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COLOUR CONFERENCE / A MODERN DAY MOVEMENT
TWENTY-17 ENTERING A NEW ERA / SYDNEY. NEW YORK. PHOENIX. LOS ANGELES.
CAPE TOWN. LONDON. KIEV.
Be Found in the Field
THE HEAVENS PROCLAIM THE GLORY OF GOD. THE SKIES DISPLAY HIS CRAFTSMANSHIP. DAY AFTER DAY THEY CONTINUE TO SPEAK; NIGHT AFTER NIGHT THEY MAKE HIM KNOWN. THEY SPEAK WITHOUT A SOUND OR WORD; THEIR VOICE IS NEVER HEARD. YET THEIR MESSAGE HAS GONE THROUGHOUT THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO ALL THE WORLD. GOD HAS MADE A HOME IN THE HEAVENS FOR THE SUN. IT BURSTS FORTH LIKE A RADIANT BRIDEGROOM AFTER HIS WEDDING. IT REJOICES LIKE A GREAT ATHLETE EAGER TO RUN THE RACE. THE SUN RISES AT ONE END OF THE HEAVENS AND FOLLOWS ITS COURSE TO THE OTHER END. NOTHING CAN HIDE FROM ITS HEAT.”
- Psalm 19:1-6 (NLT)
THE HEAVENS PROCLAIM THE GLORY OF GOD. THE SKIES DISPLAY HIS CRAFTSMANSHIP. DAY AFTER DAY THEY CONTINUE TO SPEAK; NIGHT AFTER NIGHT THEY MAKE HIM KNOWN. THEY SPEAK WITHOUT A SOUND OR WORD; THEIR VOICE IS NEVER HEARD. YET THEIR MESSAGE HAS GONE THROUGHOUT THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO ALL THE WORLD. GOD HAS MADE A HOME IN THE HEAVENS FOR THE SUN. IT BURSTS FORTH LIKE A RADIANT BRIDEGROOM AFTER HIS WEDDING. IT REJOICES LIKE A GREAT ATHLETE EAGER TO RUN THE RACE. THE SUN RISES AT ONE END OF THE HEAVENS AND FOLLOWS ITS COURSE TO THE OTHER END. NOTHING CAN HIDE FROM ITS HEAT.” - Psalm 19:1-6 (NLT)
Be Found in the Field
WELCOME TO A NEW AND EXCITING COLOUR SEASON... AND WELCOME TO A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE WHEN IT COMES TO “THE INVITATION”.

This year a handful of our creative team asked to go to China to shoot photos for this year’s Colour Conference. We’re entering our twenty-first year of a women’s conference that is hosted in five countries across the world, and, as always, our only desire is to capture the heart of heaven for the women who gather each year. Innovative planning and the help of a gracious sponsor (thank you) made what was in their heart possible. As I drew aside in California to write a book called “Stay the Path”, they embarked on a little adventure to the Chinese province of Guangxi to chase the light and do all to find the message of Sisterhood within the fields of China - a message that resonates value and worth towards the feminine soul, a message that champions those whose hands and feet are committed to the pursuit of justice and the welfare of others, and a message that is not shy nor afraid of the romance and love of a Saviour King.

A PICTURE. PAINTS. A THOUSAND WORDS.
It’s been said that a picture paints a thousand words and I’m confident you probably agree. Have you ever witnessed a sunset and felt the silent pull of something greater than what is your normal everyday life? Have you ever found yourself in an open field, or felt lush green grass underfoot, and felt a sense of calm that reminds you that life perhaps isn’t supposed to be as hectic and crazy as we often make it. The psalmist David wrote often of the pull of eternity. In Psalm 19 he said that the heavens speak without words, yet their message has still gone out throughout the entire earth, testifying and bearing witness that there is more to life than what often meets the natural eye.

To this end my little team sought to capture in film and photography something of God’s eternal heart towards us, because whilst we are aware of our current “here and now” - we are also aware of a world beyond this that compels us onward. My prayer is that this visual invitation will stir your soul, open your spirit and excite you for what lies ahead in your own personal experience. The reality is that most of us are not about to run bare foot through the fields of China, but we are all on a journey through life and we all have plantings to be responsible for.

