Hedland Revival Mission 2000
journey in small bus and no
The 1700 km journey from Perth
to Port Hedland took 26 arduous hours by
bus leaves Perth.
It was too late to change the vehicle. Another was
not available and waiting would have meant arriving
too late at Port Hedland the next
drivers eye-view of the road ahead in the Gascoyne
appear just before sunset; the feeding time for
wild Kangaroos. Most Australian Out-Back roads are
one straight line like this one stretching for
hundreds of kilometers.
Train fitted with Roo-Bars.
The bus was
smaller than we thought it would be so it was a
very tiring trip. In addition, the bus didn't have
Roo-Bars as we had ordered. With no other vehicle
available that morning we had no choice but to
accept this one. Waiting for another with bars to
become available would mean arriving too late for
the Friday Rally the next day. Consequently this
made it a very dangerous journey indeed.
we did strike and kill a Kangaroo during the night
on the way there. But thanks to the excellent
driving skills of Eileen (our Sound Engineers
wife) no one was hurt. There was minor damage
to the bus and the Bus Hire Company gave us $500+
bill for repairs when we returned home.
the benefit of our oversees
are thick metal tubular bars attached to
the chassis protecting the front of a
vehicle. They prevent serious damage if
the vehicle hits a Kangaroo, Cow or
Because Kangaroos are nocturnal animals,
they feed at night. Seeing the headlights
from a distance they hurry to meet them.
Once on the road they become transfixed by
the beam. A vehicle traveling around 110+
km per hour cannot always stop in time to
Not only is it near impossible to avoid
them, but the impact of a large animal
like this at such speeds can cause serious
damage and even death for the driver and
passengers without the Roo-Bars being
We arrived in Port Hedland extremely tired
but safe at 7.30am the following day. We attended
Mass at 8am and Frank, Linda and Damien arrived by
air shortly afterwards. We then organized the
accommodation for the eighteen member team and the
music crew went to set up the sound gear at the
Civic Centre ready for the evening Rally. The
impressive part is that the sound crew and music
ministry had no rest until after this work was
over. Other than a shower etc, neither did the
Eddie preaches at the Friday Rally, "...Jesus is,
"Blow the Trumpets in Zion..."
The Altar-Call brought many to conversion and the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Evening Jubilee 2000 Revival
"When the Son sets
you Free, You are Free indeed".
The first event on the day of arrival was an
Interdenominational Jubilee Revival Rally at the
Port Hedland Civic Centre. Although this did not
attract large crowds by Perth standards, there were
people from a cross section of the Christian
community such as Catholic, Assemblies of God and
Eddie preached the message which brought the
congregation to a joy-filled experience of an
Israelite Jubilee which then flowed into a
Christian Jubilee similar to what the disciples
would have experienced at the first Pentecost.
During this time people experienced the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit, healing and renewed
faith. Others received Jesus for the first time and
others came to know Him in a new and personal way.
One of the priests who admitted that he was
fearful, had lost his faith and courage, asked
Eddie for prayer. Shortly after touching his
forehead he fell to the floor and rested there for
The following day Eddie asked how he was. He
said he had awakened that morning feeling good
about himself for the first time in many years.
Ive got my faith back! I have no fear
and I am full of courage!, he said with a
beaming smile. He also added, with a smile, that he
was looking forward to Flame leaving Port Hedland
now so that he could get back into his work with
his new-found enthusiasm :-)
Port Hedland Parishes experience Revival
Frank makes a
dramatic point during one of his session as the
afternoon light adds to the effect.
Visitors from Karratha along with the South Hedland
parishioners listen intently as Eddie preaches one
of his sessions at the South Hedland Parish Day of
The FMI team pray with Fr. Bob Pocock and Karratha
visitors for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and
healing before they left to go home.
Steve joins in with Linda, Patrick & Damien to
provide the music for the praise sessions.
One at the South Hedland Parish:
parishioners join in.
twenty people, including Sr. Kath and Vicar General
and Diocesan Administrator, Fr. Bob Pocock,
traveled around 250 km by bus from Karratha and
joined in with the South Hedland parishioners for a
day to remember.
Due to the problem of Kangaroos on the road and
the arrival time back home, the Karratha
parishioners had to leave before the final session
on the Saturday evening. To accommodate Sr.
Kaths request for prayer ministry before they
left, the programme schedule was adjusted to suit
their needs and an altar-call was issued for the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit and healing. The
response was immediate and enthusiastic.
