The freezing temperatures and winter weather did not keep people from turning up for a big BBQ and concert in Cleve last Tuesday night. About 120 locals and a few from other towns attended the last minute booking for the town. We were exhausted after a busy weekend but always knew the effort would be well rewarded with an enthusiastic response from a grateful town. Thanks so much to Michael and Ali Evans and their team for organising the event and catering a good feed for everyone. The message from Isaiah 44:22 really spoke to many in the crowd as we prayed for the coming season. What an honour it is to be able to spend some time in these rural communities and meet the locals. Thanks Cleve.
The past three wintery weeks have been extremely full with some great events across the massive farming region of the Eyre Peninsula. We’ve visited Port Augusta, Minnipa, Karkultaby, Streaky Bay, Port Lincoln, Cummins, Cleve and now we head for Balaclava, Laura, Maitland, Victor Harbour and Berri. We’ve been overwhelmed with the friendship and hospitality of Eyre Peninsula families and amazed at the attendances at most of the events. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in serving the events. We feel very humbled by the generosity and enthusiasm we’ve seen, both in the farming communities and in Port Lincoln. If you’d like us to do an event in your town next year please email Trent email@example.com
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
Never tear down in unbelief what has been built by faith.
We live in a world that is hell bent on change for the sake of change. There is no real moral conviction to the current trends and forces attempting to manipulate change in our world… just a spirit of selfishness and self indulgence by a select few. Whether it is extreme Islam or the president of North Korea Kim Jong Un attempting to make his mark on history or the homosexual lobby groups striving to justify ‘marriage equality’.. It concerns me greatly that the fundamental principles of generations that have gone before us are now being attacked, undermined and abolished by faithless politicians for the sake of keeping the minority happy. I don’t get it.
I’ll say it again,… 'Never tear down in unbelief what has been built by faith'. At some stage we must come to terms with the fact that our mothers and fathers, our grand parents knew more about life and ethics than we do now. At some stage we’ve got to get honest and real about what is right and wrong, what is truth and what is a lie… We’ve got to make clear decisions that can be handed down to the next generation.
I sang in this church last Sunday. There were new born babies in prams, there were families, young adults and there were elderly people in their final years of life. The church was full. People came to sing and pray. They came to hear the truth of God’s word, humble enough to be challenged in their faith and willing to take on all that is revealed in the teachings of the Bible. It was an inspiring morning of worship. Some came to worship and others came for prayer. I was honoured to take part in the morning meeting. After church there was tea and coffee and fellowship and noisy kids and laughter and fun in the church hall. I loved it. Just real people… real life…. real faith.
It was just another church in an Australian country town built a long time ago by a generation who believed in Jesus and the hope he has for humanity. Keep it real.
We arrived on the Eyre Peninsula two weeks ago to do a series of concerts, shed nights and church services.. and to pray with local communities for much needed rain. We joined in agreement with many churches across the region who had faithfully been praying for a change in the weather conditions. Amazingly it has been raining ever since!! The entire region has been covered with a good soaking and farmers can confidently begin to plan out their season. Farming is always a combination of faith, wise choices and risk. There are no guarantees in this world and every family on the land knows the costs. We ask you to pray for our primary producers throughout Australia. There has been drought in Western Australia and outback Queensland farmers and graziers are still struggling to get going after years of dry.
Whether it is wheat, barley, beans, canola, chick peas, lentils, lucerne, hay, watermelons, vegetables or livestock we pray our farmers put their trust in God our provider and live lives that honour Him. We are grateful for the rural communities of Australia that work hard to feed the world.
The recent drought in South Australia put preparations on hold for many farmers across the Eyre Peninsula. Planting seed crops for the new season were delayed as the traditional ANZAC Day rains never came this year.
Still, you will have to drive a long way to meet a farmer who has given up hope. The families on the land across the Eyre and Yorke Peninsula’s are just about the most resilient, hard working people I’ve ever met. Every year this agricultural region faces big challenges with droughts, bushfires, insect and mice plagues etc… And yet it is famous as a grain producing region due to the tenacity and will of the families working the land.
