Investa Treks is a Salvation Army initiative, and is unashamedly driven by our Heart for God and love for others. Below our Investa Treks Coordinator writes about where it all began.
My name is Jacob Robinson. Following is a brief outline of how INVESTA TREKS got started.
Until the end of 2009 I lived in Central Queensland, and while living there, I started hiking up Mount Archer in Rockhampton in 2006. I invited a neighbour to join myself and a group of friends to conquer the 12.6km hike, behind my place, one Sunday afternoon. He accepted and we continued hiking together. One day while hiking up the back of the mountain, I shared how one day I would like to trek the Kokoda Track. He too shared the same desire, so we agreed that we would not just talk about it, but we would make this dream a reality. Sure enough we planned the trek, trained and went to PNG in 2007.
Prior to the Kokoda trek, I spent 10 days in Port Moresby before our group arrived. From what I saw in that time, I was really challenged about the living conditions of so many around the city. I had spent the 10 days being shown, and being involved, in some of the services of the Salvation Army in the Port Moresby region. It had to be one of the most eye opening experiences of my life.
Finally the time had arrived, and together with my friends, we trekked the arduous Kokoda Trail, and we found out why the exercise and training was so essential.
For me, the most impacting time on the Trail was at Isurava War Memorial, where we took the time for a memorial service and time to reflect. Another was walking past the trenches where men stood and defended themselves and their mates. It is hard to imagine really - what had taken place some 68 years before.
Having returned to Australia a better person from the experience, I felt that I knew alot of people who were able to get involved in a building project, linked to a Kokoda trek. So I stayed in regular communication with the Salvo's in PNG to arrange a building project to complete the following year.
So in June 2008 a group of 18 people took the time out of their lives, and worked together to renovate and extend a child-care in POM. Prior to the extension, the child-care centre was the size of a small lounge room, and we trippled the size of the communal area.
It was amazing to work alongside the locals and to share in their happiness and love for God, even though they live with only the bare essentials.
Following this project, 10 trekkers joined together to trek the Kokoda Trail. Once again, another amazing time to see the life-changing impact a trip like this can have.
And many treks and projects later we invite you to come and make a difference, come trek with us...
I encourage you, if you have a desire to help others, if you have a desire to be involved in a building project, to sign up for a great experience. If you have the desire to trek the famous Kokoda Trail or one of the other packages we offer, sign up and share the journey with other trekkers...
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