29 May 2018, 10:46
Brett & Justine Wiltshire
Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries
Greetings Family & Friends,
The beginning of 2018 began as a very busy one with Brett flying to Melbourne and meeting with Bridge Church Leaders and presenting a small section of the AAOM EAM (Effective Aboriginal seminar) at their Hope night, as well as ministering at CityView Church in Perth at their annual Missions weekend. We are always so excited for this sort of opportunity to come and teach, speak and encourage people on the great need to reach ‘Samaria’.
In today’s world with so many distractions and in this present climate of political correctness, Indigenous missions and cross cultural ministry to First Nation people, isn’t easily accepted or approved of. But the truth is, that the need to reach people with the redemptive love, grace and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has never been greater. Justice and good works combined with the teaching and preaching of Gods Word is the key to seeing peoples lives, and physical situation changed permanently.
To see people empowered and become the community role models, leaders, Pastors, workers, church members and mentors that they were meant to be, gives us the greatest joy and fulfilment. We praise God for our AAOM workers on the field, but the harvest is ripe and the workers are few. We are in desperate need for workers; full-time, short term, volunteers, retired folk, relief ministry, building teams, youth workers, helps ministry, bible teachers and so on.
If you or someone you know would like to get in touch to talk about what opportunities there are, we would love to hear from you! Or maybe you would like to host an EAM (Effective Aboriginal Ministry) Seminar and have us come… Our desire is to partner and help wherever we can.
PROGRESSION & PROJECTS
We have been blessed to see some of the projects move forward, with a second hand 12 seater bus being purchased for the Halls Creek Church, new floor coverings for the Derby and Fitzroy Crossing Churches, and a team just recently going to Wilcannia to fix and make the new AAOM Pastors house into a Home. A huge thank you to the individuals and churches that so generously and sacrificially gave.
We are excited to report that after 14 years of believing for a children’s and youth ministry facility, that we will in the next 12 months, begin building our first ihope centre (indigenous hope centre) in Halls Creek. We have finalised the architect plans and are now in the process of submitting our building proposal to the Halls Creek Shire.
We would really appreciate your prayers as this has a number of steps and we need favour and approval from the local council. At this time our urgent need is for a registered WA builder to partner with us and the volunteer building teams we are organising.
Thank you to the amazing generosity of one couple who over a number of years planned and saved and went through some pretty major challenges, but faithfully kept their promise that they made to the Lord, to give this extraordinary donation to bless and love on the young people of Halls Creek. This couple testify to the goodness and blessing that they have received by their Kingdom giving. God is so Good!
After our National AAOM convention in Halls Creek we have an MMM team coming to help fix the Halls Creek Church leaking roof, and also undertake the building of our new boundary line that includes where our AAOM training house is and soon to be ihope centre will be.
Building and vehicle maintenance is an area where help is always needed, as the charges that we have to pay for skilled labor is exorbitant most of the time. MMM is a great volunteer organisation and we are blessed that they have partnered with our AAOM churches in different areas to see Vision come to pass and facilities be the the best they can be to bless and serve the community.
KMS TRAVELLED: This year so far Brett has flown 12,000 kms, and we have driven just under 20,000 kms. Thank you to all our prayer partners that faithfully pray for us every week. Prayer is paramount to safety, success and breakthrough and we just couldn’t do it without the prayer covering we receive.
2018 Pastors Ministry Retreat: was a huge success with many of our Senior Pastors and Missionaries travelling to Broome to attend our Bi-annual retreat. The decision was made to make this retreat every 2 years for a couple of reasons. The first being that time away from their churches is not easy and secondly, we believe that attending ACC State and National Conferences is really important and we are encouraging our Pastors to include this in their yearly plans.
Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM) has been a part of the ACC, formerly known as the AOG movement and World Missions since 1982.
RIGHT: Just recently our AAOM Pastors gathered together for 3 days of leadership ministry, encouragement and time together. It was a truly blessed time.
At this time we also completed 6 credential applications and took new profile photos of all our workers to update our AAOM website and database. The three days flew by with much being accomplished but mostly our Pastors being encouraged and inspired to keep going. From us, the AAOM Board, our Pastors and Missionaries we can’t Thank enough all that people gave in making this Ministry retreat possible.
If you would like to hear just a 30 sec video from one of our most AAOM Senior men Ps Gerard Killer, sharing what he thought about the retreat please go to our AAOM Facebook page and check it out.
ITINERARY AHEAD… SO FAR ANYWAY: June we are taking furlough and we have been incredibly blessed by our son. Brett Max has paid for us to visit the UK for our very first time and go see friends Peter and Carol Hall whom have planted a Church in Stirling Scotland and visit our dear friends Pete and Jen Etherton.
Once we return we will be busy preparing and travelling to Halls Creek for our AAOM National Convention 7th-12th August. We are blessed to have Ps Wayne Alcorn our ACC National President come and minister, as well as some of our Senior Aboriginal Pastors. Brett will be teaching the EAM Seminar over three mornings and we are excited to once again have a YWAM Perth team come and bless our kids with a week of special ministry designed just for them.
In September we will than be travelling onto North Queensland to Cardwell to teach the EAM seminar and attend the Convention.
October we will than be heading back to WA and we will be attending our State Conference and be ministering at Oceans Church in Albany and back to Perth to visit and minister.
