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REVISITING NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRY & KEYS TO PARTNER MORE EFFECTIVELY

by Stuart Simpson

This insightful new book revisits ministry among Native Americans and highlights 5 keys that not only address the errors of the past, but as Native Americans rise up to fulfil their God-given destiny, will also facilitate more effective partnering with the non-native Church in order that God's Kingdom purposes might be realized.


TAKE COURAGE (a series of 4 books!)

- FINDING COURAGE IN GOD FOR LIFE

by Michelle J. Simpson

Full of stories and anecdotes, along with biblical truth, this book will be a great source of help and encouragement to many.

 

THE SECOND ACT

- THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MISSIONARY JAMES O. FRASER'S SUCCESSOR

by Stuart Simpson

This is the story about Stuart's close association with one of the most successful missionaries in the modern era, along with 20 key principles and lessons we can learn from Fraser's life and ministry, still applicable today.

FINDING GOD IN CHINESE CHARACTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 by Stuart M. Simpson

A unique pack of 25 Chinese characters with bi-lingual explanatory guide.

A great tool for anyone with Chinese friends and in ministry to Chinese!

 

RICHARD JOHNSON & SAMUEL MARSDEN

First to Take the Gospel to Australia & New Zealand

In the 1780s, a small but well-connected group (The Eclectic Society) of evangelical Christian men met to discuss how to promote the spread of the gospel around the world. This group included William Wilberforce (who fought against the slave trade and who was a good friend of British Prime Minister William Pitt) and Rev. John Newton (ex-slave trader and hymnwriter). This group would later form the Church Missionary Society in 1799.

One of the group's ideas was to include a mission-minded Chaplain on the First Fleet to the Colony at Botany Bay. Through Wilberforce's influence with Prime Minister Pitt, a 31 year old Yorkshireman, Rev. Richard Johnson, along withhis wife,was appointed to take on this role.

Born in Norfolk in 1753, Richard Johnson had studied at Cambridge after which he was ordained, having come under the teaching of some sound evangelical preachers. He was then appointed to a rural parish in Hampshire before being given the chaplaincy position.

Richard Johnson's responsibilities were not easy as on arrival he had 1,100 convicts, soldiers and settlers to minister to. Everyday he was aware of the needs that surrounded him.

By 1792, with the population of the Colony still on the increase and with no way to reach everyone, he wrote and published a booklet to all the inhabitants, setting forth the gospel message and calling the people to repent. Johnson's clear evangelical preaching brought him into conflict with the Governor, who wanted Johnson to stick to 'moral subjects'.

Johnson set up a number of schools and a fund to care for orphans.Along with his wife, he also had a special heart for the Aborigines, who were dispossessed of their land by the white soldiers.

In terrible conditions and with the authorities often in opposition to his work,for the first six of the twelve years Johnson was to spend in Australia, heministered alone andpersonally paid for the first church building. The task wasmuch too large for one man as the population of the colony continued to increase.Extra help was desparately needed.

Samuel Marsden arrives
The first reinforcement to come was Samuel Marsden (1765-1838), the son of a blacksmith from a small town called Farsley (near Bradford)in Yorkshire.

Having been given the opportunity to study at Cambridge through the benevolence of the Elland Clerical Society, a group committed to promoting the gospel which included Wilberforce, Marsden didn't wait to complete his degree. Given the urgency of the situation in New South Wales, Wilberforce persuaded him to join Richard Johnson as an assistant Chaplain. Not that Marsden was reluctant to leave behind him what was familiar to him in England as he had a passion to see men and women come to know Jesus as their Saviour, and he knew that the only way they could believe was if someone took the gospel to them.

The voyage lasted 8 months and their first child was born during a storm on the way.

For a total of 44 years, Marsden ministered throughout the colony, preaching the gospel and warning of the dangers of living an ungodly life. The Colony was a very rough place in those days and little spiritual growth was seen. Several trips were made back to England to raise support and recruit additional chaplains.

Marsden was well respected by the authorities and was appointed a magistrate, although this was perhaps detrimental to his evangelistic efforts. He also became a very successful landowner, farmer and breeder of sheep which drew much criticism from those who thought this conflicted with his Christian duties.

However, Marsden's heart was to see the gospel proclaimed and his vision was that Australia might become the base for outreach to the Pacific Islands.

Although less successful than his predecessor Richard Johnson, Marsden's biggest impact was with the Maoris in New Zealand. Even today, Marsden is remembered in New Zealand as the "Apostle to the Maoris". Marsden organised teams of missionaries to go to New Zealand and also made several trips himself, establishing 11 mission stations and 51 schools, served by 35 missionaries.

Main source: Anglican Church League, Sydney, Australia (www.acl.asn.au)