By Vincent Doherty C.Ss.R.
Coming out of the Australian winter of July 1966, and into the tropical heat of the Philippines, was a severe experience of climate change.
But that was only the start of it. There were many further changes to face:
I had stepped out of the every-day assumptions of Australian democracy and found myself knee-deep in martial law. How would I respond? As a foreigner, how could I respond?
New Gospel challenges opened up to me:
New questions arose for me:
I found myself outside my comfort zone, yet energised for something far beyond it. It became a matter of listening more closely to the people and to the Lord.
When I began preaching missions in the Philippines I saw myself as giving to the people. Now I realise I am receiving from them, being evangelised by them.
I observe that the people:
My life on the foreign missions has faced me with these new experiences. They have been both a challenge and a blessing.