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LYDIA WESTERN

Can An American Come To Australia And Start A Church?

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Do American’s love Australians too? I wish we had more churches like you do.

I’m a pastor’s daughter. Number eight in a line of nine children, A.C.E homeschooled, had to flee the state we lived in because child protection services were after us kids (ever heard of that? My sister put us in. Nice girl), I.B conservative Baptist, the whole bit. I love Andrew Murray, F.B Meyer, Francis Schaffer, my parents have been around for three hundred and ninety-five years (actually Dad’s in his seventies), been through every kind of church problem you can think of and met every kind of Christian nut imaginable (Pharisees included). Don’t you love those people that think even sugar’s sinful. 

Anyway, There are about 180 I.B churches in Australia. Most are in NSW, QLD and VIC. There are about 3 in Tasmania and 1 in Northern Territory. There are about 9 in South Australia (where I was born), 5 of which are in Adelaide city. My Dad started the first I.B church in South Australia about forty some years ago after coming back from bible college in Springfield Massouri (sorry can’t spell). He was actually raised church of Christ and had never heard of the I.Bs because there were hardly any in Australia back then. Actually there was one church called Calvary Baptist in S.A that had been going a year before he started his but he was almost the first anyway. Might aswell have been, there wasn’t anyone around. It was called Northside Baptist Church. Now my brother Simeon Western pastors the church. It wasn’t planned. There have been other pastors between Dad and him but that’s what ended up happening. We actually live in Bathurst, N.S.W now. 

The churches here are typically between 60-80 people. A hundred or more is considered big. Churches of 30-50 are very common also. Apart from the cities, churches are typically hundreds of KM apart. America has about 25 times the number of I.B churches as Australia. I believe you have around 9,200 or something like that. Australia has about 180 - 200 maybe that any one directory is aware of. Certainly not thousands anyway. It’s really lonely, actually. There are some hidden flowers growing in this desert. Good ones too. The sort of people that you look at and say, “Wow, why hasn’t anyone found you yet?” But Ill be honest and say that Americans are better looking than Australians I think (not that looks are everything. I’m just half asleep and thought I’d say it). Anyway, off topic.

So if anyone wants to be a missionary to Australia, you can come and you can meet my family too. We’re in Bathurst, N.S.W and have about fourty-fifty people in our country church. But we have a really nice home and we’re normal by the way. The sort of people that you could talk for hours with about church problems over a cup of tea? Great isn’t it. 

Anyway, I hope some Americans will love Australians and I’ll be sure to love you back if you ever come. 

God bless.

 

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By the way, Brother Graham (Lydia's Dad), is a nice guy and a very accomplished musician, aside from anything else.

(I don't know him well - doubt he would recognise me at all, but I have met him a few times, and been privileged to hear him play. We live about 4000km away)

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I would love to come to Australia and have the opportunity to serve the Lord...that's one of my personal dreams!

By the way...I already have personal and first-hand knowledge of Emus (long story)! 🤣

However, my wife is afraid that one of those evil Australian spiders will bite her (or one of us)...so she would rather us move to Florida...where alligators and boa constrictors help themselves to people's backyards and swimming pools. 🤔  😮

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15 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

I would love to come to Australia and have the opportunity to serve the Lord...that's one of my personal dreams!

By the way...I already have personal and first-hand knowledge of Emus (long story)! 🤣

However, my wife is afraid that one of those evil Australian spiders will bite her (or one of us)...so she would rather us move to Florida...where alligators and boa constrictors help themselves to people's backyards and swimming pools. 🤔  😮

lol don’t worry. No one has died from a spider bite since 1979.

There are roughly about 3000 snake bites per year in Australia but on average only one or two fatalities. 

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On 2/23/2020 at 5:04 AM, LYDIA WESTERN said:

lol don’t worry. No one has died from a spider bite since 1979.

There are roughly about 3000 snake bites per year in Australia but on average only one or two fatalities. 

....and that would be me. I would be one of the two fatalities. 🙂 

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I think the requirements to stay in Australia are pretty strict. I believe you have to have someone to sponsor you, you need to have a certain amount of ready funds, and I think a job lined up. At least these were the rough requirements for someone going there to go to school, which is what kept my niece from being able to, as she couldn't meet all the requirements.

As for going as a missionary, I don't know if they're different, or if it would need be done through the sponsorship of an existing church.

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