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February 3, 2006

Much is happening on this pioneering mission…

First off…we went to the YWAM base in New Castle for a few days which is about 2 hours north of Sydney. We ministered to the whole DTS group in worship and also taught Harp & Bowl (similar to that of IHOP in Kansas City). We had some excellent get together times and also meetings with some of the main leaders on the base. We made some divine connections throughout our visit and built strong bridges between our team based in Kona, Hawaii and the main leaders overseeing all of YWAM throughout Australia. It was very cool seeing how God’s handiwork was in every conversation throughout our time in New Castle.

We then drove down to Sydney for 5 days. For the most part we were able to take a bit of a breather, but we also felt we were there to minister to the family we were staying with. Towards the end of our stay, we had some awesome worship times and we were able to pray and encourage their hearts. Though we weren’t feeling much, we could definitely see the Lord moving in their hearts through freedom, healing, etc.

On Sunday we had a day off and decided to visit a couple of churches. Sunday morning we went to a gathering called Day Spring. It was similar to Toronto (Airport Church) by seeking the Father’s heart and having a very free and loving ministry style. They made everyone feel as if they were one big family. I’m sure it’s hard with the near 1,000 participant’s that come! It was a very cool place! Later that night we visited Hillsong. What a cool style of worship and such great people who know how to get you engaged in worship and teaching! While we were there, the youth pastor spoke and he had everyone (2-3,000) laughing and so into the message. It was really inspiring to see some ‘on fire’ people ministering. It kinda pumped the team for the next month of our trip! 🙂

After coming home from our Sydney and New Castle adventure, which was over a 10 hour drive, we have been gathering our hearts and thoughts regarding this month. During these next weeks we’re ministering in Christian and state high schools and colleges. For each ministry opportunity we need to adjust specifically to their guidelines. One cool thing is…in the schools we’re able to share anything about the Lord as long as it’s in a song OR given as a personal testimony. God can totally work miracles through ways such as these! Please pray the youth will completely open their hearts up to the Lord and that they will be radically changed and ignited from then on!

If you’d like to see more updates and pictures from the team, please feel free to visit our website at:

God Bless and thank you for your prayers and support!


John Hendrickson

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