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Ordination Joy Despite Lockdown

By Paul Traeger

A former student of Yirara (Aboriginal) College in Alice Springs, Stanley Roberts completed the FRM pastors’ curriculum in his forties

Despite a COVID-19 lockdown forcing a last-minute change of plans, Stanley Roberts was ordained in unique circumstances as a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) at Papunya in the Northern Territory in November, 2020. Papunya is an Aboriginal community approximately 240 km northwest of Alice Springs.

A former student at Yirara, the Lutheran Aboriginal College in Alice Springs who later completed the FRM pastors’ curriculum, Pastor Stanley, 45, had been a community night patrol worker until 2019. He finished that role to concentrate on his ministry duties. He was prominent in leading evening singalongs at Papunya during most of 2020.

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Paul Traeger is the Ministry Support Worker
for the Pintupi-Luritja Language Area (Central Australia)
Ministry of the LCA’s FRM

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