My prayer is that the images and scriptures chosen, and the narration of what my team experienced and felt, will resonate within and inspire you that God’s will and plans for you also are wide-open places of freedom and possibility. My prayer is that this little “essay in photography” will serve to seed hope into the lives of those yet to discover a God in heaven who truly believes in them.

BE FOUND. IN THE FIELD.
So in context of twenty-seventeen - the over-arching theme of placing value upon womanhood remains, but we are excited to focus our attention on the language of “being found in the field”.

The metaphor alone stirs imagination. On a more global front, I believe that as we gather as an expansive and diverse sisterhood, God will water what is within this collective force of “friendship and cause”. I believe vision and destiny will heighten in clarity, with the effect being felt in communities all across the world. I believe that ceilings of containment will lift again on a movement that is now several generations deep and that God will surprise us with the “exceeding, abundant and above” that He is famous for (Ephesians 3:20). I also believe that as we explore what it means to be a woman found in the various fields (or spheres) of life, and as we continue to keep our eyes upon the harvest field of a world in need, that something profound and lasting will happen.

My role as host is to cultivate and steward this environment, and my desire is to constantly encourage women to draw near to the One who never fails. My role is to “re-imagine” in faith the possibilities within this fabulous mandate entrusted so we can together rise up and make a felt difference in the world.

So on that note - I’m excited to tell you that fabulous friends and guest speakers are joining me in this year’s Colour experience.

IN SYDNEY AND LONDON - the amazing and lovely Lisa Harper is joining us for the first time, along with dear friend Sy Rogers. You are going to love Lisa. She is a seasoned bible teacher and (apparently) hilarious in the way she brings it all to life. I also have great respect for Sy and am confident that his endearing manner and unique anointing will bring freedom to many.

IN CAPE TOWN - we are pumped to have John Gray speaking. God is moving in an astounding way amongst the women of South Africa and I know John will be perfect for everyone there.

IN KIEV - I’ve invited Lucinda Dooley to speak into the lives of our Russian- speaking sisters. Lucinda is Lead Pastor with her husband Phil in South Africa and an exceptional leader. I know she will love and inspire the girls in a part of the world that has never ceased to captivate our hearts.

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES - we are pioneering new territory with the Colour experience compressed into an exciting “one day, power packed event” in three locations - New York City, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Our own Hillsong team will bring their unique leadership distinctive to the table, and I’m excited to host Colour in not only one city - but three.

As a teaching, worship and creative team we are committed to bringing the heart of God with integrity and beauty. I personally can’t wait to see what God has in store, but what is guaranteed is an atmosphere of worship that will peel back the layers. What I do know is that the Word of God will be rich and strong within those sharing, and as always we will give all to champion the mandate and mission of Sisterhood because the lost, hurting, broken and captive of this world are at the core of this gathering. And because it’s impossible for thousands of women to gather without madness, fun, friendship and lunacy... I know laughter and camaraderie will pervade everything.

So whether you are a faithful friend who has been coming for years (thank you) or you are completely new to the page - you are welcome!

The party is being planned with you and your friends in mind. So enjoy what this invitation offers - in essence a snapshot of my team, active in their own field of service and calling, capturing fields that speak of harvest and promise. Enter their adventure and allow God to speak to you.

These big beautiful pages (and the online experience) will arm you with all you need to know, including the stories of some remarkable everyday women who, like you and I, are being found in the story of God’s girls upon the earth.

