When thirteen dwarves set out for Erebor, they recruited Bilbo Baggins so that they wouldn’t have an unlucky number. When fourteen Moore College students set out for Townsville, one of their number was forced to remain at home, leaving them with a party of that fateful number: thirteen.
But when a team member cut his toe open, they pressed on.
When a team member’s eyes puffed up until he could hardly see, he took an anti-histamine and pushed ahead.
When a team member lost strips of skin falling headfirst down a hill, he dismissed them as mere flesh-wounds, and they were undeterred.
When a team member’s wife rang to say that their second storey flat had been flooded in a storm, they were perplexed, but continued on their mission.
For this team did not trust to luck. They trusted in a good and sovereign God.
One preached that Jesus came to save sinners, not the righteous, (Mark 2:13-17) leaving those who heard with much to think about.
One shared his testimony with 300 high school students, and they hung on every word.
Two discovered a student who was newly arrived at James Cook University, and who wished to make contact with the Christian group. Her wish was granted.
Eight were refreshed by a (caffeinated) brew at the local watering hole.
The team has been through emotional highs and lows, but through it all, God has been good. People have heard the gospel, people have been encouraged, people have thought about their future ministry, and the team has been privileged to be involved.
Being involved in God’s work is a preciousss opportunity.
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