'Put out my hand and touched the face of God.'
John Gillespie Magee Jnr. was a Canadian pilot, serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, during WWII, and wrote HIGH FLIGHT by the time he was nineteen years of age.
Then he died.
Astronaut Col. James Irwin Jnr, (USN ret.) accepted it as his motto and quoted it every day of his life during his Christian work around the world. Irwin was on the Apollo 15 flight to the Moon, and drove the moon buggy and is immortalised at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and the Aerospace Museum in San Diego, California.
The good times in Australia in the '70's and '80's were his favourite places away from home. Jim and Mary Irwin are close friend of Les and Martha Nixon and constant supporters of Outback Patrol.
Jim died of a heart attack only months before he was due to fly on a patrol in 1994. Magee's poem has been re-created in a 3x2m woven tapestry, and Outback Patrol will send you one in return for a $100-or-more support–gift for Nixon's flying patrol inland, where Jim Irwin would have been.
The Patrol founder Les Nixon still returns to a dozen remote places every year to carry on the work he began in 1961, to towns too small for a Church, too small to overlook. The tapestry is 100% cotton, 2 12/ layer, lacquered woven in the USA, fringed on all four sides, pre shunk, colour fast, and machine washable. It is a handsome table or bed cover, or for a coffee table—and certainly an excellent conversation piece with the poem that ends with the words: 'Put out my hand and touched the face of God.'
It is a dignified addition to any home, and a worthy reminder of the purpose of the work of Outback Patrol in Australia. Your donation will help send Rev. Nixon to people at Tibooburra, Wanaaring, Thargomindah, Eromanga, Windorah, Bedourie, Birdsville, Marree, Oodnadatta, Ulara, Coober Pedy, Andamooka, Louth, Wilcannia and Nyngan. And the tapestry will live on for many years in your home, as a reminder of God's good blessing to all of us in the land of Australia. Send your check to:
36 Georges Cr.
Georges Hall, NSW 2198
...and your tapestry will come to you within 3 weeks.