Within a short time, as the FMI music
ministry played, people began to receive tangible
blessings from Our Lord. There were tears of joy
and release. This was so even amongst the young
people as they all began to experience the love of
Christ. For many it was most likely the first time
they had known this love in such a powerful and
One lady in particular, who seemed to be
bewildered by the experience of this powerful love
of God was completely overwhelmed. She began to cry
loudly, repeatedly saying that she had been bad all
her life and didnt deserve this experience of
Gods love for her. After some reassurance and
a little counsel, she accepted the love that God
had for her. Tears then turned to joy as she
experienced the freedom that only Jesus can give
after so many years of self condemnation. She then
began to praise God in true happiness with the Gift
We dont know what conversations ensued
amongst them on their journey home. However, from
what we could see and hear as the bus departed,
they were all bubbling with joy, and their
happiness was apparent for all to see. At the end
of the day it was clear that all who attended had
been deeply touched by the teachings and prayer
ministry they had received throughout the
happy Fr. Neil poses with FMI Senior
Directors at the end of Flame One at the
Frank Tassone, Fr. Neil Shanks, Eddie
Russell, Steve Peake.
One Parish Day of Renewal: Port
Christians also enjoy Flame
It was refreshing and encouraging to see such a
wide span of age groups at the missions.
Frank teaches during a session at Flame One Port
Fr. Walter and parishioners enjoy the sense of
humor during a session at Port Hedland.
The response to receive the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit and Tongues was wonderful. Everyone came
forward and the Flame prayer teams moved amongst
the people praying with those who couldn't get to
from other denominations joined Catholic
parishioners for the last session on Evangelisation
at the Port Hedland Flame One. Most notably was the
wife of the AOG Pastor with members of their
congregation who enjoyed the sessions immensely.
Prior to attending a session, one Pentecostal
gentleman asked Eddie what the Pope thought about
the Charismatic Gifts? He was surprised to discover
that not only did the Pope approve, but encouraged
He was further surprised to discover there
were around 90 million Catholics who have
experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit over the
past 30 years. This news began to foster a sense of
brotherhood as he grew more enthusiastic to attend
the sessions. Talking to the Pastors wife
later it was encouraging to hear the positive
comments that were made about the quality of the
teachings and ministry.
Highlight amongst so many was regarding one man and
his young son.
struggling to accept the Gift of Tongues he finally
yielded to the Holy Spirit and received the Gift.
Later he commented, I dont know what my
son will think about this if he finds out.
Asked if he thought it would make him look weak in
his sons eyes, he admitted that he was
concerned. He was then assured that young people
today are looking for strong men who could stand
firm in their convictions without compromise even
if the world thought they were weak. He was also
assured that if he did this, his son would respect
him rather than reject him. However, unbeknown to
him, at that very time, his young son, who had
resisted attending previously, was also receiving
the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and began to use the
Gift of Tongues himself.
We were particularly impressed with the
amount of young people that attended the whole day.
This was very encouraging considering the pressures
to keep them away from church these days.
parish vision is formed and new groups
the final session at Port Hedland Eddie, inspired
by the Holy Spirit, asked, What would happen
if the South Hedland parish and the Port Hedland
parish came together for joint ventures? What could
take place in the region if they came together
united in a common vision for evangelisation?
As he spoke, the idea seemed to catch on as people,
including Fr. Wally, nodded pensively. Since that
time fifteen people have been meeting each
fortnight for praise and follow-up to foster the
blessings received during the mission. Father Wally
says they have decided to keep in touch with Flame
Ministries who will assist them to sustain what
this mission has begun. With Gods Grace and a
little help from their friends, all things are
Flame Youth at St.
Cecilia's Catholic College brings students to
Impressed with Confessions.
"The Monday morning
sessions at St. Cecilia's Middle School eventuated as a
preparation for the end of term celebration of the sacrament
of Reconciliation, with more expressions of conversion and
openness to the Spirit shown in the sacramental
Walter McNamara, Port Hedland
leads the class as Linda gives directions to a
During a drama called "Compassion" Frank (Jesus)
blows a horn whilst Damien and Linda play the roles
of 'oppressor and oppressed".
