31st August 2018
What a week it was in the political arena last week. Many have labelled it a circus, a train wreck and numerous other descriptors.
I have become quite disenchanted with politics in recent times, but my interest level piqued on two accounts last week. The first was on hearing the news of Peter (Dutton) moving to 'deny' his lord (Malcolm Turnbull) and attempt to dethrone him through a party room spill. We have since seen the outcome with both men losing out on the prime ministership. And did the Australian people respond!! With comments like, “terribly embarrassing" to "This is crazy and they seem more like the contestants on the Bachelor than politicians!", the public had a field day.
Simon Sinek, I believe, is right on point when he says, "It's not about the next election, it's about the next generation". What Sinek is saying is that leadership is too often about instant gratification, power and glory, and winning the next election.

Being a leader is about creating the ground-work for generations to come.

And let's not kid ourselves. The same leadership hazards can, and do arise, even in the church - at every level. Such is the condition of the human heart.
Jesus reminds us in Matthew 20:26-28 what model leadership - kingdom, servant leadership - looks like, "This is the Kingdom’s logic: whoever wants to become great must first make himself a servant; [27] whoever wants to be first must bind himself as a slave- [28] just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as the ransom for many."

The second is a story from the US political scene, that drew my attention for all the right reasons. It’s a story of John McCain the United States senator and Vietnam POW. When McCain was undergoing physical therapy after returning from Vietnam, another patient was a 12-year-old girl, Ann Jones, who was dying from a brain tumour. McCain went out of his way to comfort Ann, arriving early to chat with her and dropping by her home to cheer her up. After Ann died, her mother, Sylvia, lost touch with McCain, but years later she choked up as she told a reporter how the war hero had taken the time to reach out to her daughter.
“I’m a Democrat, and I’m not trying to promote John McCain politically,” she responded. “But it tells you something about the character of this man. There was nothing in it for him to do this. It was only kindness.” McCain dies last Sabbath at the age of 81; a brain tumour took him also.

When did you last go out of your way to show kindness to someone? When was the last time you did something for someone when there was nothing in it for you?

Next March we have the opportunity again as a youth movement to participate in Global Youth Day and show kindness to others. The theme next year is ADOPT. Start planning and dreaming how your youth group can reach out to your community on March 16th 2019 and make a lasting difference in someone else’s life.  For more information on GYD refer to the promo below.

In the meantime, pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you today to random acts of kindness.

Philip Hyland
VicYouth Director
The office will be quiet in September, Simon will be away for the month.  Simon will be attending a conference and then travelling around America. 
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Adventist Mission has launched its second student film contest titled My Story, My Mission.  The goal is to inspire young people to use their media talents for God! Students are encouraged to submit 60-second films that show how mission is alive today. They can film (or animate) their own mission story, or tell the story of someone they know!
This is for young people aged between 18-25. The deadline is August 31st 2018.  Full details and rules are available at
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The ADRA VicYouth futsal tournament is on September 15th from 6pm to 11 pm.  Registration is now open and spots are limited.  To register now see:Futsal
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Gippsland Youth Rally is on the 21st & 22nd September at Moe Church with special guest speaker Pr Lyle Southwell.  There will be a Friday night program, sabbath opening and testimony followed by closing Sabbath with food and games.
Early Bird Registration closes on 31st August!

Adventurer Camporee brochure is out now, for more details see:
  Adventurer Camporee Brochure
To register please see: Adventurer Camporee Registration.

The Camporee is aimed at Adventurer-aged children (4-9 year olds) and their families, however children who do not fit into this age bracket are welcome too, and are invited to participate in the whole weekend.

Plan to be at the upcoming Youth Rally on October 19 & 20.  With our special guest speakers Pr Nimrod Maua and Pr Lyndelle Peterson.  Lunch will also be provided followed by an afternoon workshop.  
The Friday night program will start at 7:30 pm and our Saturday program will start at 10:30 am.
So talk to your friends and see you there!
In its second-year Fun Mudder is only getting bigger and better! This is going to be a great event to bring your Pathfinder Club and community connections too.  To register now please see below link:
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Pathfinder Rally Day is on the 17th November at Gilson College.  Come and celebrate all the hard work of our Pathfinders this year.  

Don't miss this opportunity! The AUC Pathfinder Camporee that only takes place every four years will be right on our doorstep next year.  Molesworth is only 1 hour and 49 minutes from Melbourne's city center.  Join 3500 Pathfinders from around Australia for an experience of a lifetime.  For more details see Unstoppable.
Also a reminder that the Early Bird Rate ends September 2nd.
Summer Camp Staff applications are now open for 2019.  As part of the VicYouth summer camp team, you will be caring for young people, providing them with life long memories and creating opportunities to grow closer to Jesus.  And we can guarantee that you yourself will be impacted by the experience too.  So if you are interested, register now: Summer Camps 2019
Our aim is to teach, encourage, support and empower all who attend, as well as show them Jesus’ love as part of a caring Christian environment. With energizing and exciting activities, fun and inspiring worships with awesome speakers, and loads of other awesome stuff, Summer Camps are not to be missed! 
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GAP- 10th - 14th January
JUNIORS- 15th - 20th January
TEENS - 22nd - 27th January
You can be part of one of the most exciting youth events around the world! The 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee is held in Oshkosh, WI.  Every 5 years 50,000 Pathfinders from around 100 countries come to play, share, learn and worship together.  It's an opportunity of a lifetime; sure to strengthen your relationship with God.  For more information see: Chosen - Osh Kosh Camporee or if you are interested in attending this event in 2019 contact VicYouth for more information.
Plan now with your Youth Group for GYD 2019.  For more details see: GYD
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