Originally hailing from Central West NSW, Mandy came to Canberra in the late 1990’s to study at the University of Canberra.
Mandy has been part of Mosaic Baptist church since 2000 and has been actively involved in the Mosaic Youth Ministry for a number of years.
She is passionate about working with young people and has been employed in the welfare field in Canberra for 15 years.
Mandy stepped into the Interim Youth Pastor role in February 2020. With her background in Social Work she loves to advocate for the needs of young people and has a fervent belief in the responsibility to steward our young people well and invest in their lives in an intergenerational way.
Mandy enjoys holistic approaches to well-being and is interested in the interplay between physical, emotional and spiritual health. She loves to spend time at the gym and working in her veggie garden.
Mandy was facilitator at the Creating Safe Spaces workshop on 19 June 2021, and all who attended appreciated her knowledge and sensitivity and engaging presentation style.
Mandy will teach at Tuggeranong Baptist Church on 22 August 2021 as part of our series Jesus Changes Everything.
Michele's Newsletter includes the following:
After too many years of too much blood sweat and tears, today we picked up her Rwandan passport. We can’t thank those of you who have prayed earnestly for us for this document - many said it wouldn't come but we never gave up hope and we just kept asking ‘ what next’ - and here we are we have the testimony to tell and a book waiting to be written. So thank you friends - now we need borders to open up so we can fly home with this fresh new passport!
This happened on 6 July 2021.
Michele's accompanying email reads:
Feels like it's been a long time, I just noticed as I uploaded this edition that I used the flower girl photo in the last newslettr - please forgive me for that double up! I just really wanted to get this out to you before I call the day over.
We trust that you are all keeping safe and well through lockdowns and pandemics and vaccines, how we wish we could be closer to family and friends.
We have some exciting news in this newsletter so please read to the end and join us in celebrating!
We have so much to be thankful for during this season of uncertainty. Remember too, to let us know how we can be praying for you.
Michele and Flora.
Open the Newsletter to read about how Michele has been spending time revisiting the Early Childhood teacher training work she pioneered when she first went to Rwanda and other news including the issue of the passport that means.
David brings us news of the children in the village, an account of the waves of COVID on South Africa in general and the village in particular. There are stories of sports competition with a neighbouring children's village, the Easter dawn service at the village and the South Africa Youth Day celebrations which is a annual event.
David shares details of their decision not to return to Australia on Home Assignment this November and asks for our prayer support to have their visa extended.
To read the full Newsletter, download the file listed below.
On Sunday, 20 June, 2021 we heard the sad news that Paul Kyalimpa passed into glory on Saturday and were urged to pray for his widow, Christine and the other children.
It is a particular difficult time of grieving for them all, as one of Paul's and Christine's sons, Moses, passed away on the previous Tuesday.
We remember, with fondness and joy, Paul's visit to Tuggeranong Baptist Church some years ago.
Tuggeranong Baptist Church partnered for many years with Paul in his work in Uganda including, in the later years, the establishment of an orphanage and school.
The picture of Paul is quite old as the newsletters he sent to us tended to show the people he was working with or the progress of various agricultural or building projects.
Please remember to pray for the family as they walk through this time of double bereavement.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (Ps 23:6 KJV)
Teaching at TBC July and August 2021
Change. It’s not always fun.
Some people do not like change. But, being a Christ-follower requires change. These days, the idea of necessary change is not popular. There are many who want to claim Christianity without having to actually live a Christ-like life.
It’s not enough to just claim to believe or say that you’re a Christian. There has to be a change. There should be evidence in your life that you truly follow Jesus. You have to be transformed.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Sunday July 4 Matthew 7:1-2 Stop Judging
Sunday July 11 Matthew 7:3-5 Correcting Our Vision
Sunday July 18 Matthew 7:6 Pigs and the Pearls
Sunday July 25 Matthew 7:7-11 Why Not Just Ask?
Sunday August 1 Matthew 7:13-14 The narrow gate
Sunday August 8 Matthew 7:24-27 Wise Foundation
Sunday August15 Guest: Alf Jonas Jesus Changes Everything
Sunday August 22 Guest: Mandy Gray Jesus Changes Everything
Sunday August 29 Ian Reid Jesus Changes Everything
From Michele's email message of Monday 24 May 4.25 am (Australian Time) - follow the link to read the Newsletter
Hi Family and friends,
We have had a big weekend and are going to bed weary tonight. We'd love to ask you to remember to pray for us on Monday as I meet with the NCDA for (hopefully) our last Rwandan document for Flora to gain Australian citizenship.
Grab a coffee and read on,
As always thanks for partnering with us through praying for us,
Michele and Flora.
Made for More
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. [Psalm 139:1-2]
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. [Ephesians 5:15-17]
Sunday, May 30 All by My Self
Sunday, June 6 How many faces on Facebook Part 1
Sunday, June 13 How many faces on Facebook? Part 2
Sunday, June 20 Requesting Real Friendship
Sunday, June 27 The Time Factor
Download and read the full text of a message from Baptist World Aid asking for financial gifts to fully stock four hospitals and provide new isolations wards before the end of May, to help protect communities from the rapid spread of COVID.
Follow the Payments link to donate.
Here’s how your financial gift can help:
$150 - help provide 30 oxygen masks to help fully stock a new, COVID isolation ward.
$263 - provide one oxygen cylinder so critically ill patients can keep breathing.
$525 - provide one hospital bed to make a new, COVID isolation ward operational.
$962 - provide one oxygen concentrator to generate pure oxygen supplies from regular air, and so hospitals have enough in store to cope with growing numbers of COVID patients.
Read the text of message sent by Michele on 1 April 2021 and open the PDF to read the full message.
Please find attached a quick update on what happened for us today.
We are so thankful for the whole process and how quickly it has all happened, last year we were told it could be ten years and here we are in less than six months we have been approved.
Happy Easter to you all,
Michele and Flora xo