Thursday, December 03, 2009

Travel time again

Wow. This time next week I'll be in New Delhi! I'm sure I'll have much to blog about there. But look at this photo. It's the readers picture in this week's Australian WarCry, I took it of the Great Wall of China in August 2008. I also saw Beijing and spent time in Wuhan, Cheng Du and Deyang. I also visited villages that were destroyed by the May 2008 Earthquake. Amazing stories. And yet this is the first time I've blogged on China...
Hopefully I won't be so remiss when it comes to India. That should be a memorable time, and I'm sure the extremes of the poverty there will impact on me.
In the meantime, gaze at this Wonder of the World (albeit one that cost many hundreds of lives in its construction...) and pray for our team in South Asia (as well as our Chinese Friends) as you do.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pilgrim Feet

Someone once said something along the lines of 'a tourist is one who passes through a land taking pictures, but a pilgrim is one who lets the land pass through them' I did a bit of a google for the exact quote, but cannot find it anywhere.
Anyway, the feet of a pilgrim are an important thing, it is by his feet that a pilgrim stands and walks on the land. And wherever your feet are, there you are also... (barring altercations with crocodiles and other unforseen events)
And so, here are the photos of the feet of around 60 people as we travelled from Brisbane to Uluru and back.
Fortunately we went by bus, rather than walking the whole distance, or we'd still be on the way!
'Life is a journey, long is the road...' 'It's a long way to travel alone...' 'the long and winding road, that leads to your door...' 'and I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more...' So many songs that involve the image of pilgrimage. All I know is that the Uluru Pilgrimage was a significant time for many young people, but life itself is a pilgrimage, and we are all on that journey. The sad thing is so many people go through lives as tourists, and many of them have no idea of their final destination.
As we all travel along, we need to help those we meet on the way, help them find their direction, because we're all in this together. So lets get on our feet and walk a life worthy of our calling.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Uluru 09

yes, it is time for another update to this rather infrequent blog...
Just this morning I arrived back in Brisbane after around 7800km in a bus with 60 or so young people and their leaders for an 8 day pilgrimage to Uluru.
On the way we stopped in Peterborough Sth Australia for lunch. I used to live in Peterborough when I was in grade 4, in fact, here is a photo of my old house. That was my bedroom window on the left. There used to be an almond tree outside that window, and a water tank, whose bottom rusted out just after we arrived and we couldn't have fresh rain water to drink. We had to drink town water which needed to be filtered and boiled before it was consumable as we waited for the rain to fall...
At Peterborough we had a locust plague and I remember the air thick with them, us kids spending school lunch times seeing how many we could catch in our lunch boxes. It was where I had my first crush - Jacquie Adams - prettiest girl in class, and it's where Allan walked into a Stobie pole and still carries a scar.
It's also where, in the little Salvation Army Hall next door where I as an 8 year old gave my heart to the Lord. It's where I became a junior Soldier in the Salvation Army.
Ah, memories... but an hour or so in Peterborough wasn't the only thing that happened in the last week or two but that can wait for another blog.