A group of West Papuan students have formally joined the Uniting Church as they become members-in-association.
They come from various parts of Papua and West Papua provinces in Indonesia, and currently attend St John’s College in Darwin. The congregation at Philadelphia Indonesian Uniting Church in Karama welcomed the students as a part of their growing community. They have also provided pastoral care to the young people away from home.
This has been a long pastoral journey for Rev Dr Tony Floyd, who as the former national director of Multicultural and Cross-culture Ministry, has mentored the congregation over the last 6 months. He has been building and nurturing new relationships and encouraging the growing multiculturalism within the Indonesian-speaking congregation. On this joyful occasion, the students stood before the church, and sang with the wonderful voices of their homeland, Papua.
Rev Thresi Mauboy welcomed the new members into the life of UCA, and blessed the congregation as the Moderator of the Northern Synod.