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From March 2014, Travis and Pixi Johnson will be devoting their time to launch the new organisation “AccessTheStory”.

“We’ve seen the life-transformation that God’s story brings, and are convinced that now is the time to focus on engaging a generation in discipleship and bible engagement through the lens of story.”

A recent study commissioned by the Bible Society of Australia reveals that 70% of Australian young people never read the Bible.  In publishing that study, the Bible Society highlighted “IMMERSE” as one of the effective programs to engage the emerging generation in the Bible Story.  IMMERSE is the project that Travis has been working on for the last five years, and it has been so successful that he, with Pixi, has chosen to follow God’s call to further equip people with the principles and practice discovered through the IMMERSE project.

“We are sad to leave Youth Ministries Australia (the youth arm of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia) as we birth “AccessTheStory” but we’re thankful for the good grounding they have given us to further the kind of work we’ve seen happen through IMMERSE.  We hope that our connection with YMA, and partnerships with other people and groups will serve to ‘raise up a story-formed generation who will be released into communities of faith for the mission of God.’”

You can read more of Travis and Pixi’s journey to this point on Trav’s blog.

WHO WE ARE …

AccessTheStory Incorporated is an Australian-based Christian not-for-profit existing as a catalyst for change in how a generation engages with the Bible.

We are grateful for the privilege of working through relational networks across most Christian denominations and with a variety of independent schools.   We are also proud to hold affiliate membership with Baptist Churches of South Australia.

AccessTheStory is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

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OUR CULTURE:

WE ARE STORY-FORMED – “We believe the whole story of God brings clarity to who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him.”

WE ARE DISCOVERY-BASED – “We believe that a discovery-based approach to the Bible provides the best opportunity for people to engage with God.”

WE ARE COMMUNITY-HEARTED – “We believe that a group of people who gather around God’s story can become a community that reflects the heart of God.”

WE ARE MISSION-FOCUSED – “We believe that mission involves any activity in word or deed that reveals the heart of God to people.”

OUR AMBITION:

… to engage Christian communities in the story of God so that they experience the reality of God, and their understanding and proclamation of the gospel is changed.

OUR CONSEQUENCE:

… we see a generation of Christian communities ENGAGED in God’s story; EQUIPPED through God’s story; and RELEASED into the world LIVING OUT God’s story.

 

OUR DNA:

… You can read our DNA here, or experience it here.

 

The fact remains, no matter what the tone of how Jesus spoke with his trainees when it was revealed they could not deliver the boy, Jesus was not overwhelmed with the evil.

He could see deliverance on the other side of the oppression. The disciples thought they could see it, but no. The father wished he could see it. The boy was perhaps over the notion of hope.

But Jesus was unperturbed by the hold of evil over a life. He knew it ultimately held no authority.

Luke 9:37-45

He looked down at his shackle-scarred hands as the water lapped around his knees. The boat sailed toward the horizon.

In the midst of the quiet sounds of the ocean and the wind blowing through the caverns of the coastline, the man found his inner silence deafening.

All the voices had left him – he could not recall a time like this. His mind was clear, and his heart longed for companionship.

The words of Jesus remained with him.

He stood up.

He turned.

He made his way home.

Luke 8:26-39INNER

Jasmine is a senior high student doing “Vetamorphus” at a local school in Adelaide. After attending a Veta retreat where AccessTheStory ran a story experience, she was asked to give a report in her school newsletter. Here is some of what she said in response to the cross experience:

“… I had the revelation that because of my sin, I had literally been one to take part in putting Him on the cross. In that moment I felt disgusted by all of my sins, and I felt devastatingly sorry to God for everything I had done in my life to put His son on that cross.

“But as I realised the love Jesus had for me was so much bigger than any of my sins, I was put at ease as I let Jesus take my sin away. Letting go of the sins I had held with me for years was an incredible, indescribable feeling”

Jasmine’s story is one of many. Jasmine’s story is one of many that fuels the passion for AccessTheStory.