College Mission Teams

All full-time students at SMBC become part of an annual College mission team, lead by a member of faculty. Mission teams travel to different parts of Australia as well as overseas.

Missions within Australia are usually for one week, while overseas missions are usually three weeks in duration. College mission is an important element of training; providing opportunities to put classroom learning into practice, to work within a team environment, and to develop spiritual gifts and abilities (see Graduate Attributes). After mission, the teams continue to meet fortnightly during the year as College fellowship groups.


College Mission 2016

In 2016 we had teams partnering with: Gymea Anglican, MBM Rooty Hill, Lalor Park Anglican, Woden Valley Bible Church, Orange Evangelical Church, Saltbush Evangelical Church Broken Hill, Inverell Anglican, Anglican Retirement Villages and Wesley Mission.

We also had teams travelling to: Singapore, Greece and South Asia.

See team updates below:


WESLEY MISSION TEAM - 30 SEPTEMBER 2016
Team Leader - Pierre Thielemans

The team spent time at the Wesley Urban Mission, did a 'homeless food challenge', enjoyed dinner with Wesley Mission's CEO Keith Garner, plus helped out at a homeless persons BBQ.

We're truly grateful for the opportunity to experience the many different services which Wesley offers, and for the chance to meet and interact with people from many different walks of life. We're also thankful for the Wesley leader's openness to our presence. Our mission ends this Sunday - please pray for those students preaching at various services (Rani and Avi).

    


GREECE TEAM - 28 JUNE 2016
Team Leader - Mark Adams

We’ve now finished our five days serving at the believers’ camp. Some of the highlights were:

  • It was humbling to serve in ways that are normally considered mundane. We have cleaned bathrooms, swept cabins, and washed lots of dirty plates, pots and pans. Some of those we were serving were clearly impacted by the way the many people from a variety of nations served them allowing them to enjoy their time, and most importantly, learn.
  • We were very thankful to the leadership team for allowing us to be involved in meeting the families. We have had many valuable and encouraging discussions.
  • The campers clearly get on well. We were able to eat together, share stories,  play soccer, do rock climbing, archery and go swimming each day. The men, and even some of the girls, enjoyed pushing each other off the pontoon - SMBC did themselves proud!

On Saturday we travelled to Pikermi to help pack Bible's destined for northern Greece. We teamed up with several young people from the US. Over the three weeks they are there, a total of 135,000 Bible's (in modern Greek) will be packed and ready to be handed out.

Sunday was church in downtown Athens, across the road from Hadrian's Arch. The headphones you see in the photo are for the English translation.

Now we are all done and looking forward to a rest before Semester 2! Please pray for safe travel home for all.

 


GREECE TEAM - 23 JUNE 2016
Team Leader - Mark Adams

We are now outside of Athens and helping out at a ‘believer’s camp’. Many of the new believers are from a Muslim background and to hear their testimonies has been quite overwhelming. We offer to them the best that we have - the love of Christ.

We clean for them, listen to their stories, help them to learn a little bit of English, play with them and try to teach them how to swim. It’s been such a blessing to serve our brothers and sisters – and it’s only the second day! We’re looking forward to what God will bring by the end of this week.

Please pray:

  • that the believers here at the camp have their identity in Christ strengthened
  • that the believers will be able to develop deeper relationships with the permanent staff and continue in being discipled
  • that the team will keep listening to these new believer’s stories and loving them with Christ’s love
  • that the team will endure sleeping in tents on very hot nights

 


GREECE TEAM - 16 JUNE 2016
Team Leader - Mark Adams

We've all arrived safe and well, and had some time for a quick look around Athens. Visiting the Areopagus, where the apostle Paul preached 2000 years ago, was a highlight. We read Acts 17 together and it was a special moment.Our first stop was a women's and children's refuge. We were shown around and saw the English classes they offer, as well as free clothing and a laundry. The men's ministry is in a different part of town. There we were able to help serve lunch and clean up. Bible studies followed after lunch. There were lots of Farsi speakers and some Afghanis. Latest score: SMBC went down valiantly in a closely fought table tennis match vs Iran, 12-10.

Please pray for our hearts on this mission, that we can focus on what is important and honour God in all that we do and say. Pray also for Athens (and Greece). We can see the effects of the financial problems of the country as we walk around, and the large number of refugees is quite overwhelming.

 


GREECE TEAM - 13 JUNE 2016
Team Leader - Mark Adams

The team will be working alongside Hellenic Ministries with their mercy ministries to asylum seekers and locals. Greece is currently host to 50,000 asylum seekers - Afghans, Iranians, Syrians, and Pakistanis, to name a few. The team will also be visiting a church plant in Athens and assisting with the distribution of Bibles to locals. Pray for safety, health, team unity and, above all, open hearts to serve sacrificially and learn what God wants to teach them.


