Australian L'Abri









L'ABRI FELLOWSHIP AUSTRALIA          ABN: 33 003 741 660
10 River Rd, Elderslie  NSW  2570                                                              Telephone: (02) 4658 0227
Web Site:  www.labri.org                                                                             Email: australia@labri.org

 

5 January 2019

 

Dear L’Abri Friend,

 

After 38 years of working in various capacities for and in L’Abri Australia, we are in the process of transitioning into retirement.

 

For many years we ran various L’Abri Saturdays with theme topics, but we ceased doing this over the last two years and concentrated on residential work only. We have done residential work in the last ten years, as a branch of L’Abri Fellowship International and received many guests who have enjoyed answers to honest questions in the context of hospitality. We are well resourced with a spacious home allowing accommodation for 10 guests, over 3000 books, and 2000 lectures.

 

However, it is time for things to change. Frank turned 70 last November and Heather will as well in the not too distant future.

 

Our transitioning does not mean L’Abri Australia will cease. However, it does mean a re-invigoration of the work and passing the baton on to younger like-minded people who are willing to invest long term in the work should that be so, God willing.

 

In response to our prayers a young couple have approached us to consider carrying on the work in the future. Of course, nothing is certain and we walk by faith, but they have agreed to spend time at one of the major branches and see if there is a mutual fit with the L’Abri Membership and to eventually take L’Abri Australia into new directions as its leaders.

 

New directions will also mean looking to acquire a property to establish a future L’Abri. As well it will mean a new level of support in terms of donors, helpers and workers. We look forward with enthusiasm that these will all appear at the right time and by the grace of God who has walked with us over the many years that we have done L’Abri work here in this country.

 

All of the above lies before us, but in the meantime there are a number of changes. Firstly we are going to phase out the residential work in our L’Abri home and only take guests as we are able. Therefore we will no longer be a formal residential branch of L’Abri international. We will become a support centre as a place holder and channel for L’Abri activities for the time being.

 

Secondly, with the appearance of a young couple seriously considering taking on the work, we have re-started the Saturday seminars with their help and supplementary help from anyone else who would like to volunteer.

 

So, the future, God willing, looks bright. However, we walk by faith and not by sight and the future details of L’Abri Australia are in His hands. We pray what Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1:11

‘With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.’ 

 

Blessings to you all. 

Frank & Heather Stootman

     

 

                        

 Upcoming events:

 

8-9 February 2019

ROCHESTER MN USA Conference

"Common Grace for the Common Good - Living Life Vocationally"

Speakers include Frank Stootman

For details see www.labri.org

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2 MARCH 2019

ELDERSLIE

Speakers and topic to be announced.


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23 MARCH 2019

 PERTH WA  "Thoughtful Christianity for today" *

Venue: Crosswords, 28 William Street, Armadale from 9am

Speaker: Frank Stootman

Contact Julian Bull for details: mystudy@live.com.au  0435 245 919


*Repeated 30 March 2019 in Albany WA



 

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