God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. He is transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them.
Our team was in the Gold Coast of Australia for about two weeks. During our time with the Aussies, we visited a couple of churches, made good and solid contacts for future work, and engaged locals during Schoolies (a three-week graduation festival celebrated by Year 12 school graduates from every corner of Australia.) The schoolies festival in itself is a great way to celebrate the completion of High School and a way to enjoy stress-free time from the intensity of scholastic preparation.
Leigh Campbell (head of Lifestyle at Huff-post Australia) in her article, 7 Dangerous Schoolies Activities that Could Cost Them Big, States that, "While fun is the name of the game, there's an obvious danger that comes with new found freedom when it's coupled with alcohol and adventurous activities." As we continue to engage people around the world, we ask that you help us pray for these young schoolies, and also, help us pray for the organizations on the Gold Coast that are working hard to protect and reach out to the Schoolies with the love of Jesus.
While in Australia, we also had the opportunity to walk around the beautiful Gold Coast and some other local favorites like Tambourine Mountain (rain forest) and Byron Bay. The views were beautiful and the weather was perfect! We were surprised to see turkeys and guinea pigs roaming freely around the tourists without a care in the world. We quickly learned that Australians love their wild life and are very big on preservation.
We also visited the Lone Pike Koala Sanctuary. The experience was precious to us because it is not every day you get close and personal with Australia’s unique marsupials. There we were introduced to many other animals like, Wombats, Dingoes, Sloths, and Wallabies, among others. However, we were most impressed with the Koalas and the Kangaroos. We learned that Koalas can only live in Australia. Also, koalas only eat Eucalyptus leaves, and they sleep for more than nineteen hours a day! What an amazing creature! The Kangaroos were surprisingly friendly and warm, but don’t be fooled by our pictures, they can grow to be 1.8 m (5.9 ft) tall, with the largest confirmed one having been around 2.1 m (6.9 ft) tall and weighed 91 kg (201lb). Wow! Talk about intimidating!
The time we spent “down under" was enjoyable to say the least. We met several friendly locals who welcomed us with open arms. We were impressed with the warmth and friendliness of the culture; rich in natural resources and loving and caring towards their animals, as well as their land. We understand from Genesis 1:28-30 that taking care of God's creation involves more than just reaching out to his people. It also includes taking good care of the environment, the land, the ocean, and the animals. The past few months have taught us much about the things God cares about. Everything He created is dear to His heart, as it should also be to ours as well.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. -Genesis 1:28-30