Anne and I have been privileged to serve on Christmas Island and more lately on Nauru as Pastoral workers amongst the people in Detention there.
It has always amazed us that so many of these people are open to the Good News about Jesus. Rather than being Muslim extremists, they have shown us incredible hospitality, respect and a willingness to listen about a God who cares about them deeply.
On Christmas Island we saw many people in detention give their lives to Christ. They had such a strong spiritual hunger.
In the last few weeks, Anne and I have been to Sydney to catch up with some of these people who were released from Christmas Island to Australia last December. We are very pleased to report that all the ones who professed Christ have continued with Him and have even led other family members (who were already in Australia) to Christ!
Later this year Anne and I will go to Adelaide and Melbourne where a large group of believers (formerly in Detention on Christmas Island) live and already we know that the vast majority are continuing with Christ.
It has been such an honour and privilege to have worked with these people in the past but to see them continue to walk with God is even much better!
I am reminded of the verse in John 15 which talks about Fruit that will last: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you”.
Yes, this is God’s work and we have been privileged to be a part of it.
In the next couple of weeks, I will go to Nauru again to encourage the brothers and sisters there.