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This week we have two Brights Spots:

The Salvation Army's Doorways program and the other from International HeadQuarters -

The Salvation Army joins Churches Worldwide to Pray for an End to Famine

WITH drought causing suffering across Africa, The Salvation Army is engaged in practical responses and is also calling on Salvationists and friends to support a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. This special focus, on Sunday 21 May 2017, is supported by churches and groups including World Vision, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance. 

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Alice Springs Corps

 

Alice Springs Corps

National Reconciliation Week 27 May–3 June.

No-one would doubt that this land, Australia, is God’s land.  God, the Creator Spirit, has been present in this land moving and dwelling with the people longer than we can care to imagine.  For many, many thousands of years, Aboriginal people have walked the land of Australia with the Creator Spirit, taking the sacred responsibility to be the caretakers of the land and its resources.

Colonisation by Europeans however also brought much devastation and destruction to both the land and the first people of Australia. Some of the obvious results of this devastation are poor health, high infant mortality, low life expectancy, high unemployment, poor housing, substance abuse, deaths in custody and the list could go on. Perhaps though, the biggest devastation for the Aboriginal people has come from a disconnection to land, culture, spirituality and the Creator Spirit, God. In amongst this devastation and brokenness, there is a desire for healing, restoration and reconnection.

The Salvation Army, across Australia also have a desire to see healing, restoration and reconnection for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. In Alice Springs, like many other Salvation Army Centres, we are working towards empowering and uplifting our brothers and sisters in Christ so that they may have a space where they can build back their connection with Creator Spirit, culture and land.

Some of our work is helping out and meeting the basic essentials such as providing a community centre (the Waterhole) which has a space for tea, coffee and toast, a basic kitchen set up for people, showers and laundry facilities and a place to relax with movies, paintings or computer. Aboriginal people are continuing to connect into our morning worship service and it is hoped that again they will be more involved in the leadership of worship service and church leadership. It has also been encouraging to see Aboriginal people actively involved in employment and leadership of various social programs.

Our prayer at Alice Springs is that we will create a space for listening and respect, giving indigenous people an opportunity to explore culture, spirituality and God, bringing healing and restoration.

Captain Nari McGifford
Alice Springs Corps

Prayer points:

  • Healing, restoration and connection for Aboriginal people with Culture, spirituality and Creator Spirit.
  • The Salvation Army will continue to fund and assist places across the nation which creates spaces of listening and respect.
  • That there would be unity and harmony between all people in Australia.

 

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5: 18-19

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.