Brett & Justine Wiltshire 2019 Newsletter (Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries)
We certainly are not the same people we started out as.
We could never of imagined in a million years the people we would have met, the places we have seen and the many experiences that have shaped us. It has, and is a privilege and blessing to serve and love people in building the Kingdom of God.
We are so thankful for everyone that has enabled us to do so.
We are, and will be forever grateful and thankful for those that have walked beside us over the years, long and short and everything in between.. Our children are now grown, and are beautiful and kind people.
Brett Jnr has completed his trade in air-conditioning and refrigeration and continues to live in Halls Creek, and is loved by all. Kayla and Nicolas are expecting their first child in July, and continue to work and flourish in Newman, and build their bright future together, and Brittany is approaching her first 12 months in Geraldton after living in Halls Creek for 18 years. She is embracing life and loving her job at Sun City Christian Centre. In everything we have worked for, achieved and been given, we give God the Glory. What an amazing journey it has been!!
Presently we are working hard with our team and ACC WA State Executive, in seeing five of our Indigenous Leaders whom are presently leading AAOM Churches, in seeing the finalisation of their PMC application.
This has been a long time in coming and we are so excited to see it progress. Many of us understand the need for transparency and accountability, as well as continuing to understand the greater role and responsibilities of being a Pastor.
Gone are the days where one just visits and prepares their weekly sermon (not that we think it was this simple).
Today in ministry, we have to know and understand constitution, policies and legalities and the list goes on and on.
We understand that this is of the the highest importance, and it is necessary in today’s world, in caring for our people and churches.
Being in a cross cultural situation, we have found it has had many challenges along the way, not only for us, but for those that we are trying to equip.
So we would love it if you could be praying for us all, that it will go smoothly and successfully from here on out.
We just want to say a huge Thank you to our ACC National and State Executive in helping us and supporting us through this entire process.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING.
These last 4 months AAOM has held a number of events.
Each program offering something different, not only meeting physical and spiritual needs but also giving the local people the opportunity to take ownership, and outreach into their communities.The first was the AAOM Christmas Convention held in Derby.
This was a 5 day camping convention where Churches and people gathered together to fellowship and be encouraged. The second event was a 3 day Pastors and Leadership Summit at Fitzroy Crossing facilitated by our West Kimberley Area Support Leader, and where Ps Les Freeman and Ps John Cannone were invited to attend, to teach and encourage our leaders. And just recently the Easter Convention, hosted by Pastor Warren and Sheena Luscombe.
It was a great time and AAOM was blessed to have a team from SCKC (Southern Cross Kids Camp) led by Peter and Sandy Lusk. This was the first time that they have ministered to the children and it was a really special time for all and we genuinely look forward to partnering together again in the future.
We believe and understand that to build Pastors and leaders, we need to empower and trust them to lead. In these last 4.5 years we have worked hard to position people correctly, champion the call and designate Godly authority in the right places, at the right time.
For AAOM to move forward into the future, we have known that this had to be done, even though there has been many challenges, it is 100% worth it.
Our heart has never been about building a ministry but has always been about building Kingdom, working together, and building into people for Kingdom purpose. This is our calling..
Ps Bernard Stretch rang just recently to speak about a local community Indigenous man that he recently reached out to. Ps Bernard approached him uptown in the park, on the main street in Halls creek, to talk to him about the Lord.
When talking the man mentioned how sick he had been and that he was needing to go to the hospital.
Ps Bernard asked if he could pray for Him, which he did and a few days later the man came to the church service, to say that immediately he began to recover and that he didn’t need to go see a doctor.
Praise God! Since that time the man has been attending every and any service that he can, and in that time has made a decision to follow the Lord.
He is a quiet older man but seems very sincere and is drawing close and building relationships.
This has excited and encouraged Ps Bernard very much. God is so Good!
In December the AAOM Board gathered together in Sydney with us being Skype’d in. The 6 monthly report was given and received well.
During this meeting we brought up the need for extra support for our on field workers and it was also discussed that there was a need for a team to be put together to support us in our roles in practical areas such as tech support and some areas of ministry.
Our AAOM Board is such a blessing to us in ministry, and personally as well. This present season has had its challenges and we are thankful for their faithfulness, giftedness, wisdom, strength and their individual generosity in giving their resources, and their time.
