A year like no other

Curfews! Virtual house arrest! Families not able to visit each other even when they live in the same town! Schools closed! Churches closed! Most businesses shut down! I would never have expected to see these things happening in my lifetime, but we in Victoria have had to bear these restrictions for most of the year. The first lock-down from February to May was bearable, and we gradually got used to shopping once a week, speaking to neighbors from a distance and using the telephone and Zoom to keep in touch …

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A God Given Gift – St John’s South Sudanese Fellowship

St John’s congregation in Geelong has been blessed to have a group of South Sudanese come to us, over ten years ago, to worship with us. They found us, we did not find them. These Nuer speakers were part of a Lutheran Church in South Sudan and Ethiopia, and also had contact with Lutheran World Service in the refugee camps. Over the years the number of refugees has grown, and there is now a group of over forty worshipping at our church on a Sunday afternoon as the South Sudanese …

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