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It is with expectation and joy that we prepare our hearts for Vision Offering 2023. We are entering into an exciting season as a church community. Over the last few years, God has been ’tilling the soil’ of our dreams and imagination and preparing our hearts to seek Him further for the blessing and benefit of our region. With that in mind, it is our joy to introduce to you the theme for this year’s Vision Offering – Common Good.

Our world seems as divided as it has ever been, however this is no cause for despair, but rather, it is an incredible opportunity! Our job as a church is to take the good news about Jesus to people who don’t know him yet, and to share the mercy, grace and the common good He has so graciously shared with us.

This year, we have the opportunity to continue to support some amazing ministry partners both near and abroad, as well as to consider the needs of the facility in which we meet and serve our local community. We want to invite you again to hear these stories, listen to these voices, and add your voice to the chorus as we reflect God’s love to a broken, fragile and uncertain world.

Vision Offering is a once a year, over and above, offering that goes to support our local and global mission partners, to help people find themselves in the bigger story. This June, we are inviting you to hear from our partners, to hear from God and to give as you are led and able.

Who are we supporting?

Our Initiatives

Discovery Community Care

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Discovery Community Care walks alongside people in the local community to see them experience belonging, express their gifts and effect change in their lives and communities.

Discovery Community Care connects with people from Mount Evelyn and surrounding suburbs that are facing a temporary crisis or struggling to meet the day-to-day costs of living. People can connect with a range of programs, including COACH Mentoring, FoodStop Community Meal, and Community Support services such as food relief, support to manage finances and advocacy efforts. Each of these programs provide opportunities for relationship building, encouragement to work towards self-identified goals and where appropriate, sharing the hope of Jesus and the bigger story we are part of.

DCC is now operational at the house at the church site, with the newly refurbished community spaces already being used regularly by participants. The next stage in the outworking of DCC’s strategic plan is to develop the initiatives that will enable the community connection spaces to be used even more intentionally; to host and gather more people who regularly access DCC’s services over meals and shared interests. This will include training a team of Community Connectors through the new Neighbourhood Community Connector position, and for hosting up to two meals per week at the house over 2023-24 as a means to encourage participants to connect and form interdependent relationships. As more people connect, the objective is to help people discover and express their unique gifts and to outwork their gifts in a way that will benefit those around them and their community.

“Discovery has already invested strategically and importantly into the refurbishment of DCC through Vision Offering funds, to more completely see restored relationships and transformed communities through the new community spaces and community garden created at the house”

“Social isolation and loneliness are endemic in our region. This coming year, more than ever, there will be opportunities for participants experiencing loneliness to connect over food at the house, participate in shared interests with others doing life tough, and forge long-lasting relationships as people are inspired to contribute to DCC”s mission together”

Philip Hamilton – Neighbourhood Pastor

Our Partners

Southern Cross Kids’ Camps

Southern Cross Kids Camps run camps across Australia for primary-aged and now secondary-aged children from really hard places.

Children who have experienced abuse and neglect experience a week filled with fun and laughter and get to leave camp with a fresh perspective, new life skills and hope for the future. The camps set children up for success both on camp and into the future and help them make memories that shape their lives, all made possible by a team of amazing volunteers who demonstrate God’s unconditional love.

From right here in the local community of Mt Evelyn to the remote indigenous region of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia, Southern Cross Kids Camps impact the lives of hundreds of children each year. Recently, Southern Cross Kids Camps have started camps for high school aged children and have created pathways to help these children return to camps as apprentice leaders, creating opportunities for them to contribute and stay connected to the ministry.

“Discovery Church’s Vision Offering allows us to invest in and fulfil our God given mission. Furthermore, it allows us to dream of and invest in what is to come. Discovery Church is a hero in the SCKC story.”

