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R.I.P Pastor Paul Haines

by Malcolm Willcocks

Pastor Paul Haines died on 24 October 2020 surrounded by family, whilst in the palliative care unit of Alice Springs Hospital.

Paul was ordained on 2 July 1995 (along with Simon Gorey and Don Presley) at Ti Tree (200 kilometres north of Alice Springs). He mostly ministered at Nturiya (Ti Tree Station community).

Paul and his wife Seraphina Presley assisted Wycliffe linguist David Strickland in his translation work in the Anmatjerr language.

Mark 8:35: Tjerrtj rarl athek-irrem kwer-areny iteth anetjeh, rang kel ilwetjenh. Tjerrtj rarl yengenh awem, angketj tjengenheh kangkwerrem, iterrentj kwerenheh angwerremel, rant kwenh iteth anetjenh. (‘For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.’).

Read further about Pastor Paul’s and Seraphina’s contribution to Aboriginal ministry

Read similar stories in the 2020 Summer edition of Christ in the Centre, news from the Finke River Mission (FRM) of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).

Malcolm Willcocks is the Pastoral Support Worker
for the Pitjantjatjara Language Area (Central Australia)
Ministry of the LCA’s FRM

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