CMS has served among Indigenous people in Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory for over 100 years. We also have a long history of ministry with Indigenous Australians in Darwin. More recently, our ministry has expanded to serving alongside other Indigenous people in North Australia.
Ministry among Aboriginal people in North Australia carries with it significant challenges and vast needs. The history of land dispossession and ongoing issues in the areas of health, education, employment, and social dysfunction continue to shape daily life for many Indigenous Australians. Yet amidst these difficulties, God has worked and continues to work in powerful ways in and through Aboriginal Christians.
Our work in North Australia
Indigenous church leaders see the great need for gospel hope to transform the lives of their young people, so they have asked for CMS missionaries to continue serving alongside them.
CMS workers are helping to empower Indigenous Christians to reach their communities with the life-changing gospel message in culturally appropriate ways, and to build the future Church in North Australia. We are involved in discipleship, training and resourcing, facilitating Bible translation and other vital support ministries in Darwin, Broome and remote communities.
We would love to send more workers to serve alongside Aboriginal people in North Australia, including placing people in new locations such as Far North Queensland.
- Region: North Australia
- Capital: Darwin (NT), Perth (WA)
- Population: 0.2 million (32.5% Indigenous)
- Religions: Protestant 30.2%, Roman Catholic 23.1%, no religion 25.6%
- Languages: Many Indigenous languages; most Indigenous Australians speak English as a second language