LOVE YOU HEART AND SOUL.
SEE YOU SOON.
BOBBIE HOUSTON
"IMAGINE - IF ONE WOMAN CAN CHANGE HER WORLD, IMAGINE WHAT ONE COMPANY OF WOMEN CAN DO” - Bobbie Houston
THE CHINA TEAM

Jay - Global Communications Director, Hillsong
Noodle - Graphic Designer / Creative Director Colour & Sisterhood, Hillsong
River - Photographer
Seb - Video Editor, Hillsong

The girls...
Renae - Graphic Designer, Hillsong
Heather - Hillsong College Graduate
Purity - Hillsong College Graduate

Goal... to visually capture Bobbie’s heart regarding the journey and fields
"IMAGINE - IF ONE WOMAN CAN CHANGE HER WORLD, IMAGINE WHAT ONE COMPANY OF WOMEN CAN DO” - Bobbie Houston
THE CHINA TEAM

Jay - Global Communications Director, Hillsong
Noodle - Graphic Designer / Creative Director Colour & Sisterhood, Hillsong
River - Photographer
Seb - Video Editor, Hillsong

The girls...
Renae - Graphic Designer, Hillsong
Heather - Hillsong College Graduate
Purity - Hillsong College Graduate

Goal... to visually capture Bobbie’s heart regarding the journey and fields
the fields
are calling...

WED 21ST SEPT, 2016 - the text conversation

NOODLE: “It’s 4am here... me and Riv are getting up to catch a sunrise from the mountains. Soooo tired but I think it will be soooo worth it.”

BOBBIE: “Oh my, God bless you... what can I say... He will meet you in the dawn light... He loves those who labour and give all... the midnight lamp and the dawn lamp are precious. Go well my darlings xoxoxo”

RIVER - the fields

“We each had a part to play. We each felt an anointing to do what was suddenly in our hand... and we felt graced for it. We all worked together in a way that I haven’t ever experienced with a team before. I remember our first day in the rice fields. The girls were in white dresses and we had already captured some pretty amazing shots. I pulled them aside and said - “Ok, now I want you to think fight club. I want you to think about the children. The widows. The unrest. This isn’t just some pretty shoot in a pretty field. The field requires us to take action.” Bossy I know, but there was urgency in the air and I knew we all had more within us. Something came over Heather, who is now working (literally) in the field of human trafficking. She knew the weight of what we were asking and she delivered it - she went from pretty girl in a white dress to woman on a mission, getting her feet dirty for the fight we are all in for humanity.”

“IN SIMPLE HUMILITY, LET OUR GARDENER, GOD, LANDSCAPE YOU WITH THE WORD, MAKING A SALVATION-GARDEN OF YOUR LIFE.” - James 1:21 (The Message)
the fields
are calling...

WED 21ST SEPT, 2016 - the text conversation

NOODLE: “It’s 4am here... me and Riv are getting up to catch a sunrise from the mountains. Soooo tired but I think it will be soooo worth it.”

BOBBIE: “Oh my, God bless you... what can I say... He will meet you in the dawn light... He loves those who labour and give all... the midnight lamp and the dawn lamp are precious. Go well my darlings xoxoxo”

RIVER - the fields

“We each had a part to play. We each felt an anointing to do what was suddenly in our hand... and we felt graced for it. We all worked together in a way that I haven’t ever experienced with a team before. I remember our first day in the rice fields. The girls were in white dresses and we had already captured some pretty amazing shots. I pulled them aside and said - “Ok, now I want you to think fight club. I want you to think about the children. The widows. The unrest. This isn’t just some pretty shoot in a pretty field. The field requires us to take action.” Bossy I know, but there was urgency in the air and I knew we all had more within us. Something came over Heather, who is now working (literally) in the field of human trafficking. She knew the weight of what we were asking and she delivered it - she went from pretty girl in a white dress to woman on a mission, getting her feet dirty for the fight we are all in for humanity.”

“IN SIMPLE HUMILITY, LET OUR GARDENER, GOD, LANDSCAPE YOU WITH THE WORD, MAKING A SALVATION-GARDEN OF YOUR LIFE.” - James 1:21 (The Message)
Be Found in the Field
NOODLE - the scene
“In the madness of navigating my little family at home and this critical creative brief, I hadn’t had time to totally process the weight of what we were seeking to capture, but the second we arrived in the fields, I felt it. It was like we were on mission for God. My eyes flooded with tears as I beheld the (creative) scene that I felt God had given me weeks earlier with Bobbie. He had promised to peel back the layers on this trip... and I felt like I was looking at the very core of His promised beauty.”

