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The forgiveness that frees
March  2019
Peace it together masthead
The forgiveness that frees
hands releasing a dove

How do we approach the situation of someone hurting us?

How do we balance the need to gently but clearly raise our concern with a person who has wronged us (eg. see Matthew 18:15), with ...

read on here...
Farwell Viv 
Viv Batt headshot
     At the end of this month, we will farewell
     our current PeaceWiseKids Content and
     Curriculum Manager, Viv Batt.  

     Viv started with us back in 2016 when the
     kids project was only in its infancy. Since
     coming on board, Viv has played an
     integral part in getting PeaceWiseKids to
     where it is today! 


 
Before Viv passes on the baton to the new team (who we'll introduce next month),
we want to take the opportunity to thank and honour her. 
 
We deeply value the person Viv is, as well as her many gifts and talents.
We are so grateful for the dedication, passion, and creativity that she has brought to the role. 
The amazing PeaceWiseKids and PeaceWiseYouth courses and content bear the
hallmarks of her love, professionalism and passion and are her rich gift to all who use them.

We wish Viv all the very best and pray God's abundant blessing upon her and her
family as she steps into the next chapter of what God has in store for her life. 
This year our National Training Program has two new training courses to assist you in helping others resolve their conflict!!

Everyday Conflict Coaching
This training is designed to help with those everyday conflicts and conversations we have with friends, family members, colleagues and neighbours. 

Deeper into Conflict Coaching
This training is designed to help you gain a deeper understanding and provides more opportunity to practise conflict coaching at a deeper level. This is also a great option for those who have already completed our prior conflict coaching course.

So whether you're experienced in helping others struggling with conflict, or someone who has always felt ill-equipped to help someone in conflict, there is a conflict coaching course just right for you! 
find out more about the new courses >
More learning opportunities...

 
Shout out to all the kids who have helped develop PeaceWiseKids!
Erin and Anson
We have been developing PeaceWiseKids and PeaceWiseYouth for the last 3 years so far, and for each course we have been involving different groups of teens and children to help in various capacities.

So we want to give a big shout out to all the kids who have helped to keep the courses real and relevant. This includes all the kids from the Gold Coast as well as the kids from Covenant Christian School and Kings Christian College.


PS.  PeaceWiseKids for Years 5 and 6 will be available for Term 2 this year - how cool is that!!!!!!!
read all the shout outs here!
Our God is so good!
PeaceWise mind map
     The image on the right was sent into us by
     Phil McMaster, who is on the National
     Leadership Team of the Australian arm of 
     Navigators and a participant at a recent
     PeaceWise training we ran for them.
     After the training, Phil decided
     to summarise and capture the
     content he had learnt from our first training
     course, Everyday Peacemaking, on 
     one page.
     We think it's terrific and thought we'd share it with you. Thanks Phil for your creativity in
     summarising the course in this way!   

      We're not only thrilled that Phil took the time to consider and create this summary but believe
      it demonstrates how God is using PeaceWise training to transform people's thinking about
      conflict throughout Australia and in various ministries. Thank you Phil for sharing this with us
      and encouraging us all!

     We are very passionate about bringing God's message of peace to more and more people,
     so if you're interested in equipping  your organisation or church to be peacemakers please
     contact our office on 02 9890 6516 or use our online enquiry form.
Why Hubs?
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     PeaceWise hubs are places that people
     interested in biblical peacemaking can
     connect, share and grow!


     We would love for you to join us at one of
     our upcoming hubs. If you don't have a
     hub local to where you live and would like
     to be involved in starting one up, please
     contact us!  
     All enquiries can be made either through our simple online contact form or by
     phoning on 02 9890 6516. 

     Western Australia
     Perth Hub - Woodvale Baptist Church  14th March 2019 

     New South Wales 
     Covenant Hub - Covenant Christian School NSW 11th April 2019
     Glenwood Hub - Emmanuel Baptist Church 22 May 2019

 
From Bruce
How can it be mid-March already?   

As workplace conversations in the last month span from returning cricketers to resigning cardinals, David Coy has written a timely article on forgiveness, reminding us of Jesus' high calling on each of us to be a person who echoes God's forgiveness of us in how we treat others.

PeaceWiseKids continues to power ahead, and we are excitedly waiting for the first primary school course - for Years 5 and 6 - in time for Term 2.    I'm particularly thankful for the incredible work of Viv Batt over the last three years, who will leave us shortly having now led the creation of the whole content for Years 5-10 - what a legacy in the lives of our children

Over the next month, the PeaceWise board will be holding its annual retreat in downtown sunny Woy Woy (yes, you heard me right), where we will pray and plan into the future of the ministry.    We always spend a very significant time both sharing personally (as we only see each other in person together once a year), as well as listening deeply to what God has to say to us.  Please pray for us as we seek God's leading and guidance on where and how he wants us to move forward as a ministry.

At this time, we will also be running both an onboarding retreat for the new PeaceWiseKids team (more on this dynamic bunch next month), as well as a train the trainer event for a bunch of new trainers from across the country.   Not to mention a similar train the trainer event being held at PLC Sydney to equip a bunch of other trainers, including to teach Everyday Peacemaking for Schools - both for the open invitation events being hosted at Covenant Christian School in July and PLC Sydney on 7 August (more details to follow next month).


All this because we more and more organisations and people are wanting to learn how to be peacemakers, so we are building up our team who can teach these life-giving principles.   

Go God.

Have a great month.


Warmly,

Bruce

Bruce Burgess
National Director

 
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