GYMEA ANGLICAN CHURCH TEAM - 22 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Anthony Brammall

A week in the heart of The Shire! What could be more enjoyable and more fruitful? And there was Cronulla Beach just 15 minutes away, when we got really hot and found some down time here and there. Our team was warmly welcomed by the team and all the saints at Gymea Anglican Church, as they worked alongside us in all sorts of outreach. We did plenty of preaching in church, over two Sundays, and all the students attended and spoke well at lots of mid-week 'Life Groups'. Door knocking wasn't easy, but produced a couple of good contacts for the church to follow up. We saw God at work in a few ways in particular:

  • Two Saturday men's breakfasts and one Saturday women's breakfast. Sinbad and Ali did brilliant jobs, and a significant number of people who attended decided to take action or wanted to know more, as a result of their gospel preaching.
  • A 'rescue church service' on the second Sunday, attended by members of local rescue teams in uniform: fire services with their fire engine, rural firies, SES, hospital chaplains, Anglicare Disaster Team, and even the local state MP.
  • Easter combined SRE assemblies at local primary schools, with gripping dramas that included seriously moving scenes with occasional slapstick elements for light relief. (Brendan and Josh made great yobbo Roman soldiers.) At Gymea Bay Public, 700 of the 850 pupils attended the assemblies. Nathan, with his Kiwi accent was very engaging with his talk based around Easter 'iggs'.
  • Great mutual encouragement between SMBC billets and their hosting families as they spent time together.
  • The enthusiasm, hospitality and generosity of so many of the church people, as they provided us with food, Christian fellowship, and lots of useful input as they shared their time, ministry skills and experience with our team.

    


ORANGE EVANGELICAL CHURCH (OEC) TEAM - 21 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Geoff Harper

The team at OEC are thankful for your prayers to sustain them this week - along with a lot of good food provided by our hosts!! Primary and high school youth groups went well; the senior's morning tea was a highlight for many team members; and a Saturday night women's event included five hours of chatting that flew by. Yohanna, Alex, Chris and Tanya all gave Bible talks, Kevin and Wayne preached two sermons each on our last Sunday, and other team members were involved in the services in various ways. A few people also helped with face painting and puppets at an annual combined churches family festival that shares the gospel with locals around Easter. We finish up today with a pancake breakfast at the church office before heading back to Sydney.

Over the past week we felt we were a part of OEC, not just visitors. We have all learned a lot by watching ministry done; we are especially thankful to faithful Scripture teachers, youth leaders, and pastoral staff who all graciously gave us time and opportunities to join in. 

         


INVERELL ANGLICAN CHURCH TEAM - 21 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - David Burge

We have been greatly blessed by the ministry team at St Augustine's, as well as our fabulous billets. It was a great week of mutual partnership with the people of Inverell as they seek to grow in Christ and proclaim Him in their daily lives. There was opportunity to:

  • share the great news of Easter to nearly 500 kids at Scripture assemblies
  • encourage the elderly at the retirement village
  • share the message of hope in suffering to the ladies of Mother's Union
  • encourage the youth
  • share the story of salvation at two evangelistic events
  • be reminded of the fragility of life and the urgency of the gospel in a crematorium visit.

It was a real joy to see God's people standing firm through the years and through the trials of hard country life.  Their ongoing trust in the Lord is a testament to his faithfulness and mercy. It was a real privilege to serve alongside God's family in Inverell, and a unique insight for the students to country ministry.

   


ADAM ROAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SINGAPORE (ARPC) TEAM - 20 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Ian Maddock

On our last day of mission: Jared gave a children’s talk; Dan gave his testimony at the Mandarin service; we enjoyed a great sermon; we went out of our comfort zones and chatted with Burmese people in the local streets; and enjoyed a wonderful time celebrating over dinner together.

We're so thankful for the time this week serving alongside Adam Rd Presbyterian Church. They've been such a great demonstration of God's love and generosity. Praise God for the mutual encouragement of a week serving Christ!

            


MULTICULTURAL BIBLE MINISTRY (MBM) TEAM - 20 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Mal Gill

On our final day at MBM, Matthias preached at the traditional service at 8am and Malcolm Gill preached at 10.30am service, both on Revelation 21. We finished off mission with a very generous Turkish pizza lunch with the Galeas at their place.

 


WODEN VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH TEAM - 20 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Janson Condren

We’re wrapping up mission today. We had a great morning on Saturday at the Men’s Breakfast at the Rose Garden at Old Parliament House where some of our students spoke. Today there was lots of fun and great conversations at church and a really lovely farewell lunch afterwards. It’s been a busy but blessed week – we’re so grateful to our brothers and sisters at Woden Valley - and thank you for your prayers!!

