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Reaching men in Broome

CMS missionaries Chris and Karen Webb work with the Aboriginal community in Broome. May this story of Chris’s men’s group inspire you to prayer and imitation. 

Around 9am every Monday morning five or six men get together to hear from the Bible, sing a couple of songs, pray for each other and have a cuppa. This is the Broome Peoples Church mens group. 

We used to meet at the church. But one Monday, something in the Bible reading made one of the men realise that our private Bible study and reflection could benefit more men if we met in a more public place. After a bit of discussion, we agreed to try having mens group on the big oval in the middle of Broome where Aboriginal people often congregate. The next week I filled up some thermoses with hot water (a cuppa is essential for a good yarn!) and we gathered under a tree on the oval. 

What happened next? 

So, what happened next? A great revival? Well not really. Nobody else joined us for a few weeks. 

Finally, we had one extra bloke join us. That was followed by two visitors from another community the next week, who happened to see us when they were driving past. Not really a mass spiritual awakening, but maybe a small, subtle beginning. 

In this situation, here are three ways that I see God at work: 

  • God has given the men in our group a real desire to share the good news of Jesus with other men and to think creatively about how to do that. 
  • God has given those same men boldness to express their faith in Jesus in a public place. This is a big step, especially for the young Christians in the group. 
  • Every week, one or two other men do drop in briefly to say g’day or ask a relative for a smoke. One day one of them might stay and meet Jesus through our little gathering! 

Our Monday mens group reminds me of the way Jesus likened the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade” (Mark 4:31-32). 

Pray

Ask God to use Chris’s Monday mens group in Broome to keep building his kingdom here and everywhere.