During the Australian outback summer, Christmas spirit does not travel by sleigh. It wings in on a single-engine Cessna 182.
At least, that is how David Shrimpton, a pastor with a pilot's licence, delivers holiday cheer to a congregation of a couple of thousand spread over livestock and farm land nearly three times the size of Ireland. Since 2003 the Uniting Church pastor has been flying to some of Australia's most isolated communities to talk and listen to a scattered flock.
"It's time to celebrate ... enjoying one another's company and hearing from folk in the bush that they are looking forward to connection with family that wasn't there last Christmas."
(Picture Editing Kezia Levitas; Text Editing Tom Hogue; Layout Kezia Levitas)