The message of the cross
FRM Vision Statement: Vibrant Indigenous worshipping communities of the Lutheran Church in Central Australia.
The Stirling (Wilora) community, 280 km north of Alice Springs in Anmatjere land, is a growing testament to this statement.
The Lutheran Aboriginal pastors, Michael Tjapiard and Christopher Tjanima, share the message of God’s saving grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus in a variety of ways:
- Regular worship services at Stirling and nearby outstations
- Weekly ‘singalongs’ for community and school children
- Sunday School for children
- Recently introduced cuppa after service
- Sharing clothing donated by Lutheran Community Care
The congregation are very thankful for recent renovations to the worship area, funded by a government grant.
- Worship centre has been lined and insulated
- New shade structures over worship area and stage space
- Power and water now connected
- Permanent screen for ‘movie nights’
- Toilets and air conditioning to be completed soon
All this is being achieved in spite of the hardship and life challenges in Indigenous communities as the FRM continues to provide a support ministry of good news.
Pastors Michael and Christopher, together with the Wilora people, give thanks to God for the facilities that are now a centre point of the community’s life. Next on their list is a data projector and a new bell, so if there are any offers out there please contact the FRM office or Pastor Ray Morris who supports this area. Please continue to pray for this community and its leaders.