Friends and stories both old and new
With smiles of recognition and the warmth that accompanies all Eastern events, Eastern’s Alumni Brunch saw a group of enthusiastic past graduates come together to reconnect with each other and to celebrate the growth and changes the College has seen over the past few years. Many of those who attended the brunch graduated when Eastern was known as Tabor College and staff had the opportunity to show the alumni the new building. As a delicious brunch was shared and enjoyed, we were blessed to hear from Vice-Principal of Eastern, Angelo Cettolin, Executive Principal of MST and Eastern, Tim Meyers and Scott Morrison – a graduate of Tabor who now serves as a missionary in Thailand. Each talk was unique and brought wisdom and encouragement in different ways.
Angelo shared a reflection of Timothy Keller’s book ‘Every Good Endeavour’ and J.R.R Tolkien’s story about a man named ‘Niggle’ and his lifelong work to complete a painting of a tree. Angelo encouraged us all that ‘there really is a tree’, there really is a God, and every good endeavour matters when we are pursuing God’s call.
Tim followed with a reassuring message for graduates, that trying new things and being uncertain about the future is okay. He shared some personal life experiences , following different paths, including his passion for flying and attempting to discover his purpose. Tim shared that while the things he has done might look extensive and impressive on a resume, they were all done with the desire to find his identity and understand where God was calling him to be.
Scott spoke about the work he and his wife are involved in with unreached people groups in Thailand. He used his story to challenge all those present to consider God’s call for all believers to share His love with the nations.
Finally, Eastern presented the very first Alumni of the Year Award to Peter Lusk. Peter is a graduate of the Diploma of Ministry and was recognised for his passion and devotion to serve God through various roles and in particular, his current position as CEO of Southern Cross Kids Camps.
It was extremely encouraging to hear from Peter, Scott and other graduates about their pleasant memories with us at Tabor and Eastern and how their time with us has equipped them in their work and post-study endeavours.
We are incredibly proud of the work of our graduates and want to support them in helping them to respond to the unique vocations God has called them to.
If you have a story about a Tabor/Eastern graduate that you believe would encourage others and should be shared, please contact Grace Lok firstname.lastname@example.org