When visiting the Whitsundays Basil Sellers Laguna Quays Respite mission cottage, Delma Tronson has hosted the Midge Point art-group ladies for a high tea at the Point Tavern.
This has become a feature of the annual calendar and it is one of the most enjoyable events for the art ladies of the year.
Since the Laguna Quays Respite was established in 2011, a number of community developments have been introduced by Delma and myself as part of our ministry links into the local community of Midge Point and Bloomsbury.
In 2012 the local hard copy stapled A4 sheet newspaper closed due to ongoing costs, without any replacement. I asked young writer IT whiz Josh Hinds whether he would put an online weekly news together and this we handed to the lady who had been doing the hard copy.
The Midge Point – Bloomsbury – News and Mews – ran for several years and in 2013 we established the Basil Sellers Art Prize which ran for 6 years.
In 2014 an annual business luncheon was likewise developed and this year we had the Proserpine ANZ manager speak to the small business community.
Then Delma initiated the High Tea. This was developed as an expression of thanks to the art ladies who have made her welcome and incorporated her into all their activities as an esteemed and honoured guest.
Air brushing exhibition
The arts community has visited artists homes – one was to Kevin Garner and his air brushing demonstration at his art workshop.
Kevin Garner exhibited the technique with a small air gun with the artist's finger pressure determining the paint shoot and the extent of the distance from the canvas creates the images.
It was a fascinating presentation with many having a trial shoot (as it were). Merle Garner provided a lovely morning tea for everyone.
Country Town Tour – Men's Breakfast
Country Town Tours are a special feature of Well-Being Australia - a 30 year ministry to regional and rural Australia.
When I speak at these men’s breakfasts - my evangelistic push is speaking of my 17 years as the Australian cricket team chaplain followed by Life After Cricket.
In addition, to illustrate 2 Chronicles chapter 6 verse 7 from Solomon's prayer of dedicating the temple, he reported David his father was not permitted to build the temple, 'but' because it was in his heart do so, it was well with him, blessing were his.
It was noted, in our lives there are times where it was in our heart to be engaged in a particular ministry – whether that was at home or overseas mission – but the circumstances were such it logistically could not happen. Nevertheless because it was in our heart to do so, the blessing is ours.
To highlight this I bought along my paints and created an art work illustrating this biblical announcement.
Midge Point – Bloomsbury is a rural area south of Proserpine whose boundaries are the Bruce Highway - and to the east, the Whitsundays Repulse Bay.
There are many such rural ministries necessarily involving the community is a variety of ways from the SES, Rural Fire, Sports, Fishing and Pony Clubs, Arts and Crafts, School P&C's, physical exercise classes, charities and a whole host more.
Christians are involved in all these bringing the 'salt of faith in Jesus Christ' into the community. This is Gospel 101.
Dr Mark Tronson - a 4 min video
Chairman – Well-Being Australia
Baptist Minister 45 years
- 1984 - Australian cricket team chaplain 17 years (Ret)
- 2001 - Life After Cricket (18 years Ret)
- 2009 - Olympic Ministry Medal – presented by Carl Lewis
- 2019 - The Gutenberg - (ARPA Christian Media premier award)
Gutenberg video - 2min 14sec
Married to Delma for 45 years with 4 children and 6 grand children