Their faces seemed shadowed with the signs of distant trauma. It was only 6 months since the fires and Pastor Ivor and Yvonne Jones and their good friends Killian and Robyn Fitzpatrick met me at a café on the outskirts of Marysville. Once covered with lush greenery, the proud mountains around us sulked under a load of black toothpicks we once called trees. They caused the hills to stand out against the sky like giant echidnas.
At five-years-old, Amy Kirkbright was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis which produced painful ulcers throughout her intestines. Although she showed no outward symptoms, she experienced constant pain. In addition, her weakened immune system caused her to become terribly sick several times a year. Eventually it became such a normal part of her life, she learned to live with it.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time with Adelaide missionaries Travis and Pixi Johnson, know how creative and talented they are. Painting, story-telling, writing, film-making—all are part of any given week for them. It’s not only their hobby, it’s their ministry and they love it. When they joined Campus Crusade a few years ago, they brought with them a very creative ministry called Immerse.
All around the world Campus Crusade for Christ missionaries place their lives on the line for the sake of the gospel. Many times, for the safety of our missionaries, we cannot share these incidents. The following story has been altered for security reasons.
Becoming a Christian was the biggest decision of my life. It was not an easy decision, nor a quick one.
I first met Michael on campus. He was a Christian. He came up to me while I was reading the paper and asked if I would answer a survey about my religious views and what I thought I knew about Christianity. Actually I was a staunch atheist who knew almost nothing about Jesus. We talked about Christianity and met up a few more times. Although I had a better understanding of the Christian faith at the end of the semester, I just did not think there was enough reason to believe.