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Nungalinya eNews - March 2015

History in the making

Dear <<First Name>> 

Our first cohort of students in the new Certificate IV in Theology & Ministry course has made history this term as Nungalinya's Principal, Dr Jude Long, began teaching it on February 16

The Certificate IV in Theology and Ministry is the next logical step for those wanting to proceed to ordination or to a more formal ministry role in their community. The course aims to deepen biblical understanding while extending into areas of church leadership, teaching and discipling.

This course is a significant part of our strategy to provide a pathway from Certificate I studies through to ordination.

It is highly sought after by people in remote communities and we already have 43 applications across three denominations for it. To be accepted into this course, students will have to demonstrate academic ability and most will have previous qualifications from Nungalinya. 

Prayer Points

If you are short on time:

  • Please give thanks that the first Certificate IV students have completed their first two units of study.
  • Pray for communities affected by the recent Cyclone Lam.
  • Please pray for the new students arriving to begin studies in early March.
If you have a bit longer:
  • Give thanks for our Resource Centre which allows students to purchase ministry resources for use in their communities.
  • Give thanks for volunteers who help reduce our costs and offer valuable support to staff and students.
  • Please pray for a successful Celebration Dinner on March 13 with Bishop Greg Anderson giving the address.
Louise Garnarradj

Meet a student - Louise Garnarradj

Louise lives in Gunbalanya in Arnhem Land. She has two young adult daughters aged 21 and 17. At Nungalinya, Louise is doing the Foundation Studies Course using the Bible to develop reading and writing skills. This is her first time at Nungalinya. Louise worships at Emmanuel Church Gunbalanya. At church she is involved in reading the Bible in language.

When asked why she came to Nungalinya, Louise replied: “I want to learn more about reading the Bible”. When Louise was a little girl she used to go to church with her mum. ”She used to take me, but I did not really understand. I used to ask my mum, is that just a story book or what? She told me, it’s the Bible. She explained it to me in language. I was thinking to myself when I grow up I want to try to learn the Bible, and now I am here at Nungalinya.”

When she was 15, she visited her cousin on Goulburn Island. And her cousin talked with her about Jesus. When she returned home to Gunbalanya, she talked with her pastor Lois Nadjammerek: “Then I thought I would try to go to church and see how it goes. I went one Sunday morning and it felt really good. I thought I’ll keep going.”

Before she came to know Jesus her life was not good: “I used to drink at the Club and smoked. I changed my life in 2007 when I give up everything and started trying. I was reading the Bible, and I felt better. After I came to know Jesus, I wanted to tell other people.”

When asked what difference the course at Nungalinya is making to her life, Louise says that she loves learning more about the Bible and: “I feel no shame. I’m feeling friendly to other people.”

Upon returning to her home town from Nungalinya, Louise hopes to talk with her pastor Lois Nadjammerek and tell her: “I can help teach the young kids how to read the Bible during the service on Sundays and talk about Jesus with them.”

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From the Bible

Psalm 3:8

New International Version (NIV)
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Diary Dates
Nungalinya Celebration Dinner
March 13, 2015, 6.30pm

72 Dripstone Rd, Nakara

The Rt Rev'd
 Dr Greg Anderson
Anglican Bishop, NT

r call 1800 645 147
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Our Media students script, film and edit a short video of their story as part of their assessment tasks. You see them and other Nungalinya College-related videos HERE 

What's on in Chapel?

During February we have been studying the book of Esther in our chapel services.   Students and staff have demonstrated great talent by presenting the story in dramatic form, much to the delight of all present. For more pics visit our photo gallery.
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