August 2007 Update

Wow What A Month!

Greetings from the Russell family,

This past month was one of excitement and momentum. To start out, we had a team from Refuge (our home church) that came to help and serve. We did a lot of practical service projects, which made a huge impression on the local community and school where the church is currently meeting. The second week the team was here; they helped run a youth camp down at Philip Island. It was a fruitful time and many teenagers came to the Lord. The team did a phenomenal job in serving, connecting and sharing the Lord with people here in Melbourne.

The Youth Group

Calvary Melbourne was a part of a community outreach working with several other local churches in the area. On the Friday night of the event, which was focused towards youth, we had 5 kids that went forward and accepted the Lord. It has been so awesome to see God add to the youth group each month. I’m so blessed to have several great youth leaders that are doing a fantastic job in teaching, caring for, and working with the kids. The youth has been the greatest growth in the church in the past month. Praise the Lord!

Niki’s corner (women & children’s ministry)

We are trying something new with the Women’s Group! We are meeting every Friday morning for a time of fellowship, food and digging into God’s Word together. We just started a new book called “becoming a woman of purpose” by Cynthia Heald. The women have been very receptive and It’s my hearts desire that they will continue to let the Lord heal, mend and restore all that has been broken in their hearts and lives. God is so good and I can’t wait to see what fruit He is going to produce through these women.

We have also begun using a new format and curriculum for the Children’s Ministry. It has been fun and refreshing to begin our second year here with new and exciting ideas. It has been a privilege and blessing to work with Jenn Bailey (missionary from Refuge). She has definitely added depth and excitement to the ministry. I look forward to see what the Lord is going to do in and through the lives of the children.

We are continuing to teach God’s word to the children at Thomas Mitchell School through our Christian Religious Education classes. It is so amazing to be able to teach these children, most who don’t know the Lord, about Jesus and what he has done for them. The kids are very receptive and look forward to seeing us every week. Please continue to pray that the Lord would stir up the hearts and minds of these children to come into a love relationship with our wonderful Savior.

Prayer Points!

The request at this time is:

Thank You So Much For Your Prayers And Support

We are so humbled by your encouragement, your prayers and support. You are making a huge difference in our lives and in the ministry here. We can’t do it with out you. Please keep sending us your prayer request as well. We love to partner and pray for you as well.

Until next time, may the Lord radically & outrageously bless you!

Until the Whole World Hears,

Pastor Andrew Russell

Andrew, Niki, Joshua, and Christian

Contact info:

3 Walton Court
Narre Warren,
VIC, 3805 Australia

011-61-3-9796-7771 = home #
011-61-4-3456-2543 = cell #

Email address: ccma@calvarychapel. com Or