The Pain of Saying Goodbye

The words “farewell” come with a lump in our throat and tears in our eyes. Christ is and has been at the heart of this journey, and through Him we will always stay connected to His followers. Looking back I realise this was one of those chapters where I have felt very spiritually alive and connected to the story of the Bible. It was intense but I would not have wanted to miss it. The relationships that formed over this time are strong, honest and deep. Like family. – Hannah

Hannah and Tonn experienced an emotional roller-coaster last year. After enthusiastically recruiting members for their community in the Blue Mountains, they faced the trauma of having their community residence placed under new management less than two months later. In her latest blog post Hannah reflects on some of the lessons learnt and the pain of saying good-bye: “A Beautiful Pain

Should Christians argue more?

“I want Christians to argue more and fight less. To take it a step further, I’d even say that fighting less depends on our willingness to argue more and better.” – Trevin Wax

We learn early on in community life the importance of managing conflict. Some people are afraid of conflict, but avoiding it usually leads to more conflict in the future. We need to pro-actively create safe spaces for clean arguments.

You can read more of Trevin’s case for healthy arguing in this blog post on the Gospel Coalition website: