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  • Riverbank Worship (IMA)

    15 April, 2014

    The wind rustling through the gum trees joins the music of the two guitars and keyboard and voices lifted in song. For the 30 or so people gathered along the riverbank of the Darling this is a uniquely wonderful worship experience. Dogs lie sleeping underfoot and children wander in and out of this relaxed church setting. The wide open spaces and tranquil atmosphere draws people who don’t typically attend church. There is a sense of freedom and closeness to God. Every second month Sunraysia Indigenous Church sets out for this inspiring location. The 12 seater bus collects families from the community and, together with four other carloads, heads for Balcatherine Station, 50 km from Dareton where they normally meet. It is an ideal location for baptisms and – after the service – for swimming, fishing and relaxing. Following a BBQ lunch, kids play footy and people chat and enjoy fellowship under the shade of the trees, connecting in a special way with each other, with... Read More
  • Ministering where Crime is Rife (Indonesia)

    15 April, 2014

    The houses are small, dim and crowded. The streets are narrow, with just enough room to ride a motorbike through. It is here, in the slums of Jakarta, that Sri Mulyani, a fourth year student at CCTSI, has chosen to undertake practical ministry. Sri has already experienced the hazards of the Jakarta slums. Crime is part of everyday life where people are unemployed, hungry and often caught in the underworld of drugs with a desperate need to support their habit. Twice Sri has had money stolen from her bag, but she is not resentful or afraid. “Jesus appointed me to come to this place, so I’m sure that He will provide. I feel pity for these people who are hungry for the touch of God’s hand. My prayer is that people might come to know Jesus and His name be glorified.” One of the skills that Sri has mastered from her time at the Christian Church Theological School of Indonesia (CCTSI) in Salatiga is hairdressing. Many women in Indonesia love wearing wigs with... Read More
  • The Gift of a New Worship Centre (Fiji)

    15 April, 2014

    Voices lifted in praise carry across the Lomowai community as 30-40 people meet at a new worship centre. The steel poles and corrugated iron roof form a modest shelter that is a beautiful gift of solidarity from God’s people in Fiji. This brand new worship centre has been filled each Sunday since the beginning of March. Its existence is largely due to the valuable partnership between Pastor Muneshwar Goundar and Lim, a Korean missionary based in Sigatoka. Lim is a great encouragement, assisting the Sigatoka Church with transport, music and technology. Muneshwar, in turn, assists him with Hindi language lessons to help with his preaching and pastoral work. Lim's supporters heard about the Sigatoka Church needing a new meeting place and wanted to bless them. They put together a generous gift which enabled the purchase of the steel poles and corrugated iron sheeting. One of the families at Lomowai made some land available and a shelter for worship services was constructed.... Read More
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