On Monday the 7th November I was privileged to begin regular visits to the One Arm Point Aboriginal Community, as part of a Kingdom Aviation & 4 The Family initiative to encourage biblical parenting. Pastor Paul White (of the Derby Baptist Church) who has had close connections to this community for many years, flew me out and introduced me to some of the locals there. We started out hoping for and expecting contact with the community chair person, an Indigenous Christian lady, but unfortunately, she was busy dealing with a community issue all day. Not to worry, we headed over to the community hall, where we found some of the local women doing art and craft. This was a relaxed setting in which to chat and get to know the ladies, and introduce the concept of running a Terrific Toddlers course. This is the result of a request for biblical parenting teaching made two years ago by the women of the community after Bill & Joan Grosser, (parenting counsellors) came and ran sessions called “Will My Child Be Okay?”. Those sessions were well received and the people involved expressed the real need for this sort of teaching in their community, where some of the children are left to themselves or are forced to endure an environment of fighting, drinking and neglect. Our hope is to work with those parents that are wanting to be responsible and encourage them to become good models for others to witness. Although the numbers of women were few yesterday, we hope to return each Monday until the end of term and try and encourage the mothers with small children to come and watch the Terrific Toddlers DVD (one small session at a time), and discuss the principles involved. This is a small and fledgling work, but we pray that it will be used in the hands of God to bring about positive and lasting change where its needed.
One Arm Point has a history of Christianity, largely due to dedicated missionaries who lived and ministered in the area for many years, but have now left and not been replaced. The local people, especially those who are older, are very positive in their talk about these missionaries and the legacy they left.
After spending the morning chatting with the ladies, Pastor Paul & I walked over to the school grounds and ran games and a talk with approx. 8 – 10 of the junior high students. This weeks theme is rope games, including skipping, lassoing & tug of war. The talk was all about trusting in God, who loves us and sets us free from feeling trapped and ashamed. Most of the kids sat and listened well to this talk.
Then, it was onto the Bible study at the local church, which is an open shelter with wooden slat seats and shade cloth in place of walls. Pastor Paul led a simple study on Mary & Elizabeth’s greeting and being filled with the Spirit. This was received well by the four people who came. It was encouraging to hear the testimony of one woman (about my age) who shared with me on the walk back through town how the power of prayer changed her from an angry, hurting woman to a woman with peace.
Back in the plane at 4.25 pm, we prepared for take off and enjoyed the beautiful blue sea views on the way home.