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July 2015 News

Reaching out to remote indigenous communities

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Ps. Rob Cochrane has a heart to minister to indigenous communities Photo: Provided

Two local Toowoomba pastors are currently spending four months in outback Northern Territory and Arnhem Land, reaching the most remote indigenous communities.

Ps. Rob Cochrane from Shiloh Ministries and Ps. David Truss from Revival Ministries Australia left on June 10 on a trip that would take them through St George, Cunnamulla, Charleville, remote NT towns, and eventually, Arnhem Land.

As with previous trips, they will travel from farm to station, stopping to pray for farmers and station-owners.

“Often farmers gather people from the area and we have a time of fellowship at a farmhouse,” said Ps. Rob, prior to their departure.  

“Sometimes we meet with just a family or two and other times we have up to 30 people crammed into a farmhouse to have a time of worship and prayer.”

As the pair travel through more remote areas, the meetings tend to take place under a gum tree or a street light.  

“The believers come and their dogs come too!” said Ps. Rob.

“We preach and disciple people and we have an outreach ministry which is often house to house because indigenous communities are very family orientated,” he said.

“Our ministry is community focussed – we have sometimes been invited to go to one person’s house and ended up with a front yard full of people when you get there.”

Once they reach Arnhem Land, Ps. Rob said the indigenous people there are a people of faith, and it is a place where they see a lot of miracles.

He recalled one occasion where they was speaking to an indigenous man who wasn’t engaging with what they were saying. It became clear that they man couldn’t hear them very well.

“So we laid hands on him in the name of Jesus and straight away he became engaged in what we were saying. His hearing was restored,” said Ps. Rob.

“In a recent trip to Arakun, 56 people gave their lives to Christ and were baptised, and the pastor there baptised another 20 people after we left the area.”

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