A listener to Tamil language radio programmes broadcast from Australia wrote: “One day I was tuning into the radio, when suddenly I heard a Tamil programme, and was happy. We are 15 blind people who listen to your programme regularly. The reception is very clear, and we like your songs and sermons. We can’t watch television programmes; we depend only on programmes like yours. Please come to Pondicherry to our church and share the Word of God in our church as well.” Pray that radio broadcasts into India will bear fruit for God’s Kingdom.
The Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia, are recovering from two cyclones that hit the area within six weeks of each other earlier this year. Cyclone Lam and Nathan uprooted trees and destroyed homes and buildings in the homelands of Milingimbi, Ramingining, and Elcho Island. Pray for the clean-up operation that is now under way, that life will soon get back to normal for those affected and for a special touch on those suffering stress and mental trauma from the two storms.
The Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia are recovering from two cyclones that hit the area within six weeks of each other earlier this year. Cyclone Lam and Nathan uprooted trees and destroyed homes and buildings in the homelands of Milingimbi, Ramingining, and Elcho Island. Pray for the clean-up operation that is now under way, that life will soon get back to normal for those affected and for a special touch on those suffering stress and mental trauma from the two storms.
Student movements in the South Pacific region face a wide range of challenges: from rampant secularism in Australia and New Zealand to economic and political instability in Fiji; from the geographic isolation of Tonga to the challenge of indigenous practices in parts of Papua New Guinea. Particularly encouraging is the growth in partnerships of Australia and New Zealand with other IFES movements in the Pacific region as well as with Africa. Please pray for small island movements where there are very few or no staff workers and for growth in the ministry to international students, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
In Arnhem Land, Australia, MAF services over 80 airstrips and reaches many small groups of people scattered in isolated areas known as homelands. Please pray for the Yolnu people whom they reach in these homelands. The Yolnu have shown a real hunger to know Jesus and to live like ‘Christ Christians’ realising that being a Christian is more than just what you call yourself. Many face challenges as they seek to live out their Christian beliefs.
On 1st July, 350 teens and leaders poured into the University of Queensland, Australia, for five days of fun and discipleship at TeenStreet Australia. With the aim of growing and deepening their relationship with Jesus, Australian teenagers looked at what it means to be holy and victorious in Christ. They also had the opportunity to be ‘Jesus' hands and feet’ in the local community by showing His love in practical ways. 250 teens and leaders visited nursing homes, painted houses and did gardening, cleaning, prayer walks and barbecue outreaches. Many teens and leaders shared that they had been stretched in their faith and positive responses were received from the community.
In Arnhem Land, the spiritual awakening that started last year is continuing in most communities. At present, regular meetings are taking place in Lake Evella (Gapuwiyak), where young and old alike are giving their lives to Jesus and finding new hope. It is encouraging for the faithful believers to see a new generation touched in this way but there is also a need for good discipleship and teaching. Pray for the new believers as they grow and learn more about Christ and share God’s word in their communities.
In Arnhem Land, many Aboriginal communities are familiar with the Christian gospel message and have embraced it enthusiastically. Christian missionaries were active in the area since the early 1920s, particularly the Uniting Church of Australia in the north, east and west and the Anglican Church in the south. Several aboriginal elders - male and female - have joined church councils and become pastors, preachers and outreach workers. However, many people are in dire need of better health, education, communication and housing infrastructure. Their homes are often inadequate and in disrepair. Continue to pray for the witness among the aboriginal people and for an improvement in their living standards.
Population: 24,615,500 (2017)
Official languages: English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $48,806 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 82 years
Religions: 38% Protestant, 30% Agnostic or Atheist, 26% Catholic, 2% Buddhist, 2% Muslim, 2% other religions