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What is The Edge? Everything has an edge. The edge of society, where conformity ends and creativity begins. The bleeding edge of technology. The edge of reason. City Bible Forum and the Centre for Public Christianity invite you to take a look over the edge. To understand where our current thinking is taking us. To [...]
The team in Sydney is looking forward to an exceptionally busy year in 2017 with our evangelistic endeavours at City Bible Forum. It has been a great year so far, but we have some exciting new projects coming up. We are looking to introduce a new evangelistic outreach called The Edge (Formerly, The Conversation) in May. All [...]
How are Aussies different or the same as the rest of the world? A great article repurposed from the Sydney Morning Herald & Financial Review Author: Sarah Kimmorley This more of an educational piece. There are items and language that may be a bit confronting for some readers, but it will help people to see [...]
The new year brings new possibilities and exciting opportunities for ministry in Australia. City Bible Forum, Reel Dialogue, Rouse Hill Bible Church, Scripture classes and Bible Study Fellowship have moved into ministry mode and we could use your prayers. Just a friendly reminder that Australia is at the end of summer and this is when [...]
Our family wants to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Thank you for your support and prayers. We pray the Lord will bless you all this season and that you have every opportunity to celebrate our Saviour’s birth. The Matthews
Planning for 2017 and a new house It is hard to imagine that we are planning for 2017, but we are wrapping things up for the year in the city and at church. This puts us in planning mode for all things in 2017. Please be in prayer about some key things happening in 2017: [...]
Every week, we get unique opportunities to share the Gospel with people of all ages. Through the work in evangelistic Bible studies, one to one studies and scripture classes. Lana – In our weekly Bible Study at Westpac Bank, Lana comes every week. She has recently immigrated from China and had never read the Bible [...]
It is hard to imagine, but our family is getting close to our 11th year of life in Australia. We continue to be amazed at this opportunity. Even as the seasons of life change with children getting older and ministries maturing, we continue to thank the Lord for the gift of serving in our adopted [...]
Our family would like to thank the team from First Family Church for their willingness to come and serve alongside our family in Sydney. It may not be known until eternity what sort of impact your service will have, but we are thankful now. One thing can be said about this team is that they [...]
  Visting team from First Family Church We are excited to have a visiting team from one of supporting churches in August. Please be praying for the team that will be joining us for our City Bible Forum national mission, Reel Dialogue event, city ministries, scripture classes and church events. We are thrilled to have [...]
Thanks for your patience over the last few months. It has been an exceptionally busy month with personal events and ministry. The crazy, personal event We are grateful for all of your support and prayers. Russ had a bit of a health scare at the end of April and ended up in the hospital for [...]
We are gearing up for a busy month of ministry in May – Could we ask for your prayers? As school starts for the autumn term in May (Remember, we experience opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere), the various ministries we are involved with in Sydney are ramping up. Please be praying for these various events: [...]
We have requests from various churches to put together some video clips for VBS throughout the US in 2009 & 2010. If you are interested in getting some of the VBS clips, please e-mail us. The videos contain a series on ‘Mythbusting’ of Australia, some Aussie music, Aussie slang and key verses to assist in [...]
Our church meets in an economically & spiritually challenged area of Sydney. Most of the women in the area live hard and fearful  lives. To be treated with respect and love is a rare thing in many of the lives of these ladies.  On Saturday 2 May, 2009; Glorious Hope Baptist Church held their third [...]
Our church meets in an economically & spiritually challenged area of Sydney. Most of the women in the area live hard and fearful  lives. To be treated with respect and love is a rare thing in many of the lives of these ladies.  On Saturday 2 May, 2009; Glorious Hope Baptist Church held their third [...]
Thanks for all of your prayers. This has been an exciting, exhausting and encouraging month. This is a quick note on all that we have asked you to pray about during this critical month. Easter opens the door to communicate to others about what we believe as Christians. Parades in the city, editorials in [...]
Welcome to April. It is raining and moving into Autumn in Australia. Exciting time of year, football season (3 different codes), cooler weather, and Easter. Thanks for all of your continued support and prayers. What is happening in Australia? Easter: Russ will be sharing the Good Friday message at Glorious Hope Baptist Church,”Eyes on the Road”. Looking [...]
(Apologies: I cannot give out names due to privacy concerns.) Exciting testimony: During our orientation meeting in the city, we were able to hear the testimony of one man who has been coming to the City Bible Forum for over five years. He said, ‘I have floated for the past few years of my life. I [...]
Thank you for your continued prayers. It is an exciting new year for us in Australia ‘09. Yet, as many summers in Australia begin, this year has been extremely hot (40-44 degrees Celcius). With extreme heat comes forest fires and unfortunately loss of life and property. Please be praying for the victim’s families of these [...]
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15 This time of year is one of reflection and thankfulness. We look back at 2008 and we continue to experience ‘awe’ at what we have the privilege to be included. [...]
Team Australia, Thank you for your continued support and prayers. It has been an amazing year for our family. The opportunities for ministry continue to grow. We have had the privilege of seeing people come to Christ through the various ministries that we participated in this year. We hope that you are receiving our regular communications [...]
An addition to our most recent update. Thank you for your prayers for the ‘Restored’ event (www.restored.org.au)  in February. After a conference with the chaplain for the NRL (National Rugby League), we are building momentum for the ministry and the potential impact on western Sydney. After the meeting, the heads of the ministry have decided to [...]
Team Australia, What an exciting time of year. So, many opportunities this time of year for sharing the gospel. Exciting times. We have been having many In House evangelistic talks inside companies this time of year. Westpac, Oracle, Ernst and Young, KPMG, etc. With the current economic climate, many people are asking questions and seeking the [...]
Thanks again to Saylroville Baptist Church for your generosity. We received the care package from the States yesterday. Great memories of the conference. Also, our virus was fixed in the computer. Prayer requests: Planning for RESTORED, the many planning issues for this year and next year. The last month of City Bible Forum for 2008. Evangelistic events throughout Sydney [...]
In coming back to Australia, we seem to have acquired a computer virus. Our computer system may be down for a few days, so please forgive any delays in communication. Thanks for your patience. Russ and Cathy

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