Just recently Ps Michael Mackerell contacted the board to notify us all of some exciting news, with Pastors Michael and Karen moving to Germany, in being invited to take on Pastoring a local German Church for the next 2 years.
This sadly means that Ps Michael has had to step down from the AAOM board, but we are ever so grateful for technology, and we will continue to keep in touch and seek their counsel.
We just want to take this moment to Thank them both in loving us and being like our spiritual parents..
For serving as our Senior Pastors when we lived in Caboolture from 1993-2000, and releasing us into our calling, and then from 2000 to present day, ministering alongside us at AAOM Conventions, Seminars, Leadership Retreats, Men’s and Women’s events, and so on.
Michael and Karen have been a constant source of encouragement, wisdom, love and strength throughout all theses years.
We honour them as they continue to inspire us in our family, our marriage, ministry and life. We love you both and we are so excited to see what the Lord will do! So on behalf of all of our Board, Pastors, Missionaries, Churches, team and family at AAOM we want to say Thank you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Currently we are trying to gather a volunteer team together to help build the ‘ihope youth centre’ in Halls Creek.
We have an urgent need in securing a project manager and/or a licensed WA builder that would be able to oversee this project.
If you or anyone you know may be interested, we would dearly love to hear.
The finances have been generously donated by the wonderful Calaoukas Family, through the AAOM’ ihope Foundation’.
To see it built we need these things done:
Step 1: Build Prepare Formwork and Roughing for the Plumbing, for the Foundation and Concrete Poured and Leveled.
Step 2: Erect Kit Building to Lock Up Stage.
Step 3: Internal fit out and Electrics and Plumbing Completed
Our vision, is for it to be a fun and safe place, in which children and youth can gather together.
Where both indigenous and non- indigenous role models and respected elders, from the local community can come.
With the purpose of being an encouragement, inputting and teaching values and culture, and mentoring young people to know their own value.
Where young people can have the opportunity to choose to live a life with purpose! To be encouraged to dream and be given the tools to be able to make their dreams a reality.
We would love to see this built and completed by the end of 2020 or sooner.
If that’s you, or someone in your church, please contact us via our details at the bottom of this email.
Presently we are blessed to have a couple, Brian and Isobel Pither from Citylife church, whom have been great friends and faithful supporters and co workers.
Over the years as we shared about this need, they had expressed that they would be open in going and serving, in some capacity and do some relief work.
We were blessed, that when we reached out to them to ask if they would consider relieving some of our AAOM Pastors , that they said YES!.
It was wonderful to be able to help facilitate this.
It took some time but it is great that our people can take some much needed time off.
We are incredibly thankful for the partnerships that have developed over many years and we would really appreciate if you could be praying for Brian and Isobel as they are currently in Mount Isa, and teams from Citylife and YWAM Perth that are preparing to come and serve soon.
This year at convention we have great ministry lined up with 3 Leadership morning sessions and nightly meetings with fantastic guest speakers.
Something a little different but AAOM is excited.
As we have had over the last few years, we once again have teams from YWAM Perth coming to minister to our primary school aged children.
It has been a busy time securing off site facilities, but we are thankful for the favour that we have in Halls Creek, as it has taken many years to build credibility.
So if you would like a pdf of the conference information poster, please contact us.
Where Most Needed.
The ‘Where Most Needed’ Project is exactly what is name implies.
It was created for the purpose of specifically raising funds for AAOM as a whole, in being able to be used for any emergency situations that may arise such as vehicle & building maintenance, and any other practical ministry on-field ministry needs such as Education and Awareness Support, Projects, Audio and Visual Equipment and Ministry Teaching tools etc.
People can Support monthly or make a one off donation by:
Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries Inc
Account number: 892443682
Please clearly state in the ‘Reference/Description’ field if you would like your donation to go to the ‘where most needed’
Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries Inc
Postal address: PO Box 2237, Tuggeranong DC, ACT 2901
We are blessed that we are able to lead and facilitate the work of the ministry from our base at this time.
• Also Could You Please Continue To Pray For Our Own Ongoing Personal Ministry Support.
With so many pressures on Churches and families we know what a step of faith it is to partner faithfully with a ministry such as ours.
You have enabled us these 19 years to serve, raise a family, and see people come to know Christ in a real and life changing way.
Our greatest fulfilment has been in seeing people lives radically changed and empowered and equipped to be all that the Lord has called them to be. We love you and we give Thanks for you!
God Bless, Brett & Jus
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