Newcastle and the lower Hunter Region were traditionally occupied by the Awabakal and Worimi Aboriginal People. In September 1797 Lieutenant John Shortland became the first European to explore the area. His discovery of the area was largely accidental; as he had been sent in search of a number of convicts who had seized HMS Cumberland as she was sailing from Sydney Cove.
The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes most of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Local Government Areas. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting over 97 Mt of coal in 2009–10 with plans to expand annual capacity to 180 Mt by 2013. The Port of Newcastle remains the economic and trade centre for the resource rich Hunter Valley and for much of the north and northwest of New South Wales.
Pray for more regular outreach teams sent out both locally and to the nations.
Pray for wisdom and creativity on how to reach the youth in the city with the gospel and for more youth ministry staff.
Pray for staff to come who have specific skills that are needed on the base.
Pray for the YWAM community to experience more of the presence of God every day.