Impact of Cyclones
The NT and Qld cyclones were of great concern last week and in particular, 3 of our NT schools were under direct threat in the path of the damaging winds.
Cyclone Lam safely passed over Nhulunbuy Christian College in Gove, but has deeply impacted the communities of Gäwa Christian School at the northern tip of Elcho Island and Mäpuru Christian School. Praise God for protection over Gäwa. All school and community buildings (with the exception of a small demountable) are still standing and the airstrip is clear.
Praise God for his mighty hand of protection over Mäpuru. We believe the eye of TC Lam actually passed over the top of Mäpuru; there was 30mins of sudden stillness in the early hours of Friday morning. The 40 community members sheltering in the school prayed all night. In spite of so many trees down at Mäpuru there was minimal damage to buildings. Although there have been no injuries, many residents are still in a state of shock. The airstrip is now clear.
Praise God that our staff at Galiwinku and Milingimbi were safe and able to return to Darwin after the cyclone passed.
We are pleased to note that Annandale Christian School in Townsville, missed the effects of the Cyclone.
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