Saving Australian Lives | Christian Media Installation Mission | May 2017
Days 1-4 | Perth to Broome
With a late getaway from Perth after a thorough brief on the campers and utes, the crew spent the night in Geraldton. Equipment was loaded into the vehicles from the Geraldton ‘office’ at Brian’s house and we hit the road. In a hope to maximise our time on country we drove for over 10 hours a day and made Broome by Day 3 (3rd May 2017).
Day 5 | Broome (4th May)
We took a rest break and stocked up the camper fridges in Broome. In the evening, Dan Vogler got the guitar out and sung a few songs at the caravan park. Many people came and sat listening to the words. We remember a young boy with his dad waiting for a chance to speak with Dan afterwards and get his signature. Dan shared a word of encouragement and we all went to bed blessed.
Day 6 | One Arm Point
The first installation day and the crew split in two (not literally). Unfortunately, the spectrum analyser with Wayne, Brayden and Chris was later found to be faulty and explains why we were unable to properly tune into the GodTV signal at One Arm Point.
- Brian will be back to One Arm Point and Beagle Bay in July to finish the installation!
7th May | Derby
The team back together again, minus Brayden – who had to leave the group in Broome.
Visited Pastors Paul White and Yong Kim at Derby Baptist Church to encourage them and share stories. Wayne was particularly interested in The People’s Church that Yong Kim, a Korean pastor who has a passion for the country and aboriginal people of the north-west.
A satellite tuning refresher was held for the benefit of the Derby locals, who run a similar mission called Kingdom Aviation and for our team who weren’t so familiar with this particular dish configuration.
In the evening we shared with the folk there where we’ve come from and about the installation mission. After taking many photos and sharing his excitement with us, we ended up installing God TV at the Derby Peoples Church so everyone can join Pastor Kim watching good news anytime.
During the night service we prayed for many sick people. They received healing.
8th May | Travel Day | Derby to Looma via Camballin
At Looma the COFM team put on a concert in the community that was very well received. There was a fantastic atmosphere and people came up for prayer after. Wayne stayed back well into the night praying with the locals and especially remembers a young man called Gideon. His knowledge of The Bible was better than all of us.
9th May | Travel Day | Camballin to Noonkanbah
The road was said to be ok from the policeman at Camballin, but we found it no so as it had a lot of sandy patches and we bogged 2 cars. We found Malcom an elder in the community and set up our camp later that night.
10th May | Noonkanbah & Fitzroy Crossing
Next Morning on the 10th May we checked his install at Malcom’s home plus the Church all good. Found that the Vision Radio was not working, repointed the dish and then it was back on. Could not cross the Fitzroy River as it was too high. So, we travelled on to Fitzroy Crossing town. We meet up with Pastor Warren and stayed the night with them and took all out for a meal.
11th May | Prayer for Unity Day
On the 11th May we travelled to a community called Muludja that Pastor Warren suggested and installed 2 systems. Then we travelled to Bayulu to catch up with Melissa (EX Looma) but she was back in Noonkanbah for a Funeral. So, we travelled to Wangkatjungka (Christmas Creek) to see Joseph home but he was not home as he was on his way back from Perth after a Bible Study. We caught up with his wife and installed God TV and gave a receiver to the Pastor in the Community. That night Dan Vogler was sing and many came to listen then after people came forward for prayer and They have 3 churches in this Community. Dan asked the 3 pastors to talk and they did, all saying that they need UNITY in their community.
12-13th May | Halls Creek & Balgo
Thee next morning 12th May we installed the second God TV and found that Joseph was still at Fitzroy so we had to go on and missed meeting him. We travelled on to Halls Creek for fuel then down the Tanami road to Balgo. On the way with Brian’s Car and camper, Brian notice that the car slowed down so he look at the rear-vision mirror and saw smoke coming of the camper wheel and it was also on a lean. After David Jack (cameraman) and Brian got out we could see that it had lost 2 bolts on the wheel hub and only holding on with 2 other bolts. Brian notice that on the sub frame on each side there where 2 bolts together so Brian took 1 from each side and that was the same as the ones we had lost!
After a while we had the wheel back on and had to travel another 70 KLM and arrived at Balgo. We came to cross roads in Balgo and stopped a car with 2 young men. We asked the for help and one was a Ranger training a Ranger at Balgo. The trainer was Betsy’s grandson from Mulan. So, the ranger from Balgo took us to a Catholic church and the father said we could camp outside and he open a boarding house room to shower and toilet. We were so blessed.
