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Monday, 09 December 2019 06:00

Amazing GRace - The Adventures of Judy and Therese

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Who would have thought God would get us on television on The Amazing Race Australia. We look for creative ways to share the Gospel, but this was a wild card straight from God.

When the idea was suggested to me, I thought immediately that it might be from God because Therese was due to go on a three-month sabbatical at the same time as they proposed to send two MGL sisters, all expenses paid, around the world on a televised travel adventure.

The other sisters quickly agreed it was an opportunity from God but then we found out that all the younger sisters were already committed to study or mission. So, it was team Judy and Therese, who had a nervous few weeks to psyche up for whatever they would ask us to do.

We had a great time on our two-week adventure of The Amazing Race. The behind-the-scenes action and conversations with producers and crew were just as intriguing as when we were racing. We were very impressed with the support, care and friendliness of the film crew and how they presented us.

The whole process was ultimately faith-building as we had to trust God with all our fears. Besides the obvious risks of jumping out of planes and off cliffs we were also worried about being a good witness to God’s love. MGL Sisters are as capable as anyone else of becoming frustrated and cranky when exhausted, hungry and under intense pressure. This fear was bolstered by the reputation of reality TV of manipulating the way people are portrayed by shrewd editing. We knew it was a risk so we prayed intently that God would be in charge.

We were overwhelmed by the positive response we received. Only one interviewer implied that surely God would have more to do than help us score  goals with a drone machine on The Amazing Race, but we wanted to express that our God is interested in EVERY detail of our lives. There is nothing too small for God if it is important to us. We hope we gave witness to the truth that you can talk to God about everything. Whatever is your latest challenge, God wants to be part of it with you, as well as the joys and laughs. (God’s sense of humour was so obvious to Therese and I on so many occasions on The Amazing Race.) We may not have won the winner’s prize money, but if one person is reminded that God is there for them, that they are not alone, ever, then we would have achieved what we hoped for.

Judy Bowe

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