Name: Richard Evans
Occupation: Tribal Elder
Place of Residence: Leonora, WA
Tribe/Language: Kuwarra people
Born in Leonora in Western Australia, Richard Evans, 62, is a tribal elder of the Kuwarra people. The Kuwarra people are an Australian Indigenous tribe from the Western Desert region of Western Australia.
Richard was raised and attended school at Kurrawang Mission, near Kalgoorlie, which was established in 1952 by the Gospel Brethren (later known as Christian Brethren). After 26 years in Kalgoorlie, Richard returned to Leonora, where he now lives with his wife Sandra. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
When his father passed away Richard inherited tribal authority of the land of the Kuwarra people in Leonora. “My father is gone now and he has left his authority on the land for me. He was the tribal elder for the clan that I inherited. This is a special place for us,” said Richard.
“My parents used to tell us about Jesus when we were small, growing up. We had Jesus all the time. I thank God for the Mission…the teachings of the church mob that looked after us in there. The Brethren was very deep in the Word of God.
“I’ve been in the Word most of my life now. I just can’t get away from it. Jesus has opened up my life so much that I just live for Him and He looks after me daily in big ways. I can’t see myself ever falling away from Jesus because He’s my life. He’s the truth and He’s the way.
“I don’t have any ministries coming here. All I’m doing is reading from the Word. I went bush and I asked the Lord, ‘now you start speaking to me about this land here.’ He led me through Deuteronomy verses seven and eight. Now according to that word, it says, ‘cursed is the man that removes the ancient boundary stones.’ What do we mean by boundary stones? That’s the boundaries that God has set before us… Australia is falling away a little bit.
“I believe God is going to restore this land back to us Aboriginal people. We’re going to walk in the authority that God has given us for this land. I believe that when we do, revival will start coming in this country in a big way.”
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