Auckland Baptist Tramping Club


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About 35 people showed up for the Summer Tramps Reunion at Carey Baptist College in Penrose. This began at 5pm with drinks. The red ABTC 40th anniversary banner that was displayed at the jubilee weekend in Ngaruawahia last September was set up along the wall of the dining room. Dinner was served at 5:45pm, we lined up to help ourselves to meat, salads and then dessert.

Afterwards we went into the chapel for the formal part of the evening. This began with devotions from Ian Marshall, who said that not everything you read or see in the news is necessarily true, with all sorts of ideas and opinions and even fake news being shared. But this is not so with the Bible, having reference points and points of stability, and scripture leads to the fact that God is our salvation in the tomb of Jesus. Jesus actually said, and confessed openly, I am your truth, the way and the life. Ian quoted Psalm 119:105. Your word is a lamp on my feet. So the Bible is true, and God can build trust.

We went to the top of the South Island following the footsteps of those who did the summer tramps. Paul Ungemuth and Christine Marshall showed slides of the summer tramps to Queen Charlotte, David Walker spoke about the D’Urville tramp and Simon Marshall showed slides of this. Barbara Langridge showed slides of  the Sabine trip, and Paul showed some of the Travers-Sabine tramp. Ann Vukojevich spoke of doing a tramp to Angelus Hut on her own.

Linda Piggott shared about a trip she organised to Northland on 17-26 January. Her group of eight went to Whangarei, Matauri Bay, Matai Bay, Coopers Beach, Houhora, Rawene, and Omapere. This was a leisurely trip staying in holiday parks and enjoying short walks and swims in the sea.

We had a presentation about the 2020-21 summer tramps which will be in Fiordland and will include the Milford and Tuatapere Hump Ridge tracks plus other walks.
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