Bu ri ( Aboriginal nick-name) Wakamin ( Clan Group Name)
As a part of Indigenous Ministry Links Australia (Recently on the Board as QLD Vice Chairman) he is the men's ministry pastor at Mossman Gorge community Church and leads teams to minister regularly to the Cape York-North Queensland communities of Jumbin, Coen, Laura, Hopevale, Cooktown, Wujal Wujal and Mt Garnet (also travelling to the Northern Territory) at times using his paintings as a traditional teaching tool and also as a means of generating the income he needs to travel with the Gospel.
"Buri" meaning "fire stick" has been living up to his name as recently on ministry to an Island off the coast of Arnhem Land the sky began to fill with “ Fire” confirming his message to turn from old ways of sin to Christ. Many have testified of receiving significant healings through his ministry. Other Aboriginal ministers are always encouraged in their work by his visits and many respond to the message of salvation.
Tony previously worked as a musician (he has travelled with Steve Grace) and tour guide as well as a stockman and farm hand on local properties. Tony is also a professional aboriginal artist of note. His paintings are displayed in many nations of the world. His tribe the “Wakamin” people area indigenous to the area around Chillagoe (200kmwest of Cairns, Qld) where he spent time growing up with his grandparents on local cattle stations (ranches) as his father was a head stockman. On his mother's side he is Western, Kuku Yalanji from around Laura.
For many years Tony will freely testify he wasted his life with alcohol, gambling and even sport until truly committing his life to Jesus. God who works all things together for good has taken those wasted years and turned them into a testimony and wisdom and insight that allows Tony to identify with the struggles of the people we are reaching in a powerful way.
Today God has given him a beautiful wife in Kim, who ministers alongside him and together God is using them to build His Church throughout Cape York and Arnhem-Land particularly. The greatest challenge for them is to meet the expense of traveling the huge distances between communities to support isolated struggling ministers and those who have come to Christ in communities where there has been no established Bible believing fellowship.
If you would like to partner with them in this Kingdom work please contact IMLA@imla.org.au or simply arrange with your bank to regular transfer your support as God leads to: