Eternity! The word exploded in spectacular illumination contrasting the natural beauty of Sydney harbor. It was a profound statement to the world. That was New Year 2000, and it ushered in a new millennia.
Rev Richard Johnson and his wife Mary arrived in Botany Bay with the First fleet in 1788. They faced precarious challenges. In letters to London Johnson often shared his heartfelt concerns. Two years after arrival the confronting circumstances remained.
“Be doers of the word, not hearers only’ came to mind as I researched the life and times of Dr Graham McLennan and his wife Pam. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians chapter 2, verse 10) a verse inspirational for the McLennans.
As a teenager Mal Garvan was a dedicated ‘non-churchie.’ His life-changing encounter came at a Sydney City Mission Camp. He called it his awakening ‘dramatic’ and ‘profound.’ Enthused and energized by his new found faith Mal founded Teen Crusaders.
In the tennis world Margaret Court was described as ‘dominating.’ She had great athleticism combined with a fierce fitness regime. She won 64 Grand Slam titles (24 singles, 19 doubles, 21 mixed doubles), a record for any male or female player.
Who would have thought controversy surrounds the 'Great Southland of the Holy Spirit'? Four hundred years ago sailors and explorers were the heroic adventurers of their day. Religion, rewards and reputation drove many to sail beyond the horizon into the unknown.