Our last caravan of Courage tour took us through the south West of Queensland. We travelled 3700km prayed in 20 towns ranging in size from 100 to 10,000 population and we connected through pray, sharing the gospel, and reading scripture with over 100 people.
One of the saddest stories we came across was a family who are hand feeding 8000 sheep every second day on their property 140km south of St George. They have had only 200ml of rain in 2 years and they are in a desperate struggle to maintain their land and their stock. We prayed with them and especially for rain…a little over a week after that pray they received 20ml of rain, which was such a blessing. But there is still a long way to go for them to be able to get any sort of income from their land and stock.
One of the highlights of the trip was to spend time training up some indigenous ladies in the small community of Cunnamulla. These ladies are passionate to see God’ kingdom grow in this outback town in southwest Queensland. We had 5 sessions with them over a period of 10 days praying for the community, exploring what it meant to be a disciple, and commissioning them to be spiritual leaders in this town.
We got the opportunity to go to some towns we had not being able to go to before, places like Yowah, Thargomindah and Quilpie. As we travel around these isolated and remote towns we find many of them have less then 1% who claimed to be Christians. This must break God’s heart, and it makes us even more determined to make disciples that will multiply in these little towns.
God has promised to us in Isaiah 43:18-25 that he is doing a new thing in these places. Out of these isolated and dry places a steam of living water will come, ‘A New army” that will build God’s Kingdom. Church buildings are empty and lifeless, a symbol to a past long forgotten and sometimes abusive. The warning is we must not look to the past ways to try to see where and how this future army is developed. If we do we will be blind to the places and people God is working in. God says even though I am doing this new thing, man does not perceive it because he is looking to the past where God was and missing the future where God has moved on too. As our eyes are opened to this new thing we see the fields are ripe for harvest but we see the workers are few. Please pray with us for more workers to be raised up in these dry and isolated locations.
You can be involved in the next Caravan of Courage tour impacting Queensland! Whether it is through prayer support or even joining in for the adventure on the road, the team would love to hear from you. Feel free to email Ron and Paula to find out more on firstname.lastname@example.org.