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Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)
TITLE: All Together Now !
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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Australian Rolf Harris wrote, “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport,” in 1957. I remember vividly, as a child, the first time I heard, “So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, and that’s it hanging on the shed.” I rolled on the floor in laughter for the longest time.
I don’t recall being aware of Australia before I listened to this song. At nine years of age my world consisted of school, play and watching, Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody, on our three-channel TV with a screen the size of a salad plate.
Later in life I learned Australia was originally founded as a penal colony. This eventually led to it being inhabited by a lot of rowdy tough guys. I know things have changed these days, but as a kid, I found this to be really cool. I grew to love the Aussie accent and everything about this strange rugged land.
Many years later, as a new Christian, was my next contact with the land, “Down Under.” It arrived in the form of a missionary couple that came to visit the church we had been attending for a short time. I learned that we were Bev’s home church and her parents still attended although we had not met them yet. John, accent and all, was born and raised in Australia.
Their daughters were the same ages as our children and we became friends. Sharing God’s heart for missions helped our friendship grow through the years. We continue to pray for them even though we have not communicated in quite a while. That will be my project when this one is done.
One of the things I’ve always admired about this couple was their overwhelming belief that God would supply all their needs. This was at a time when mission boards were working to secure more than comfortable support levels for their missionaries…including pensions and the likes. While there is nothing at all wrong with these things, John and Bev were content to raise enough support to get back into the field that was, “White Unto Harvest.” The names I’ve used are real. I hope I don’t create any problems for taking that liberty. I’m sure many of you will recognize them and share my love for this couple.
I was given an assignment to write an article concerning Australia-New Zealand. I planned to turn down the task for lack of anything to say. However, it appears that after pondering the subject for several days I’ve come up with perhaps too much to say. Problem now is, I need to walk away from it, take a break, think and pray a while and see how the Spirit will lead me to finish it.
I’m back with the answer to my prayer as to what to write. The Holy Spirit brought to my mind the long letter I’d written to a dear friend just yesterday. It had absolutely nothing to do with the topic Australia-New Zealand, but then again it does. My letter consisted of my overwhelming burden and belief that the presentation of the Gospel of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ is due our utmost attention especially at this time in history.
Yes, we are admonished in, “The Word of God,” to carry this message to the world. I’m sure many of you, like John and Bev, make this a priority in your lives already, but I can’t help but believe that the time is growing short. Read any newspaper, listen to a radio, watch the world news on TV; does it appear to you that things are not improving as the theory of evolution dictates it should? Are you receiving the same message that I’m getting? The world is quickly going down hill including the, “land of the free.” We have the only message on earth that can give hope to people in these perilous times.
America, Australia, New Zealand, the entire world; people need to hear the truth. If the Lord tarries, we may not have the freedom to proclaim the Gospel in our own land soon. I just read of two current cases in the New Jersey court system. Their purpose is to put a stop to home Bible studies in the area. Please ponder and pray with me, friends, that God will burn this into our hearts and motivate us to action.
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