Testimony of Al Heffron (Part 2)
In church back row:
In 1981, in Brisbane, Queensland. "God alone knew why".
With our son to look after, my wife Barbara was at the school tuck shop, doing what
Mums need to do at school tuck shops. There Barbara met a quiet saintly lady by the
name of Beth, the two were working together one day when Barbara was invited by Beth to a
Know your Bible group at the nearby Anglican church, St. Barnabas, a high, but
not too high, Anglican church.
Eventually, I was attending church on a Sunday, sitting right at the back row, in the
corner, as far as possible from the front. I remember at about the same time, saying to
army colleagues at RHQ (Regimental Headquarters), "God gave me these arms to get as
much of this world as is possible". Why I said that and the reason, I do not know,
for to the best of my knowledge, I certainly did not know God then, in any shape or form.
In mens fellowship:
In 1982, I was invited to a mens dinner meeting at the Anglican church, it was held
once a month, a no big deal, get together have a beer and a meal and that sounded OK. I
remember questioning one of the chaps at the dinner on my first occasion of attendance,
about the beer, as I thought in my naivety about God, that Church goers or Christians did
not drink, but whatever.
I soon became a regular attendant at the monthly meetings as the folk were on the whole
fairly friendly types and as I had been confirmed C of E as a young person,
that I guess I could consider myself an Anglican, and I still do.
Invite to minister at mens dinner:
One night, Peter the secretary for the mens fellowship, asked if I would conduct the
service for the following month of March, this meant choosing a favourite hymn and
favourite bible verse. I immediately said to him "Sorry I do not have the faith, to
do such a thing". Peter replied "Neither do I, but someone has to do
So I very quickly got out of that embarrassing task.