What an incredible time in Tasmania! Diversity of ministry was the name of the game. The ministry venues ran from a high tech church conference center in the city of Hobart to rugged Wadamana, deep in the Tasmanian wilderness. The one phrase that I heard over and over was “Ray, the Lord has you are here at the perfect time!” And I too believe that to be true. There is much I could say but I will share with you two portions of feedback I received. The first was from a young man, a husband and a dad who I actually knew when he was a little boy when we lived in Tasmania. After I spoke on gaining freedom from past hurts that have affected our lives he told me “Ray, I wept my way through your message. So many roles and expectations were placed on my life as a child. Thank you for bringing the truth I so needed to hear!”
I also had the privilege of once again working with Directions Tasmania. S2S and Directions are ministry partners. Directions, directed by my good friend Phil Harback, along with the amazing Directions team is a powerful outreach to men. My roles, as I participated in the JourneyRetreat included meeting with men one-on-one as the need arose and being a support to the staff of Directions. As you know, the primary focus of S2S is to help people in ministry stay fresh, motivated and healthy, in order to see them fulfill their “calling” to reach the lost and hurting. Below is an excerpt from a letter I received from the wife of one of the Directions staff. “My husband has come home from the men’s retreat with more passion and more commitment to his ministry for and with , men. He mentioned you were one of the major parts of the encouragement he received on the weekend and I am writing to say thank you for YOUR commitment to helping others in their walk as men and people of God”.
I love Tasmania!