We have just said good-bye to another team. They are on the long road back to Adelaide (1500km +) as I write.
A couple of moments stood out to me through the week that I would like to share with you. One, was their willingness to have a go. The team was made up of 6 teenage girls and 4 adults. The teenage girls were quite tentative, but as Steve (one of the leaders on the team) aptly said, once they were told they could do it they were willing to give anything a try even if it was out of their comfort zones.
Another moment that stood out was last night.
We went for a BBQ down at Telegraph Station, a lovely spot where kids can run and explore and older people can mingle and enjoy the nature. It was so beautiful to see these young, tired, peopled-out girls serve again. Especially a couple of them who were more than happy to help the older ladies who had their walkers and could only move really slowly.
I loved the BBQ also because I saw it as a true picture of the heart of our church- as ‘a church for all people’. There were young and old, indigenous and white fella and all enjoying and mingling with one another. Yes, we have indigneous in our church, but they are not our church. Yes we have white fellas in our church, but they are not our church… we have the very young, and the not so young, the well-educated and those who have never been to school.
It is when all of these people come together, that is our church. It makes my heart happy. I love it. It is full of people from every walk of life. A smorgasbord of people, loving God and loving each other.
We loved watching the adults work with the team. They were caring, supportive, corrective and believed in their young people. They were not domineering but not afraid to guide. A pleasure to watch.
I would like to thank the team for giving their time and finance to come on this adventure. Some of them were so homesick, but they still gave of themselves. I pray that this is an enriching experience and one that stays with them and reminds them that no matter where we come from or what has happened in our lives that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has a plan, and he wants to outwork that plan through us, we need only be willing.
Sorry the pics aren’t clear, will try to upgrade later…. 🙂