theRIVER gathering

unspecifiedIn October 2016 our community hosted its last event together before we moved on from the mid-mountains. This was a project that Tonn in particular had been working towards all year. In a way it well marked the end of our season as a community living together and the beginning of the wandering phase (though some of us will be wandering more than others). And so, it was very fitting to host a wonderful collection of travellers and people who serve the travelling community. This was the third River Gathering, but the first time in Australasia. Eternity News wrote up a wonderful report on the theRiver network and a great video interview with Chinua:

Is travel self-indulgent?


Introducing Neelke

14352090_10210361007083867_2515876035530040653_oWe would like to introduce you to Neelke, our newest community member. Neelke has just arrived from Holland. She is hoping to connect with people involved in backpacker ministries or even just people who have a heart for backpackers. This can take many forms, whether a hostel/guesthouse, a private house, or even an intentional community that shares Jesus with travellers. Neelke travelled here to help Tonn and Hannah develop their ministry here in the Blue Mountains. She is open to pioneering something with others too. If you would like to talk/share/brainstorm ideas with Neelke, she would love to hear from you. Neelke can also share stories from theRIVER international backpacker ministry network. You can email Neelke on: