Preludes to Revival: Prayer and Unity

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At the recent National Gathering in Sydney, a central theme stood out from the many stories from around the country and around he world: 
The place of payer and unity of believers in a particular location has a huge impact. 
A few quotes from Day 1:
46 000 black African people recently had an all night prayer meeting in London.
There is a new Reformation happening in the UK.
Our ‘place’ (location) matters to God. We are to take responsibility for it.
Knowing your mission calling is about as important as knowing Jesus.
Your church is not God’s gift to the city, the body of Christ is.
Christian leaders (generally) don’t know what’s going on in their communities.
We have people stop on the street to hear Christians worshiping.
A church is measured by sending capacity, not seating capacity.
Renewal starts from the inside out.
Let go of denominational survival and get a kingdom perspective.
Build new cross denominational relationships.
There is an overwhelming demand for schools of prayer in Australia.
There was trust (amongst leaders) because they had seen our brokenness… you can’t have breakthrough without corporate brokenness 
Recordings of this key national event will be available shortly.
The conservative minister asked: “How do you work with people you don’t agree with?”
The gregarious old pastor answered with another question: “Are you married?”
The Case for Christ Movie: Currently Running at Shellharbour. Follow link for sessions.  
A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed-or didn’t believe-as an avowed atheist. Utilising his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.
Based on Lee Strobel’s award-winning bestselling book and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster, THE CASE FOR CHRIST opens in cinemas May 4 – A movie for anyone who has ever pondered the existence of God…and what role He could play in their lives.

The more people who go to see this, the longer it will run and the more will see it. It’s very good, and a great evangelistic opportunity right on our doorstep.

Safe Church Workshop Sat 20th May.
Shellharbour Community Church will be hosting this training programme this year and have opened it up to people from other churches.
It’s the full workshop and cost is $35 which includes, training, handbook and lunch.
Contact is Laura Middleton, admin manager at Shellharbour Community Church.
One must have done this workshop (there are various providers) and it must be current before being able to legally minister in a church in Australia. 
Hillsong Starts in Wollongong Sunday May 21s
No further details just yet
See ‘The Shack’ in Cinemas 25th May

The Australian release date for The Shack has finally been set for the 25th of May.This highly anticipated film will be covered under the Big Studio Movie Licence when it comes to Home Entertainment, but for now, we’re excited that it’s being released in theatres! 
As many are aware, The Shack, based of the New York Times best selling book by the same name, has had some controversy and questions surrounding it’s subject matter and interpretation of God. Eternity News has interviewed the author of the book, William Paul Young, and discussed a large number of the “hot topics” surrounding his book.
Wollongong Prayer Breakfast and Wendy Simpson Masterclass Friday May 26th
Prayer, Unity and Thanksgiving
The Wollongong Prayer Breakfast is an annual gathering of people who love the city, love the people of the city and love God. The purpose of the Wollongong Prayer Breakfast is to give thanks to God, pray for God’s blessing for our city, pray for each other, pray for a release of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in our city and prayerfully proclaim the words of the Lord’s Prayer “let Your Kingdom come, let Your Will be done” over the city of Wollongong and the Illawarra region. 
City Beach Function Centre
Speaker is Wendy Simson OAM
Wendy Simpson OAM is an experienced, versatile global business leader and company director. At present, she is Chair of Wengeo Group, a private investment group, which invests in industrial and commercial property developments. She is also part of Sydney Prayer Breakfast organising committee.

Immediately following the breakfast, Wendy Simpson Masterclass 9.30 – 12.30 
Wendy Simpson OAM will be leading a masterclass on intentional leadership. This is a unique opportunity for Christian leaders to join business and community leaders as we discuss how to progress the Illawarra.
Wendy will be sharing her learnings from an Israeli Trade trip she was part of last year and how they have moved from a desert state to an entrepreneurial state…
This has been set up and promoted by Cr Michelle Blicavs Wollongong City Council. Call 0425 244 055 or contact Michelle by email for further enquiries
Sat May 27th National Day of Thanks


Australia’s National Day of Thanks is a unique opportunity for Australians  to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation, and to demonstrate the values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards our fellow man.  It is a day for Australians to pause as a nation and say thank you to God and to each other for those many things we often take for granted, those things that really make our lives worth living.  Let us use this National Day each year to be a blessing to those who have been a blessing to us.
Encouragement from Colin Buchanan This years focus is on our ‘tradies’
Figtree Anglican Church Sat June 3rd
Many conferences and seminars exist on becoming healthy, wealthy and wise, but very few speak directly into the lives of grandparents. This National Grandparent Conference is a great opportunity hear from a range of speaker, and to be encouraged how grandparents can and do play a unique and powerful role in the lives of their grandchildren. For all details, download a copy of the brochure.
On the seventh day God rested. His grandchildren must have been out of town. Gene Perret
Gong Men’s Day. Sat 17th June at Dapto Anglican Church 
The overall theme is: “Time to Act”
The three talks will be from Acts 9; 17 and 28 challenging us to “act” and bring the gospel to light as we live our lives day by day.
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It’s a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
“Intercession is praying for people who are hurting as though we are facing the problem”
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
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