At the end of a big weekend

A

It’s 9.03 pm and I am sitting on a train from Sydney to Newcastle. It’s the end of a big weekend – up at 3.30am Saturday to fly to Melbourne to shoot a promo for a church solar panel program A Just Cause and Baptcare are partnering on. Back home around 10.30pm. Preached at my home church this morning, then off to Sydney to talk at a church about refugees. Should be home around midnight.

At times I wonder if it’s all worth it and then I hear the news that 37 children who were to be sent to Nauru are now going to stay in Australia. Given the hardened intransigence of our government prior to this I can only assume that they buckled to the pressure that was coming at them from all quarters. From state Premiers who wrote open letters to the paediatricians who refused to release the children from hospital to the Christians from Love Makes A Way staging sit-ins in politicians offices to the 209 grandmothers against children in detention I met in Canberra two weeks ago surging through Parliament House resplendent in purple and song to the churches offering sanctuary to the Baptist leaders who went to Canberra a fortnight back to share their concerns about refugees, the homeless and foreign aid to the Greens and their tiReless advocacy to the 7,000-8,000 people in Baptist churches who sent a postcard to the PM as part of our Jesus Was a Refugee campaign to the e-mobilisations of Getup! to the myriad of other individuals and civil society groups who have spoken out.

It is immensely rewarding to have been one small part of one of these grassroots movements and a reminder that it takes a lot of people each playing a small part to create a movement for change. As Thucydides is reputed to have said, “justice will come when those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are.”

So I’ll take a couple of days off then it’s back to the work of stirring up indignation in this little patch of earth on which God has placed me.

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
29 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lindsay Cullen
4 years ago

Lindsay Cullen liked this on Facebook.

Gershon Nimbalker
4 years ago

Gershon Nimbalker liked this on Facebook.

Loryn Wessel
4 years ago

Loryn Wessel liked this on Facebook.

Michelle Terry
4 years ago

Michelle Terry liked this on Facebook.

Wayne L Belcher
Wayne L Belcher
4 years ago

Well done Scott – can’t wait to hear about this solar panel arrangement with Baptcare in NSW. Is there any such thing on the horizon here in Perth? And yes, great news about the release of children. Wonderful stuff – WELL DONE!
Blessings brother.

Wayne L Belcher
Wayne L Belcher
4 years ago

Wayne L Belcher liked this on Facebook.

Monique ten Hoopen
4 years ago

Monique ten Hoopen liked this on Facebook.

John Hickey
John Hickey
4 years ago

Great stuff, Scott! Persistence and determination does pay off!!

Tony Dawson
4 years ago

Tony Dawson liked this on Facebook.

John Hickey
John Hickey
4 years ago

John Hickey liked this on Facebook.

Chris Roberts
4 years ago

Chris Roberts liked this on Facebook.

Felicity Wever
4 years ago

Felicity Wever liked this on Facebook.

Michael James Henderson

Michael James Henderson liked this on Facebook.

Rebecca Roberts
Rebecca Roberts
4 years ago

Thanks for making Small Boat a part of your big weekend Scott!

Scott Higgins
Scott Higgins
4 years ago

Was a pleasure. Great to see you again.

Rebecca Roberts
Rebecca Roberts
4 years ago

Great to see you too 🙂

George Nimbalker
4 years ago

George Nimbalker liked this on Facebook.

Kim Burwood
4 years ago

Kim Burwood liked this on Facebook.

Rebecca Roberts
Rebecca Roberts
4 years ago

Rebecca Roberts liked this on Facebook.

Sally Smith
4 years ago

Sally Smith liked this on Facebook.

Dave Rowe
4 years ago

Dave Rowe liked this on Facebook.

Rick Plumb
4 years ago

Rick Plumb liked this on Facebook.

Kelli Hughes
Kelli Hughes
4 years ago

Wish I’d known you were at Grandmothers against detention at Parliament House. A group of us from Canberra Baptist were their and would have enjoyed catching up. Next time maybe.

James Clarke
4 years ago

James Clarke liked this on Facebook.

Shona Adams Sim
4 years ago

Shona Adams Sim liked this on Facebook.

Andy Coller
4 years ago

Andy Coller liked this on Facebook.

Anne Pickering
Anne Pickering
4 years ago

Great news!! ????

Anne Pickering
Anne Pickering
4 years ago

Anne Pickering liked this on Facebook.

Andy Sparkes
Andy Sparkes
4 years ago

Scott I share your feeing that sometimes you wonder if it’s all worth it. Then something you’ve battled for for ages ends up positively. Two days ago a Chin refugee woman the wife of a resettled Chin refugee who’s been waiting for her for nearly two years arrived from K L after my advocating and working on her case for most of those two years.. She is from a group you visited with me several years back. Yeah mate it’s worth it no matter how tiring it gets. Enjoy your few days off.

By Scott
29
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x

Never miss a post

Subscribers receive an email once a week alerting them of new posts

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Tweet
Share