– Pete & Sandy Lusk, Southern Cross Kids Camps

Roedie & Jeanette

Central Asia

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Roedie and Jeanette equip church leaders to facilitate LifeKeys courses in countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Roedie and Jeannette have ministered in the CIS for 25 years. They have contextualised, translated and developed a range of LifeKeys courses that support people to overcome various emotional and spiritual challenges. They regularly receive testimonies of transformation on a personal and church level as people engage in the courses. The courses currently run in thousands of churches, as well as prisons and rehabilitation centres.

This coming financial year Roedie and Jeannette plan to continue LifeKeys spiritual formation training in Georgia with Christian leaders and pastors,, as well as continue their work in several republics in Central Asia, like Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Another goal is to establish a foothold for transformation in Armenia.

A great unknown for them is Ukraine where we have been every year from 2004 till 2019, followed by the pandemic and then the Russian invasion. If an opportunity arises to continue training at the Kiev Seminary, then Vision Offering funds will also go towards this.

“This is so needed in all of our churches! I have been a Christian for 30 years and have been in a lot of seminars in that time. This one was the best! Georgia needs this!”
– Quote from a Lifekeys participant in Georgia:

“Our men have been transformed! Please bring us more resources!”
– A pastor after their church completed the full Valiant Man program.

EFICOR

EFICOR works towards a just, responsible and compassionate society in India.

EFICOR’s Unnati Maternal & Child Health Project in Balangir, Odisha, seeks to improve the health, wellbeing and chance of survival for women and children in the region. The project works alongside women, children, and their families and communities to improve access to healthcare services and healthcare awareness across the region. The project also works closely with local health services and government to build their capacity and ensure long lasting change for generations to come.

Discovery’s Vision Offering funding has enabled EFICOR to outwork their Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition Project in all 100 target villages of this project phase, having an impact on well over 10,000 people and preventing many maternal and child deaths.

2023-2024 is the last year in the current project cycle, with the aim to improve maternal and child health in the 100 rural villages of Turekela and Khaprakhol block in Balangir district of Odisha by 2024.

Project costs increased in 2022-23 due to the remote nature of project activities, however EFICOR has built relationships in these villages and will leverage that rapport to continue to work towards the goal. An extension of project activities is proposed for Mar-June 2024 to ensure the objectives of the project are achieved.

From July 2024 onwards, a new phase proposal is being developed for a maternal child health project which replicates the successful UNNATI model in the Koraput district of Odisha, where maternal child health indicators are low.

“Through the compassionate and effective work of the Unnati project, we are bridging the knowledge gap in the community regarding health services, leading to increased access to services and timely action to save the lives of mothers and young children in the remotest part of our operational villages.”

Prashant Missal, EFICOR Unnati Project Team

“My husband and I are grateful to EFICOR for helping me in treatment and arranging blood donors by which I am alive today”

– UNNATI project beneficiary

Brendon

South East Asia

Brendon, along with support from his wife Wendy, are seeking to train Chrsitian leaders, and build and grow a discipleship movement with unreached people groups in South-East Asia. The nature of this work in the country they minister in is sensitive so more information can be found in our print materials or by contacting Discovery Church.

“We’ve created a local church planting and disciple-making team, and the funds from Vision Offering will go towards sponsoring these disciple makers. They will also raise some of their own funds, it will be a combined model.”

Brendon

Hosanna Ministries

India

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Hosanna Ministries support communities facing extreme poverty in India to access education and improve their livelihoods.

The Prakash Tekadi Community Building Project is working with a community of about 180 people living in extreme poverty and squatting on land near the Ambernath garbage tip in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The project is aiming to increase the community members’ education, access to livelihoods and health-seeking behaviour through education activities.

The families living there are from a range of ethnic groups and tribes, and moved to the area in search of work, but because they reside on government land, they can be moved anytime, making them particularly vulnerable.

As well as improving health outcomes for the people living there, one of the project priorities is to increase the community members’ education, particularly for children and women, through such activities as literacy classes to increase access to livelihoods.

