We had been caravanning for many years and wanted to put a purpose to our travels so last year we joined the BCA Nomads. Our first trip in 2019 was to Longreach where we saw first-hand from Graeme & Susan Liersch what a difficult job it is to be BCA Field Staff.
It was in my first year working as a doctor and coming face to face with the reality of death and questions around life’s purpose and meaning, that a colleague challenged me to explore the truth and significance of Jesus and invited me to her church, Holy Trinity Adelaide. Then began a journey exploring the truth and significance of Jesus and looking at the evidence and historical reliability of the Bible. This involved meeting up with several blokes who cared enough to read through the historical gospel biographies of Jesus and answer my questions, sitting under Christ-centred expository preaching each week, along with my own reading.
The Revd Josh Skeat is passionate about opening the Bible with others so everyone can be equipped to do the work that God has called us to – make disciples of Jesus. Josh commenced in the role of BCA Tasmanian Regional Officer in early November.
After a relatively short period without a minister, I’m pleased to announce that Southern Beaches Anglican (SBA) in Tasmania will welcome a new ministry family next month.
The one thing that we should appreciate about NAIDOC week is it came about as a result of the conviction of Godly Christian Aboriginal men and women who sort justice for Indigenous people.
I’m pleased to share some exciting news for the Diocese of the Northern Territory that was announced in the Top End over the weekend.
Since the late 1950s BCA has been sending Field Staff to mining towns – ‘the new outback’, places where many people travel to search for worldly treasure instead of looking for the true treasure found in Christ. Here outreach and ministry need to be highly innovative and flexible around transient populations.
Today I’d like to share with you some exciting news about a new ministry and welcome the Field Staff who will serve in this position.
I’m pleased to announce that The Revd Canon Dr John Warner has accepted the role of BCA SA/NT Regional Officer.
In sad news for the BCA family and the Parishes of Longreach, Barcaldine & Winton, Graeme & Susan Liersch have accepted a role in the Diocese of Gippsland.
The BCA Flying Medical Service which commenced in 1938 was invaluable to the people of the west coast. In an abridged version of an article that appeared in the April 1939 edition of The Real Australian, Pilot Alan Chadwick recalls one urgent trip.
I’m pleased to announce to you today that The Revd Josh Skeat has accepted the role of BCA Tasmanian Regional Officer. He will commence in early November.
Monica and I warmly remember Doug Orr as the man who first inspired us to try camping on four wheels.
I’d like to introduce you to George & Sarah Hemmings, who together with their children Micah, Joshua, Jacob and Isaac, are our newest Victorian Field Staff.
Today I would like to announce our new Nomads Coordinators, Greg & Jocelyn Lay.
In response to the devastating bushfires of summer 2020 on the NSW South Coast, the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn have put in place a plan to provide ongoing pastoral support for parishes and communities affected by the fires. This has involved partnering with BCA, Anglicare and other organisations, to provide three pastoral workers spread across the South Coast and Monaro regions.
Philip & Jessica van’t Spyker together with their children Jasper, Tabitha, Otto and Corin have joined the BCA family! They are serving Jesus in Yeppoon where Philip is the Families Minister in the Anglican Parish of Keppel. Philip & Jessica tell us a bit about themselves, their faith and what you can be praying for them:
Since colonisation and the gospel message coming to these shores, ministry to Aboriginals has primarily been done by non-Indigenous people.With the support of the Executive, and past and present National Directors, Mark Short and Greg Harris, BCA is seeking to improve the way ministry is done by First Nations people in this country.
Onslow is a small town with a big history. It is a coastal town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia which originally enabled the export of wool. Today, salt, tourism and in particular the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project (a large scale liquefied natural gas hub) are now the economic engine room for the town.
Since COVID-19, churches across the world are reaching out to their communities in new and innovative ways. Our Field Staff have had unprecedented opportunities to reach out via television (Norfolk Island), radio (Lightning Ridge, Croajingolong and King Island) and online platforms. Here Kurt Langmead, Luke Collings and Jude Benton take you on their journey during lockdown.