Brinkley's Mission Project
I believe the good news of Jesus is something people deserve to have the opportunity to hear about regardless of their response to it. I believe this because when I first heard, I really didn't want anything to do with it, but now I praise God for the people He used in my life to break down my walls to let Him in! When I finally did, He transformed everything and I haven't been the same since. Today I love Jesus because I know how much He loves me.
That’s why I live in Australia on the Sunshine Coast. I work with an international missions group called Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and volunteer full time as a staff member in a Bible course they put on called The School of Biblical Studies (SBS). I want to see people encounter not only the words of the Bible, but the Author of it. I’ve experienced the joys of how good it can be when rightly handled. And unfortunately, I’ve also seen the damages that can come through mishandling of Scripture. Both of these things greatly motivate me to be a positive influence to others by showing people how to read the Bible for themselves.
In our SBS course we get people from all over the world that come to read the Bible with us. At the end of the nine months the student will have read the Bible close to five times! If someone were to read the Bible for one hour every week, it would take them about 38 years to reach the equivalent of time a student spends reading in the SBS! Over the nine months, it’s about 2,000 hours of study -- pretty crazy, hey!?
In our current school we have about fifty students that have come from all over the world to study, and about thirty staff members. Being a staff member here has many diverse roles: discipling students, teaching lectures on the Bible, serving the ministry in various ways like preparing meals, or taking out the trash to the local landfill (that’s been a new fun one lately haha)! At the end of the SBS course I take teams of graduates to the Pacific Islands for a taste of what missions would look like in a program called Titus Project! In the past two years I have been to the islands of Samoa and to the Solomon Islands! Right now we have an SBS running which is only weeks away from finishing on June 14th! This year I'll be taking a team to Papua New Guinea! (if you want to find out more about the SBS program we run if you’re interested: 1) http://ywamsbs.com 2) http://sbsinternational.org!)
Ministry I'm fundraising to see accomplished:
- four months of staff fees for the School of Biblical Studies
- helping run a three week seminar on how to teach called Titus Project (further info here: http://www.titusproject.com)
- travel to Papua New Guinea for five weeks of intense outreach to schools in the highlands of PNG. We're expecting to share with a minimum of 2,000 people! (July 10th - August 15th)
- outreach expenses while in Papua New Guinea
- travel costs back to Australia
The aim of our trip to Papua New Guinea is not to teach people so much what to think about the Bible, but rather how to think about it; we want to go there to teach people how to read it for themselves. Remember that old wise saying 'you can give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he'll be fed for a lifetime.' That's what we want to do over there but with the Bible. So we've boiled the Bible study method we use on the SBS to a simple three step method that we believe will benefit people if they put it into practice! We want to impart hunger for the Word and effective tools to read it well.
There’s an awesome book in the New Testament that is almost entirely about providing for the needs of missionaries, 3 John. There’s a part in it that says this:
“Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all in your efforts for these brothers... You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” - 3 John 1:5-8 ESV
The Apostle John writes to a man named Gaius in this letter instructing him to take in a group of missionaries he sent to them. I want to be a part of a long line of love and history that goes all the way back to the same work those missionaries were doing in 3 John. I would lovingly request for you to take a moment to ask the Lord about supporting me in any way you can to be a "fellow worker for the truth"(3 John 1:8). If you do feel led to give, please don't give out of a sense of guilt or obligation. I'd actually prefer you to hold on to your gift if that's the case because I prioritise relationship over money. Money, in my eyes, is a tool for serving relationships rather than relationships a means to get money.
So if you were to give to this ministry, you would be providing for me to go to the people of Papua New Guinea and Australia to love them with the love of Christ Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. I am seeking to raise $5,000 to cover the expenses of four months in Australia, flights to Papua New Guinea, expenses to cover costs while there, and the return tickets. Please join me in this work.
I'm so grateful for all of you who help, love, pray for, and support me. You're amazing!
With the love of Jesus,
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End Date: 29 June 2018