Ganggalah a window to the future
GANGGALAH Church hosted its annual conference on the weekend focused on bringing together people of all races to celebrate the potential of all individuals.
Ganggalah is a local Bundjulung word meaning “place of wisdom and learning” and has become the new name for the Tweed Valley Community Church.
Senior pastors of the church William and Sandra Dumas were inspired to host the annual Ganggalah Conference by their passion for indigenous issues.
“This conference brings together people of every colour and nation, who have a heart to see indigenous communities around Australia thrive and bring hope and godly leadership to their people,” Pastor Dumas said.
“Our aim is that delegates leave here inspired, with a no-excuses approach to life and a great sense of joy and anticipation for the future.”
The conference featured speeches by Australian Christian Churches national president Pastor Wayne Alcorn and gospel singer Pastor Robyn Green.
Tarran Dean, communications officer for Ganggalah, said all speakers were insightful with their knowledge and seemed committed in their investment in the future generations.
“They spoke of how the message stick in the past was used to help messengers travelling from one tribe to another and how we had to make sure our messages between communities stayed positive,” she said.
“It wasn't about colour or race, it was about looking after our kids.
“The bush tucker was a big hit.”
Ganggalah is a Christian organisation that also incorporates a training centre, Aboriginal arts program and community care.