Indigenous Outreach Report- January 2017

As we begin a new year we wish to thank the Lord and all those people who contributed in 2016 towards the DPM-Indigenous Outreach projects contained in this report. Because of increased outreach activities in 2016, Graeme and Veronica Hunter’s vehicle experienced several breakdowns due to the age of the vehicle and road conditions. We would like to help them buy a good, reliable second hand 4-wheel drive vehicle in preparation for their trips in 2017. Please consider sending a gift by clicking on the donate button below.

Alex Genovese
DPM-Australia Director

 

Brewarrina Outreach - Report by Graeme and Veronica Hunter

In April 2016 we travelled to Brewarrina and Walgett for our outreach during Easter.

On the Saturday we had the opportunity to share during a meeting at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. We were able to bless some of the inmates of the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre and present them with copies of Derek’s books on Fatherhood, Transformed for Life and God’s Remedy for Rejection.

Easter Sunday we held a Resurrection Sunday meeting in the Park and many were helped as Graeme spoke on the subject of what Jesus had done for them on the cross from Derek’s book The Divine Exchange. Many sat in their cars, or on the other side of the road, to listen (sometimes they don’t want to get too close).

 

Walgett Outreach

At Walgett we were joined by a team from our Church (New Vine Baptist Newcastle).

We did street outreach on the Friday, including knocking on doors and praying with those who requested prayer, and were encouraged at the response. On the Saturday we held an open day for the children, and some 45 to 50 turned up for the various activities. They were so hungry to hear more about Jesus.

Many of them come from broken families, some being cared for by grandparents. These kids are the future of the town and soaked up everything we taught them. We had a Barbeque lunch for them, which was a great hit.

On Sunday morning, much to our surprise, they all came running to Church to hear more.

We heard testimonies of those who were healed on our previous visit to the town, including a lady who was healed of Diabetes. A lady on our team facing a Hernia operation was also completely healed.

 

Alice Spring Report

In May we attended the Will Graham Revival meetings in Alice Spring from the 20th to the 22nd. The meeting went really well with around 5000 attending. Some 900, mostly Aboriginals, made a commitment to follow Jesus. Steve Grace and his band provided the praise and worship as well as some of the local Church groups, along with Robyn Green, an Aboriginal Gospel singer.

Veronica and I then took the opportunity to visit 2 remote communities, having been invited by some of the locals who attended the revival meetings.

Ali Curing is some 280 kilometres north of Alice and has an extremely violent history. The Christian community is under very tight religious control by outside white organisations, however the locals were really interested in Derek’s books etc. and were exited to receive them. They did not permit us to take photos of them for fear of, among other things, reprisals. We were able to encourage them in the Lord.

We then traversed the desert to visit Yuendumu which is 230 kilometres west of Alice. The situation in this community was a bit more relaxed and we were welcomed at an open air meeting complete with a leg of lamb for dinner and a country and western praise night. The locals were more open to having photos taken, and were thankful for the books and proclamation cards we gave them. Both of these communities are hungry for deeper teaching as the only outside Christian visitors they see are Evangelists.

Pictured is Sherry Lower who is leader of a small Aboriginal Fellowship in Alice Springs who was extremely grateful for the books and proclamation cards we gave her.

We also made contact with a couple at Tea Tree on the Stuart Highway north of Alice, who run a shop there and have built their own Church, which is the only Church in the town. We also gave them some of Derek’s books.

We also gave books to another Alice Springs Aboriginal Church we attended at their Sunday night service, called ‘Desert Life Church’.

 

Report by Pastors Bill & Corrie Page

June 16 Outreach to Thursday Island and Bamaga

The Outreach to Thursday Island and Bamaga was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to minister to the people there by supplying the wonderful Derek Prince books. They were very enthusiastically received.

In remote areas like these, there are not many Christian Resources available for the people, and so the people were very thankful for the books. On Thursday Island from June 16-19 at an oval in the centre of town, DPM resources were displayed in a marquee and drew lots of attention from the attendees.