         


ADAM ROAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SINGAPORE (ARPC) TEAM - 19 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Ian Maddock

We’re in our final days of mission now – but the pace hasn’t slowed! The guys enjoyed a fantastic morning in men's fellowship sharing a cuppa; Alex preached at youth group about how to receive salvation and some of the guys headed up a Q&A panel fielding some really tough questions from the group; Arda gave a talk on Jesus' authority and salvation at the women’s fellowship evening and then the women enjoyed a fabulous Filipino feast.

As we head into our last day of mission we have four church services ahead of us, some Burmese walk up evangelism and then a celebration dinner to finish. Looking forward to it!

          


SALTBUSH EVANGELICAL CHURCH, BROKEN HILL TEAM - 18 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Kit Barker

Praise God for the clear gospel message we were able to give at three school scripture classes today. Please pray for receptive kids and staff.

We also appreciate your prayers for the youth group we have tonight plus the men's breakfast tomorrow morning.


ADAM ROAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SINGAPORE (ARPC) TEAM - 18 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Ian Maddock

More preaching opportunities; hearing about chaplaincy in schools; visiting a temple and learning more about Buddhism. Thankful for generous hosts and encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ.

       


MULTICULTURAL BIBLE MINISTRY (MBM) TEAM - 18 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Mal Gill

Over the last couple of days we’ve had team members take part in scripture classes at Rooty Hill Primary School; join in the church’s Music & Movement event; teach at Chifley High School about the prodigal son with two year 8 classes; join in the Easter celebrations by acting out the time when Zacchaeus met Jesus; listen to Sandy Galea speak about the ministry at MBM for the past 25 years; visit the juvenile detention centre for boys 14-18 years old in Cobham; sit in on a leadership growth group meeting; and enjoy a team lunch and debrief with the church’s pastors. Thank you for your sustaining prayers!

   


ANGLICAN RETIREMENT VILLAGE (ARV) TEAM - 17 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Jenny Salt

The last few days here at ARV have been a whole mixture of things. Sermons have been delivered, prayers prayed, and even puppets have preached. Crafts have been crafted. Carpet bowls bowled. Shopping malls visited. Hymns belted out in full force. Attempted resident escapes thwarted. And conversations have been the constant thread intertwined into it all. The residents seem to appreciate our presence, as we seek to make His presence felt. We are in need of strength and boldness. Please keep us and the ARV staff and residents in your prayers.

   


ORANGE EVANGELICAL CHURCH (OEC) TEAM - 17 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Geoff Harper

The team has been very busy the last few days, visiting many Bible study groups and scripture classes. Praise God for the warm welcome we've received and opportunities to practice leadership and learn from others. Please pray for health and rest for the team, especially for those having trouble sleeping and those fighting off colds. Strength and energy are in short supply! Coming up are youth groups, for primary school and high school, and a seniors' morning tea. Please pray for Alex, Yohanna and Chris as they prepare messages for these events. Please also pray for evangelistic efforts, such as doorknocking. Pray that OEC members would be encouraged to invite friends to church.

   


ADAM ROAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SINGAPORE (ARPC) TEAM - 17 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Ian Maddock

We’re grateful for:

  • A great day on Tuesday spent meeting with the faithful servants at ARPC
  • A very encouraging day yesterday hearing about Buddhism from a church pastor and then lunch with SIM directors
  • Savouring the sights and sounds and tastes of Singapore
  • Serving through music
  • Hearing Stuart Coulton lecture on Church History at the ARPC Equip Conference
  • All the amazing people we're meeting!

Please pray for:

  • Joe as he preaches at another halfway house in the morning
  • John, Chris, Dan, Alex and Arda as they keep preparing too

         


SALTBUSH EVANGELICAL CHURCH, BROKEN HILL TEAM - 17 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Kit Barker

We appreciate your prayers for:

  • The women's event tonight
  • School assembly and youth on Friday
  • Various Bible studies over the next two days
  • We're thankful for safety, good conversations with ministry staff and a beautiful day off on Wednesday!

   


ANGLICAN RETIREMENT VILLAGE (ARV) TEAM - 16 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Jenny Salt

We have been so warmly welcomed to ARV by residents and staff. We have been learning the value of a cup of tea and biscuit for the cause of the gospel. We have been connecting with residents and listening to their stories. We have taken part in several chapel services, and some have had the opportunity to preach. Many of us are feeling out of our comfort zone, but God is pushing us to show His love and kindness to those who need it. Please pray for more opportunities to speak about hope in Jesus.