RENAE - the honour
“I felt honoured to be in China representing the Colour Sisterhood again. I’ve been blessed to be on a number of these shoots. Heather and I were rooming together, so we had plenty of time for conversations into the night. She told me her story of finding God and salvation at our New York church, and her recent experience working with A21 in Thailand and on the borders of Cambodia. Our journey to the fields took three hours, and then another hour to hike up the mountain. The fields were everything we had dreamed them to be and they symbolised the “harvest fields of humanity” that Bobbie is always drawing our attention to. As we switched our focus from simply being girls in cute dresses, in picturesque fields... we felt the cause empower us... we felt like strong women, unshakable and ready to fight for what is right. We all dissolved into tears because the moment embodied everything that we were there for.”

PURITY - the tears
“For me, I felt we were a team with a stance of unity. We are all so different, but we had the same vision and heart as we headed into the project. I felt an overwhelming serenity as we worked to capture for others what we were experiencing collectively. I felt the Holy Spirit awaken my heart to the love, protection and truth He has for me personally, and my tears and silence on so many occasions was simply because of what I was feeling deep inside.”
NOODLE - the scene
“In the madness of navigating my little family at home and this critical creative brief, I hadn’t had time to totally process the weight of what we were seeking to capture, but the second we arrived in the fields, I felt it. It was like we were on mission for God. My eyes flooded with tears as I beheld the (creative) scene that I felt God had given me weeks earlier with Bobbie. He had promised to peel back the layers on this trip... and I felt like I was looking at the very core of His promised beauty.”

RENAE - the honour
“I felt honoured to be in China representing the Colour Sisterhood again. I’ve been blessed to be on a number of these shoots. Heather and I were rooming together, so we had plenty of time for conversations into the night. She told me her story of finding God and salvation at our New York church, and her recent experience working with A21 in Thailand and on the borders of Cambodia. Our journey to the fields took three hours, and then another hour to hike up the mountain. The fields were everything we had dreamed them to be and they symbolised the “harvest fields of humanity” that Bobbie is always drawing our attention to. As we switched our focus from simply being girls in cute dresses, in picturesque fields... we felt the cause empower us... we felt like strong women, unshakable and ready to fight for what is right. We all dissolved into tears because the moment embodied everything that we were there for.”

PURITY - the tears
“For me, I felt we were a team with a stance of unity. We are all so different, but we had the same vision and heart as we headed into the project. I felt an overwhelming serenity as we worked to capture for others what we were experiencing collectively. I felt the Holy Spirit awaken my heart to the love, protection and truth He has for me personally, and my tears and silence on so many occasions was simply because of what I was feeling deep inside.”

“HOW BEAUTIFUL ON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS, WHO PROCLAIM PEACE, WHO BRING GOOD TIDINGS, WHO PROCLAIM SALVATION, WHO SAY TO ZION, 'YOUR GOD REIGNS!'”
- Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

RIVER - the individuals
No words will fully express what it felt like to chat with one of the local girls we met on this trip. She was joy personified, with a smile that lit up everyone. She had a sense of identity and fight about her, yet also a soft and innocent spirit that left us in tears most days.

One night as we strolled through the city I asked her about her government’s “one child policy” that was in place when she was born and its impact on people. I asked her what happened if you fell pregnant accidentally with a second child. She said, “most women had surgery.” I asked what happened if the baby born is a girl - “a lot of women had surgery or sold them to the people in the mountains, so they will work on the farms.” I asked our little friend, “So, you’re a girl... why are you here? Why didn’t your parents give you away?” She replied - “Oh I am very lucky because my parents love me.” In tears she repeated, “I am very lucky, but other girls are not so lucky.”

So what about the girls who aren’t so lucky, do they ever try to run away? She said that because they’ve been sold, they don’t have ID, therefore the government doesn’t recognise them, making a future impossible for them, so basically they don’t exist.

