The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked our world to its core. People everywhere are asking big questions about life and faith. Now is the time to BE the church — to rise up and live lives of belonging, restoration and creativity. Now is the time to tell the world about the bigger story of Jesus Christ. It’s time to pray, serve and to give — because we’re in this together.

Vision Offering is a once a year, over and above, offering that goes to support our local and global mission partners, to help people find themselves in the bigger story. This June, we are inviting you to hear from our partners, to hear from God and to give as you are led and able. 

Give online by Credit Card or Direct Deposit, or we accept Cheque in the mail or Cash dropped in to Discovery Church by appointment only.

Discovery Community Care

Discovery Community Care supports people facing crisis or hardship in Lilydale and surrounding areas.

Discovery Community Care partners with members of the local community that are facing a temporary crisis or are struggling to meet the day to day costs of living. The team connects with people through a weekly community meal, FoodStop, as well as through the community support space in Lilydale. From here, people can access a range of support, including fresh food, pantry items, support to manage bills and finances, as well as advocacy. Accessing this support also provides opportunities for relationship-building and gospel-sharing where appropriate. Discovery Community Care also works with families through intentional mentoring to help them achieve their goals through the COACH program. At Christmas time, the Christmas Project supports parents to choose gifts for their children and provides Christmas hampers.

Last year, Discovery Community Care connected with 341 families, held 2,243 community support client visits and served 1,393 meals through FoodStop. All this is possible thanks to the wonderful volunteers and generosity of Discovery Church!

You can find more information here: www.discoverycc.org.au

Southern Cross Kids’ Camps

Southern Cross Kids’ Camps run camps for primary aged children from really hard places across Australia.

Kids who have experienced abuse and neglect are delivered hope with a “week of happy memories” from a team of amazing volunteers who demonstrate God’s unconditional love. The camps set the kids up for success both on camp and into the future and help them make memories that shape their lives. Last year, 16 camps took place across the nation. From right here in our local community of Mt Evelyn to the remote indigenous region of Fitzroy Crossing in WA, Southern Cross Kids’ Camps impact the lives of children who need it most.

2020 looks a little different for SCKC. Half of the camps will run as usual, while the other half are rescheduling or doing something quite different. Through it all, Southern Cross Kids’ Camps are keeping “connection in the midst of disruption”.

You can find more information here: https://sckc.org.au/

Roedie & Jeanette Rap

Roedie and Jeanette equip church leaders to facilitate LifeKeys courses in countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Roedie and Jeannette have ministered in the CIS for 24 years. They have contextualised, translated and developed a range of LifeKeys courses that support people to overcome various emotional and spiritual challenges. They regularly receive testimonies of transformation on a personal and church level as people engage in the courses. The courses currently run in thousands of churches, as well as prisons and rehabilitation centres. After investing in the training of local facilitators, Roedie and Jeanette now focus their efforts on overseeing training in four major centres and running LifeKeys Conferences.

This past year has also seen Roedie and Jeanette begin to pioneer the courses in four new countries – Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Israel. They have seen a miraculous reception in Georgia and one of the courses has already been translated. Roedie and Jeanette were part way through a trip in this region earlier this year when the coronavirus situation escalated and they had to come home earlier than planned. Once international travel is safe and possible, Roedie and Jeanette will continue their ministry in all of the nations they have been invited to.

EFICOR

EFICOR works towards a just, responsible and compassionate society in India.

Discovery Church has been partnering with EFICOR to support their Maternal and Child Health Project in Balangir, Odisha for the past two and a half years. With almost 1 in 10 babies not making it to their first birthday in this region, the project is providing much needed support to women, children and families to change this statistic. The project works closely with local health services, government and communities to build their capacity and ensure that change is sustained for years to come. Last year, the Vision Offering helped the project impact close to 15,000 people in the region and saw hundreds of women give birth safely to healthy babies!

EFICOR is also responding to the impact of COVID-19 in regions across India where they have projects. Their efforts are focusing on providing some of the most vulnerable people, including daily wage workers, small business owners and those experiencing poverty, with critical emergency food relief. They are also working hard to raise awareness and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and supporting communities to access government support where it is available.

You can find more information here: www.eficor.org

Glen and Jayne

Glen and Jayne utilise the marketplace to outwork Kingdom transformation overseas. 

Check out the email from Phil Hamilton for more information on Glen & Jayne. Or contact the church if you would like to know more!

Discovery Church facility 

Whilst our emphasis this year is squarely on our local and global partners in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to acknowledge that our church facility enables ministry to be released year-in, year-out as well. Should you wish to contribute to the continuing capital needs of 89 Monbulk Road, Mt Evelyn, we want to extend that opportunity as part of Vision Offering 2020.

 

Why are our leaders calling us to this?

Our church is committed to having leaders that hear from God for our future and enthusiastically call us all to help make that future a reality. When it comes to resourcing the vision of our church, our Senior Pastors have a strong confidence that God is guiding and directing our church in this direction. 

Why are we being asked to give at a time where so many of us have been affected by Coronavirus financially?

Our leadership and eldership had second thoughts about launching vision offering this year, considering the amount of hardship and disruption that has been experienced by so many in 2020. But, through prayer and discernment we have been encouraged to press forward, recognising coronavirus is not only affecting vulnerable people locally but even more dramatically in countries overseas like India. As disciples of Jesus, when one part of the body of Christ suffers, then every part suffers (1 Cor 12:26). When we have received so much from Jesus, how could we not respond? We therefore wanted to ensure everyone had the opportunity to invest in mission financially if they were feeling prompted to and were able.  

I’m only new to the church should I be giving to this offering?

We encourage everyone to hear from God and give obediently in response to Him. If you are in a position where you have a conviction about your role here at Discovery Church, engage at the level the Lord directs you. 

Can this replace my tithe?

We strongly encourage you to give to this offering over & above your tithe. This is a different form of giving for a different purpose. 

Is my offering tax deductible?

You will have the option to select tax- deductible giving if you wish. Please note that tax-deductible giving is restricted to DCC, Southern Cross Kids Camp and EFICOR, so if you’re in a position where you don’t require tax deductibility then we ask that you don’t select this option. 

What does trusting God in faith look like?

Trusting God in faith is always a stretch. It creates tension without breaking the spirit. It believes that no matter what, God will provide because it’s who He is. Maturity is always on the other of side trust, especially in the context of giving. Imagine what happens in you when you see God come through? What will the actual day be like? The heart of the leadership is that this day is a day of gathering together with a spirit of joy and celebration, knowing that our individual commitments can add up to significant achievements. On the other side of our faith and generosity many lives will be impacted here in our church, in our local community and in the nations of India, Indonesia and Russia. 

How do I hear from God to participate?

The best way to engage in anything in church life is to move forward based on the conviction God has given you to be involved. The best thing you can do for yourself and the church is to take some time to simply and humbly ask God how He wants you to be involved. Listen to His answer and step out in faith. That is the place where we all learn to trust God. The Holy Spirit speaks in words, pictures and impressions. He will always point to Jesus. He will always promote maturity. He will never contradict Scripture and He will never violate community. Ask God to speak to you and use this framework to help discern what you are sensing.