Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Christians Reach out to Friends in Strait

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Christians Reach out to Friends in Strait

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Byline: Fallon Hudson

AS the small plane rose from the runway on Warraber Island in the Torres Strait, a group of Mackay Christian College students gazed back wistfully as the ground drew away.

They could not help putting hands on the window as they watched the rapidly shrinking palm trees below. They were reluctant to farewell the Islanders who had found a place in their hearts.

During the school holidays in June and July, nine Mackay Christian College students, along with teachers and Mackay Christian Family Indigenous and Outreach Ministries co-ordinator Peter Lister and past student and college public relations officer Catherine Murison, travelled to the Torres Strait as part of the college's annual outreach trip.

The party was split into two groups. Both started at Thursday Island, then after a week the group was split.

One team went to Cape York Peninsula and visited five communities: Bamaga, Seisa, Umagico, Injinoo and New Mapoon.

The other remained on Thursday Island for several more days before heading off to Warraber Island.

This year marked the fifth such trip Miss Murison had made, the first being when she was in Year 11.

She said there was "something uplifting and unique" about taking the opportunity to travel to a place and learn about different cultures and embracing differences and similarities.

Miss Murison said it was important for young adults to take part in a trip such as this one because it was a challenge that took the students outside their comfort zone.

"It gives you perspective about a world outside your own," she said.

"It causes you to focus on others rather than yourselves. It's amazing how often we think that missions is all about dropping everything and leaving all behind to go to the depths of the jungle.

"Really, missions are all about being willing to step outside your world and step into someone else's, that could just be that of your next door neighbour. …

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