“After gaining new literacy skills, I had the confidence  to set up a small shop in my house. I was  also able to apply for government assistance for women to purchase a rickshaw and was provided with a rickshaw for women drivers. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity of attending the literacy classes as I am now earning enough income to cover my living expenses”

Lakshmi – a project beneficiary 

Glen & Jayne

India

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Glen & Jayne seek Kingdom transformation through the marketplace overseas. The nature of this work in the country they minister in is sensitive so more information can be found in our print materials or by contacting Discovery Church.

Thank you so much for this amazing training. God directly pointed me to the places where I was thinking wrong and gently corrected me. I got to pause for a while and think about many things in this chaotic season. My opinion of myself has completely changed. It’s an incredible divine intervention. Holy Spirit has helped me so much and answered many of my questions.”

 

– A Flourish course graduate

Our Facility

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Discovery Church’s facility releases ministry every week towards our vision of seeing every heart found in Jesus’ story.

On any given Sunday morning, our facility in Mt Evelyn currently hosts over 500 people – and when you consider Youth and Young Adults gatherings, playgroups, staff, Lifegroups, weddings, funerals, and other events throughout the week – that number can easily exceed 1,000 people across the week. We are in the process of enquiring of the Lord and dreaming of ways we can steward our property to further increase our engagement with our community, so we invite you to consider partnering with us financially to invest in our facility and see these dreams realised for our next season.

FAQs

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WHAT IS THE VISION OFFERING? 

Vision Offering is a once a year, over and above, offering that goes to support our local and global mission partners and our church facility, to help people find themselves in the bigger story. This June, we are inviting you to hear from our partners, to hear from God, and to give as you are led and financially able so that together we can see the Kingdom of God advance.

WHY ARE OUR LEADERS CALLING US TO THIS?

We believe Vision Offering is a very tangible expression and outworking of our overall vision to see “every heart found in Jesus’ story”. Vision Offering allows us to further release ministry and mission via our Vision Offering partners to this end.

I’M ONLY NEW TO DISCOVERY CHURCH, SHOULD I BE GIVING TO THIS OFFERING?

We encourage everyone to hear from God and give obediently in response to Him. If you are in a position where you have a conviction about your role here at Discovery Church, engage at the level the Lord directs you.

CAN THIS REPLACE MY TITHE?

Vision Offering is intended to be an avenue of giving over and above your tithe as it is a different form of giving that is for a different purpose. There is no compulsion for you to give, so if you cannot exceed your tithe at this time, please feel released from giving to this special offering.

IS MY OFFERING TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

You will have the option to select tax-deductible giving if you wish. Please note that tax-deductible giving is restricted to Discovery Community Care (DCC), Southern Cross Kids Camps (SCKC), Glen and Jayne, Hosanna Ministries and EFICOR, so if you don’t require tax deductibility then we ask that you don’t select this option. In order to issue you with a tax receipt for your tax return, we will need extra details such as your physical address and email address so please make sure you provide all of the details requested.

WHAT DOES TRUSTING GOD IN FAITH LOOK LIKE?

Trusting God in faith is always a stretch. It creates tension without breaking the spirit. It believes that no matter what, God will provide because it’s who He is. Maturity is always on the other side trust, especially in the context of giving. The heart of the leadership is that Vision Offering is a time gathering together with a spirit of joy and celebration, knowing that our individual commitments can add up to significant achievements. On the other side of our faith and generosity many lives will be impacted here in our church and in our local and global community.

HOW DO I HEAR FROM GOD TO PARTICIPATE?

The best way to engage in anything in church life is to move forward based on the conviction God has given you to be involved. The best thing you can do for yourself and the church is to take some time to simply and humbly ask God how He wants you to be involved. Listen to His answer and step out in faith. That is the place where we all learn to trust God. The Holy Spirit speaks in words, pictures and impressions. He will always point to Jesus. He will always promote maturity. He will never contradict Scripture and He will never violate community. Ask God to speak to you and use this framework to help discern what you are sensing.

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