From the beginning Australia has always been, and continues to be, a major sending/supporting base, however the interpreted service at the Monash City Church of Christ, Australia continues to be part of the ministry of Deaf Ministries International. Fellowship and worship services are held at the Monash City Church of Christ in Montclair Ave, Glen Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne.
Australia is host to the International Office of DMI. In 2008 we were provided with an excellent office space in Pakenham, an outer suburb of Melbourne. You will find us in Treloar Lane (the service road, which runs off John Street) adjacent to the Pakenham Market Place. Our office is behind Maloney’s Pizza at the end of an 8-space private car park.
Brenda Clearwater, a native New Zealander, is the Australian Office Manager; she is an integral part of DMI and serves a vital role in both the home base and internationally. Amy Jack is the Administrative Assistant, working one day a week.
Jenny Reid is our sponsorship coordinator. Serving as a volunteer, she contributes the better part of each week liaising with Australian and international donors and teachers/workers in the overseas fields. In October 2007 DMI’s sponsorship program formed a partnership with, and became known as, the Deaf Action Fund. You can read more about those registered projects (tax deductible in Australia) here Deaf ACTION The sponsorship team includes Susan Shannon and Jeanette Lee, both volunteering their time to assist Jenny.
Lill Muir occasionally works in the office and is responsible for Norwegian affairs as well as serving the Australian and international scene.
Rod Chapman sits on the Australian Board as Chairman and on the International Board as Director of International Pastoral Care.
As the administrative responsibilities of DMI and Deaf Action increased and auditing became a requirement, it became necessary to appoint a Finance Manager. Matt Farmilo took on the casual role of Bookkeeper in 2009, but committed to the Finance Manager appointment in late 2011.
DMI Office Staff Australia
Back row from left: Neville Muir, Matt Farmilo, Rod Chapman, Susan Shannon
Front row from left: Brenda Clearwater, Jenny Reid, Amy Jack, Jeanette Lee
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