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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)

TITLE: Australian Excitement
By christina matteson


Adventure, excitement, danger. Sounds like something from a Theme park of sorts. However, this is what was going through my mind when trying to decide our family ďvacationĒ. We have all boys, and of course, boys are always looking for the ďfun, excitement, danger, and thrillsĒ. I chose for our vacation, if you will, the opportunity to travel to the Great Outback, Australia. To many, this doesnít sound like your normal vacation, and if you know me very well, you will first know, that I donít just plan something without a motive. So, why did I choose Australia? We could have gone to Disney World, New York, or camping for that matter.
Instead, I chose Australia. So, we are going to board a plane, with 3 boys, all their luggage, and curiousity, and travel clear across the world, to Australia? You think Iím nuts, right? Partly, you are correct.
Letís look at this, though.
Australia is filled with excitement and adventure. First, you have the desert of Australia.
We live in Michigan, so you must first understand, that for much of the year we have snow, snow, some sun in the summer, but mostly, snow. The thought of a desert, with snakes- now, that is excitement. Mostly, though; the desert reminds me much of the people in Australia- a dry people, with a great need of some water for their souls.
Australia is a beautiful country, with beautiful people, unfortunatly, the people are apathetic, and dry, needing a savior to bring some water to the dry, barren land in their hearts.
My heart is drawn to the country because of this, but then to think of the wildlife there. The dingo, okay- wild dog, we have those in Michigan, too, under a different name, yet there is so much more wildlife. Where else can you see the duck-billed platypus? One of Godís most amazing creatures, that baffles even the most skeptical scientists. The wonder of the koala, kangaroo, wombat, and the infamous Tazmanian devil, and to see them in their natural environment, is not only breathtaking, but itís a once in a lifetime experience. Imagining already that the boys will chase them, or run from them. More likely they will think they are great hunters, on a wildlife expedition.
We often take our own cultures for granted. We take for granted the wonder that is surrounding us each and everyday, such as the people in Australia do.
So, while Iím taking my children on a vacation in Australia, for the excitement and adventure (okay, mini-mission trip) we forget that we could also stay home and have excitement, also. We are all on a wildlife expedition. Hunting for the cause of Christ, hunting for the souls of man that they might be tagged and marked for the cause of Christ.
We might not be able to come face to face with a koala, or watch the kangaroo bounce on its tail, but we can still fill a soul with the much needed Gospel of Christ, even here in Michigan. We do take for granted our own surroundings and many times think we need to leave our own surrounding in order to share the gospel and excite our souls.
So, while I would much rather choose Australia for itís beauty, and excitement that to me, has been uncharted territory. There is still much uncharted territory and excitement in our own barren land, right here at home.

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Jan Ackerson 01/22/09
I'd love an Australian adventure like the one you describe here!

For your readers' sake, please put an extra space between paragraphs...it's easier on the eyes.

Nice that you tied it all together with a spiritual lesson at the end.
Karlene Jacobsen01/22/09
Very interesting take on the topic. Nicely done, however it would be helpful with an extra space between paragraphs.