by David Asscherick  |  June 4, 2014

Yeehaw! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen!

Yes, I know I’m geographically Down Under, but, wow, am I flying high right now! It’s the Monday after the final weekend of the ARISE Australia program, and I’m sitting back to soak it all in, and, hopefully, to write down something about it.

Where to start? My mind is spinning with joyful thoughts. Here are some of the mountain tops.

First, and most obviously, my family and I moved to Kingscliff, Australia on March 4th, just over two months ago. We’re here to help run the ARISE Australia program and to pastor the Kingscliff Seventh-day Adventist Church. This represents a fairly significant change of scenery for my family and me, as I’ll be traveling much less than I have been the last several years. I’ll still be traveling some, especially to events like the Light Bearers Convocation and ARISE, but on the whole we’ll be putting our roots down for the next several years while our little boys turn into, gasp, teenagers. (Seriously, you blink and your kids are teenagers!)

Honestly, I’m so excited to be a full-time pastor again that I can barely contain myself. I’m all about depth, and not just breadth, for the next several years. Discipleship is my watchword right now, and I just can’t stop thinking about it. The church is ready (and a little scared). I’m ready (and little scared). Let’s go with God!

Twelve decisions for Jesus on the graduation day of the twelfth class from ARISE’s twelfth year!

Second, we landed right in the middle of the second ever ARISE Australia program, and what a class it was! Energetic, enthusiastic, engaged, and even a little crazy––that pretty much sums up the 2014 class. I basically landed after 36 hours of travel and walked straight into the classroom to teach on the covenants. I then taught for three weeks straight, with barely time to catch my breath. Ty and Jeffrey had already been here, and the class was clearly loving it and soaking it all in. James arrived about a month later to put the final stamp on things, and send the students out in the name of Jesus.

As part of the ARISE program, we always conduct full evangelistic presentations of Christ-centered messages to the public. This year meetings were presented by our outreach coordinator, Ashley Smith. It was his fourth meeting ever, and he did a fantastic job. Just a young man of 23 years, Ashley is without a doubt a committed and Spirit-filled preacher. And here’s where things get very cool.

Twelve people made decisions to follow Jesus into the waters of baptism (one by profession of faith) as a result of these meetings and the ARISE program. (Actually, there were many more decisions, but twelve were ready by the ARISE Graduation, Sabbath, May 10.) And guess how many years ago ARISE was founded? Twelve! From 2003 (back in Michigan) to 2014. You can use your fingers to count if you need to: that’s twelve years. But there’s more, guess how many classes had graduated before this one? Eleven. That makes the 2014 ARISE Australia class the twelfth ever ARISE class!

Twelve decisions for Jesus on the graduation day of the twelfth class from ARISE’s twelfth year!

David Asscherick Speaker
Light Bearers
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  • Ron Barber

    Hello David, I am pumped also, I was a member of the class of 2006 in Novi, the Oldest member of that class. I am so excited to see that the program is still going.
    A special note for David, I am serving in the Port Charlotte, Florida Church. I found out there is a member of the same class living here too. Joseph Parks. He is married and has 3 children. Could use some advice on dialoging with him, you will understand, he is a little evasive. If you need to contact me feel free to do so. 616-706-5323. I so want to help him. Maybe it is his move?

  • claudinec

    Happy Twelve ARISE. God realy blessed you. It feels like yesterday when you where in South Africa and you told us that you are going to start ARISE. God bless you in your new Church, and your fam. Greet you in Christ Name Claudine

  • Julie Mann

    You can stay in Australia for a while but remember where your home country is 🙂

  • Amen and Amen

  • Roxie Medlock

    You are missed.

  • Dale Jones

    Great to hear Astro boy!! And great to have you here in Oz!! Surfs up!! 😉

  • Per Jensen

    Hope to hear you on Hope and 3ABN and AFTV once in awhile.

  • Maka Shavlakadze

    Dear David! It’s amazing how YHWH our Lord is using you, Light Bearers to show His unspeakable love to the world! The more I listen to your sermons, the more I see how unworthy I am ,and still, He loves me so much.
    Your sermons are part of my everyday life now. And I’m trying to share them with my Georgian Adventist brothers and sisters as I care of my countrymen dearly.
    I am so thankful to my Savior for you. Let the whole world be enlightened by His truth through you. He’s coming very soon. Maranatha!

  • Carolyn McClellan

    Praise God! I am so happy to hear your testimony! I have to tell you we miss your Sabbath School lesson commentary! Very excited about what God is doing through you, Ty, James, and others!

  • Glenda Mock

    You GO Pastor David and know that this Yooper continues to pray for you…wherever you are.

  • Margee Llewellyn

    Pastor David, Is there a way we can stream or listen to audio of your church services there in Kingscliff? You will be missed here in the Northwest, USA! God Bless!

  • Parker n Oregon

    Glad 4 u and the precious souls. May the God of heaven continue to bless your efforts to bring honor and glory to His name. Keep your “kingdom focus.”

  • Judith Nelson

    Will there be videos of the ARISE presentations? Thanks!