In its 23rd year, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson led 1000 people including the Honourable Colin Barnett in prayer for our great State this morning at Perth’s Crown Convention Centre for the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.
Former Zimbawean international cricket player, and recent migrant to Adelaide, Henry Olonga gave the keynote address, captivating the crowd with strong messages of God’s unconditional love, his perfect justice and our urgency of making a decision to believe in him or not before our time on earth comes to an end.
“God gives us the choice. It’s an extraordinary freedom — to choose not to believe in him,” Mr Olonga said.
He talked about the confronting nature of death, when truth will be revealed, and challenged everyone in the Grand Ballroom to consider Christ today.
“If you want to gamble that there’s no God then I think you might find yourself on the wrong side of justice.”
Quoting John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Mr Olonga said he has had to cry out to God many times throughout his life including a two-hour car jacking experience where he was told he would be killed by the night’s end, a near-drowning, and when his life was once again threatened because of his involvement in the 2003 black armband protest that mourned the death of democracy in Zimbabwe.
Listen to Mr Olonga’s full story below and the prayers that were offered up for WA.
Podcast: Henry Olonga Keynote Address
Podcast: The Hon Kerry Sanderson AO Address
Podcast: Michael Battersby Item and Prayers
98five’s general manager Bevan Jones was the master of ceremonies while The Jazz Show’s Michael Battersby performed There is a Redeemer.