There is another arm of Walk a While which is separate from yet aligned with ￼our primary cultural objectives. It is the construction of a 20-metre-high cross in Central Australia. This project reflects the culture, faith and creativity of the local community and Traditional Owners of the land.
Building this cross is the dream of Outback indigenous leaders and for this we are now seeking financial and practical assistance from the global community. This cross is an expression of the faith, culture and creativity of the community and is a vision that has even been expressed in the artwork of local people.
Read on to learn more about the vision and history of this project.
The Cross – A Spiritual Heritage:
Ken Duncan and local Christian people of the area believe 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.”
There is evidence to suggest 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 several 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 and 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 raising up leaders to keep the singing going. Over time, demonic forces came against those leaders and slowly Sing Along as Ken had experienced 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 Multa, leaders from the Haast’s Bluff community, invited Ken to bring some Christian musicians to join them and the Sing Along singers for their Easter services at the place they call “Memory”. This is where the local people have built a memorial to the 4 indigenous evangelists who originally spread the Gospel throughout the western desert regions. They said tribes would be coming from all around to be part of this Easter Sing Along to celebrate their Christian heritage.
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, Ken 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. The required permissions and plans are in place and the project has been carefully costed.
To complete this project we need to raise almost $A1 million and we cannot commence construction until all the funding is in place. This project will not be accomplished through government grants; the Cross will be built by the body of Christ. Cash and in-kind donations are coming in as people hear of the vision and stunning paintings from many indigenous artists in the region have been donated to help raise funds.
Alison Multa 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 are believing 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.
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 spread in a small way to 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.
We are looking forward to the celebration when the vision of our indigenous brothers and sisters comes to pass and those who have helped raise the Cross will be invited to join in.
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 the Holy Spirit is wanting to do in our nation.
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