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Investing in the youth of Bendigo

Earlier this year Cindy and I began a new role in the Diocese of Bendigo in conjunction with Bush Church Aid. As the Youth and Family Ministry Development Officer I am tasked with strategically investing in young people and empowering local Christians for the task of connecting with and discipling young people.
  • November 21, 2019
  • Bell

Sharing life and the gospel in Lightning Ridge

After a year without a full-time Minister, the Lightning Ridge Community Church will welcome Kurt & Rebecca Langmead and their children June, Arthur, Lydia and Jeremiah in early 2020. Kurt and Rebecca are Sydney born and bred but have served in parish ministry in the Diocese of Armidale for the past five years.
  • November 20, 2019
  • Queensland/Nth NSW, Langmead

Sharing Jesus' light in Jindabyne

Our prayers have been answered and a family has responded to the call to establish a church plant in Jindabyne. Thank you for your support in making this happen and welcome to Trent, Alice, Henry, Maisie and Siena McGrath!
  • November 19, 2019
  • McGrath, New South Wales / ACT

Sharing the message in a dry and dusty land - Editorial

I couldn’t believe it when I was first told, so I had to ask again and check. Sadly I heard it correctly the first time. I was told by senior clergy that a western NSW parish was more than likely going to be serviced by another parish 30 minutes away. Although this is a common occurrence throughout rural Australia, for this parish it was the first time and it was due to one reason – the drought!
  • November 18, 2019
  • New South Wales / ACT, 100

Bush Church Aid Drought/Disaster Relief

The Bush Church Aid Society has a public charitable trust established for “the direct relief of sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability or helplessness in rural and regional areas of Australia” and/or “to do all things necessary for the achievement of these objects”.
  • November 12, 2019
  • Queensland/Nth NSW, New South Wales / ACT


Post and Rails Spring 2019

Messages of congratulations, welcomes and farewells from across the BCA family.
  • September 1, 2019
  • Weickhardt, Nicol, Goscombe, Whybrow, Chapman

Noah and the BCA box

We have had a BCA box on top of our fridge for a few years now, putting our coins in it and then taking it to church for collection.
  • August 31, 2019

A unique bush town

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...
  • August 30, 2019
  • Nicol

Vale our dear friend Bruce Chapman

Our dear brother in Christ, colleague and much loved member of the BCA family, Bruce Chapman lost his battle with melanoma on Monday 7 May 2019.
  • August 29, 2019
  • Chapman

Just who am I?

Who am I? That the Lord of all the earth, would care to know my name? The opening lyrics of this song by Casting Crowns are what came to my mind when I was asked to write my first article for The Real Australian.
  • August 28, 2019
  • 100

A century of BCA

A century ago when BCA was launched, the goal was to venture outback beyond the established towns, to people the churches seldom reached through our usual parish ministries.
  • August 27, 2019
  • 100

BCA Commissions new National Director

The Revd Greg Harris has been commissioned as BCA’s 12th National Director. Greg follows in the footsteps of our founder SJ Kirkby, another boy from Bendigo.
  • August 16, 2019
  • 100

Post and Rails Winter 2019

Messages of congratulations, welcomes and farewells from across the BCA family.
  • June 3, 2019
  • Bell, Hurley, Kelly

10 years of ministry in the NT

Last year the Chapman family celebrated ten years in the NT. Bruce’s ministry has touched many young people across Darwin and beyond and in this article, written just before his passing from Melanoma on 6 May 2019, he remembers how his work has all been part of God’s grand plan.
  • June 2, 2019
  • Chapman

Exciting new ministries in regional Victoria

Two exciting ministries were launched in April to help celebrate BCA’s Centenary and lead us into the next 100 years. We are delighted to welcome Trevor & Cindy Bell as well as Jacob & Sarah Kelly who are serving in regional Victoria.
  • June 1, 2019
  • Bell, Kelly

A great need to hear the gospel

Brendan & Laura Hurley and their three boys have recently joined the BCA family. They are serving in Bluff Point WA in an evangelistic ministry.
  • May 31, 2019
  • Hurley

What's a centenary? Isn't it just one more than ninety-nine?

Technically ‘yes’, but ‘no’ in the stuff that excites celebration, sticks in the memory and inspires others to dream. Centuries do matter. Don Bradman’s last innings – London 1948 – ended with the second ball, out for a duck. If he had scored only four runs his average would have been 100.00, the perfect century, but forever it stays at 99.94.
  • May 30, 2019
  • 100

BCA launches new edition of Leon Morris' Bush Parson

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bush Church Aid has republished an expanded edition of Leon Morris’ Bush Parson. Bush Parson is Morris’ autobiographical account of his service as the BCA supported minister of the huge and challenging Minnipa parish on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula during the Second World War.
  • May 24, 2019

BCA announce a new National Director

On behalf of The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia I would like to introduce you to our new National Director – Archdeacon Greg Harris from Bendigo.
  • May 8, 2019
  • 100