MessageMakers

There's many things I miss from back home. And honestly, the more I think about them the more I miss them and the more I wish I was around them again. But, much like I said in my last post, God's plans will sometimes call for you to step into what's unfamiliar and where the wind blows in the opposite direction. 

 

But the wind doesn't always have to be something that's in opposition to us. I'd even go as far to say that often times, we victimize ourselves to what opposes us. And it's not because we like to play victim but rather we are afraid of the mystery and unknown of where the wind may lead us.

 

If we'd simply change our direction, we could see that the very thing that we believe is opposing us is actually guiding and getting us to where we need to be.

 

 

This is Kyle. And before I moved to Sydney, I lived and worked with this fine fellow.

 

While I was off running around with a camera and leading an amazing team of volunteers, Kyle was directing, teaching, and pastoring a group of young, enthusiastic hearts. While learning all they could about ministry and serving the local church, the transformation that took place within their lives could be seen even in their posture and the way they carried themselves.

 

I saw several intakes make their way through the program and each time, I can honestly say, the individuals that I met at the beginning of the internship were not the same individuals I would've come to know by the end of it. And at each season's conclusion, we'd all be pointing to Jesus, giving Him all the credit.

 

 

So why the heck am I writing this? Well, one, because I wanted to show some video work I had done while I was on staff at The Father's House. You'll see those below.

 

But the real goal of this post is to say:

It's time to turn with the wind instead of pushing your way through it.

 

God surely knows what He's doing when He calls you to go somewhere or to do something. I can speak that from experience I've gone through and that I'm going through now.

 

So maybe MessageMakers is that next thing for you. Check out http://messagemakers.tv for this next season's dates and all the information you'll need to sign up. And if you're more of a visual person, check out this promo I did for the program a few months back.

 


And help us celebrate the MessageMakers in this video who just finished their program this past week. Congrats you guys!


 

Much love,

Andrew

Guest Post: What on Earth am I doing here?

This is a post from our friend, Andrew. He too made the great trip across the seas to be in Australia and attend Hillsong College. From riding on the airplane to roaming the city for kangaroo pizza, we have loved getting to do this journey with him. He's a realist (sees things like it is), bookworm, guacamole making king and he has a heart after the things of God. We love him and we love his perspective. We think you'll like it. 


"The teacher has called you here. If he had of been able to do what he wanted to do in you there he wouldn't have called you here.  He's looking to see if he has your attention, your obedience, your love and your worship.  It's never been about you, it's always been about him." - Robert Fergusson

 

Greetings to everyone from my back porch here in the suburbs of Sydney!  The sun is shining, the sky is blue, it feels like a beautiful fall day.  It's hard to believe it's been a month already and that this is the longest I have ever been outside of the Rochester area (we won't count the time I lived in Ohio as a baby/toddler)  

 

Many friends have asked me how everything has been going and if the school is what I expected.  To be honest, I'm not sure what I expected.  I was definitely excited and nervous, and unsure of what to expect from school.  There have definitely been some surprises and most of them have been good!  

 

I am living with 4 other guys, one being Andrew (we're sharing a room).  We're living in a full house in the suburbs and are about a 45-60 minute walk from school.  Public transportation has been an adventure depending on the time of day or day of the week.  A one hour ride home from the city turned into a two and half hour ride home the first weekend that I was here... that won't happen again.  Honestly, most of the time I don't feel like I am 10,000 miles away having the luxury to see familiar faces from home and living in suburbia.  Andrew and Chloé have done an amazing job of making our guys house feel like home.  They worked tirelessly on our living room to make it a place that people want to sit in.  Having the opportunity to get to know them and do this journey with them has been incredible.  Our back porch is the best part of our house which will be a great place to host people once summer arrives.  I'm still believing for a grill which will make the porch complete and my cooking life significantly better!

    

Sydney is a gorgeous city with many beautiful views depending on where you are.  Darling Harbour is easily one, if not the most beautiful harbor in the world, the ferry ride to the northern beaches is incredible and I definitely have to pinch myself on some of the sunrise/sunset views on the ocean.  Spending time with my sister has been great.  This is the most time we have spent together over the last 6 years.  Hard to believe!  Last week we ran the City to Surf which is 14km run from the city to Bondi Beach.  It's the largest fun run in the world with somewhere around 87,000 runners.  Having the opportunity to do life with my great friends Sam and Bekah during this season has been great too.  I love you guys!  The three of them have made the transition so much easier.

