Thu 09, Oct 2014
In 2014 the November Appeal is focusing on raising funds for five Indigenous ministry, pastoral care and youth projects in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
The projects aim to train people in their local communities so they are better equipped to undertake ministry work in far-flung remote and disadvantaged Indigenous communities.
The funds will support the training and professional development of Indigenous clergy who face many challenges, including communicating across multiple languages and the expense of travelling vast distances.
ABM also funds retreats for men and women clergy, and students in training, thus enabling the nurturing of a new generation of church leaders.
The Appeal also supports the engagement, training and education of young Indigenous people. The Nungalinya College in Darwin offers courses in literacy, numeracy, media, music and theology to students from more than 20 communities and outstations.
In Cairns, the Wontulp-Bi-Buya College trains young Christians to minister to their communities. Victor Joseph, the Principal of the College says there are many success stories.
“Many students leave a better person than they were when commencing studies. To give an example, we had an atheist who came to study at the College and within a few months of studying he was baptized in a swimming pool and accepted Jesus as his Lord and saviour and he’s now a trainee teacher of the College,” he said.
By supporting the Archbishop of Brisbane's November Appeal, you will be helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people build on their strengths to create stronger communities.
Online: You can make an online donation to the 2014 November Appeal here or by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.
Mail: you can enclose a cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia. Please include the campaign name 2014 November Appeal with your donation) and send it to:
Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
Locked Bag Q4005
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Telephone: Sydney 02 9264 1021, Local Call 1300 302 663
ABM's Reconciliation Coordinator, Malcolm MacCallum shares an update on the program and highlights from ministries being undertaken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans around Australia.