Frank and Patrick Rapp-on about Jesus and what he
Whilst Jacob was
visiting the some Catholic Iraqi families in the Port
Hedland Detention Centre just over the road (Jacob speaks
fluent Arabic), the Flame Youth Team were presenting the
Gospel to the students at St. Cecilias College. The
first grade in were the Year 10s who seemed to wear
unbelieving looks on their faces as the session unfolded in
front of them. At first unsure if it was really OK to laugh
and participate, they soon began to enjoy the fun, frivolity
and a serious message about the love that Christ has for
them. After all, this wasnt like the R.E classes they
were used to. Leaving the room rather stunned, we wondered
if we had made any impact on them?
some gentle persuasion in helping a student to
participation hots up.
The rest get
the idea. After all this is less embarrassing than
being dragged up front like the others.
is birthed in a hard place. When all seems dark and
gloomy, it takes faith to see it there with you
until your freedom comes. Even though Paul and
Silas were imprisoned, it did not bind up their
classes followed. The younger they were, the freer
they were to participate. As the morning wore on
the atmosphere grew stronger and the campus felt
good. There was a sense of quiet joy and excitement
which only enhanced the the already great
atmosphere that pervaded St. Cecilia's when we
if we had made any impact at all on the year
10s our fears were put to rest the following
After the School Reconciliation for the end
of term, Fr. Wally related his impressions about
the effects of the FMI Youth on the Year 10
students. It was the best Confessions we have
ever had. They were deep, profound and sincere.
They answered their faith from depth. Father
Wally also said that it was a profound experience
for him too. Faith of course is the evidence of
what is not seen and the substance of what is hoped
for. We had hoped for as much, and with this report
our faith had been rewarded.
Youth minister to Refugee families in the Port
being at the college in the morning the Flame Youth
visited the Port Hedland Detention Centre to
minister to around thirty Catholic refugees
including nine from Iraq. Some had apparently been
there for a long time and feared returning home due
to persecution and possibly the death of their
some detainees it all seemed hopeless, but they
welcomed this visit like older children would
seeing their very first Christmas
youth presented a drama about the compassion of
Christ and Frank, with the help of an interpreter,
spoke on Acts 16: 25-34. Because Paul and Silas
spent their time praising God until their release
from prison, Frank encouraged them to praise God in
their predicament too. "Even though your bodies are
imprisoned, no-one can imprison you mind, your
heart and your spirit. In these areas you are free
and you can show that freedom in your praise as did
Paul and Silas". Frank told them.
hesitation they responded
To see their faces as they held on to
their Rosaries and Crucifixes as though to the Lord
Himself, made tears fill our hearts. They were so
full of love and appreciation that we could not
hold it to ourselves without giving them our
all. Frank said.
Prays and prisoners are
Later that week the delegates at the Como SMPOF
back in Perth during Kaye's session on Intercessory
Prayer, prayed for compassion regarding their
situation. Two days later all nine Catholic
Iraqis were granted Refugee Status and
unfortunate people and their families also received
This was indeed a fitting end to a Mission which
was all about Gods promise of life, hope and
freedom for everyone who will believe and accept it
from Him in faith.
the Son set you Free, You are Free
journey home also had its
We didn't hit any more
Kangaroos but we did blow a tyre and run out of petrol -
Follow the pics.
THE JOURNEY HOME IN
Mountains of salt pile up in the distance at Port
Highly debatable points of theology were discussed
at the BBQ on the last night.
celebrates his birthday with a surprise cake on the
last night. Team member Christopher Peake seems to
want to keep the flame burning though.
FMI Sound Engineer and driver, Frank Van scratches
his head in amazement. The stress from the heat and
the road stripped a tyre from the wheel of the
trailer in the middle of nowhere.
Mission Coordinator, Linda Furey demonstrates how
far nowhere is from somewhere: Somewhere is nowhere
to be seen.
thing that happened to me was meeting Flame
Ministries International. It's the best thing that
happened because they are great and all ages will
Ministries International's motto is "feeding the
poor in spirit". My friend Rosalinda C. and I have
become so close to Flame it's not funny! We keep in
contact by phone calls and writing
Winnie the Pooh's
letter from 12 year old Natalie Garvie,
who was nick-named "Winnie the Pooh" by
asked for Flame to come up, we asked for four. But
when they arrived, there were eighteen! They have
T-shirts saying their motto.
Linda played a
big part in my life and so did Patrick. Rosalinda
will be visiting Linda next week for four weeks. My
family will be visiting Linda in December.
Flame has completely
change my life around. They have opened up my soul
and brought God closer to me than ever.