 

School has been great so far.  We have had the blessing of being taught by some incredible teachers and hear some incredible messages in chapel.  If I could only take one thing from here and implement it back home it would be the atmosphere of honor.  Honor is instilled in everything Hillsong does.  Between the honor they give to each other, guests, and to the Word is incredible.  It pours out of everything they do.

 

One of the most common questions I get asked on a daily basis is: What are you planning on doing after school?  I can honestly say I have no idea and for the first time in my life I am alright with that.  These last 8 months since I started the application process has been quite the journey of trust.  I know God is going to continue to stretch and pull things out of me over this next year.  As Robert Fergusson said "The Teacher has called me here." and now that I'm out of the boat I plan on keeping my eyes fixed on Him.

 

Miss you all and hope to see you soon,

 

Andrew Hempfling

Finding Home

So it's been almost a month in Australia... weird. It surely hasn't felt like a month. Between moving into a new house, meeting several new faces, and becoming part of a new church... you'd think that the 'newness' of everything would hit me like ten ton truck.

 

But the truth is... the subtlety of change is thick.

(I'll save the dissection of that thought for another post.)

 

Arriving in a new place is stressful for many reasons. And amongst the stress of something like trying to find the nearest grocery store was the stress of trying to figure out how to get to the nearest grocery store. How far is it? Do I walk? Do I take the bus? How much is the bus? Wait... where's the bus stop and how the heck do I even get there? And even when the unfamiliar roads become a little more familiar, how do I find home? Not my literal home (as in the house I'm staying in) but my home... where my mind is calm and heart is secure... where is home?

 

 

I sit here writing this with a beautiful view. Chloé is determined to draw out a chronological diagram of all the content we've discussed in our New Testament lectures since we've begun school. And thank goodness because the vastness of what we've discussed so far has been mind-numbing... fascinating, yes... but mind-numbing.

 

We sit in my living room, once a room littered with a conglomerate of unmatched seating enclosed by heavily-influenced-green cyan walls.

 

A half-sipped latte and a licked-dry teacup sit on a small table to my left. My half-full journal sits on the arm of the loveseat with me. The warm, vanilla candle and a ten dollar desk lamp light the room. The recently reupholstered couches accented with brown blankets and off-tone matching pillows paint the room a whole different color than the hodgepodge of a college dorm room the living area once was. My guitar rests in an armchair in the corner holding a particular tuning for a particular song Chloé and I were playing together a couple nights ago. And spread across the small wooden coffee table is an endless roll of white paper which Chloé pours out her mind onto. In a room that feels oh-so familiar, I remember that I'm not at home. Four weeks ago, I was ten thousand miles from where I currently sit. So why am I here and not at home?

 

In Genesis chapter twelve, Abram, or in a few chapters later to be known as Abraham, is called by God to leave Haran, a place that he had called 'home'. Where he was comfortable and settled, Abraham was to leave all he had known and follow God's command to a land where he would rise as a leader and be blessed... greater than he could have ever been blessed on the soil he had been familiar with for the majority of his seventy five years of life. But Abraham had to decide whether or not his love and obedience towards God was great enough to take such a leap of faith and with no visible guarantee but the promise God had made him.

 

'Now the Lord said to Abram, Go forth from your country, And from your relatives, And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.' // Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)

 

Hebrews chapter eleven says that it is our faith in God that is the foundation that lies beneath everything... and that trust is what makes life truly worth living.

 

'By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.' // Hebrews 11:3 (MSG)

 

Now, in no way am I saying that I believe God is going to make me the Prime Minister of Australia... not even in the slightest. But before leaving Rochester, I could've only imagined home being there with all I've come to know and love right where it should be. Taking the same roads to the same places I'd always visit... it was all safe. But sometimes God has more planned than a comfortable life with a comfortable job in a comfortable house where you can just be comfortable. He can call you into places unknown to grow you in ways you never thought possible.

 

And as Robert Fergusson and a few others have told us since we've been here...

'If God could have done there what He wants to do with you here, He would've left you there... But you're not there, you're here.'

 

'By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going...' // Hebrews 11:8 (MSG)

 

I had no idea what I was getting myself into coming out here. I figured it must've been ordered by God because I would have never in a million years imagined myself to be here, studying in Bible college at Hillsong in Sydney. But I was sent here with my best friend on mission for something way bigger than any small faith could see.

 

 

... And look at the home this place has become; where my mind is calm and my heart is secure.

 

- Andrew