I asked her could the trafficking situation ever change. Her reply was that the problem is too big and impossible. When we said our goodbyes on the last day, I held her tight and whispered in her ear... “I don’t believe things are impossible. Nothing is impossible.” She looked at me with tears and said “I hope so.”

“AND I WILL SOW HER FOR MYSELF ANEW IN THE LAND, AND I WILL HAVE LOVE, PITY, AND MERCY FOR HER WHO HAD NOT OBTAINED LOVE, PITY, AND MERCY; AND I WILL SAY TO THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, YOU ARE MY PEOPLE, AND THEY SHALL SAY, YOU ARE MY GOD!” - Hosea 2:23 (AMPC)
RIVER - the individuals
No words will fully express what it felt like to chat with one of the local girls we met on this trip. She was joy personified, with a smile that lit up everyone. She had a sense of identity and fight about her, yet also a soft and innocent spirit that left us in tears most days.

One night as we strolled through the city I asked her about her government’s “one child policy” that was in place when she was born and its impact on people. I asked her what happened if you fell pregnant accidentally with a second child. She said, “most women had surgery.” I asked what happened if the baby born is a girl - “a lot of women had surgery or sold them to the people in the mountains, so they will work on the farms.” I asked our little friend, “So, you’re a girl... why are you here? Why didn’t your parents give you away?” She replied - “Oh I am very lucky because my parents love me.” In tears she repeated, “I am very lucky, but other girls are not so lucky.”

So what about the girls who aren’t so lucky, do they ever try to run away? She said that because they’ve been sold, they don’t have ID, therefore the government doesn’t recognise them, making a future impossible for them, so basically they don’t exist.

I asked her could the trafficking situation ever change. Her reply was that the problem is too big and impossible. When we said our goodbyes on the last day, I held her tight and whispered in her ear... “I don’t believe things are impossible. Nothing is impossible.” She looked at me with tears and said “I hope so.”

“AND I WILL SOW HER FOR MYSELF ANEW IN THE LAND, AND I WILL HAVE LOVE, PITY, AND MERCY FOR HER WHO HAD NOT OBTAINED LOVE, PITY, AND MERCY; AND I WILL SAY TO THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, YOU ARE MY PEOPLE, AND THEY SHALL SAY, YOU ARE MY GOD!” - Hosea 2:23 (AMPC)
Be Found in the Field
horizons, harvest
and light...


JAY - skylines, typhoons and drenched to the bone
“As a creative director within our church, every time we seek to capture a moment in order to tell the story for others, it feels like a fight and chaotic race. In those moments nothing else matters except to chase the light and the moment within the ‘light’.

For these images, we found ourselves on a city rooftop, with a typhoon bearing down. Fierce rain and wind made the whole shoot almost impossible. At one point the wind whipped the plastic sheet I was trying to hold over River’s camera blew away and completely engulfed Noodle. She looked hilarious. As the storm sought to blur our vision of the city and compromise the horizon that we were desperate to capture... the lights of the city pushed its way through. Amid the madness of it all, I felt God’s Spirit remind me that the harvest is truly vast. Endless skyscrapers to the edge of the visible horizon spoke to me of the multitudes around the world who need to hear the good news of God’s great love. It’s large and vast but it’s not up to the one or two - it’s up to all of us.”





horizons, harvest
and light...


JAY - skylines, typhoons and drenched to the bone
“As a creative director within our church, every time we seek to capture a moment in order to tell the story for others, it feels like a fight and chaotic race. In those moments nothing else matters except to chase the light and the moment within the ‘light’.

