We are so pleased to welcome Nicole Starling to the KCC platform at Katoomba Easter Convention this year. Nicole will be joining us as a special guest to share a biography on the Kindness of God in the life of Elizabeth Saunders. s.
1. What takes up your time during the week?
I’m a mum to four school-aged kids, so that still takes up a fair bit of my time. I’m also a PhD student at Macquarie University, where I’m researching the history of the early temperance movement in Australia, and I help teach Christian history at Morling College part-time. As a family we are a part of Chatswood Baptist Church.
2. How did you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?
I became a Christian as a six year old through the ministry of a Scripture teacher at my local school in Bathurst. I loved hearing about Jesus and was amazed when she told the class we could “ask him into our hearts." I did this and went home and told my parents, who were a little worried since they weren’t Christians at the time. They had, however, already started to send me to Sunday school, and had a number of Christian friends who were praying for them and seeking in various ways to share the gospel with them.
To begin with, they just dropped me off at Sunday school each week and didn’t stay for church, but one day when they were invited to a special anniversary service, they came along and my dad decided to become a Christian that day. My mum was encouraged to read through the gospel of John and became a Christian soon after. After that I was raised by Christian parents who encouraged me in my faith and helped me to work out what it meant to follow Jesus in every season.
3. The theme for KEC 2020 is "The kindness of God: The action that changes a destiny". How have you seen the Kindness of God in your own life?
I’m very thankful for the way God intervened and used so many Christians along the way to save my whole family. I’m also thankful for the way in which he has been at work, through his word and his Spirit and the actions of countless people within and beyond the churches we’ve been part of, to keep us all on the path of following Christ through all the ups and downs of the last three and a half decades.
4. What can we expect from your biographical sharing at KEC this year?
One of the things I love about history is the way in which it helps us see the way that faith in God gets worked out in the lives of real, fallible, frail, relatable people. Elizabeth Saunders was an amazing woman in many respects, and there are all kinds of ways in which she and her husband demonstrated the kindness of God in their actions toward others. However, they were also frail, imperfect and vulnerable people themselves who were dependent on God’s kindness in their own lives. In both of those ways, I hope her life will be a source of wisdom and encouragement for all of us.
Join us at Easter Convention 2020