I'll be joining flame when I'm older. One
reason is because I love God. another is because I
promised Linda and another is because I get to
(Flame call me 'Winnie the Pooh')
the sun set in the west, Flame were well
hours later we ran out of fuel many klm's
away from the nearest petrol
We had not
seen any traffic other than one Road Train
in over two hours. Amazingly, five minutes
after we grinded to a halt in a very black
nowhere, a car pulled up. The aboriginal
occupants turned round and drove Frank,
back in the direction they had just come
from to get some fuel. An hour later we
were on our way again and arrived home
tired but safe and sound.
The Day of
"The Spirit of the
Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to
bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to
proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight
to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to
proclaim a year (Jubilee) acceptable to the Lord."
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the
attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the
synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them,
this scripture passage is fulfilled in your
Archdiocese of Perth
Annual Flame Congress
21st to January 25th
John XXIII College. John
23rd Avenue, Mt. Claremont.
the Son sets you free,
You are free
Congress is about healing and
is about experiencing the Jubilee Promise for
ourselves in every area of our lives: Body, soul,
spirit and temporal. Jesus came that we might have
life and have that life more abundantly. At this
Congress you can come to know the freedom that only
God can give through His only begotten Son, Jesus
Christ, who is, The Great
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has
anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He
has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and
recovery of sight to the blind, to let the
oppressed go free and to proclaim a year of
Jubilee. After saying this Jesus sat down.
The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon
him. He said to them, Today this scripture
passage is fulfilled in your hearing.
What an amazing statement! The impact of these
words of Jesus on the hearers in the synagogue on
that Sabbath Day two thousand years ago in
Nazareth, echoes through the centuries to us today.
We too, can either accept or reject what he said,
but we cannot ignore it. It is either fulfilled, or
it is not! What we accept or reject regarding what
Jesus has said, will determine our quality of life
from this moment
the book, 12 Steps to Divine Healing by Eddie
Jan 21 FRIDAY EVENING 7.30pm.
is, The Jubilee.
Jan 22 SATURDAY
the Son Sets You Free, You are Free
Rev. Russell Sage.
Jan 23 SUNDAY
Great Jubilee and what is means for
His Grace, Archbishop Hickey.
Jan 24 MONDAY
the Moment: Revival in 2000 &
Freddy Gomez (YPM Singapore).
Jan 25 TUESDAY
Spirit of the Lord is Upon,
Frank Tassone FMI.
Daytime Workshops Saturday &
Session 1 @
Free in the Power of Prayer
- Kaye Rollings
Session 2 @ 11.30am:
Free from Emotional Baggage
- Steve Peake
Session 3 @ 2.15pm:
through the Messiah
Rev. Russell Sage.
Session 4 @ 4.30pm:
the Change, Break the
Frank Tassone FMI.
Session 5 @ 1.30pm.
the Race Towards the New
- Freddy Gomez (YPM Singapore).
Session 6 @ 3.45pm.
and the Divine
Eddie Russell FMI
Is the Key Speaker at this
Congress. He has preached the main message
at FMI Congresses with power and
inspiration for the past seven years. His
message at this Jubilee Congress will be
important for you in this Great Jubilee
our Special Guest Key Speaker. He is a
renowned preacher who has ministered
throughout, Asia, Europe & USA. Well
known for his successful School of
the Spirit he has brought spiritual
growth in Christ to people in several
countries. He has preached at these
Congresses many times including the first
one in 1990.
Is a Special Guest Speaker at this
Congress. He is theYouth Leader of YPM
Singapore doing his Masters in Theology
& Christian Ministry, Franciscan
University, Stubenville. He has a dynamic
approach to the Gospel message coming from
a deep understanding of the needs of young
people in these uncertain times.
Is an experienced Catholic
Evangelist, author and preacher who has
ministered in Australia, England &
Singapore. He is in full time ministry and
also the leader of St. Marys
Cathedral (CCR) Praise Meeting in Perth
and the Founding Senior Director of
Is an experienced Catholic
Evangelist, author and Youth Leader who
has preached in Malaysia, Singapore,
England & Australia. He is the Worship
Leader for the Flame Music Ministry,
Leader of the Flame Youth Ministry (FYM)
and a Senior Director of FMI.
Is a Catholic Evangelist, author
and full time Christian Counselor. He has
a vocation to assist healing in
relationships that are founded purely on
Christian values of family life and love.
Steve is also a Senior Director of
is the Moderator for the Flame
Intercessors Group. She is an experienced
Intercessor who has taught Flame
Intercessory Schools in England, Singapore
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