WODEN VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH TEAM - 16 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Janson Condren

Highlights for the team so far have been an outreach community BBQ with Molonglo Bible Church (new church plant of Woden Valley Bible Church), as well as Sam Wan's sermon on Sunday, the OMF Prayer Meeting launch in Canberra and the ANU BBQ outreach.

       


ADAM ROAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SINGAPORE (ARPC) TEAM - 15 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Ian Maddock

This morning Dan preached at the Helping Hands half-way house which rehabilitates male ex-offenders. Pray for the men we met and the good conversations we had.

Ian Maddock gave a talk about 'God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility' at ARPC. Pray for deepening knowledge and wisdom in God's word for those at ARPC.

   


ORANGE EVANGELICAL CHURCH (OEC) TEAM - 15 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Geoff Harper

Our team arrived in Orange on Saturday evening and were very warmly welcomed by our hosts. On Sunday the team visited all four services at OEC. Dave and Geoff preached twice each and their messages were very well received and talked about. Yohanna and Lachie did kids' talks, and Kevin and Wayne were interviewed. On Monday morning Tanya, Alex and Yohanna each led a women's Bible study while Luke, Diego and Wayne visited Orange Anglican Grammar School to talk about chaplaincy and hang out with the kids. In the afternoon we were able to join the weekly staff meeting and pick their brain about pastoral care. In the evening Tanya, Dave and Geoff addressed a group of people interested in the possibility of studying at Bible college or going into ministry - praise God for great conversation. Please pray for those considering how to best serve Jesus with their gifts and their lives.

Prayer points for some of what we have coming up:

  • Pray for times of walk-up evangelism and door-knocking, that there will be fruitful conversation.
  • Pray for the 17 or so Bible study groups that members of the team will be visiting and/or leading, that these will be times of mutual encouragement.
  • Pray for the many public primary schools classes team members will visit with SRE teachers, that their presence would encourage the teachers and bless the children.
  • Pray for Tanya, Wayne and Kevin as they prepare Bible talks for Saturday night and Sunday services.
  • Pray for the team as a whole, that we would be bold in encouraging others and humble in learning from them.

 


MULTICULTURAL BIBLE MINISTRY (MBM) TEAM - 15 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Mal Gill

Yesterday the MBM team got to know more about the church's history, its vision, and how they seek to best glorify God through their church. We attended their staff meetings as well. The team rehearsed several skits in the afternoon and some of the women were able to join an MBM Ladies Growth Group and take part in their series on 'Six Steps to Talking About Jesus'. Pauline was able to share her personal testimony.

Today some of the guys were able to help out at Samaritan's Purse - packing books for kids all over the world.

   


LALOR PARK ANGLICAN CHURCH TEAM - 14 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Alan Mugridge

Preaching, giving testimonies, puppet shows and chats over coffee - it's been a busy week so far - but we're loving it and we appreciate your prayers!

  • Thank God for an encouraging time on Sunday, where students preached and shared how God has changed their lives at the 3 services. Pray for those preparing to do the same next Sunday.
  • Thank God for the success of the talk given at the playgroup this morning (Tuesday) - Pray for our Easter puppet show that will be given in primary schools on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Pray Q & A time at the church’s seniors outreach event (Thursday)
  • Pray for the kids group event (Friday)
  • Pray for the youth group event (Friday night)
  • Pray for the doorknocking and prayer for the community (Saturday morning)
  • Pray for the outreach event, where the movie Risen will be shown in the local cinema
  • Pray that many in the congregation will invite others and that many will hear the truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
     

     


MULTICULTURAL BIBLE MINISTRY (MBM) TEAM - 13 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Mal Gill

We're thankful to God for Day One of missions with MBM Rooty Hill - last week the church celebrated it's 25th anniversary! Our first-year student, James Kirk preached at MBM's 8am service from the book of Revelation. We got to experience the different services of MBM throughout the day (8am, 10.30am, 6pm), and hear our very own Malcolm Gill being interviewed by Ray Galea and share his encouraging personal testimony during these services. Please pray for a week of learning, listening and personal growth.


ADAM ROAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SINGAPORE TEAM - 13 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Ian Maddock

Today we had a full morning of four church services. We ran the kids' programs and were interviewed. Pray for Sam as she gives a talk at a women's event this afternoon and for Paul as he gives a talk at a boys youth camp tonight.

   


SOUTH ASIA TEAM - 12 MARCH 2016
Team Leader - Jonathan James

  • Please ask God for wisdom in leading church, doing kid's ministry and visiting in a different cultural context
  • Please ask God for physical health for the team prior to and during our time in South Asia
  • Please pray for the translation team in South Asia and the new project which is training locals to do translation. Pray that the translations are of good quality so that many people will understand the Good News.

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