A unique bush town

Frank Nicol   

After five years serving the community of Exmouth, last month the Nicol family moved to take on the BCA-funded ministry in Karratha. Here Frank tells us why Exmouth is so unique...

Exmouth is a bush town. We’re a small community, 2500 locals. When you go down to the shops you feel like you know everyone. We’re isolated, 1250 kilometres from Perth, 370 kilometres from the next town. The kids of this town learn from a young age, you can whinge but the car must go on. And we’re surrounded by the bush. Dirt, dust, cattle stations, cows, sheep, roos and emus, you’ll see it all on the way here. But we are a unique bush town. We’re situated on a peninsula that juts out into the Indian Ocean. Sandy beaches surround us on three sides teeming with wildlife – turtles, dugongs, whale sharks and coral reefs. In the winter our streets are filled with people from all over Australia seeking to enjoy this amazing creation that God has given us. We stand in the middle as a church trying to point people to the one who made it all through His son Jesus Christ.

Bush Church Aid has been partnering with us for the last five years helping us proclaim the gospel in this unique part of the world. Like many other churches, in May this year we went bush to celebrate this partnership. The fire was lit in a dry river bed. The kids threw rocks and explored caves. If the flies were included in the head count, millions turned out for the day, they were truly horrendous! But we enjoyed the BBQ none the less and as the sun set the small group of us, pictured here, prayed. We all chose a state and using the regular prayer notes we prayed for gospel work around this county. It was a very simple event and made me think we should have more cruisy Sunday nights like this, eating food around the campfire and praying for the gospel to go out across our country.

Thanks BCA for your partnership with churches all around this country. May God continue to use this organisation to reach rural Australians with the message of a God who loves them and sent His son to die for their sins.