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WONDERFUL TESTIMONY FROM ARNHEM LAND

Editor’s note:  Our National 24 Hour Prayer Watch team has been praying for those working full time amongst our Indigenous people and for God to manifest himself in their midst. This story is a wonderful answer to those prayers. We share it that you may join us in giving God praise and glory for what He is doing amongst the Indigenous people of our nation.

I’m really excited about what God is doing amongst the children in Arnhem land communities. Myself and a pastor from Melbourne are both voluntary missionaries and call this Ministry ‘An Investment In Life’. We run a weekly kids club and on average around 25 kids come although sometimes it’s up to 70-80. Every day the kids come by and we do cooking, fishing and games with them. There’s about 300 kids in the 5-15 year old age group so we’ve still got a long way to go to reach them all. Last week in Milingimbi I went to the local billabong where all the kids play and wanted to see if any of them needed prayer. I prayed for a few boys and had a good time telling them stories about Jesus.

A few days later the same boys were swimming in the same place and found a baby’s body under the water, on the bottom of the billabong. They didn’t know how long it had been there and they started screaming and ran away. One of the boys climbed a tree and from a distance could see the body still in the water. He was brave enough to go back and pull it out. His friends returned and they all knelt down and started praying for the baby who was a 3yo boy, Ivar. Jonas, 11, also started CPR which he told me he’d learnt from watching movies. Water poured out of the boy’s lungs and he started to breathe. Some adults gathered including a Christian woman and a nurse who called an ambulance.

For 3 hours while we waited for the medical plane Ivar remained unconscious. Just before he was about to leave about 50 people from the community (half of them children) came and laid their hands on him and prayed for Jesus to wake him up. About 2 minutes later he opened his eyes, looked around and started staying ‘Amala!”Bapa!’ (Mum, Dad). I was working as a GP in the clinic that day and witnessed it all. Ivar has since been discharged from hospital with no brain damage and in perfect health. Praise God! Jonas has been given a bravery award and the whole island is celebrating the power of Jesus! God is good and he’s moving in a mighty way through Indigenous communities right now.

I believe he is showing his love through miracles like this so that people see the gospel is not just a story about God’s love but involves a tangible love that touches people in their everyday lives. Jesus said in John 10:10 that he came to give us life, and life in abundance. Lucas needed life and Jesus gave it to him abundantly, using little boys, on their knees in the mud, as his instruments. Again Jesus said, ‘unless you change and become like little children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven’.  Children keep teaching me that if I want to be used by God I must humble myself and become lower so that the name of Jesus will be glorified.

(Name withheld for privacy reasons)

Source: Childrens Prayer Network

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DONT EXPEL GOD FROM OUR CHILDREN’S CLASSROOMS

Enraged secularists are trying to remove God from the National Curriculum and from public schools by insisting that religion should be taught in the home and not in the classroom. The review of the National Curriculum provides a welcome opportunity to ensure Australian kids are given every chance to grow into the best citizens they can become. The Rationalist Society and the Secular Party who are opponents of religious education in public schools, insist that teaching kids about religion is indoctrination, and that the state should have no part in it. They  argue too that teaching on specific religions in a multi-faith and culturally diverse country is divisive by promoting social exclusion and marginalisation.

These same opponents are often the most ardent advocates of government-backed multiculturalism and maintain that all cultures are equal in value and worth. But if our children are to grow up celebrating the cultural diversity of Australian society, they should be educated about that diversity. Kevin Donnelly, a leading conservative education commentator, says there should be more religion, not less, in our public schools. Donnelly wants to see our kids better informed about the world’s great religions. Being taught what to believe about God — best done at home or in places of worship — is very different from being taught what others believe about God and how those beliefs shape society.

With 61% of the Australian population reporting an affiliation with Christianity, an understanding of this religion is vital for students to understand modern Australia, but so is an understanding of Islam, Judaism or Hinduism — the fastest-growing religion in Australia. Western countries are working hard to hold Islamist extremism in check but we have already seen placards calling for beheadings carried through the streets of Sydney. We have a duty to teach our children about religion so they will be better equipped to respond when religion turns bad. It is because Australia is a secular country with no religion favoured or imposed by the state that the classroom is the best place to learn.

Source: Peter Kurti from the Centre for Independent Studies

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MORE THAN 10,000 AUSTRALIANS VOTED MORE THAN ONCE IN LAST YEARS FEDERAL ELECTION

Police will be called in to investigate 128 cases where Australians voted more than once in the 2013 federal election, with one person suspected of voting 15 times. At the high end, there are numerous electors who voted up to seven times, with one person alleged to have voted nine times, another 12 times and one 15 times. ”We sent inquiry letters to 18,770 electors who had multiple marks recorded beside their names,” Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) acting head Tom Rogers has told a Senate estimates hearing. Replies are still being processed but more than 8200 have been ruled out as ”official error”.

Another 1979 people have admitted voting more than once. ”The greater majority of those, over 81%, being elderly, with poor literacy, or with a poor comprehension of the electoral process,” Mr Rogers said. In some instances, voters received postal votes and were also provided with ballot papers from mobile AEC officers visiting aged care facilities, he added. ”There are 128 electors who have more than two marks recorded beside their names,” Mr Rogers said. He could provide no reason for the multiple votes, but said the AEC has notified the Australian Federal Police and Department of Public Prosecutions and plans to refer a large number of cases. ”We take it very seriously,” Mr Rogers said.

Source: Australian Electoral Commission

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