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By today’s standards, Abacar would be called a street child. The ten-year-old boy has learned to survive on the ancient streets of Nazareth after the death of his parents, and the past two years have been the worst of his young life. Abacar’s story begins in AD 30 in the village of Nazareth, where he lives with his parents in a one-room shack with dirt floors. Broke and hungry most of the time, the family’s only income comes from the father’s plowing jobs with an old ox. Their life improves when his father gets a job as a stable manager, with a new place to live in the loft of the stable and a steady income, life is looking up for the family. But then tragedy strikes, and Abacar finds himself an orphan. He wanders the streets of the nearby villages looking for food and shelter—until one day he comes across a rabbi named Jesus and his disciples. This is the moving and inspirational story about a little boy—his faith, his adventures, and his life as he grows up as “Jesus’ Little Shadow.”
30 Mar 2012
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To commemorate Threatened Species Day on Wednesday 7 September, the Protect our Coral Sea campaign is releasing a supporter’s video – you can listen to our campaign Ambassadors John Williamson, Tim Winton, Jesse Martin, Pat Rafter, Kristy Hinze, Isabel Lucas and Akira Isogawa as well as hear from everyday Australians calling for a highly protected, very large, world-class marine park in Australia’s Coral Sea. The Australian federal government will be deciding the fate of our Coral Sea later this year so right now we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to help protect this amazing part of Australia so future generations will be able to experience an oceanic wilderness. Country music legend John Williamson believes, “It is easy to forget our natural heritage under the ocean waves. There is more colour among our fish and coral than even the amazing birdlife that we treasure. Let’s do something our grandchildren will be thankful for and preserve the Coral Sea. I am 100% behind it”- John Williamson AM Threatened Species Day is held each year to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger at Hobart zoo in 1936, and to highlight the many other species in Australia who face a similar fate if not properly protected. Over 340 bird and animal species in Australia’s Coral Sea are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Five of the eight species of tuna are in the threatened or Near Threatened categories. These include some found in the Coral Sea; Bigeye tuna, Vulnerable; Yellowfin, Near Threatened, Albacore tuna, Near Threatened. The Striped marlin is also Near Threatened. The Coral Sea is a tropical marine jewel which lies east of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It’s one of the last places on Earth where large marine animals can still be found in great numbers. Yet less than 1% of this Serengeti of the Seas is protected. Right now the Australian federal government is considering the future of the Coral Sea within Australian waters. Help protect our Coral Sea and make the Coral Sea a safe haven for marine life. Visit www.protectourcoralsea****.au to view the video and send on to family and friends.
5 Sep 2011
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