Footsteps in the Outback is a new book by former Broken Hill Patrol Minister Rev Jorge Rebolledo featuring a series of stories inspired by his time working with Frontier Services.
As the Broken Hill Patrol Minister from 2011-2013, Jorge provided both practical and spiritual care to people across a vast area, travelling both by vehicle and in the Cessna 182 plane.
Footsteps in the Outback is a wonderful simple collection of inspiring stories that would appeal to anyone with an interest in the outback or ministry (or both) providing a heartfelt and honest account of what it means to be a Patrol Minister. It would make a great Christmas gift. And even better, some of the proceeds will be directed to Frontier Services Patrol Ministry.
You can purchase the book direct from the Fishpond website.
Below is a short description.
Footsteps in the Outback
Although it is unlikely that any of the stories contained in this book will ever be as well-known as Banjo Patterson’s Bush Christening, or that the author will ever reach the notoriety of the whisky flask tossing preacher, the stuff Banjo Patterson’s poem is made of is very much the context and content of ministry in general but especially of that which one finds in the Outback. The small collection of stories offered in this book will hopefully be a resource for personal reflection and a pathway into thinking about how some of our stories can help us to think more about the church in remote and isolated communities. These stories take the reader on a journey into what ministry in the Australian Outback can look like, and through moments of comedy, seriousness, surprise, tragedy and personal spiritual growth, lead the reader in an exploration of the essence of ministry that is, a life that is focused on the other and flows out of one which is lived with God and a commitment to follow Christ.
About the Author
Jorge was ordained as a Uniting Church Minister in 2009 and previously was a Lay Pastor since 2007. He has been a congregational minister, the Academic Registrar at United Theological College, and was the Synod of NSW & ACT Consultant for the Specified Ministry of Pastor. Included among Jorge’s most recent positions is the “Flying Padre” role based in the Broken Hill Patrol of Frontier Services where he flew a Cessna 182 and pastorally cared for people on isolated properties, and supplied chaplaincy for schools, prisons and mines. He is presently chaplain with UnitingCare Ageing and has pastoral responsibility for over 200 people over two facilities. Jorge is married to Susan and has four children, Jonathan, David, April and Olivia.”