From The Pastor's Pen


From The Pastor's Pen

A Pure Gold Life

It was 1975 and I was driving a dear old lady, Mrs. Garland, to the Cowper Presbyterian Church, not far out of outside of Grafton in New South Wales. I drove her to the meeting most Sunday mornings.

As we’re driving along, she tugged at my shirt cuff to get my attention and said, “Mr. Wilson.” So I’m 25 but she always called me “Mr. Wilson.” “Mr. Wilson, today is my 70th birthday.” When you’re in your twenties, an older person can look really old to you. I honestly thought she looked older than 70 but didn’t want to say that. I wished her ‘Happy birthday.’ We drove a bit further. “You don’t understand, do you?” I thought I did and I again wished her “Happy birthday.”

“Today,” she said, “is my 70th spiritual birthday.” I asked her how old she was when she came to Christ and she answered, “I was 10 years old.” Then she began to unfold her story.

Mrs. Garland had been born and raised in Wales and in 1905, in the midst of the great Welsh Revival, had come to Christ. For the next two years she would take her Bible and a lit candle into the dark coal cellar of her home to memorise scripture. After two years she knew off by heart the entire books of Romans and Ephesians.

I don’t remember her ever telling me when she came out to Australia, but she had been attending that little Cowper Presbyterian Church for 55 years.

Her life was gold, pure gold. She was a little thing in stature, but a quiet powerhouse for God. Her life touched me immensely. In part, what I have in God today was inspired by her and others just like her.

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Our vision is to be a caring and empowering community of God’s people, bringing healing and restoring hope through life  changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

We not only have a big heart for people but a big heart for our city. Vision Christian Family is one of a number of Ipswich churches who want to see Christ’s kingdom dynamically established in the lives of God’s people. Everything we do ultimately works toward this single purpose.

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Geoff Wilson - pastor

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