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All articles in category Oceania

October 2015

Visiting the Australian Outback

It took a few attempts before I could get the hang of pronouncing ‘Gulargambone’ correctly. The name means ‘place of Galahs’ or ‘watering place of many birds’, in the language of the local indigenous people. Gulargambone is a small community of about 400 people located more than 500km north-west of Sydney, in New South…

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October 2011

One year in

One year inMourners cluster on the parched grass outside the tin-roofed chapel filled with grieving family, as I seek gently to bring the gospel of God to them and to thank the Lord for an aboriginal woman's life in the face of her early death.A year ago we were strangers, but now are counted…

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Australian Aboriginal churches
April 2010

Australian Aboriginal churches

Australian Aboriginal churches Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM), previously known as the Aborigines Inland Mission, is a conservative evangelical organisation whose foundations go back to 1905.             From the beginning, ministry was aimed at establishing Aboriginal Christians to lead and guide their own people. With the benefit of hindsight, AIM recognises that more in the past…

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Joy and tears in PNG
March 2007

Joy and tears in PNG

New Tribes Missionaries Chad Mankins and Jason Knapp have been teaching the Tobo people of Papua New Guinea through foundational portions of the Old Testament. On 16 January this was climaxed by an account of the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.The following is part of Chad and Jason's report: 'Yesterday 16 January 2007…

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Australian Evangelicalism
February 2007

Australian Evangelicalism

Snapshots of history have their charms and their dangers. The last forty years or so of Australian evangelicalism have seen hopes rise and fall, as they invariably do. The mid-1960s were nothing short of catastrophic — despite the 1959 Billy Graham crusades.  These crusades were considered so successful that many thought Australia came close…

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Exciting progress in PNG
September 2006

Exciting progress in PNG

Missionaries Bob and George Walker and Jack Housley hiked in to visit the Bisorio people of Papua New Guinea, 24 years to the day they first presented the gospel to them in 1982.Today New Tribes Mission no longer has missionaries working among the Bisorios. The work was completed in 2000. The Bisorios express thankfulness…

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Missionary Spotlight – Doing the impossible in PNG – Clifford Hellar
August 2006

Missionary Spotlight – Doing the impossible in PNG – Clifford Hellar

Soon after my wife and I arrived in Papua New Guinea in January 1962, the field director and I hiked to the location where we were planning to work among Keyagana-speaking peopleI quickly began to appreciate the problems we would face as we worked there as a family. My wife was pregnant with our…

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Missionary Spotlight – Spiritual warfare in PNG
November 2005

Missionary Spotlight – Spiritual warfare in PNG

In 2004 some of the Hewa people of Papua New Guinea heard the gospel for the first time and came to know Christ as Saviour. New Tribes missionaries were already learning Hewa culture and language, but God used a young man named Dogofili to first bring the good news of Christ to these people.Dogofili,…

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