KEEPING CONNECTED: Being that newsletters are becoming a thing of the past and not the popular way in which people and churches like to be kept updated, we have made the decision of only doing 2 newsletters a year. Instead we want to focus on doing more short video updates, talking on life, ministry, projects etc and uploading them to our Facebook pages and YouTube.
But for this to be effective and reach people we need your help to reach as many people as we can. So at the very bottom of this newsletter we have included our Facebook and YouTube details for yourself, but also if you are a Pastor or Church Missions coordinator, we think it would be a great idea if you could also add these details onto your church mission website pages and information boards or wherever else you think is suitable, so that way we can better serve you and keep connected. As we understand how important it is and we truly value our partnership and friendship with you all. We are just wanting to communicate better and wider.
We give thanks for each of you, your prayers, your giving, the giving of your resources, your time, your friendship, your partnership and your love. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the task at hand and for the responsibility we have been given and called by God to do, but than we remember you…and that we are in this together and that together we are fighting the good fight of Faith. We are each running in our lane, cheering and championing each other on and this encourages and spurs are on so much. Just recently we heard a quote by Helen Keller and it really touched our hearts… ‘ Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG AND TOGETHER WE ARE CHANGING THE WORLD..ONE LIFE AT A TIME!
Be encouraged Saints..We are..
Praying abundance and overflow!
Brett & Justine
Our new ministry logo. Depicting oneness and the colours representing Indigenous Communities from the red hues of the desert, to the aqua blue of the ocean seas. Where the ‘O” is placed it is where the very first AAOM Church was planted in Halls Creek.
Families praising Jesus unashamed
Marissa and bub at the Derby Christmas AAOM Convention
LEFT: Justine & Linda.. Justine had the privilege to lead Linda to the Lord 12 yrs ago and she was instantly set free from alcoholism.
Linda works at the local radio station and is an incredible role model.
A faithful woman who’s transformation gives hope!!
AAOM NATIONAL CONVENTION:
PLEASE PRAY: for Brett as he teaches the 3 day EAM seminar and also for Ps Wayne Alcorn, Ps Gerard Killer and Ps Eddie Bear as they minister at the main meetings.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE DETAILS CLICK “MARK YOUR CALENDAR.”
ABOVE: Brett sharing his personal testimony to some young people in Ayr Qld.
ABOVE: Some 12 years ago we trained Lawford and Roslyn for the ministry and sent them to Wangkatjungka to plant an AAOM ACC church. This Christmas they and some of their church members lead the service. So wonderful to see this generation being raised up.
ABOVE: AAOM is Working together..transforming communities #2018Ministry Retreat Broome
LEFT: is a picture of the Pastors laying hands and praying a blessing over our special guests.
AAOM is incredibly blessed to be supported by so many. Recently Ps Jon and Edie Cathie, Senior Pastor from Capital Edge Church in Canberra came and blessed our leaders with fresh, prophetic and anointed ministry that was in step and season.
It truly was a special 3 days that has deepened friendships and encouraged us all.
ABOVE: A great opportunity was given to the church at the Halls Creek community Christmas Carols to proclaim the true message of Christmas.
LEFT: We were blessed to be invited by Ps Stewart and Heather McIlwraith of Oasis Church, Ceduna SA to come and share about the work of AAOM and it was a privilege for Brett to preach at their Sunday Service. A huge thank you to them as they housed our bus whilst it had mechanical repairs being done.
We were blessed to be invited by Ps John & Jenny Davidson of the AAOM Carnarvon Church to come and minister over the Easter weekend.
Brett preached at 4 services and Justine, at the women’s meeting. The report we have received is that those who made a decision to follow Christ are still going strongly and the Church as a whole has been greatly encouraged.
LEFT: Partnership is so wonderful and were so blessed to meet Ps Pamela and Luke Haneveld, Ps Jon and Ps Vicki Brand and the team and be given the opportunity to minister at their 2018 Missions weekend in January. Brett taught a section of the EAM Seminar over 3 meetings and we were blessed by the many that came and the beautiful catering that was provided. Cityview Church is a great Church full of amazing and friendly people. We can’t wait to go back!
BELOW: Blessed to have these amazing people from YWAM Perth partnering with us.
Here we are pictured at our planning meeting for the AAOM National Convention in Halls Creek as they will be ministering alongside us.
RIGHT: The week after returning from the Kimberley, we celebrated our youngest daughter Brittany turn 21. We were able to surprise her with having her Aunty, Niece and Brother fly in for her special dinner. It had Ben nearly 2 years since we were all together.
ABOVE: Some of the AAOM Pastors that were blessed by the ministry of Ps Jon & Edie Cathie. It was a great time of input and fellowship for all those who attended.Thank you to everyone who made it possible through support, finances and prayers.
LEFT: Pictured here is a team from one of our partners, CityLife Church working on one of our AAOM Pastors house in Wilcannia.
We so appreciate the hard work that was put in and the time and resources that were so generously given.
How wonderful it is to turn a house into a home.
LEFT: Here pictured is the new floor coverings for the Derby and Fitzroy Crossing AAOM Churches.
A huge Thank you to Ps Josh Fernandez and GraceLife Church for getting behind this project.
When we told Ps Warren & Sheena Luscombe they were so happy and extremely thankful.