For these images, we found ourselves on a city rooftop, with a typhoon bearing down. Fierce rain and wind made the whole shoot almost impossible. At one point the wind whipped the plastic sheet I was trying to hold over River’s camera blew away and completely engulfed Noodle. She looked hilarious. As the storm sought to blur our vision of the city and compromise the horizon that we were desperate to capture... the lights of the city pushed its way through. Amid the madness of it all, I felt God’s Spirit remind me that the harvest is truly vast. Endless skyscrapers to the edge of the visible horizon spoke to me of the multitudes around the world who need to hear the good news of God’s great love. It’s large and vast but it’s not up to the one or two - it’s up to all of us.”
“...THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW. ASK THE LORD OF THE HARVEST, THEREFORE, TO SEND OUT WORKERS INTO HIS HARVEST FIELD.” - Luke 10:2 (NIV)
NOODLE - the streets
“We were running late to meet our guide and catch our transport to the next location. I stopped for a moment and looked around... the hustle and bustle of busy streets. Renae was wearing this bright yellow dress and in this landscape it suddenly spoke of life, colour and beauty. We captured it and it’s possibly now one of my favourite shots of the trip.”
NOODLE - the streets
“We were running late to meet our guide and catch our transport to the next location. I stopped for a moment and looked around... the hustle and bustle of busy streets. Renae was wearing this bright yellow dress and in this landscape it suddenly spoke of life, colour and beauty. We captured it and it’s possibly now one of my favourite shots of the trip.”
can you hear
the whisper...

RIVER - the whispers
“It was our last day in the fields and our little guide led us to a new area. We were hoping to get a shot of one of the girls in a field of crops, similar to something Bobbie had seen in Uganda on one of her trips there and in line with what was in her heart. We hadn’t found the location, nor the shot... but then moments before we had to get on the bus, we saw it. We had 5 minutes! My head was frantically saying - “just get the shot you don’t have long!” And then again, we felt God’s presence overshadow the moment. Purity was wandering in and through the corn, touching it gently, with the soft breeze capturing the ripening crops. It was almost like you could hear Jesus whispering... “Come away with Me and I will give you rest. Meet Me here in the fields in the late evening as the sun goes down and I will speak wonders to you. I will fill your soul with peace. My burden is light.”

“OH, VISIT THE EARTH, ASK HER TO JOIN THE DANCE! DECK HER OUT IN SPRING SHOWERS, FILL THE GOD-RIVER WITH LIVING WATER. PAINT THE WHEAT FIELDS GOLDEN. CREATION WAS MADE FOR THIS! DRENCH THE PLOWED FIELDS...”
- Psalm 65:9-10 (The Message)
can you hear
the whisper...

RIVER - the whispers
“It was our last day in the fields and our little guide led us to a new area. We were hoping to get a shot of one of the girls in a field of crops, similar to something Bobbie had seen in Uganda on one of her trips there and in line with what was in her heart. We hadn’t found the location, nor the shot... but then moments before we had to get on the bus, we saw it. We had 5 minutes! My head was frantically saying - “just get the shot you don’t have long!” And then again, we felt God’s presence overshadow the moment. Purity was wandering in and through the corn, touching it gently, with the soft breeze capturing the ripening crops. It was almost like you could hear Jesus whispering... “Come away with Me and I will give you rest. Meet Me here in the fields in the late evening as the sun goes down and I will speak wonders to you. I will fill your soul with peace. My burden is light.”

“OH, VISIT THE EARTH, ASK HER TO JOIN THE DANCE! DECK HER OUT IN SPRING SHOWERS, FILL THE GOD-RIVER WITH LIVING WATER. PAINT THE WHEAT FIELDS GOLDEN. CREATION WAS MADE FOR THIS! DRENCH THE PLOWED FIELDS...”
- Psalm 65:9-10 (The Message)
SOIL. PLANTING. CONVICTIONS.

The Colour Sisterhood is made up of thousands of women and girls. All would agree that they’re on a journey of discovery when it comes to all that life entails, yet, in the midst of that journey, they’re doing their best to be found, not only in Christ, but in the soil of their calling, planting and convictions. We took a moment to ask a few girls about themselves and the things that are important to them. The twenty-seventeen language of being “found in the field” is multi-faceted. All these women want to be found alongside a God who has a passion for the harvest fields of humanity, but they’re also everyday women with families, jobs and spheres of influence to tap into. Enjoy a tiny snapshot into the world of some of your sisters, and find inspiration in their gems of wisdom and perspective.

river

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tolu

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eloise

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jihea

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