Two of BCA’s key priorities are to equip local leaders for fruitful ministry and to support ministry by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year one of the ways that BCA is fulfilling those two priorities is by partnering with Lucie Wheeler as she undertakes theological study.
I am 18 years old and live in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales and have been a Christian for five years. I am of Aboriginal descendant from the Darug clan in Katoomba and proud to be so. I have lived in the Blue Mountains my whole life and love living in the bush, surrounded by wildlife. It is my natural place to be. I come from a non-Christian family which can be hard especially as I try to explain what I want to do with my life.
I was so thankful that Uncle Neville (BCA Indigenous Ministry Officer Neville Naden) came to Holy Trinity Wentworth Falls last November and spent time with me and our senior minister, Jon Guyer. To spend time with someone like Uncle Neville and to get to know him is such a blessing.
My plan is to train in youth ministry to pass on the good news of Jesus to others who haven’t grown up knowing what He has done for us. That is, dying on the cross for our sins so that we can have eternal life with God.
I am very thankful for BCA agreeing to partner with me in my study this year. I am thankful because this means that I can travel to Kununurra with our church in July to do a week-long mission, as well as study the online Diploma of Biblical Theology with Moore College. For me, it is a prayer answered, as I am able to study and work with Holy Trinity ministering to the youth in our church as well as serving the community.
I pray that during the year I am able to help people get to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. I pray that my work in the church might glorify God. I pray that your support and partnership might help me to do this in everything I do.