Alana Milson Articles 12
Alana is a primary school teacher. She and her husband, David lived in Cairns for over 17 years but are now living in Cape York in a remote Aboriginal community. Alana enjoys teaching in many different capacities, reading missionary biographies and pursuing biblical womanhood.
Hudson Taylor Part 2 ‘To me it was a very grave matter,’ he (Hudson Taylor) wrote that winter, ‘to contemplate going out to China, far from all human aid, there to depend upon the living God alone for protection, supplies and help of every kind. I felt that one’s spiritual muscles required strengthening for such an undertaking. There was no doubt that if faith did not fail, God would not fail. But what if one’s faith should prove insufficient? I had not at that time learned that even “if we believe not, yet He abideth faithful, He cannot deny Himself”. It was consequently a very serious question to my mind, not whether He was faithful, but whether I had strong enough faith to warrant my embarking in the enterprise set before me. ‘ “When I get out to China,” I thought to myself, I shall hav... Read more
Hudson Taylor Part 1 Many years ago I read “Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret” (Dr and Mrs Howard Taylor, Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, 1989) It was just what I needed. It was full of treasured stories and letters and mostly focused on the events in his life when he learnt several important spiritual lessons. These lessons were to be significant as they resulted in much work being done in China to bring people to Christ. It was a book of highlights of his spiritual walk and personal life in his ministry in China. Then this past school holidays, I started another Hudson Taylor book- “The Biography of James Hudson Taylor” by Dr and Mrs Howard Taylor (Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1965) which is more detailed than the first one but so full of treasures yet again. For those of us who have... Read more
My husband and I had a holiday. We went to places where there were hills, shops and takeaway food. I ventured into a shop one day that sold trinkets and ornaments. But the thing that alerted my attention wasn’t the possible purchases but the salesgirl- probably fifteen or sixteen years old, smiling as she served a customer. My eyes were drawn to the name tag on her shirt. The name was unusual. I’ve seen some interesting and even bizarre names in all of my teaching years but this one really surprised me. Her name was Precious. Precious. What does that word mean? My dictionary says “of great value, costly, of great non-material worth, beloved” It made me think on the circumstances for parents to name their daughter, Precious. I wasn’t to know or even ask the details but it gave me cause for... Read more
Pormpuraaw has a rubbish dump. It’s a mighty grand one. You spot it just before you reach town. There are poles at certain intervals, at the entrance to the dump, ready for the fencing but the fencing is across the way, curled up in cylinder formations, looking like hot water systems standing and waiting for attention. As you enter the dump, on the left you see piles of white goods giving the impression of a kitchen gone wrong, masses of cans- mostly beer cans, shining in the sun wondering if some crusading recycler will rescue them. Building materials- stuff that government workers have had to discard because new and improved things are now here to take their place. And on the right, household rubbish, looking a bit different to when you last saw it in your bin and then there are the car... Read more
Once upon a time there was a woman named Abigail. She was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance. She was married to a man named Nabal who was known for being harsh and evil in his doings. They lived in a place called Maon. Nabal was a very rich man who had his business in Carmel. One day Nabal was shearing his sheep in Carmel…… Sounds like the beginning of an interesting story doesn’t it? I thought so too when I first studied it in order to present it at a ladies’ meeting. I’d read the account many times before but had not really considered Abigail for all her worth. Turns out, she was quite a remarkable woman. Her noted character, attitude and behaviour were at times convicting for me and at other times, encouraging. I’d like to share the main points that I found from st... Read more