#EscapeTheState

legends

G’day good humans.

I just want to start off by saying that this isn’t one of my usual posts. In other words, this post is not directly about Jesus. If you didn’t already know, or are a new reader of this blog, 99% of the time I write about Jesus. And I do this for good reasons.

Not least because He is the way to the truth and fullness of life (John 14:6, John 10:10). He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). He is the revelation of God (John 1:1-4). He is totally worthy of all our affections and every ounce of our lives (Acts 20:24; Matthew 16:24-26). And ultimately, He is the end to which we live and breathe (Colossians 3:4).

His name is Jesus. 

So you can understand my joy in writing and making much of Jesus. But you will notice this post is slightly different. I say slightly, because I hope there will still be echoes of Jesus in this post. I say slightly, because I am aware that we can make much of Christ in many ways – particularly through helping others in their affliction (James 1:27).

Disclaimer over. Let’s get into this.

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THE CHALLENGE

RIDE or HIDE

Soon, I will be riding my bike. Quite a long way.

I posted the above photo on Facebook two weeks ago. And I added to it a challenge. This is the challenge: That if the photo gets 259 likes, I will ride my bike to the Victoria and NSW border in one day. I live in South Australia. The border isn’t exactly on my doorstep. So this poses itself as a significant challenge.

The public responded. Over 300 people liked the post on Facebook. From the comfort of their couches, they have sent me out of the comfort of mine. And so the planning process began – and is still continuing as I prepare for a day of suffering.

I am aware that the majority of followers on here are American. And so you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. So, for those of you who don’t know, the ride will total approximately 430km. Or, in your outdated metrics (the truth hurts), 267 miles.

Check out the photo below if you are struggling to get your head around it.

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That’s Australia.

The blue line is where my legs will (hopefully) take me. In one day. No, this is not a joke. I’ve started preparing myself physically and mentally, in gathering gear, sorting out a support car with a couple of mates, and setting aside a date to give this challenge a red hot crack. This is not a hoax. I stress that for an important reason.

Because I need your help.

I am doing this ride for a charity. Compassion Australia. If you have never heard about them, check them out. There should be a picture in the sidebar with a link to their website. Their tagline says it all: Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

They do incredible work in child sponsorship programs – freeing children from, and relieving symptoms of poverty. But their fullest impact is seen clearest in their passion not just for the temporal prolonging of lives, but in the eternal saving of souls.

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So a fundraiser sprang to life. Some absolute legends have given out of their own pockets to help those in desperate need. And as I write this, we have raised a whopping $604. We are rapidly approaching our target of $1000 – which we will no doubt eclipse at this rate.

I contacted Compassion recently. They have been awesome. And so for every dollar we raise, they have agreed to direct straight into emergency medical care. So our money will not only be helping the poorest of the poor. We will also be directly helping the sickest of the sick – in the poorest communities on planet earth. Providing them with resources. Access to doctors. Pregnancy help. Cancer detection. Medicine. Surgery. Hope.

You contribution, big or small, will work to save someone’s life. No exaggeration. I can think of no better reason to get involved than that. The link to donate is at the bottom of this blog. But just in case you don’t make it that far, here it is:

https://compassionaustralia.gofundraise.com.au/page/JonathanCamac

WHAT ARE OUR AIMS FOR #ESCAPETHESTATE?

If successful, we will #escapethestate in more ways than one.

Firstly, I will literally be escaping the state. Two, actually – South Australia and Victoria. If all goes successful, I will cross two borders in a day. There is a challenge in front of me. But truth is, there is a challenge in front of of us. Which leads to our next aim.

Secondly, we all need to escape the state. Not necessarily South Australia or Victoria, or any other country or state border. Rather, we need to escape the state of mind that we cannot make a difference in the world. If this is going to be successful, we need to be in it together. Because together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of many.

Lastly, we aim to help others escape the state of poverty. It is time to cross physical, mental and economic borders to help out some friends in need. But it’s in your hands. It’s up to you. Want lasting change? Then join me in fulfilling the goal in front of us:

To release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

legends

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed” (Proverbs 19:17)

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Thanks legends!!

DONATE HERE: https://compassionaustralia.gofundraise.com.au/page/JonathanCamac

DONATE HERE: https://compassionaustralia.gofundraise.com.au/page/JonathanCamac

DONATE HERE: https://compassionaustralia.gofundraise.com.au/page/JonathanCamac

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41 thoughts on “#EscapeTheState

  1. Kelli G. June 21, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    God bless you!!! This is absolutely wonderful. I can’t even think of words to describe this. Simply beautiful. Stay with Jesus!

