On Wednesday 12th April at 10:00 am, 5 teachers, 2 ex-students, 23 students and 200 water bottles embarked on a journey to Outback Australia. Situated 40 km south of the SA/NT border, Amata is a small but loving Aboriginal community our team called home from 12th-16th April. Throughout the course of these four days, we developed and enriched relationships with those in the community, connected as a team, and grew in our own faith.
A highlight of our days in Amata was the opportunity to spend time with the children in the community. We had fun with the kids every day, using our gifts to serve in craft, sport, music and other areas. We were also able to demonstrate Christ's love to the community through painting their playground and church, cleaning up their oval and running a barbecue on Easter Friday. In our few days there, we all developed deep relationships with the kids, and whilst the contrast between ours and their culture was made apparent, we were united by our faith in Christ and connected in our shared joy.
Whilst in Amata, the Outback team experienced some incredible and inspiring moments. Each night we were privileged enough to lead church with the community, praising God and growing in faith together. We were also blessed to pray for and with the people of Amata, from the babies to the elders. It was particularly encouraging to hear how God has been working in places far from home but close to Him. We were also honoured to hear about and witness several miracles. Easter Sunday was also a time of great impact for the team. A large cross was carried to the top of the hill and placed there in view of the whole community. We read God's Word, prayed, and sang in both English and Pitjantjatjara, and felt God's spirit present in the gathering of believers standing united in faith and love.
Our time in Amata was beyond remarkable and impossible to accurately describe. We are so grateful to God for all the work He has done already, and pray that he will continue to do amazing things both in and through us for the remainder of our mission.
As we have rested and reflected in Yulara we are continually thankful for all God is doing. Seeing Uluru and Kata Tjuta as it rained was a sight to see and we were prompted to give God the glory for His creation.
We now travel to Kings Canyon and then to Haasts Bluff for the next service part of our trip. Please continue to pray for us as we serve. Pray for the community, our team and for health and safety for us all.