According to census records NSW has the largest population of Indigenous people in Australia. Many Seventh-day Adventist churches around the North NSW Conference have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. Some of our western towns have significant Indigenous population percentages. For instance, Brewarrina 61.4%, Boggabilla 43%, Walget 42%, Bourke 33.3% and Moree 22.3%.
History of the ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to Australia’s Indigenous peoples in New South Wales
1910: Pastor Philip Rudge was commissioned to go to the Macleay Valley to commence ministry to the local Aboriginal people. He began his work in Burnt Bridge, inland from Kempsey.
1950s: Miriwinni Gardens Aboriginal Academy opened near Bellbrook.
1975: George Quinlan was employed as the first Aboriginal minister in Australia.
1980: Pastor Quinlan was ordained.
If you would like to receive a copy of the Good News for Aborigines and Islanders magazine, please phone the ATSIM department at the Conference Office on (02) 4951 8088.
Aboriginal Mental Health Program - Camp Obadiah
In March 2019, Adventist Community services and ATISM (Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Ministries) ran a 10 day depression and anxiety recovery program south of Kempsey in New South Wales. This was the first residential program of its kind ever conducted for the Aboriginal community. This video shows the amazing transformation that took place with the participants. This area of work is a special opportunity for us to help people who are battling with mental illness. A second program is planned for October 2019.