23 Jan 100 Days Continues!
Friends, as Australia One unfolds, we want to continue to place God at the centre of our work. Over the next 6 weeks we will be sharing some new content that seeks to bring The Salvation Army in Australia together in prayer. This content will be shared each Monday, we encourage you to participate and join with us as we pray for the Kingdom of God in Australia.
Bright Spots – Batemans Bay
The Eurobodalla Coastline is 100km of ocean vistas, surveying the Pacific Ocean. The traditional home of the Yuin people, this region is characterised by beautiful beaches, tall eucalypt forests and stunning riverways, under the watch of the Great Dividing Range. The region is punctuated with small historic villages and dairy farms, with larger communities in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma.
Many guests to the region are captivated by the natural charm and relaxed atmosphere of the coast. But life can be very challenging for our locals. Many people scrape by on low incomes, and feel the weight of isolation in their personal lives. Suicide, self-harm, substance abuse and other risk-taking behaviours are commonplace, particularly among young people. There is a cry for authentic connection.
Batemans Bay Corps is privileged to serve the Eurobodalla in a variety of ways. Our vibrant worshipping community embraces the generations that call our region home – from Mainly Music for our youngest residents, through to children’s and youth development discipleship programs, adult fellowship groups, prayer, Bible studies and worship.
Firmly convinced that God has called us to be ‘a community that reaches our community’, we value inclusion, discipleship, unity and joyful witness. Our regional ministry also includes three family stores, Doorways services and Moneycare, court support and outreach.
Moruya Mission is thriving, and there is eagerness to establish worshipping communities in Moruya and Narooma.
On a daily basis there are new opportunities to partner with agencies, congregations, businesses and individuals to share ‘hope where it’s needed most’. One of the great joys of Batemans Bay is the opportunity to minister in unity with the local church, particularly through SRE in schools, public events and combined prayer and worship. There is one church in the Bay and we happen to meet in lots of places.
‘I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.’
- In what ways can the deep needs of our community be hidden?
- What does it mean to be a community that reaches a community?
- How can we become inclusive of all the generations?
1. Individuals and whole households to come into salvation through our loving community.
2. The continued discipleship of those who profess Christ in our faith community.
3. Raising up of local leadership to spearhead mission across the region.
Ross and Melanie-Anne have served as officers for 15 years, alongside their three children – Isobel, Tierney and Reuben. Together, they believe that being a follower of Jesus Christ is the most important thing you can do with your life, and that LIFE is exciting in the Kingdom of God.
At the time this devotional was written, Ross and Melanie-Anne were the Corps Officer at Batemans Bay. They have since moved to a new appointment. Lieutenants Ben and Rachel Knight are the Corps Officers of Batemans Bay.