Today we welcome Nigel Davies. He works within IMLA, Indigenous Ministries Links Australia. Pray for Nigel as he helps to fan the flame of the Gospel of Jesus in the Indigenous Communities that he visits in the top end of Australia. He was sharing with us on Tuesday that Ali Curung has gone from a population of 400 to 80 as they feel the very real effects of “pay-back” amongst that community.
Pray for that community as they consider the power and freedom found within forgiveness. Pray for Nigel as he seeks to focus on the Gospel as he engages with the Indigenous Communities. Pray for him as he seeks to teach and encourage the Christian leaders.
“Give thanks to Yahweh; proclaim His name! Celebrate His works among the peoples. Declare that His name is exalted. Sing to Yahweh, for He has done glorious things. Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is among you in His greatness.”Isaiah 12:4-6, HCSB.
I found the following poem interesting and am sharing it with you. It is called, “What a friend we have in Jesus?”
White man came – With a Bible in his hands
Ransacked my culture – Dispossessed my lands
Then he closed his eyes – And said ‘amen’
Broke his bread – Then shared it with his children
Forced Jesus into my mind – My mind was wild
Forced Jesus into my heart – My heart was wild
Forced Jesus into my body – My body was wild
Forced Jesus into my soul – My soul was wild.
I became angry – I became confused
You say He is good – But I was abused.
Are you black Jesus? – Are you being used?
Did they crucify you to share my blues?
White man came – With a Bible in his hand.
Now Jesus is my brother – He was traded for my land.
Poem by K L Burns, MRRC Silverwater Correctional Centre