It’s Summer in the Blue Mountains and that means that the Jacarandas are in bloom and the dahlias are glorious, and we’ve had our first scare of bushfires. The day after the fire (with our bags still packed in the car, ready to evacuate), I went to speak at a church in Miranda. A lady asked me whether the lessons I learnt during civil war in Nepal were relevant here in Australia. “Yes!” I said. “I think that so often we kid ourselves during times of peace. We think that everything’s fine. But wherever we are, our lives are fragile and vulnerable. And maybe those lessons learnt during war or bushfires – of our helplessness and God’s enabling – are actually the ones we need to learn every day, even when the neighbourhood is calm, and the end-of-year celebrations are delightful, and the birds are singing in the Jacaranda trees.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support this year. I’m thankful to have the Interserve book submitted to the publisher and ready for release in June. The title is, ‘The plum tree in the desert’, so if you’re in need of encouragement during hard times, please keep an eye out for it. I’ve also loved developing The Zookeeper this year, with Sam, Mel and Bruce and we’ve enjoyed all of our 16 shows at schools and churches. And I’m also thankful for the chance to speak at so many churches and events this year.
But it’s December and that means that Darren and I and the boys are about to head off to spend Christmas (and most of January) in a tent in the Kosciusko region. We can’t wait! But while we’re there, I may get a bit excited about plans for next year. I’m hoping to record 100 snippets for Australian Christian radio stations, and I’m continuing to pray about the possibility of filming a TV series, set in Nepal.
I’d love to be in contact with you in the New Year. If you want to buy any of my books, go to the book page. If you want to know where I’m speaking, go to the events page. If you want to know what I’m thinking, go to the latest news page. Actually, there may not be anything new there, so in that case head over to my facebook page. With lots of love from the Blue Mountains, Australia.