Against The Tide

Contributed by: Lorna Gray, National Youth Facilitator

Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom is the story of the Urban Vision community in New Zealand. Written by Jenny & Justin Duckworth (Bishop of Wellington), this book recounts the story of a group of young Christian adults who over the last fifteen years have relocated to the colorful ends of their city to share life with those who are struggling, homeless, sick, poor, neglected, or otherwise marginalized. The community has grown over time to seven neighborhoods where on any given day you may find “Urban Visionites” growing vegetables amidst the concrete, teaching English to refugees, offering alternative education programs to out of school teenagers, fostering children, doing church with the homeless, offering friendship to the mentally ill, roasting fair trade coffee, running kids clubs, moms groups, tenant meetings or just sharing yet another cup of tea with their neighbors. In fact sharing is a good summary of the whole shape of this exciting movement. They share homes, food, money, vehicles, jobs, prayers, dreams, conversations, fun, tears, pain, hope, healing, transformation… they share the whole of life with each other and with their neighbors. They live the gospel, this good news of Jesus.