At Church | Published 2015/06/09

God's Word came with power…

By Peter Grochocki

God's Word came with power, through our sister, Moe. Such a well known story to Christians, the story of Hagar, Abraham and Sarai challenged our views and assumptions of the characters and of the story completely.

God hears the cries of every human being. No matter their skin colour, race, gender, orientation, culture. He cares because He loves.

Are we as His people hearing the cries of all people for help? The homeless, the refugees, the immigrants, people of different religious and secular backgrounds. Do we care? Or have we forgotten that we too were immigrants and refugees?

God cares for all.

Hagar, an Egyptian woman who was a slave, the property of Sarai, was given to Abram, became pregnant, and cast out. She cried bitterly out in the wilderness, alone.

And Yahweh, the God of Abraham answered Hagar the Egyptian woman. 'Don't be afraid', He said.

Do we see God reaching to save His precious children, Hagar and her son Ishmael? Do we respond to the challenge of reaching ALL people, from ALL backgrounds and experiences?

God visited DandyPolish this Sabbath morning. Through the voice of sister Moe.


Pr Moe Stiles was born in Samoa. She lived there for the first 10 years of her her life, then she moved to New Zealand where she also lived for 10 years, and now she lives in Melbourne.
She has been involved in the ministry for 12 years. After moving to Australia she worked first as the Youth Director at Victorian Conference for 6 years, and then served in several churches, including Nunawading, Ringwood, Dandenong and Leongatha. Now she is holding the position of Associate Pastor at Burwood church and is also the chaplain for tertiary ministry. She is married to Adrian, who is the Principal of Nunawading Christian College (Secondary).


Vimeo: Pr Moe Ioane-Stiles
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