Thursday is usually the busiest day at the headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia (CCCA). Like any day, one after another amazing jobs are accomplished in order to support the many ministries under this international missionary organisation.
Patti Robertson sits in front of her desktop with headphones on, making sure she hears every detail of the recording correctly. She has just finished transcribing an interview for the next TODAY magazine. Patti is a volunteer worker that comes into the office once a week. It’s her responsibility to make sure a myriad of jobs get completed—from scanning and filing to transcribing important interviews.
Retired and a grandmother of six, Patti has thrown herself into volunteering for the last 10 years.
Rhyse Skelton, a Science student at Monash University has been interested in spiritual things from a young age. His interest came through the influence of his mother: “Mum is very spiritual and [believes] in re-incarnation and practices Reiki; it is a Buddhist form of palm healing as a way to transfer healing energy through the hands.”
When he was twelve, he attended a Reiki course which ended more frightening and dispruptive than healing, “I started getting really weird dreams after using Reiki. I seem to invite the worse kind of things into my life and for a while I got into all sorts of trouble at school. My dreams started getting very violent--dreams of killing people.”
Hong-An Thai, a student enrolled in Psychology and Law, was literally lost when she first came in contact with Student Life, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia. Hong-An was looking for a building in the maze of Macquarie University when she asked Ian Finnan, a Student Life missionary, for directions.
Hong-An became a Christian just two weeks before starting uni and was hungry to know more about her new Christian faith. During the conversation with Ian she agreed to do a six week Christianity Explained course. Ian put her in contact with another missionary for the course, and she found it helped her understand the claims of Jesus, how they applied to her life, and how to know Jesus personally.
When Sam Burtt attended his first week of uni, he was not looking for a Christian group, in fact it was not on his radar at all.
Raised in a Christian family, he routinely went to Sunday School and youth group. However, when he started high school, he questioned the reality of God. By year 12 he was less interested in church, starting on a destructive path fuelled by the approval of friends and lust of the world.
Brisbane experienced a nightmare, and as usual Australia’s world-renowned mate-ship kicked in to respond.
On 10 January, after weeks of non-stop rain, the arteries of Queensland’s waterways burst. A flash flood claimed 35 lives, forced the evacuation of thousands, and swept away cities and farms. In just a few days, the damage rose into the billions with the worst flooding in more than 100 years. More than 40,000 properties were damaged.