Once a year in the September school holidays, children are taught to encourage, and to be, God’s special missionaries. Children and their parents come from all over Victoria to Wycliffe Bible Translators at Kangaroo Ground for the free activity day put on by PWMU–Dayspring Day! The day is packed with activities, prizes, and Christian fellowship. This year was the eleventh Dayspring Day.
Many children and parents dressed up as royals, as the theme of the day was ‘On His Majesty’s Service’, inspired by the title of Helen Roseveare’s biography. While we were not able to have Helen Roseveare in attendance, we were able to have Rosemary Zurrer–a missionary of the past herself–ably act the part of this former missionary to the Congo. Many thanks to Rosemary Zurrer for her great work! We also watched Helen Roseveare on YouTube telling part of her inspiring story.
Grace Middleton played Birthday Betty, encouraging children to remember missionaries’ birthdays in a number of ways–maybe by sending them a card. The king for the day was played by Ben Nelson, and Alycia Hood was a princess. We even had a jester, played by Camden Hood! Thanks to Mavis Price, our resident missionary, who gave out prizes and judged events and costumes throughout the day. Thanks also to Douglas and Jeanette Bennett, who were able to put in an appearance.
In line with our Royalty theme, we had children practice jousting with the sword of the spirit–which is, of course, the Bible. Children tried to find verses in the Bible as quickly as they could! Other activities included decorating crowns, decorating crown shaped biscuits, and playing games. One particularly missionary-focused game involved younger children matching up missionaries’ photos to their portraits on the APWM Victoria poster, while the older children matched the photos to the correct continent.
Medals are awarded to children every year, firstly for reading the Bible, and secondly for being a ‘rope-holder’. More children than ever earned the Bible award, whether by reading or by listening to Bible CDs throughout the year. The youngest achiever was only six! To achieve the ‘rope-holder’ medal, children ticked off a variety of tasks throughout the year, such as collecting stamps to raise funds for missionaries, praying for missionaries, sending cards to missionaries, and witnessing to their friends.
This year was the first year we have had a bookstall, and it was a great success. We raised enough money to earn a discount at Koorong, which will be donated to the missionaries. Thanks to Stephanie Daffy for taking care of the bookstall.
Other highlights of the day included watching a short PowerPoint presentation from Warwick and Natalie in Africa.
You might not be able to afford a Melbourne Show bag every September holidays, but you can afford a free Dayspring Day show bag! All children took home one of these which included lollies, a Bible reading chart, and a mini version of our missionary cards. Each family was also provided with a free set of full-sized missionary cards, which have many facts about our missionaries. These cards help families to get to know their missionaries, and enable them to better pray for and support them. If you would like a pack of these missionary cards, you can get them from the PWMU office. (, or 9877 1678)
If you haven’t yet attended Dayspring Day and would like to come along, please do! You can put it in your diary right now, as it is the first Wednesday of the September school holidays. It is aimed at primary school children, but all are welcome!
We thank God for the good weather we had on the day–the sunshine meant we were able to enjoy a treasure hunt. We would also like to thank all those who made an effort to come on the day, as well as those who were involved in making the day happen. Thanks particularly to Shona Archer for all the effort she put into running Dayspring Day and Cassie Hood for her behind the scenes work. Also thanks to Jacob Daffy, our photographer, who took many beautiful pictures.