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Farewell Ben and Sam

Tuesday 28 August, 2012

It has been some time since we have had opportunity to share the daily comings and goings of Cairns. It has been a busy few months since the last post and we reflect with much thankfulness for the way in which God continues to provide for our group here in Cairns.

It was early July that we were able to witness the ordination of another elder. We are thankful that God has given to us Matt Plug to fulfill this position and calling. May God grant him much strength for this task. Unfortunately we did not have a camera at Church on this day and do not have photo record of this occasion. However we do have many witnesses to this service including a number of visitors from Tasmania and Western Australia. 

Over the last few months we have had a wide array of visitors filter through our services. We have had faces from Canada, Holland, the UK, Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. We are very thankful for the opportunity we have to meet Christians from all over the globe and that we can also provide a worship service for our visitors to attend while they are in our area.

Of more recent we have had to say farewell to Ben and Sam Wielstra who are heading back to Western Australia. For all of us members here in Cairns, we are very sorry to see them go. As we are a small Church group every family and individual plays such an important part and the departure of Ben and Sam will be felt by all. However, we are very thankful for the time that we could spend with them over the past 12 months and for the way in which they were able to be of support to our group. We pray that God will continue to bless them richly as they settle back into Western Australia. Below is a photo of Ben and Sam on their last Sunday with us.

We know that God continues to direct the lives of all of His children and in that way we may live in the comfort that there will be people that come to settle in Cairns and people that will leave. As a Church group we continue to pray regularly for growth (both spiritual and also in number) and we trust that God will provide for us in His way and in His time. In saying this, we also ask that our readers continue to pray for the Church development in Cairns and that other families or indiviuals may consider moving to Cairns to be of support to the work that is done here.

Last weekend we were able to enjoy an afternoon by the beach volley ball courts down on the Esplanade. It was a great opportunity to enjoy some fellowship, have some fun playing beach volley ball as well as take the opportunity to farewell Ben and Sam. We did manage to capture a few shots of this occasion and they have been shared below.

Having fun playing beach volley ball.

Janaya, Josiah and Maria.

Brooklyn, Janaya, Shakira and Aliesha watching the volleyball game from the viewing platform.

Teleah having fun exploring.

Elijah enjoying some time on his bike. The beach vollleyball courts are right next to the skate park, which was very handy.

Tyler and Cameron.

Some of the yummy dessert we had that night.

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Posted by Jen on Wednesday 29 August, 2012

Lovely post and as we welcome back Ben and Sam soon we also realize they probably will be missed by many. May God continue to bless you all in Cairns and we too pray for His blessing over the preservation of this small and hopefully growing church. God bless. with regards hilbert and jen