Where the world is still in order
A small church in Hinton, 130km north of Sydney. “How long may I speak for?” I ask Pastor Scott Willmot. “For as long as you want,” answers the sympathetic Australian. I have never received that answer just before a church service is about to start. Normally they are planned down to the final second.
I am facing families with children who are delighted that we are here. In the afternoon Chris and Sandi Welch, who have spent the last three years with their 8 children living and working in Curahuasi, will give their perspective on Diospi Suyana. Without Chris our six aerial towers would have no satellite connection.
Friendliness seems to live in these church walls. In 1857 Christians built the church and the sanctuary is filled with young people. That gives hope. I learnt that 10% of all Australians attend church; the figure is twice as high as in most European countries.
I get talking to an exchange student who comes from Northern Germany. “You would never find such a kind and loving church-family in Germany!” As I think she is wrong, I give her the address of a church in her home town where I gave a presentation a couple of years ago.
Church service, lunch and the next report. After a good five hours and a final photo our ways part. Will we see each other again? Perhaps not on earth, but definitely in heaven! I shut my car door and head back to Sydney. On Monday morning I am off to Melbourne – 905km./KDJ