TOUR PLANS 2017

Pictured: Making plans for the months ahead!!!! Finally.

Pictured: Making plans for the months ahead!!!! Finally.

Due to Steve’s health earlier in the year we’ve been a bit slow confirming concert and shed night dates but with the release of the Slim Dusty Songs album in July things are now moving ahead!! And we are excited about some of the doors that are opening up. It looks like June and July will be designated to Queensland and then we plan to head south as we’ve got plenty of invitations in Victoria, Tasmania and NSW. Yes, South Australia too!!!

If you and your community would like to host a concert or Shed Night in the coming months please make contact. It will help greatly with our planning. The Slim Dusty Tribute Tour will be a seperate project all together as we expect to structure the events as ticketed concerts targeted at RSL Clubs and Country Town halls. We are hoping to put a band on the road for these tours as well.

Thanks for standing with us in the vision to reach people for Christ and excite the local church to missions across Australia!!!

AFTER THE FLOODS

Pictured: Live in concert at the Billinudgel Church last weekend. Mal King with Jordan and Steve and Dave from Gateway church on blues harp.

Pictured: Live in concert at the Billinudgel Church last weekend. Mal King with Jordan and Steve and Dave from Gateway church on blues harp.

The town of Billinudgel was inundated by flood waters following the catastrophic onslaught of cyclone Debbie. As we drove to the church last Sunday afternoon the streets were lined with destroyed furniture, refrigerators, bed mattresses, and written off cars. The entire town was taken by surprise and the devastation was evident everywhere you looked. Like many other towns the dismal and depressing aftermath of floods is hard to deal with. 

But the locals turned up for a free BBQ and concert presented by the Eastgate Church of Byron Bay. The appreciation among the people was high and the church, which only escaped being completely flooded by 30mm, was filled to capacity. It was a wonderful opportunity to pray with locals and work on practical ways to reach out to the hurting community.

Thanks so much to the church family at Eastgate for your generous hearts and creative evangelism. Thanks also to the YWAM teams who served up a fantastic BBQ!!!!

 

THE PIONEER SPIRIT

Pictured: The official opening of the Mt Tawa airstrip in the Southern Highlands of PNG. With a successful landing of a Cessna 206 to celebrate with the remote tribal group.

Pictured: The official opening of the Mt Tawa airstrip in the Southern Highlands of PNG. With a successful landing of a Cessna 206 to celebrate with the remote tribal group.

A photograph taken in 1992 of a completed airstrip built by Hap Skinner in the Southern Highlands Province of PNG. These airstrips opened up remote tribal regions for healthcare, education, trade and Bible Translation. I greatly admire the men and women who dedicated decades of their lives serving the peoples of Papua New Guinea and its 861 known language groups. It is one of the most mountainous and treacherous nations on earth and yet the people in every province received the good news of the Gospel and today consider themselves to be a Christian nation.

Next time you meet an old retired missionary take some time to sit with them and be inspired by their wild stories of the early missions days in countries like PNG. You will be inspired. Get involved in supporting the great work organisations like Wycliffe Bible Translators are doing in developing and war torn nations across the globe.

THE HUMBLE HIGHLANDS HERO

Pictured: The passing of a humble hard working legend and pioneer missionary.. Uncle Hap Skinner.

Pictured: The passing of a humble hard working legend and pioneer missionary.. Uncle Hap Skinner.

Back in the 1960’s Papua New Guinea was still a very primitive developing nation recovering from the conflicts of WWll and the strategic part the island nation played in the victory in the Pacific region.

It was men like Harold ‘Happy’ Skinner who used great innovation to transform equipment and vehicles once used for war into practical machinery that would be used to construct roads, airstrips, buildings and homes for the work of healthcare, education and Bible Translation. He was a larrikin, a leader and a pioneer who knew how to get the job done in difficult circumstances. 

Uncle Hap Skinner was one of my heroes as a boy growing up in the jungle highlands of PNG. Back then he seemed larger than life in his old Landrover or driving the logging truck to the saw mill. His three sons were my school mates and at times my arch enemies!! But the Skinner boys were just like their Dad… unstoppable when it came to a good cause.

Last week we buried Uncle Hap in Mossman North Queensland and celebrated his magnificent life. A true legend for the cause of Christ. It was a great honour to be able to lead in the singing of Hymns and the memorial and mourn with the family. Uncle Hap was buried with his beloved ‘Eternity’ cap as he reckons that’s the first thing he’ll put on in his new resurrection body when Christ returns!!!  Thank you Uncle Hap and the Skinner family.. For Eternity.

