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August/September 2020

August/September 2020

Q&A - Dan Hutchison

interview:

Citywide's Associate Pastor

Dan and Maria Hutchison

Dan Hutchison works alongside Matt Garvin at Citywide, helping to keep the Mornington and Lenah Valley congregations ticking over - plus a whole lot more.

He and Maria - have recently been approved as foster carers! Read On . . .

Where were you born and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in Wynyard on Tassie's beautiful northwest. Our family home was surrounded by farm and bushland with plenty of space for adventure. Growing up in a Christian home as the eldest with two siblings, I enjoyed weekends with family and friends.

When and why did you move to Southern Tasmania?

I moved to Hobart in 2010 to start a degree in Natural Environmental and Wilderness Studies following my interest in the outdoors. Hobart was the only place in Tassie that I could study Zoology and Botany without moving to the mainland.

What do you enjoy most about living here, and what do you most miss?

I really enjoy the sight of tree covered hills with the towering Mt Wellington with the convenience urban living as all our needs are provided. However, we do miss not having our family nearby, particularly with a young family.

Tell us a little about your family.

Dan and the familyMaria and I have been married for seven years and have two beautiful daughters Skylah (5) and Octavia (3). I am a bit outnumbered (as the only male), but I do love the sound of singing in the home, and a wrestle/stacks-on. Recently, we have been approved to be foster carers.

How did you become a Christian?

I became a Christian in 2003 at a Steve Grace Concert were I felt God directly challenged me as to why I hadn't taken the step to give him my life. I continue to grow and understand the need to sacrifice my priorities for Jesus and my love for him.

Describe your sense of call to the ministry.

I love being in the outdoors and drawing near to God for his guidance. I feel a call to be a guide for people to step out of their distractions and see the beauty and glory of God and His plan for them. Over a year ago I started the Facebook page Bluegum Pilgrim, a place to invite people to join me on bush walks and put my call into practice.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

What comes to mind recently was about the current crisis - that we need to see it as a marathon, and not a sprint. I have done some long distance running and feel I come at life this way. Perseverance is important in many aspects of life.

Perseverance is important in many aspects of life.

What excites you most about what you do?

I love to serve and support people as we work for God's kingdom. I have just finished a course in coaching to help people reach the fullness of God's plan for them, and already have loved the conversations it has created.

How has COVID-19 impacted what you do?

Well, we moved everything online, church, youth group, our lifegroups. Now we are implementing what we have learnt from this time. My role has shifted to include connecting with those joining us online, and facilitate some of our online gatherings.

How can we pray for you and your work?

We'd love your prayers for our family, those that we welcome into our home, and God's leading, wisdom and courage as I step more into who God has made me to be.

Short and Sweet

I am looking forward to spending more time outdoors and with people.

I am worried about missing seeing people and their needs because of my own busyness.

I am confident that with God as our guide we will see and experience the wonder of His Kingdom on earth.

I am joyful about most things but particularly spending time with my girls.

I would like to change that I find it so hard to get motivated to exercise.

I am at my best when I am challenged and supported.

Dan at CitywideTHANKS DAN!

WE WILL BE SURE TO PRAY FOR YOU AS YOU MOVE FORWARD - WHATEVER THE LONG-TERM FUTURE HOLDS.

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