There is another arm of Walk a While – separate from, yet connected to the primary objectives. This project is entirely Christian and cannot be funded through tax deductible donations. It is the construction of a 20-metre-high cross in Central Australia.
Building this cross is the dream of Outback indigenous leaders and for this we are now seeking financial and practical assistance from the Christian community. Read below to learn about the history and vision of this project.
The Cross – A Spiritual Heritage
Ken Duncan believes Australia has been chosen to see a mighty move of the Holy Spirit. It will be a Holy Spirit fire that starts in the centre and spreads out across our nation. This fire will then begin to move out into the Pacific region, then into America and the rest of the world. It will not be brought about by any one person or denomination; God is speaking to those who have ears to hear His voice and each will have a part to play.
Smith Wigglesworth prophesied a great move of the Holy Spirit in Australia. This is one recollection of his prophecy:
“Australia, you have been chosen by God for a great move of the Holy Spirit. This move of God will be the greatest move of God ever known in mankind’s history and will start towards the end of the 20th century and move into the 21st century. This move of God will start a great revival in Australia, spread throughout the whole world and usher in the second coming of Jesus. This will be the final revival before the coming of the Lord.”
Ken believes this prophesy is already unfolding. Take, for example, the phenomenon known as “sing along”.
The Role of Sing Along
Since 1982, a group of indigenous Christians has been singing songs to Jesus almost every night for hours at a time. They call this phenomenon “sing along”. (Read more on our Sing Along page). This hasn’t been imposed on the indigenous Christians by any other race; it’s their own form of worship. Ken first experienced sing along over 8 years ago when some of these dedicated singers visited the Ikuntji community. When the singing started, people came from far and wide and it would go on for hours. As various groups got involved in this indigenous worship, their communities were transformed overnight. Many long-term issues like sexual immorality, drug abuse, petrol sniffing miraculously began to fall away.
Ken has never experienced anything as powerful as sing along when it is in full flight. He says “When it starts, the heavens open and time seems to stand still.”
The original sing along team returned to their community after igniting the Holy Spirit fire in Haasts Bluff and rising up leaders to keep the singing going. Over time, demonic forces came against those leaders and slowly sing along as Ken had known it, began to die down – it is still smouldering but is no longer an intense fire.
How The Cross Dream Began
In 2009 Alison and Douglas, leaders of the Haast’s Bluff community, told Ken the sing along singers were coming back to their area, to a place called Memory Mountain. Tribes would be coming from all around to be part of this Easter sing along to celebrate their Christian heritage. They asked if Ken would come and bring Christian musicians to join them.
Ken assembled an eclectic group from Hillsong, Brisbane City Church and Living Waters Hope Centre. They joined hundreds of indigenous people from surrounding communities and in the shadow of Memory Mountain, on a red dirt stage, the powerful singing continued for five consecutive nights. With harp sounds wafting through the air, the divine resonance of sing along opened the heavens above.
During that event, three community leaders shared with Ken their vision to build a cross on top of Memory Mountain. When they explained they had each received this vision independently, he knew this was of God and said he’d be glad to help.
What Will The Cross Look Like?
This cross, the combined vision of indigenous community leaders, will not be a small, insignificant structure. It will be twenty metres high, made of Core Ten Steel, and erected on top of Memory Mountain which is about 190 meters high. The cross will be outlined with solar powered LED lights so it can be seen from afar at night. You can read some of the technical details on The Cross Plans page.
Many indigenous artists are providing paintings to help raise funds for the project. Alison has produced a painting she called “Holy Spirit Fire” which is the story of the cross. She believes when the cross is raised on that mountain, it will break strongholds over our nation. We believe with our indigenous brothers and sisters that as this cross is raised up in the heart of Australia it will draw people from far and wide. It will be like a stake in the heart of our nation, claiming it for Jesus and proclaiming His name over our land.
In November 2012 final permission and permits were obtained to build the cross and since then a project manager has joined Ken’s team, recently visiting central Australia with Ken to meet with construction people, to obtain final costings and timelines for the project. Back in Sydney, a committee has been formed, charged by Ken to raise funds to Help Raise the Cross.
To have obtained permission to build the Cross on Memory Mountain is a miracle in itself. When it is finally finished there will be a huge celebration at Memory, right under the Cross. All the individuals and groups who have helped bring this vision to pass will be invited to attend. Creative people, financial partners and prayer warriors from Australia and overseas will come and connect with what the Holy Spirit is doing in this region.
Indigenous people from many tribes around Australia will come as well. The singing has started in a small way in many indigenous communities around Australia as the people get wind of what God wants to do in our nation. At the foot of the cross we will see true reconciliation in Australia.
The required permissions and plans exist, soon we will have the costs and there is a deadline – imposed by the Central Lands Council permit – to have the cross erected by November 2014. This project will not be accomplished through government grants; the Cross will be built by the body of Christ. Some stunning paintings from indigenous artists in the region already exist and donations are starting to come in as people hear of the vision.
Ken is very much looking forward to the celebration when the vision of our indigenous brothers and sisters comes to pass.
Jesus is the only answer for our nation. As this cross is raised up, we will see God’s will come to pass – on Earth as it is in heaven.
Join Us In Raising The Cross
We invite you to join with us to make this vision a reality and be part of what we believe the Holy Spirit wants to do in our nation.
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