It was the most colourful celebration of our common life as people of the Lutheran Church in Queensland. On Sunday August 4th, I had the opportunity to walk with some 300 folk from the communities of our Lutheran Church in Queensland, along the path that had been prepared as a fund-raising event of Australian Lutheran World Service.
The funds raised at this event are going specifically to provide for the education of refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya in Africa. Walkers were told that $26 is all that is needed for each person to be given this vital hand up to a better life beyond the refugee camp.
We walked from Good Shepherd Lutheran College campus in Noosa, all the way to Luther Heights Camp at Coolum. Walkers were young and old. Walkers came from all over our Queensland District. Walkers included teams from Lutheran Services, from Lutheran schools, from congregations, from Lutheran Youth in Queensland, even from our District Office in Milton. Each walker was sponsored variously by people who might not be able to actually walk, but supported their friend or family member.
This is our common life as people of the communities of witness and service of the Lutheran Church in Queensland. We build each other in faith and love to use our hearts and hands and voices to bless the world in the name of the Lord who walks amongst us. This is our Lord Jesus, who said, “As you did it to the least of these, you did it unto me.” (Matthew 25)
I thank God for each person who walked the “Walk my Way” trek last Sunday. I thank God for the many sponsors who supported the walkers, by prayer, encouragement and financial support. I thank God for the many helpers and organisers who made the walk possible. I thank the Departmental leaders of our Lutheran Church in Queensland who purposefully promoted the walk in past months. Finally I thank God for inspiring so many people to walk with common purpose, for the blessing of those in need.