AN estimated 30,000 students were “touched” this year by the ministry that is the National Evangelisation Teams (NET) and about 600,000 since its inception 22 years ago.
Director Shanelle Bennett said the ministry has also “formed the lives” of the 500 who have volunteered to the outreach, saying this was “marvellous”.
While donations were down this year and NET have had to be inventive with fundraising, their sights are set on future ministry.
“Yes the downturn has effected donations,” Shanelle said.
“I think that is fairly normal that people feel they need to ‘tighten the belt’ more when things look economically grim.
“We have managed to trust that God would take care of us through these times and, of course, He has.
“We have struggled more in the past while but I hope that people will continue to give in the good times and bad, as this is such an important ministry to the young of this nation and beyond.
“NET exists to speak God’s truth into the lives of many young people in this nation,” she said of the “privilege”.
This year NET sent out six teams – two in Cairns based in schools, one in Coffs Harbour, another in Lismore – both in parishes – one in Melbourne as an archdiocesan team and another as a “travelling team” around Australia.
Nine teams will be commissioned in 2010, including a new “university ministry team”, despite donations at this year’s fundraising dinner reflecting the economic downturn. “Next year … we will have the two (teams) in Cairns again, one in Lismore, one in Melbourne, one in the Atherton region, our travelling team as usual and our new university team – this ministry called Freedom – an exciting new venture for NET Ministries,” Shanelle said.
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