Up and away: Amy McPherson, of Lismore, has her bags packed and is ready for her first trip overseas, representing the Northern Rivers at the Salvation Army’s World Youth Convention in Stockholm, Sweden.
Up and away: Amy McPherson, of Lismore, has her bags packed and is ready for her first trip overseas, representing the Northern Rivers at the Salvation Army’s World Youth Convention in Stockholm, Sweden. Jerad Williams

Amy's flight of faith

AFTER opening a surprise email, Amy McPherson is now heading overseas for the very first time.

Lismore born-and-bred, Ms McPherson was one of four young Salvationists from the region nominated for the Salvation Army’s World Youth Convention.

Ms McPherson will be one of 1000 young Salvation Army members from around the world attending the convention, and she hopes to learn more about her faith when she leaves for Sweden next Tuesday.

She will represent the SalvationArmy Northern Rivers Division at the conference.

“That will be really exciting,” she said.

“I’ve only ever been involved in the Lismore church, so the conference will allow me to get an idea of how the Salvation Army operates around the world.”

Ms McPherson said her family had always been involved in the Salvation Army, but she personally started a stronger involvement in 2004 when she was 18.

“I’m working out which workshops I want to do, which is quite hard because there’s lots of good ones,” she said.

“I’m doing one on social justice, one on holiness, and another one on the identity of the Salvation Army and the meaning of our uniforms.”

While at the convention, Ms McPherson also hopes to gain some inspiration for activities she can bring back to her church in Lismore and, with a passion to teach overseas, work out where she would like to take her career when she graduates from teaching at Southern Cross Univer-sity in Lismore.

“I hope to get some new ideas to share with people and things I can get involved with, and I also hope to learn more about other cultures,” she said.

While the convention is exciting enough, Ms McPherson is also looking forward to staying in a former prison converted into a hostel for the four-day conference, and then visiting London with a friend from Newcastle who is also attending the event.

Ms McPherson said her division, which stretches from Lismore to Moree and down to Port Macquarie, had also booked out the Coffs Harbour ice-skating rink for one night during the conference to watch live video feeds of the event.



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