South Land of the Holy Spirit
Australia was called 'South Land of the Holy Spirit', and claimed for Christ by Spanish explorers. It is a young country with a population of just over 22 million, and has sometimes been referred to as 'the lucky country'.
Why? Because of the many benefits we enjoy in this thoroughly free country. It is a country materially rich in world-class cities; in minerals, grain, wool, and a self-sufficient primary industry; it is advanced also in scientific research, and rich in the arts and multi-culturalism.
This ancient land is marked by deserts ―including the famous 'red-heart― rainforests, mountain ranges, golden beaches, hot summers and mild winters. And remarkably, Australia has never experienced a war on its own soil.
Australia is not 'lucky'―it has been blessed by God. But despite the fact that its constitution is founded on Christian values and beliefs, Australia has a declining number of people―some 68%― who regard themselves as even nominal Christians. And among those claiming to be Christian, only a small percentage are committed to regular Bible reading to help them maintain their Christian distinctives and lifestyle.
For many Australians, materialism and humanistic values, have brought them dreams that have 'turned dry'.
Australia has a Christian heritage and can forget it only at their peril. As Karl Marx wrote: "People without a heritage are easily persuaded."
What does CDA do in Australia?
In Australia, our intention is to raise awareness among Christians of the need to rediscover the essentials of biblical Christianity. We do this through the publication of thematic study materials that help to shape a distinctively Christian world-view. We also do this through preaching and publishing our sermons on our website. In 2013 the English version of Ewald's book, "Grace & Law" was published in Australia.
Russian, CIS needs
We also serve as a base for a ministry to the Russian Federation and the C.I.S.. Although Australia has a relatively small population, Australian churches have always been active supporters of missionary endeavour throughout the world. In the 20th century much of this effort tended to focus on the Oceania areas (Pacific-rim) radiating from Australia.
When Communism collapsed, many churches in the West became aware of both the needs and the emerging opportunities of the Christian churches that were once in the USSR.
CDA makes it our business to publicize the needs of the Russian and C.I.S. churches among Australian churches.
Australian Aborigines, who have long been neglected, continue to claim a voice in the land. While many are striving for a return to traditional values, there are many others who are committed to a Christian way of life.
Although a number of aborigines have made an impact on Australian life, many aboriginal communities lack resources, and are troubled by boredom and strife.
An aborigine with traditional markings sits playing a 'didgeridoo', a traditional instrument. Kakadu cave drawings form a background.
Christian Aborigines have used with some success, Christian corroborees, a traditional form of dance storytelling, to com-municate the truths of Creation, the Fall, and other gospel stories.
Christian aboriginal art from the Finke River mission, (Lutheran) Northern Territory .
The Southern Cross
Australia's flag uses the symbol of the 'Southern Cross' (above right)―a star constellation that early navigators saw as a cross-shaped symbol of their Christian beliefs.