The Legacy of ‘Brother’ Boko
By Malcolm Willcocks
He opened our minds to Aboriginal culture in a way that not many people get the privilege of experiencing.
Let us remember with thanks God’s gift to us through Brother’s life. May we also walk together in joy, love and unity – one family under Father God.
It began at about 8.00 am on a Sunday – a phone call from the church worker at Titjikala (Maryvale), some 100 km south-east of Alice Springs, asking if I would come so the people could have holy communion. After agreeing and driving the 90-minute trip, I was most surprised to discover a whole tribe of white fellas waiting at the church.
Nine siblings of the Smart family had travelled to Titjikala from all over Australia to be with their extended Aboriginal family, including Lorna Wilson, Patricia Boko, Margaret Campbell and Janie Wells, to lay a memorial stone on the grave of their foster brother, Lincoln ‘Brother’ Boko.
Read further how ‘Brother’ Boko’s God given gifts touched the lives of both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples alike.
Read similar stories on the Finke River Mission (FRM) of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA), website.
Malcolm Willcocks is the Pastoral Support Worker
for the Pitjantjatjara Language Area (Central Australia)
Ministry of the LCA’s FRM