Following a six month research project into community needs in the greater Darwin area, plans are progressing for the establishment of a new Baptist care organisation in the Northern Territory.
With the support of Baptist Care Australia [BCA], Baptist churches in the Darwin area have united together around the vision of developing Baptist Care – Northern Territory.
[BCA is the peak body which brings together Baptist care agencies from across Australia, including BCS. BCA is chaired by Dr June Heinrich, the BCS Chief Executive Officer.]
Earlier this year, with funding from BCA, a 12-month research and development role was created and Mr Peter Fisher was appointed to lead investigations into the possible establishment of a Darwin-based care agency.
A steering committee, chaired by the Senior Pastor of Darwin Baptist Church, Mal Sercombe, has been appointed to develop a constitution for the proposed new body and to identify short and long terms goals.
The research project has identified affordable housing and the provision of food for people on the margins as two key needs in the greater Darwin area.
On August 22 more than 70 people from Baptist congregations in Darwin came together for a care forum, including presentations from BCA member bodies. BCS representatives led sessions on BCS Food 4 Life, Chisholm Care, Darcy House and plans for low-cost social housing projects.
Dr June Heinrich said she was delighted with the progress that had been made this year and looked forward to the Baptist care vision in the Northern Territory becoming a reality.
“This has been a great example of how Baptist care agencies from across the country can work together to see an expansion in care services in a new area,” Dr Heinrich said.
“There is a group of very passionate and committed people on the ground who want to work together and express the love of Jesus in practical ways to people in need.”
“Can I encourage our supporters in NSW and the ACT to be praying for our friends in the Territory and their vision for a new care body.”