Yet our Lord could not be stopped.
On the Monday that I flew the team around (13th Dec), we went to Bukudal, Garrthalala and stayed overnight at Baniyala. Bukudal is home to Lulpangi, Brett’s “uncle” who asked him for a Bible back in Oct 2009 and has been asking repeatedly for us to go and sit with him at his community and read the Bible with him. For a number of reasons we haven’t been able to meet up, but in November we were able to get him a heavily subsidised Bible Society wind-up rechargeable MP3 player that has a mix of Christian Yolngu songs, some Scripture, sermons and the Gumatj Good News audio, all in Yolngu languages they understand. He was very happy to see us arrive with the Christmas message at his community. At Baniyala, Gerard got to sit and talk with the community elder, Djambawa (the man who adopted Brett) and he has invited Gerard to come back. Djambawa and another elder, Waka, both shared a testimony how they had a real “power encounter” with God two weeks earlier when their car broke down in the middle of the night crossing a river, and how God miraculously rescued them (long, but amazing story!). Please pray for these two men, that they will turn from their traditional syncretistic ways and follow Christ wholeheartedly and that Gerard & Kevin will be able to speak into their lives.
Gerard is in the process of starting a new ministry called “Yolngu for Jesus”, formalising a vision God gave him earlier this year to set up a “ministry campus” on his land and start reaching out to the rest of Arnhem Land. His family is right behind him and as mentioned in our last P&P, Kevin Sigai has moved here permanently to work with him. Kevin is currently living in a tent under Gerard’s house, but desperately needs a more permanent arrangement, with a quiet room to plan and prepare outreaches and discipleship material, etc. Please pray for Kevin to find somewhere suitable and affordable, as accommodation is very scarce and expensive, and that he will find support for his ministry here, as he is not yet “supported” financially (if you are interested in supporting Kevin financially to stay here, please drop us a line).