Hillsong Church in Sydney Challenges Thousands to Fight Injustice

Published: 2007-07-05
The 21st annual Hillsong Conference was held from July 2-6 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia which would bring together more than 30,000 Christians from 68 nations representing 19 denominations. A moving rendition of 'Amazing Grace', accompanied by a 46-piece orchestra, created a powerful opening where Pastor Gary Skinner, founder of Watoto Child Care Ministries, said, ""While the government might be able to put a little food in [a child's] belly and a little bit of education in their brains and a roof over their head and some clothes on their back, there's not a government in the world that can put Christ's love inside the heart of a child and give them dignity and value. Only we can do that. So we must hear God's call and respond in loving and practical ways, and we must do it now."

Pastor Skinner's ministry helps AIDS orphans and those forced to become child soldiers in Uganda. He currently has 1,700 children in purpose-built villages providing homes, schools and clinics. They are now planning to build a new village in Gulu in northern Uganda, to rehabilitate former child soldiers who were kidnapped and trained to kill by the rebel army during years of bitter civil war.

"I believe it's not the responsibility of movie stars or pop idols or the government to care for God's children. It's our responsibility," Pastor Gary said.

During the conference, Pastor Skinner was presented with a cheque for $740,000 donated by the people of Hillsong Church for Watoto's efforts in northern Uganda.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff

    Photo:Watoto Children's Choir


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