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We have had friendly links with the evangelical Anglican Diocese of North West Australia, the largest land-based diocese in the world. Here’s an encouraging story from their recent North West Network newsletter of June 2018 – reprinted with permission.
Meet Ross – a visitor to the North West. In August 2017 he left Perth needing a break from caring for elderly parents and looking for direction in his wayward life. He stopped in Geraldton and went to the Bluff Point Anglican Church. That Sunday he heard God speak to him from 1 Peter 2:13-16…
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Ross realised he wasn’t holy. He was cut off from God because of his sin. A church family invited him to lunch and over the course of 3 days Ross became a Christian. He went from spiritual death to life knowing that God’s love and forgiveness came to him through Jesus Christ. This was life changing for Ross.
But that’s not the end.
Ross travelled further into the North West. He went to Carnarvon, Karratha and Paraburdoo, visiting Anglican Churches along the way. In each church the ministers encouraged Ross from the Scriptures, showed him hospitality, gave him books to read and urged him to keep trusting Jesus Christ.
Ross discovered that each church used the Bible as its central focus for worship and teaching. Church services helped Ross to see and God’s Word as the key to Christian living. Ross was challenged to think deeply about the gospel in his own life. All this equipped Ross to serve God as he returned to Perth.
Three months later Ross stood in front of the Bluff Point church to confess his faith in God’s goodness and Jesus Christ. It was wonderful to see what God had done to a 67 year old ex-farmer who had been lost, but now found. Ross had started a new life.
Things like this don’t often happen. But they do happen continually as God opens people’s eyes to the greatness of Jesus Christ. They happen as people talk about Jesus from the Bible and share His love in simple ways. The Anglican churches and workers in the North West, with Bishop Gary & Christine Nelson, work and pray to this end.
Please continue supporting this life changing work with your prayers and gifts. We are all partners in God’s work in the North West.
By Rev Andrew Burr
(Andrew was the Minister at St George’s Bluff Point, WA.)
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