At Bamaga, on the tip of the Cape York Peninsula from June 23-26 at a very large Community Centre, the DPM resources were displayed on tables at the rear of the Hall.

Between the Outreaches in the two areas, hundreds of people came to Christ, and the Churches were strengthened as we ministered to them, taking Sunday Services and Leadership Training.

We were especially careful to make sure that the Pastors and leaders of the Churches who supported the Crusades were able to receive a full kit of the different DPM titles, and they were thrilled to receive teaching on many of the situations which they encounter in their cultural contexts.

So, from the “top end” of Australia, thank-you to DPM for your trust in us to distribute your resources to needy communities.

 

 

 

Report by Rev Emmanuel Fave - Missionary to Indigenous Australia - September 16 Townsville

It is with great pleasure I wish to provide this Praise Report of the success of the First “Us-All Together Gathering” of Indigenous Pastors/ Leaders/Elders as well as non-Indigenous Leaders. Sun City Christian Church in Townsville was the venue as well as the Host Church for this historic event.

More than 77 Leaders came, mostly Indigenous. They travelled in from Torres Strait, Mossman, Mareeba, Murry Upper, Kennedy, Cardwell, Ayr, and even from Brisbane and Rockhampton. Others from Palm Island, where I had served for 5 and ½ years came also.

The Theme of the Gathering was taken from Acts 2:1, “US ALL-TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE”.

The purpose of this gathering was twofold –
1) To gather as many Indigenous Pastors/Leaders/ Elders for a time of Fellowship and Networking
2) To close any spiritual gap which exists between Indigenous work and ministries and the mainstream Churches.

Barriers (real or unreal) came down as some Pastors and some close friends and family who had not seen each other for years were able tomeet.

Welcome gift packs with books donated by Derek Prince Ministries in Australia were given to all of the Pastors/Leaders/Elders. Pulling Down Strongholds, How to Fast Successfully, Three Most Powerful Words, Self- Study Bible Course.

I am grateful for this support by Derek Prince Ministries. Many of the Pastors expressed thankfulness for such important resources. So often the work they do are in isolated places among some of the most spiritually needy people in the remote communities and regional centres.

 

Report by Graeme and Veronica Hunter

In August we teamed up with the Children’s Prayer Network (kidspray.org.au) to minister to the folk from Nanima Village, a mission on the edge of Wellington in the Central West of NSW. This is a very needy town with alcohol and drug problems amongst all ages. The elderly lady in the photo with the young girl is an elder in the village, a lovely gentle lady (Aunty Joan) who in the 1970’s sat under Derek’s ministry when he visited Australia. She was overjoyed when we gave her some of his books and a CD on “Instruction on Deliverance for Children and Their Parents (5-11)”. We also prayed with her for her Diabetes problem, and are filled with faith for her healing. We prayed also with 2 young children for behavioural problems and saw an encouraging change.

Our outreach in October to Walgett on the Saturday with the Children’s Prayer Network went well. There was one little 5 year old boy who was born prematurely had actually died 3 times and was revived on a ventilator. He was left with one damaged and collapsed lung on the left side which made him unable to join in with other children playing sport. As we prayed for him for restoration of his lung and laid hands on him (Mark16:18), he stepped back with a surprised look on his face and exclaimed that his lung just got pumped up, and he could breathe properly.

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Indigenous Outreach Report- January 2017

As we begin a new year we wish to thank the Lord and all those people who contributed in 2016 towards the DPM-Indigenous Outreach projects contained in this report. Because of increased outreach activities in 2016, Graeme and Veronica Hunter’s vehicle experienced several breakdowns due to the age of the vehicle and road conditions. We would like to help them buy a good, reliable second hand 4-wheel drive vehicle in preparation for their trips in 2017. Please consider sending a gift by clicking on the donate button below.

Alex Genovese
DPM-Australia Director