1. She saw the Thunderbolt in the sky like a million suns, it prickled her eyes; she saw the Thunderbolt in the sky - two years old, it prickled her eyes.

But now she sits making paper cranes, paper cranes, paper cranes.
Now she sits making paper cranes - Sadako from Hiroshima.

2. She was a runner, swift and strong,
she was tall and slim and her legs were long; she was a runner, swift and strong -
ten years old and her legs were long.

3. She went to hospital tired and weak,
it was hard to laugh, it was hard to speak. she went to hospital tired and weak, eleven years old, it was hard to speak. And now she sits ...

4. She lost the race that she wanted to win - paper cranes couldn't cover her with their wings, cranes couldn't cover her with their wings - twelve years old and she wanted to win.
And now she lies with her ...

5. This is our cry, this is our prayer, "May the crane of peace fly everywhere!" This is our cry, this is our prayer, "Crane of peace fly everywhere!"

On August 6th, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. ‘Sadako And The Thousand Paper Crane’, a book by Eleanor Coerr, tells the story of a 2 year old girl called Sadako, who survived the bomb, apparently unscathed, along with her family. When she was 11 years old, however, she became ill with a form of radiation illness. She had to go to hospital. Her best friend came to visit her with a gift. She brought Sadako a folded paper crane, and reminded her of an old Japanese belief: if a sick person made a thousand paper cranes and made a wish on each one, she would get better. Sadako made 642 before she died, but her friends and classmates made the rest and she was buried with a thousand paper cranes. Her statue is in Hiroshima Peace Park — she stands holding an origami crane — and it is her story that has made the folded paper crane a symbol of peace the world over. The song was inspired particularly by a short prayer that Sadako's mother whispers one night as she leaves the hospital bed where her daughter is sleeping: "O flock of heavenly cranes, cover my child with your wings".


ALWS 5/10/23

To say I've been inactive on my website is a serious understatement! I've written nothing here since early 2021. 

So, does this mean the world has stopped for us, that nothing is happening?
A major event for us in 2022 was moving house in October. We had been in Modbury Heights since July 1993.Now we're back in Klemzig.

In May we travelled to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, seeing work supported by Australian Lutheran World Service. Dorothy and I are Ambassadors for the ALWS programme, Lives You Touch. We are encouraging people to leave money in their will for the work of ALWS. We committed to leave a third of our will many years ago and hope many others can touch lives in this way.
Since then we have visited Box Hill & Loxton with Jonathan & Julie Krause as part of the Asante presentations, promoting the cause of ALWS. Still to come this year are Asante events in Toowoomba & Rochedale (Nov 26 & 27) and Perth (Dec 10)

Looking forward to seeing many people on these occasions.