Over the coming weeks we will be doing events in many of the rural communities and we appreciate your prayers. Thanks to those who have invited us to come and pray for rain and preach the Gospel. Yes it’s winter in South Australia but we believe this is where God has called us to at this time!
– Steve & Kerrie
It has been a heavy hearted week as we mourned with the community of Ali Curung the passing of legendary guitarist and humble leader Lenny Nelson. He was greatly loved by many from all over the Northern Territory. He mentored other young people in music and most of all discipled children and adults with music and Bible reading at the local Baptist Church.
Traditionally a funeral will last for hours with waves of grief and emotion shared by loved ones. It was a real honour to be asked along with Paul McLaughlin to speak to the crowd and comfort them in their sadness and loss. After recent months of conflict and fighting we were able to represent Lenny’s heart to see Christ as Lord in the people’s lives. Pray with us that even in Lenny’s death there will be a spiritual renewal for the families of Ali Curung community. Thank you.
One thing I’ve learned over the past 30 years of music and ministry is that while ever you have a heart to serve there will always be an opportunity. When you step out in faith God seems to meet you there and not only open doors but miraculously provide. He brings people across your path… Some you are required to help out in practical ways, pray for their healing or bring a message of hope.. Others He will use to help meet your needs along the way. There are no real formula’s to this ‘faith’ journey thing… Just a willingness to go, a heart to pursue faithfulness, to obey His word and get out there in a world desperate to know Jesus in a real way.
Religion will never bring revival to the remote regions of my country. It will happen with a generation of people humble enough to travel the long roads and red dirt tracks to bring a simple message of God’s unconditional love and grace and reflect His character in their day to day lives. We can all be part of that kind of revival.
In this past week I’ve loved being back out with brothers and sisters from many tribal areas of the inland deserts. It has inspired me to remain steadfast to the calling and be determined to keep rolling on with the mission. It has been so encouraging to meet up with people who are going on strong for the Lord and full of joy. It’s a long, long road and there are seasons when not much happens… But never underestimate the work of God’s spirit in and through all of your efforts. Keep on trucking!!!
But thanks be to God for we have this victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that nothing you do in His name is ever in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
We are excited to be heading back into the Northern Territory for the next two weeks for events in remote communities and Alice Springs. Then its south down the Stuart Highway to bring hope to hurting towns on the Eyre Peninsula. The late April rains did not come this year and farmers have been waiting to plant their crops. Finally the rains have fallen but it will make it a very challenging season if summer comes early. We’ve had a number of invitations from communities asking us to come and encourage the locals with the Good News of the Gospel and pray for the land. Here’s some of the towns we’ll be visiting…
Northern Territory: Ali Curung - Alice Springs - Papunya - Haasts Bluff - then in South Australia: Davenport Community - Port Augusta - Minnipa - Karcultaby - Port Lincoln - Cummins - Cleve - Jamestown - Balaclava and Maitland on the York Peninsula.
Thanks for your prayers as we reach out to communities doing it tough at this time. This is the work we know we are called to and love doing!!
You never go hungry when you visit Ps Doug and Anne Reid of the Charters Towers Baptist Church. Doug reckons he only gets cheese sandwiches but we know he lives like a king with Anne’s cooking!!! Thanks so much for some wonderful days of ministry and fellowship in the iconic and historic gold mining town. Our time with the Sunday morning church fellowship was very rewarding and that night we had the privilege of doing a Shed Night at the local Men’s Shed. We greatly appreciate the faithful friendship of the Reid’s and others in Charters Towers who have prayed for and supported the ministry for years. Hoping to get back before the end of the year for some more music, ministry and concerts in North Queensland.
Pictured: Anne and Doug Reid with Trentan and Steve at the Baptist Church in Charters Towers, Queensland.