Spread­ing the spirit

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

PETER and Jean Ri­d­ley (pic­tured) are Sal­va­tion Army chap­lains of 30 years, in­clud­ing six as mis­sion­ar­ies in Pa­pua New Guinea. Now based in Moree in north­west NSW, they love their an­nual Christ­mas mis­sion. That’s when they hook up their car­a­van and spend a cou­ple of weeks vis­it­ing small out­back towns, bear­ing gifts and toys do­nated by big busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups. They at­tend Christ­mas par­ties, car­ols, then visit farm­ers and peo­ple in need to lis­ten and chat. Many peo­ple in the bush still strug­gle with the legacy of the worst drought in liv­ing mem­ory. Com­pass joined their out­back odyssey to cap­ture the spirit of their ex­tra­or­di­nary bush Christ­mas mis­sion.

Com­pass: Car­a­van of Hope: Fri­day, 6pm, ABC1

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