Jubilee - Care for the Poor

rebuildlogo.jpgIn Leviticus 25, the Bible teaches about a Sabbath rest; one day a week set aside to rest and re-energise. God’s command to extend this principle of rest to the land, meant that one year out of every seven, the land was to remain untouched. The 50th year, following the 7th seven was proclaimed as a Year of Jubilee - an extra year of rest. In this year slaves were given their freedom and original landowners, who had been forced off their land because of hard times and crippling debt, experienced a debt free start as their land was returned to them.

The year of Jubilee reminded God’s people that the whole Earth belongs to Him and all provision comes from Him. It was a year of restoration and freedom. God’s extravagant and unconditional love has been expressed to us through the gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross in place of us and with his blood, completely cancelled all of our sins: a debt we could never repay. In the city of Fremantle, WA, the churches have faced many requests for help from people facing action by authorities over unpaid bills for rent, electricity, water and gas, often because of sickness of retrenchment. Ps Julie Hollett [Fremantle Jubilee] had a vision of demonstrating some of God’s love and truth to Fremantle by paying outstanding monetary debts for households at Easter time. The churches and businesses combined to work with the authorities and the city council to apply the Biblical concept of Jubilee in the Fremantle area to reveal the extravagant and unconditional love of God. Well over $100,000 was raised to pay the debts of several hundred families in the week before Easter 2003. The Churches of Fremantle and other community leaders are praying for a changed city - a city where all people are prospering under the blessing of God, living full lives in Godly order, with peace and freedom.

Fremantle’s Year of Jubilee PO Box 1599 Fremantle WA 6959
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The Place of Prayer

rebuildlogo.jpgPrayer has been a key foundation of what has already been done, and must remain central in all this.
Aboriginal leader, Kurta Ron Williams called for a time of national prayer and fasting in Canberra, that was held a few days after his death in October 2003. His invitation was a plea:

Please join me in prayer for the desperate plight our people are in....

My heart is so grieved for our tribal people… Many of our people are very sick and dying physically, morally, spiritually, and mentally all around Australia. Money is only part of the answer, and actually just a small part. We need to fast and pray and seek the Lord’s face. We need unity and a sense of God’s power to build and restore like the book of Nehemiah tells us… Forget our trivial differences, before it is too late… Only God can breathe life into the valley of decimated, divided, decaying and discouraged dry bones (Ezek. 37) – humble ourselves and pray that God will save our people from this accelerated attitude of hopelessness and despair – people who are dying in sin, shame and despair.

Thank God for those who have achieved and done well in so many areas – but let us never forget the many thousands who just cannot cope in the rush of today’s society.

Indigenous intercessors are beginning to take their place, and this must be encouraged and their place recognised. Indigenous leaders have an authority from God that non-indigenous people do not have. True partnership in prayer is essential, or all our efforts are futile.

Let’s Rebuild Australia: Strategy

rebuildlogo.jpgThis vision needs to be prayerfully discussed and refined. There have already been some years of work on some of the aspects of it. A small group of indigenous and non-indigenous leaders recently spent time in prayer and discussion, making a commitment to working together on this vision, and working towards a strategy for action. The vision needs to be taken to every part of the nation.

Let’s Rebuild Australia: Future Action Required

We ask for your prayerful consideration of this vision. Details need to be refined and added. Other people are already involved in aspects of this strategic move of God, but we don’t even know about them yet.
We welcome your comments. We seek your support in prayer, in sharing the message with others, and financially.

Please contact any of us - leave a message if necessary, and be patient in waiting for a reply, as some of us spend time in remote areas where messages and phones contacts are difficult.

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