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  2. Kieran Carline June 22, 2017 / 3:01 am

    I didn’t know you were raising money mate, I’ll have to give you some when I see you next

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    • Jonathan Camac June 22, 2017 / 5:24 am

      You’re a legend bro!! Yeah the initial plan wasn’t to raise money, but some asked if I was doing it for a charity. I thought it was a great idea – so I just ran with it 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac June 22, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Thanks Mary Ann! You’re a legend!! I cant believe it through – I accidentally deleted your Gatorade recipe 😦 Would you mind sending it through again? Haha sorry

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      • Mary Ann June 23, 2017 / 7:02 am

        Thank you 🙂
        The recipe for Gods Gatorade
        1 quart spring water
        1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
        1/4 cup raw honey, or to your taste
        1/4 cup lemon juice
        and if you like coconut.. you can add a cup of coconut water, and spring water to make the quart. it helps boost potassium..

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  3. Heather Davis June 22, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Haha, love the bit about America’s outdated system. When I homeschooled my son in 3rd grade, his math required him to convert both American system and metric. In tears, my highly logical son begged me to move to a country that used the metric system! Hope I can still donate a smidge when I get back home… If not, I’ll send extra to compassion in Bangladesh

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    • Jonathan Camac June 22, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      hahaha thats pretty funny Heather! Your son has a good head on his shoulders 😉 If you already give elsewhere, know that I don’t expect anything here. But thanks heaps for your ongoing support!!

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      • Heather Davis June 22, 2017 / 9:59 pm

        He really does. I told him I agreed! I know you dont expect anything. Just love what you are doing and wouldn’t mind contributing if there’s room for it. 😉

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      • Heather Davis June 22, 2017 / 10:09 pm

        Oh I almost forgot! My college age niece is coming to Sydney in 7 days. Bit of a home from you but I thought it was worth a mention.

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      • Jonathan Camac June 22, 2017 / 10:25 pm

        Ah awesome! She staying in Sydney for university or something? 🙂

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      • Heather Davis June 22, 2017 / 11:09 pm

        Her college requires 3 weeks of study abroad and this trip was her choice. She’s pretty excited!

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  4. jamesrneal June 22, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Great post, and great cause. I rode a few 100 mile rides years ago. I can’t imagine doing more than twice that in one go. Epic! Best of luck. I look forward to following your progress.

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    • Jonathan Camac June 24, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Still a significant ride jamesrneal!! Appreciate it man. Most of my future updates I will be putting on social media – most likely Facebook 🙂 Thanks for your time!

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  5. gpavants June 27, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Hi Jonathan,

    I will be praying for your trip. That is not easy, but for a great purpose. I will talk to my wife about how we can help.

    In Christ,

    Gary

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  6. K Marie July 7, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Has this happened yet? Did I miss it? I would be happy to donate if I haven’t missed the opportunity! This is amazing, Jonathan! I wish I had seen this sooner.

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    • Jonathan Camac July 7, 2017 / 6:02 am

      Still yet to happen! I am giving it a crack on the 20th of July 🙂 Thanks heaps for your support and for considering this!!

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      • K Marie July 8, 2017 / 1:23 pm

        Ok, Jonathan. I contributed a bit. Wish I could send more, but I’m a bit strapped this month. I think what you’re doing here is really amazing and special. Safe travels. Ok? I’ll keep you in my prayers.

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      • Jonathan Camac July 9, 2017 / 10:47 am

        Couldnt ask for anything more!! Thanks heaps for your contribution. Your prayers are absolutely invaluable – for the trip, and also for those in the cycle of suffering and poverty. Thanks so much Kristen! 🙂

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  7. Lordus Boke July 26, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Jonathan – thanks for the “like” on my recent post. I’m new to WP, so I’m sort of neck deep in the learning curve stage. Took a look at your site – LOVE your LOVE of our Jesus! Read your Open Letter to John Piper – I’m new to Reformed Theology, he’s one of my favorites! Side note: my son David became friends with a guy (via internet) from Georgia – as it turns out this buddy’s best friend back home in Georgia is a nephew of John Piper! Small World, right! Alistair Begg is another R.T. preacher – LOVE him too! Also my husband and I for 7 years sponsored a child via Compassion – found them to be very reputable and now our son David sponsors a child! I look forward to enjoying more of your journey via the weight of words — it is joyful to see young people loving God’s Word and living it out as best as possible! Safe travels, Jonathan. ~ Laura

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    • Jonathan Camac August 2, 2017 / 10:01 am

      So good!! Yeah as you would have read, God has had a profound impact on my life through John Piper. Crazy those connections we can make through friendships too. Small world! Thanks for your time Laura. Welcome to the WordPress community. God bless 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac August 16, 2017 / 3:30 am

      I have my twitter and instagram accounts linked on the blog here 🙂

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      • Jonathan Camac August 17, 2017 / 8:12 am

        Should be in the footer/sidebar of my blog side 🙂 jonathancamac.wordpress.com

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      • Jonathan Camac August 17, 2017 / 11:06 am

        oh, that’s bizarre! Type in @cadelcamac then – you should find it 🙂

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      • trulygiftedsite August 17, 2017 / 10:45 am

        The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Go back to Instagram.

        That’s what it says.

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