Spiritual Practice

The Power of Green

Richard Lawton

Green Team with CrowdSchoolies is about to begin. Each year thousands of teens celebrate the end of their high school years by going to Victor Harbor, a beach resort fifty miles from Adelaide, South Australia. They let down their hair, and most have a good time. But Schoolies is notorious for gross excesses in behavior, alcohol, drugs, sex—you name it. Toolies also go to Victor to make trouble and to take advantage of the teenagers who have gathered. Thus, hordes of police descend on Victor Harbor in an effort to keep order. The locals are split: Merchants welcome the extra business; but many local residents hide in their homes for the week, waiting for the crowds to leave Victor.

Green Team waveThe Green Team, which is composed this year of seven hundred young people in their late teens or twenties, also goes to Victor and sets up posts in campgrounds and on streets and beaches. The purpose of the Green Team is to prevent schoolies from getting into trouble and to help those who do. Members of the Green Team (named for their obvious green T-shirts) gladly give up a week of vacation to provide the loners with someone to talk to, the troubled with someone to confide in, the drunk or drugged with someone to hold onto. They make a huge difference in ensuring that the week is safe and enjoyable for the graduates.


Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.
Psalm 16:1 (NIV)

PRAYER: God, give us power to provide places of refuge and safety in your name. Amen.

—from devozine (September/October 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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