beginnings - the Vision
In 1993 a local Pastor came to the Homebush Bay area
and had a vision, a dreeam
that if Sydney was awarded the 2000 Olympics there could be a local on site ministry.
later that year at about 4,20am he stood with a crowd on site to hear "Sydney"
by Sunday night he was being interviewed on radio sharing his dream.
this began seven years preparation.
his local church
1996 More than Gold link with Atlanta during the Atlanta 1996 Olympics
the beginnings of on line ministry.
the loss of his stipend and church buildings in July 1997
Ministry continues - an independant multicultural church
membership of Quest More Than Gold
Homebush Bay - Inner West Aussie Awakening Prayer Meetings
Good friday night and New Year's Eve
Tower 20 is all about shining the light of Christ
a confidence that Jesus Christ is Lord
even in the face of adversity
that faith in Christ prevails even where there is unbelief
that God restores, saves, heals our lives.
Enduring Faith carries the torch until this day.
September 2000 - on site Sydney Olympics
prayer for male survivors of child sexual abuse
from "my chaple" ( an open air shelter)
prayer for the Sudanese.
eternity On Friday 19th September the world watched the Opening of the 2000 Games at Homebush Bay, Sydney.
During the ceremony a team presented the theme
In his recorded message, Pastor Graham took up this theme.
the organisers acknowledges the work of Arthur Stace who after being saved, was captivated one Sunday night by the preacher at the Burton St Baptist Church
oh that I could write the word ""Eternity" on the streets of Sydney.
Arthur could hardly write
but he went out after church and took out a piece of chalk from his pocket and in perfect copperplate handwriting wrote the word
"ETERNITY" on the footpath.
this he did for the rest of his life.
It was written by the authorities on the Sydney Harbor Bridge on new years eve 2000.
Now the organisers of the 2000 Games wrote up "Eternity"
(more details and references later - draft stage)
On site ministry durung the 2000 Olympics
Prayer for the poor and needy
blessing the Eternity Team
opening night prayer from obsecurity
meeting the crowd
more to be written up
by 2007 I made the comment to a Manager of Sydney Olympic Park Authority:
we spent 7 years preparing for the 2000 Games
and it took (those of us at the centre) on site 7 years to come down"
each subsequent Olympics I have gone to SOP to pray for the Olympics of the day.
at the moment developing links with Ministries in London for 2012.