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CABC X RICE: Come As You Are

On Sunday November 13th 2016, RICE held our first ever #CombinedChurchService with CABC Thornleigh! It was an evangelistic event and we praise God for his work through us:

  • 8 (6 youth, 2 young adults) regulars tick the recommitment box
  • 2 from youth group ticked ‘became a Christian’
  • 6 people new to CABC ticked the recommitment box
  • 5 wanted to know more about Christianity

 

A testimony from Michael Leader: (CABC Pastor)

“One of the youth said at the beginning of the year when he first came to youth group he never thought he’d be a Christian – he was only going for social reasons. He ticked the box on Sunday night as he had been meaning to for a few months but was afraid of being trolled at school. Now he doesn’t care. So it was a big night for him.”

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“We’ve been really trying to be missional again this year, and this was a great night for it after a year plugging away… It was a great partnership – all the feedback anecdotally was great – young and old. Even our few elderly (60+), while they said it was a little loud (I asked them) thought it was fantastic, and an encouragement to see everyone serving. It had a great buzz, and was great to see two likeminded groups unite. I hope it’ll help build relationships between RICE and churches. Blessings and thanks again to RICE, core team, band, it was genuine and heartfelt.”

Testimonies from CABC regulars:

“RICE is really fun and a good way to learn more about Christ.” (Yr 7 recommitment)

“I became a Christian at Rice Rally but today really helped my faith.” (Yr 7 recommitment)

“I really enjoyed the talk. I thought the analogies were great and applicable.”

“Thankyou Steve for the talk. Even though you were nervous about people responding to the gospel, I think you did a great job. Thankyou.”

“The sermon tonight has given me insight into the passage which will be most helpful to my ministry.” (60+ guy)

“Awesome talk. Like how you relate the New Testament story to modern day life, like spitting and Asian family/yum cha. The link just ultimately helped me understand. Thanks for coming.”

 

If you’d like to invite RICE to do a combined church service, e-mail: [email protected] We’d love to partner with your church!

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Photo Credit: Jess Liao & Tinik Chiu

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An Exciting New Chapter

The RICE Board is thrilled to announce an exciting new chapter for the RICE movement.

Steve Chong, the founder of RICE, has up until now blessed us by leading our movement in a voluntary capacity. We are thankful that Steve has served us this way for the last 13 years and we are excited that he has now accepted our offer to commence work with us as our Movement Director. Since RICE’s inception, God has used Steve’s infectious passion for evangelising the youth of Sydney, coupled with his ability to mobilise young leaders, to form the heartbeat of what makes our movement what it is today. And so we are expectant that God will bless this wonderful opportunity as God opens up more space for Steve to invest into reaching the youth of Sydney through evangelism and renewal ventures, and as he seeks to lead our movement forward into its next chapter for God’s glory.

Please thank God with us for the thousands of lives God has touched through the ministry of RICE and pray with us that God will continue to do amazing things as the gospel is proclaimed in our city of Sydney and beyond. Especially pray for our upcoming RICE Rally event on August 1st at which Steve will be preaching the gospel. And of course, please join us in praying for Steve, Naomi and their four kids as they take this step of faith.

Reverend Peter Ko
(Chairman, on behalf of the RICE board)

 

We would like to invite you to partner with Steve and the RICE movement in this.
Steve is a gifted preacher, evangelist and teacher and has been a blessing to many, both in Australia and abroad, in using his ability to communicate God’s word. He is now available to speak at your events. If you would like to book Steve, or simply drop a note to encourage him in his next season of ministry you can do so here. (ps. Steve will read every email at this address but may not be able to personally reply to them all)

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