Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The 2000 Walk

Did you know that there are 2000 languages in the world that still don't have any part of the Bible translated in them? That's 350 million people without a Bible in their heart language. And we here in Australia um and ah over which of 20 odd versions in English to choose from!

Yesterday, Dave, Carnsey and Sav started a walk from Cairns to Stanthorpe to raise awareness for Bible translation. That's 2000 kms of walking to represent those 2000 languages.

Along the way they'll be stopping in towns and cities to give presentations and visit schools and churches to help raise awareness.

People need to know this! We're far too complacent in our happy, safe worlds. There are millions of people in the world without any Bible at all! How is that possible in 2010?

Check them out here: The2000Walk

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sitting pretty in Melbourne

We've been here for three weeks now and it's been a whirlwind! Along with all my obligatory touristy travels we've had to study. What a bummer. ;p Our normal day is: get up at 9am for a class at 9:10am (so bizarre to live so close to school!!), class until 1pm which is when we have lunch, free time/study time/touristy travel time till 6pm which is when we have dinner. I know it looks like a breeze but we have a lot of cleaning/food prep duties and extra meetings like mentoring appointments, prayer groups, etc.

It's been so great to be able to study cross-cultural issues every day. Our classes range from understanding poverty from a Christian gospel perspective to how to do ethnography well. We have a pile of essays but they are awesome ones like 'social justice in Micah, Hosea and Amos' as well as a number of essays on your country placement in order to better prepare for living there.

Touristy travel-wise I've been all over the place. I'm really loving how close we are to the city! It's only a 15min tram ride but I might get more adventurous soon and ride a bicycle in. Melbourne is really set up well for bicycle travel! I've had a look around all the lovely laneways and tiny streets in the city as well as gone out as far as St Kilda beach for a look. We went to the National Gallery of Victoria as well as they had a European Masters exhibit on. I felt very knowledgeable on the transition from classical to impressionism but then it all fell out of my head the next day.

Our house is starting to look more like a home. And joy of all joys I've found some crafting outlets. I found this beautiful Lemair sewing machine languishing away in the creche room here at school. I can't find any manuals for it online but through trial and error I've figured out most of the buttons. I'm also going to a knitting meet with some fellow Melbourne knitters up in Brunswick. It'll be great to meet more people in Melbourne outside of my little circle.