l mentioned in my last blog a missing photo album that detailed John, Andy and myself and our twenty year contribution to the community , the rediscovery and record of this past history by the present community would in itself be a big step towards a truthful and honest reconciliation. Upon hearing that the community had in fact put up a revised web site l excitedly set about reading it only to discover that our three line mention hardly represents a move in the right direction, disappointment engulfed me.
I gave twenty years of my life founding and establishing the community, during which time I raised 4 kids, offered hospitality to all kinds of folk, and shared in the hardships and difficulties that preceded the birth of the community and its early nurturing. The reason I am a founder of the community is not just because I was there at the beginning, it is because I shared in the conception, the carrying, the birthing , the nurturing of the Community. It is a great joy for me, that the Lord trusted John, Andy and I with such a responsibility.
Now I am used to the fact there is a ‘missing album’ and I don’t plan to reflect here why that is the case, nor wonder why other folk from the early days have not tried to find out where it went or question its loss! Perhaps it will be found soon, in an attic or an old bookcase, behind a chair or under a bed….or in a carefully locked cupboard?
When we first started northumbriacommunity.com it was our way of trying to get back some of the items lost with the missing album. We appealed for photos, stories, old tapes, video’s anything that could tell the story of the early years. Sad to say, back then there was little response. We were delighted when the community announced it would create its own archive, and full believed the items in the ‘missing album’ could be retrieved. We took our site offline and waited expectantly….nothing turned up.
So, we came back on line, and this time many of the lost items have been recovered, and it is now only a matter of time and money that will dictate how soon they are put on the site. The Lord has promised to give me my history back, so I am confident the story will be told and together many will celebrate the great things the Lord did when He called us to community.
19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea [b] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”