A Community Chaplain’s role is to promote, equip, resource, support and bring to affect the Mission of Churches of Christ in Queensland. Their essential motive is to invest in peoples lives, to demonstrate unconditional love, to be available when people are in desperate need and to assist people on their journey of faith.
To raise awareness of Community Chaplaincy and generate some much needed funds, two of Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Community Chaplains have been competing in a gruelling triathlon series over summer.
Luke Finlay and Ben Zambra contested all seven events on the prestigious 2013-14 Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series and plan to continue their amazing awareness drive at a host of other events this year, including a teams’ triathlon on 30 March, 100 kilometre “Brissie to the Bay” cycling event in May, and half ironman event in August.
“Race days are great. There’s an amazing feeling of anticipation and camaraderie between competitors, and when you are in an environment where there are a few thousand people all there for the same reason, and people are trying to focus on the race ahead and strategise, and the crowd is cheering the racers on, it’s a great feeling,” Ben said.
“It’s a whole lot like life. When I think of many of the conversations I’ve had with people in our community housing complexes it becomes really apparent that everyone’s trying to figure out how this life thing is supposed to work. They’re strategising and trying to focus on the things that seem the most important to them. But just like in the middle of a race, we get tired, exhausted, and we begin to lose focus. Sometimes we start to wonder if we’ll even be able to make it to the end.
“That’s when it helps to have someone come alongside us and tell us to hang in there. Sometimes we just need someone cheering us on, and sometimes we realise that we really need a community of people around us who are all trying to figure out this life thing, so we can do it together.”
Churches of Christ in Queensland recognises that our mission is not limited to helping individual people, but is indeed about helping whole communities. This understanding moves past the immediate delivery of services to those in need and propels us into the long and demanding work of community development.
To support Churches of Christ in Queensland’s vital Community Chaplaincy service, please donate online at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/commchap.
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