Our little community is especially grateful to live just out of Sydney in a World Heritage National Park. It’s very pretty up here… it’s not hard to hear the voice of Creation when you visit the Blue Mountains. Creation speaks when you look out into the distant valley at the beautiful blue haze, or as you gaze at the sheer cliff faces reflecting the radiance of the sun. Maybe the rhythm of the water as it cascades down the rocks will speak to you as it eventually spills out over a waterfall, or it could be the cry of the lyre bird with its feathered tail spread wide as it wanders through the bush. Yes, many people come to the Blue Mountains to appreciate the voice of Creation – to wonder at the beauty found in this unique area.
We too, have taken delight in this voice, and long to see the reputation of the One who created all of these things, who has so much care and order, to be made right. We live our life daily up here in the small tourist town of Katoomba desiring that the Voice of our Creator could be heard through our daily lives – through a people living together in a life of love and unity.
There are four families and a group of wonderful single people living here. We enjoy working together and raising our families alongside one another. We couldn't live this life without each other - that's what friends are for.
The townsfolk have welcomed us as they watched us turn a once dilapidated building into a beautiful café. It’s called Common Ground, as we want it to be ‘common ground’ for all the different walks of life that pass through this main street – a place where people feel comfortable and at home.
It's become a little tourist destination of it's own in this beauutiful, historic town. Many people enter our doors and take delight at the earthy wooden booths, the sensitive murals and the old fashioned care they receive whilst here. So many locals come daily, along with a myriad of tourists from all over the world. It is amazing to see people's faces light up as they recognize us as the same people from their home country - offering the same care that they receive whilst at our cafe's across the globe. We are grateful to offer the same 'fruit of the Spirit' as our brothers and sisters worldwide.
You see, our main desire is that we would properly represent our Master Yahshua,(the Hebrew name for Jesus) just like He perfectly represented His Father. Our goal is to love one another just as He loved us. We're not there yet, but we press on in the hope He has given us, judging our own selfish ways which come to divide us.
His life and the words He spoke were louder than that of the most beautiful sunset settling over the blue haze of the valley. We want to join in with the rest of Creation up here in the Blue Mountains proclaiming the goodness of our Creator - why don’t you come and join us…