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Thanksgiving Sunday 18th October
By now all our members should have received a letter about this. If you’ve missed yours please collect one today! This is one of the highlights of our year together. I hope you will plan to come willing and ready to share how God has been working among us—encourage our brothers and sisters, rejoicing in the goodness of God through Jesus. Graham
Tour for Tanzania – Update and Reflections
Last Saturday I completed the final day of riding from Sydney to Melbourne to help raise money for Katoke, Tanzania. It was an incredible experience! Starting in Campbelltown, we were separated into 3 differently paced groups and set off on this adventure. I rode most of the trip in the middle group with a great bunch of guys. We rode an average of 118kms per day over 8 consecutive days. Apart from the rain on the first day and a short storm another day – we enjoyed riding in glorious sunshine through beautiful countryside for the rest of the trip! Most of our time was spent on quiet country roads which were hilly to begin with but levelled out towards the end. At each town we stopped, we would eat dinner at the local RSL and then sleep in school or church halls – battling both the cold and the snorers! By the grace of God, together we managed to raise over $42,600 to help build a dormitory that will house 80 students in Katoke – which is very exciting! Thank you for all those who donated!
This ride taught me a lot – particularly about leadership and team work.
Leadership – “Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her.” – Eph 5:25
Each group that rode had a team leader who was fit and able to ride in the fastest group if they wanted to. But in the two slower groups, the team leaders chose to ride slower for sake of those in their group so that others may make the distance and enjoy the trip safely. I saw in their leadership the sacrificial love of Christ – making a personal sacrifice for the joy & benefit of others.
Team work – “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” – 1 Cor 12:26
Team work was essential on the ride. We all needed to look out for each other, to alert each other of any danger, and to work together taking turns out the front of the pack. I appreciated the philosophy of “shared discomfort” in each of these teams. If one person needed to stop for whatever reason, the whole team would stop with them. If someone was struggling with the pace, the whole team would slow for their sake. If a few riders climbed a hill faster, they would wait at the top for the rest of the team to get there and catch their breath. All team members were responsible for each other and sought to share discomfort for the sake of the group. It was a beautiful picture of Church working together as one body, bearing each others’ burdens.
I want to thank Graham and Gymea Anglican for allowing me to tackle such a challenge & to raise money for a great cause – it was a blessing! Craig.