Stepping Out

Stepping Out

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Last week I was so blessed to be able to go to a camp at one of the schools that I work at.

I love my role as a primary school Chaplain and I really love what I get to do. I am so grateful for everything that I am able to experience.

Being a Chaplain, I am always stepping out of my comfort zone and expanding my world.

The camp was so amazing, we were in such a beautiful place in Perth near the Ocean.

It wasn’t really camping we were in dorms, which was okay.

There were so many activities that the children were able to be involved in.

One of the activities that I found stepping out of my comfort zone was… Abseiling.


I had been Abseiling at another camp about two years ago.

So, the instructor asked who would like to go up first and demonstrate? I looked around at the students who were like no, not me.

I volunteered myself to go and demonstrate how to abseil.

So, I climbed up the ladder, focusing on what was ahead and not looking at what was behind me.

The ladder for me was challenging.

When I found myself up on the platform, I could feel my heart beating loudly.

Yes, I was feeling nervous, but I was also feeling excited about what I was going to do.

I walked over to the instructor whose name was Sven.

I had to place my life into his hands, aahh.

I really had agreed with Sven to let the students know that they were safe.

I was harnessed in and Sven asked me to slowly lean back on the edge of the structure.

I could feel the slack of the rope and was wondering what had happened?

He then proceeded to let everyone know that I was safe, but he didn’t let me know about his demonstration.

Then his phone rang, I said to him what, don’t answer your phone and he replied I’m not I am putting it on silence.

I really had to place my trust in Sven and know that he had me and would now let me fall.

So, after the demonstration, I listened to his instructions and made my way down.

Yes, I made it to the end and I did go up and have another go.

Was I concerned the second time?

To be honest yes.

Stepping out…………….

What is something that you have stepped out this week?

Tracey Buckley




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