All across our country, Australians are stumbling under the ongoing weight of floods, severe storms, the bushfires, and the drought, which went on for years. In between, they faced down mice plagues and a global pandemic.
In the meantime, there are all the ups and downs and hardships of life: the death of loved ones, personal tragedies, mental health challenges, and sometimes, family violence.
Pastor Joe Eka, our Bush Chaplain in Kennedy in Far North Queensland, spoke of a community in the Shire of Cook who felt that even God has left them.
The banks left, the big local employer left. After the tragic loss of so many young people, they felt God had deserted them, too.
Sharing prayer and fellowship
Thanks to the kindness and generosity of people like you, Bush Chaplain Joe was able to travel and visit this small community in the Shire of Cook to offer support and care, to offer support and care, and share prayer and fellowship.
Bush Chaplain Joe (R) with local farmer Joe, having a mean after sharing prayer and fellowship
The community is now making plans to build a church together in the town on land the local council has set aside!
This will further unite the community in a shared project, and offer a place where all can come together to receive the care and support they need.
Vacant land the local council has set aside to build a church
Bush Chaplain Joe says,
“The love and strength I feel here is inspiring. Thanks to the kind people who donate to Frontier Services, I could go and spend time with people who feel abandoned and show them they are not forgotten. People care. I have faith that a church will help heal and unite this hurting community.
“The difference Frontier Services supporters are able to make is transformational.”
This is the kind of transformation that you make possible.
Your generosity brings love. It brings hope. It brings strength to people who feel forgotten and abandoned, and we are so incredibly grateful for your kindness.
So many urgently need practical and pastoral support, but our Bush Chaplains are stretched thin. They’re working as hard as they can, but there’s only so many hours in a day and so many days in a week.
We need to raise $500,000 by 30 June
We need to raise $500,000 by 30 June, the end of this financial year, to strengthen our Bush Chaplain program in the year ahead and help more people doing it tough and all alone.
Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation today.