with another dedicated offering which totalled $A2,718 and people kept bring donations to the office throughout the week. By camp’s end, $A52,118.25 had been received.
“This is an amazing testimony to the belief in many church members that God’s Word must be taken to the world—one World Changer at a time,” said Pastor Kross.
So far, these combined offerings will translate into resourcing almost 19,000 Bibles and study guides for a generation of young adults who will share their faith with at least one person. “This is a great start, but there is still 90 per cent to go,” added pastor Kross. As part of the fundraising strategy, the 750 club has been created for individuals or groups who are able to support the project by donating $A1,000. Individuals, churches, Pathfinder clubs, youth groups, Schools or classes are encouraged to combine to become 750 club members. Donations of $A5.00 or more can also be made online at the <worldchanger.me> web site. The ongoing donations total will be updated daily so people can see exactly how much has been raised.
“The most inspiring part of the story is that many people felt God impressing them to support the World Changers Bible Project,” said Pastor Kross. “We’ve estimated the total cost of the project to be $A1,100,000. An amount which is impossible to raise by human standards, but by God’s grace we believe the funds will come in.” Pastor Kross is constantly reminding youth of Jesus words, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field,” (Matthew 9:37-8).
“There are thousands of young people who don’t have access to Bibles, I’m asking The Lord of the harvest to send workers out with Bibles in their hands,” said Pastor Kross.
When God’s Spirit moves, the “World Changes”.