SONGS IN THE DESERT
This is hard work. Every day is different. There are cultural challenges at every tribal community we visit. Plans never work out the way you expect.
There are meetings with tribal elders, church leaders and then after approval an opportunity to do a ‘concert’ or ‘Sing Along’. We share from the Bible, tell stories of God’s grace and pray for the sick and oppressed at every meeting.
10 days without the convenience of a shower or flushing toilet and all the mod cons of home, sleeping in sub zero temperatures on the ground in a swag… one morning I even discovered a small brown snake under my swag seeking warmth in the night. That woke me up! We’ve had a few mechanical issues as these roads are unforgiving on vehicles. But we managed to reach every remote community we had hoped to.
There is something powerful about songs. I reckon God loves it when we sing. The Christian faith is a singing faith and even out here in the desert people love to celebrate their salvation in Christ through songs. We’ve had to drive hundreds of miles on dusty tracks these past days just to sing a few songs and share from God’s word. But what a great privilege it is. Thanks for praying for this ministry. Thanks for supporting it when you can. I believe this work is critical at this time in Australia.
We will be sharing more of the vision of ‘Desert Song’ in the coming months. A simple non religious way to get the Gospel into every remote community in the desert regions. Thanks for your care and concern.
“Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing His praise to the ends of the earth. You who go down to the sea and all that is in it, you islands and all who live in them. Let the desert and its towns raise their voices, let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy. Let them shout from the mountain tops. Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his name in the islands.” Isaiah 42: 10-12
Until next week.
Pictured: Steve ‘Tjampitjinpa’ Grace somewhere out on a road in the Never Never.