Next morning the 13th May we found a mechanic to fix the top to bolts that need to be replaced as they had a bend, all fixed and we gave him $100 for the work. Dan and I travelled to Mulan and check the 2 systems at Besties home and Shirley’s home was vacant, but we did install a God TV system to Besties sister house, she did not have a TV so the one we had for training we donated to her so she could watch God TV. Then we travelled back to Balgo and installed God TV for the Ranger that helped us and another house a friend of the ranger, 2 installed the we headed back to Halls Creek. On the way in Dan rang Pater Bernard and confirmed that we could camp the night as this is the home town for Pastor Brett Wilshire. We stopped for a meal then on to the Church and set up Camp.
14th May | Halls Creek
Sunday morning we caught up with Pastor Bernard and went to the church for Dan singing and to take the service. A great morning and we talked to the congregation re our mission. That afternoon we installed God TV for Pastor Bernard at his home. They invited us back for an evening service and a BBQ meal and we had people come forward and gave their life to Jesus and asked for healing and recommitted to the Lord. A great night to remember.
15th May | Halls Creek to Kununurra
Monday the 15th we left for Warmun and when we arrived they had no homes that we could install God TV so we said we would get back to them and they would look for2 homes. So, we went to the road house for a coffee break on the way I smelt this weird smell and though it was just from the Community. After our coffee, I tried to start the car and no go just went click, click like a battery terminal lose, checked all ok, we spoke with Robert from Camper hire and said we would have to jump start, no leads had to purchase a set for $50 and then turn of all power off e.g. lights radio. After we had been on the road Robert rang and said that the battery had shorted out 1 cell, so we could not go to any other communities and headed for Kununurra to pick up a new Battery. We arrived in Kununurra mid-afternoon and got a new battery. Rang Pastor Bruce and meet him at Eden the property name for his home. Terri put on a very nice meal all where happy and we all enjoyed the night with Bruce and Terri.
16-18th May | Kununurra
May the 16th I took the team out to the Ord Dam which is 7 times bigger than Sydney Harbour. Then we came back and say good bye to David Jack as he flew back to Melbourne. May the 17th we picked up Wayne Knapman and Jamie his Cameraman and then went and did an interview with Patricia who had God TV installed may years ago, back to Eden stay the night. Thursday the 18th May we installed God TV for the Ambulance officer for the town and an Indigenous family that Bruce recommended This night Bruce and Terri shouted us a meal in the town restaurant, and just before we were about to leave I said that tomorrow I will be 65 years young. So, next thing I see is Terri and Wendy bring a small muffin cake with 2 candles. and 4 strawberries. I was so moved I just about had a tear in my eye.
19th to 23rd May | The Gibb
Friday the 19th May we left for the Gibb River Road after confirming that we could cross the Pentecost River. After crossing the main river on the Gibb Road, we arrived at the Home Valley Station for the night and meet 2 young men Josh and Peter that had worked on Satellite systems and NBN. They join us and wanted to see how to install God TV systems. Here was a single man singing for Home Valley Station and he allowed Dan a few Songs and I notice that after some people had paid for their meal they stayed and listen to Dan. A great night and the Barra was great!
Saturday the 20th we left for Dodnum Community where we showed the 2 guys how to install God TV. As I was driving in i remembered that Shirley and I had install a system when in Kununurra. They were missionaries for the community and remembered me and said that I had been there before with my wife. So, we installed 2 systems one for the Pastor Dennis and his wife and a 3 system in the following morning 21st May. We stayed and had a church service all the team and Dennis lead the service a great morning. Then the 2 men went with 5 systems and headed for Kalumburu to install systems. Our team went on to Mount Bennet (Kupungarri Community) where we installed 2 systems and we camp at a great water hole and the view as great, also Wayne and Jamie jumped off a cliff and landed in the pool below.
Then the 22 May we then drove onto Imintji Community and fixed 2 campers with new Bolts. Installed 2 systems and stayed the night at their new Caravan Park.
On the 23rd May we left to see some Gorges but where closed due to the heavy rain they had this season. So, we arrived in Derby that night and camped with Pastor Pauls Church. We left some systems with him as his Satellite tech will be back soon and will help in stall some systems for COFM. That day we heard form Josh that he and Peter had installed 2 systems in Kalumburu.
The 24th we all left for the Boab tree where Both Wayne’s went to see Looma again and Chris and I went on to Pandanus Community to install 2 systems. We all meet again and Wayne and Chris left for Port Hedland to stay with Keith. Wayne Jamie and myself went to Broome for the night.
25th May | Trip Ends
The 25th May I left Broome and helped get Wayne and myself to Carnarvon and had a meal and stop over. The next morning we left for Geraldton and clean Wayne’s car a little then he went on to Perth and I returned my car on the Monday