RUST NEVER SLEEPS

Pictured: The evidence of overnight rust on sheet metal after rain...

Pictured: The evidence of overnight rust on sheet metal after rain...

The message of the Cross is foolish for those who are headed for destruction. But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

For many the simple message of Jesus coming to earth to reconcile a lost and doomed humanity with the love, forgiveness and grace of God the creator is too childish to believe. He came and submitted himself not only to His father’s will but to the corrupt authorities and religious leaders of the day. He came to set us free from the curse of sin. To make a way for eternity that all of His creation could live in His presence and be part of a universe without sin. That’s what Jesus has done for you and for me.

I was captivated by this image of rust that had formed overnight on some sheet metal. I realised it was just like sin.. rust never sleeps. The moment the elements of oxygen and water make contact with pure metal, its cancerous process of destruction begins. The only way you can stop it is by cleaning the surface and painting the metal with some form of protection. Jesus death on the Cross made way for us to be clean, His shed blood covered our sins and the reality of His resurrection protects us with His promises of eternal life.

Yeah I know.. It’s an obscure illustration of the Gospel on this Easter weekend when we are bombarded with images of the Cross and Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs… But I thought it was a great reminder of what sin does when we ignore the assurance of God’s love for us through Jesus.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Thanks again for your friendship and support as we seek to get this great message to people across Australia.

Godspeed,

Steve

REST AND RENOVATION

Pictured: The transformed gutter up the side of our home is now a driveway!

Pictured: The transformed gutter up the side of our home is now a driveway!

For the past two months I’ve been recovering from an asthma condition and on doctors orders told to take it a bit easier until I’m fully recovered. So we’ve delayed getting back into concert tours until later in March. Resting at home sounds like a good excuse to get some long awaited jobs accomplished!!! So we’ve been able to renovate a bathroom and build a driveway with the help of friends and family..

That’s my kind of rest and recuperation!!! We thought you’d like to see a picture of the finished job!!! 

Thanks to everyone who has faithfully prayed for and supported this ‘time out’. The pressure to look at the bank balance and get back out on the road touring is very real but we are grateful for God’s provision during this time. Looking forward to getting back into frontline ministry again soon!!!

WORKING CLASS MAN

Pictured: Uncle Maurice Grace with Warwick, Steve, Ryan, Ritchie and Ced Grace

Pictured: Uncle Maurice Grace with Warwick, Steve, Ryan, Ritchie and Ced Grace

A huge thank you to these blokes who put in another great day of work on the job site at our home. We now have a laneway up the side of the property which will enable access and further development in the future. I really appreciate working with my brother Warwick who has that ability to get the job done and keep a work crew happy and motivated!!! Thanks mate for the incredible effort you put into life and landscaping. Your love for God and His creation is inspiring. Thanks also to Uncle Maurice Grace and Ced Grace for all your wise old ’tradie’ knowledge and experience!!! Thanks Ryan and Ritchie! You blokes rock!!!

BROTHERS IN ARMS

Pictured: Two good mates making memories together. Jordan and Trent performing a love song written by Jordan that morning.

Pictured: Two good mates making memories together. Jordan and Trent performing a love song written by Jordan that morning.

After an unforgettable wedding and an amazing day the guests were all treated to some impromptu performances at the Boske Family’s property. The best man, Jordan Grace wrote a song that morning for Trent and Amy and invited the groom to come and perform it with him. A special moment and a great memory to cherish as SkyPilot enter a new era. 

Thanks Jordan and Trentan for your relentless passion for God and for good music that changes lives. Thanks for the many miles and memories we’ve all made with you!!!

THE BEST MEN

Pictured: Steve and Kerrie with Ryan, Jordan and Cheyne Grace

Pictured: Steve and Kerrie with Ryan, Jordan and Cheyne Grace

Kerrie and I were so honoured last Saturday to see our three sons standing with Trentan Kruger on his wedding day. Trentan asked the Grace brothers to be Best Man and Groomsmen as he married Amy McArdle. We felt very humbled and full of joy witnessing the special occasion. The day before the wedding the guys all hung out together and had dinner with Amy’s Dad, our good friend, George McArdle. George played bass guitar on the recording of Children of the Western World back in 1988. Now, all these years later his daughter has married a musician!! And our boys have grown to become fine men with big dreams for the future. Kerrie and I honour Cheyne, Ryan and Jordan as they trust God with their lives and future. Proud of you.