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Australia: Diocese of the Northern Territory

Mildred Mamarika (in red) with Edna Barra and Colleen Mamarika from Umbakumba community sharing about St Mary’s Umbakumba with other Aboriginal leaders at the Pre-Synod Gathering. © TK Beer, Diocese of Northern Territory, 2019.
© Diocese of the Northern Territory. Used with permission.

The Ordination of Craig Rogers of Ngukurr community in southeast Arnhem land in October just past, was an event of great significance. Existing Aboriginal ministers are aging, and have been crying out for younger people to step up into ministry leadership. Yet, ministry in this region is not easy. The remote communities conduct church and fellowship in Kriol, in a style that is culturally appropriate. So, any would-be church leader really needs to be locally raised. It is a demanding ministry context in many ways and calls for a wise, gentle leader with the heart of a peacemaker. So, it was cause for great celebration that Craig has stepped faithfully and with a servant-heart towards this calling.

As a younger church leader, Craig was involved in leading youth camps, taking groups of kids camping by the billabong and telling bible stories to them around times for fishing and cooking. He is well-respected in the community and he and his wife, Rose, have fostered many children through the years. Craig is looking forward to working with others to help people in his community grow in their faith and get the training he has benefited from, through Nungalinya College. He continues to have a heart to help young people know God in their lives and grow up in good ways.

Your support for the Diocese of the Northern Territory helps to enable support for leaders like Craig, across vast distances and in situations of community strife.

With some original plans delayed by COVID-19, the Diocese of the Northern Territory needs your support for: the Territory Aboriginal Anglican Leaders Conference, the Urban Aboriginal Family Event, the Territory Aboriginal Anglican Consultative Council/Reference Group, publication of the Kriol Preya Buk, a Women’s Retreat, a Men’s Bible Camp and other priority Aboriginal ministry initiatives.

» In 2021 the Diocese of the Northern Territory needs $36,700

Note: Some of these projects may also receive support through ABM’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mission Grants.



August 2020 – Read about how your support has enabled the Men’s Music Initiative, the Church Breakfast Program and the Church Strengthening Support project between the more established church at Angurugu on Groote Eylandt and the newer church at Milyakburra (Bickerton Island). Read more




Donate now to the Diocese of the Northern Territory project  

  • Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code AU008BA with your payment details.

Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.


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