REVIVAL IN THE
Pastor Ivan Tester and about 30 saints from the Darwin assembly spent 2
weeks evangelising around the small settlement of Maningrida, N.T.,
Australia. His report is as follows:
"We arrived back in Darwin Friday afternoon 20th August, after the
approximately 8-hour four-wheel-drive trip from Maningrida.
We had 86 baptisms in all. I am not sure how many received the Holy Spirit
without going over our record of the trip, but I think most received (with
the Bible evidence of speaking in tongues).
Some were healed of various complaints; some came forward after baptism to
be set free from their smoking, etc.
It was a very interesting experience for us all, to see so many come to us.
In Darwin the door knocking brings forth very little response.
Within minutes of us arriving at an "outstation" we would be praying with
people to receive the Holy Spirit. After that, it was a matter of finding a
suitable place to baptise them (without losing any to the crocodiles! See
the attached photos)
There are quite a few "outstations" but we only got to three besides
Maningrida. Some folk came from places about 3 hours drive away to
Nardilmuk where we were camping.
Most of these Aboriginals live in appalling squalor: asthma, heart
problems, kidney problems, scabies, etc are common. Mangy dogs are
everywhere - many with worms and sores. Living conditions in Maningrida are
We pray that there will be men amongst them that will have a good vision. I
have invited one man and his wife to come and stay with us for a month.
They are the traditional owners of Nardilmuk. We also baptised the main
traditional owner of Maningrida and his wife.
We hope to return before the wet season starts, but there are a numerous
difficulties: distance between outstations, rivers and creeks to cross,
lack of vehicles amongst the people, lack of petrol (diesel only is readily
Please pray for the work and especially for leaders among the people."
Pastor Ivan Tester,
Darwin Northern Territory.