Thank you for your support – A friendly reminder from ABWE

We want to thank all of our supporters and pray that you have a wonderful new year.

Just a friendly reminder from ABWE, we want to ensure you get the tax benefits for 2015.

Please make sure that all 2015 provisionals and checks from donors have been sent to Donor Services no later than January 6, 2016, so the donors can still get the tax deduction in 2015. If you have any questions please feel free to contact donor help at either 800-901-2293 or

Thank you for all you do for our family. Please keep praying for the ministries in Australia!

Happy New Year…

Russ, Cathy, Becca, Hope, Joshua and Caroline


Resources for 2016 ministries – Great resources and great Gospel partners – Please pray for them

We wanted to repost these details for our supporters. Over the past we have had the privilege to work alongside some amazing organisations. Through Facebook, our website and conversations we have mentioned various ministry connections.

We get requests for the names, websites and contact details for these people or groups. We thought we would do a simple list of the organisations we work with regularly. Check out their websites and contact us with any questions.

Our ministry partners

ABWE - The church planting mission agency that we work with in Australia and throughout the world.

City Bible Forum - Russ oversees evangelistic events and Reel Dialogue at City Bible Forum which is reaching city workers with the Gospel. Check out our latest promotional video 

Rouse Hill Bible Church - Pastor Ben Kwok and our church family in Rouse Hill, NSW Australia

Bible Study Fellowship - Cathy is a childrens leader with Bible Study Fellowship

SRE – Scripture Reading - Cathy teaches scripture in the public schools

Geneva Push - An amazing Australian initiative for effective church planting

Russelling Reviews - Russ’ blog of recent reviews with a Gospel challenge

Reel Dialogue - Partnership with reviewer and editor Adrian Drayton with Gospel conversations through film

The Big Picture - Podcast and radio ministry work from cultural commentators Ben McEachen and Mark Hadley

Sow and Harvest - ABWE Australia’s publishing

Vinegrowers – Col Marshall’s ministry that  helps build churches around biblical discipleship: sacrificing, serving, speaking.

Throughout 2016, we will highlight some of these great ministry opportunities.

Thank you for your prayers and support,

Russ, Cathy, Becca, Hope, Joshua and Caroline



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Matthews Down Under

City Bible Forum’s Reel Dialogue support


City Bible Forum’s Reel Dialogue is a creative dialogue between the Christian faith and entertainment culture, with people discovering how common ground can be forged with story tellers, image shapers, and culture makers.

In essence, Reel Dialogue facilitates engagement with films without disengaging people’s faith — discussion, engagement and interaction with one another help to bridge the gap between faith and culture.

The events in 2014 & 2015 have been well-received and we have requests for similar events in 2016. The feedback from the audience has been one of appreciation on how easy it is to invite their non-Christian co-workers to these events.

What we hope to develop a series of film-related events that would be an easy for Christians to invite work colleagues and friends. Also, allowing the crowd to engage directly with the panellists who would introduce some of life’s bigger questions.

We have had things worked out with this plan: 

• Five to six events in 2016

• Minimum attendance of 50

• 50% of crowd being guests


1. Partner with local film distributors to cross promote these events

2. Partner with local film distributors to get the right films for dialogue

3. Train previous attendees on how to utilise these events for evangelistic purposes

Results: We have been able to secure three films for 2016 through the local distributors and we are looking to show the films in The Screening Room at The State Theatre. The cost is $1000/screening.

The reason for posting this update  is to ask if you would consider sponsoring these events in 2016. Your help with these events would allow for us to keep them at a low cost and accessible for more city workers. We would merely ask for your support of the events. Similar to previous events, we would do the work of coordinating the times, films and marketing. We were hoping to raise $5000 for the cost of the theatre.

Link for support: Reel Dialogue  - On the giving page enter the account number 0132363-001 (Matthews/Australia)

Thank you for your consideration for support of these events. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this request.

This is just one of the various ministry opportunities in Australia in 2016. Please pray for the evangelistic opportunities at our church and in the city with City Bible Forum.


Russ & Cathy Matthews

Reviews by Russell Matthews

Russell loves film. He enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest instalments at the cinema and then connecting this with the Gospel.

He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years and is a reviewer for Insights Magazine, Entertainment Fuse and his own blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events called Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.