Name: Uncle Bruce Walker
Occupation: Pastor, Tabulum Church
Place of Residence: Tabulum, NSW
Tribe/Language: Bundjujaalung people
A swift sprinter in his youth, Bruce Walker, 75, was approached to compete in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. “I would have raced against the great Jesse Owens,” said Bruce. “But my mum said, ‘No, I don’t want you to go.’ God put me in another race…to be a messenger for Him.”
Born on an Indigenous reserve at Turtle Point in New South Wales, Bruce is an elder of the Bundjalung people who are the original custodians of the northern coastal areas of NSW. He has pastored a church at Tabulam for the past 40 years. Bruce has 6 sons, 2 daughters and 22 grandchildren, at last count. “I’m a bit like Father Abraham…got many sons,” he said.
At age 15, Bruce gave his heart to the Lord in a little church at Tabulam where God was moving mightily amongst the elders. “Growing up, I always thought about the Lord. I never drank. I never smoked. God didn’t allow me going down that track,” said Bruce.
“As time rolls on…all I can say is, ‘God is so good.’ If we stay in God’s ordinance, we’ll have all the blessings and beautiful things that God has to offer us.
“If this nation would come back to the ordinance of God…family will be saved…everybody will be living in harmony… they’ll be singing, shouting, praising the Lord all over the place.
“God is calling this nation back to repentance. He loves everybody because the Word says that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. If we turn back to our first love, towards God, He will restore this whole land of Australia,” said Bruce.
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