Under Bright Wings
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About "Under Bright Wings"
When Peter and Miranda Harris uprooted from England with their young family to explore the possibilities of nature conservation in Portugal, they swapped a satisfying urban ministry for the uncertainties of a pioneering project. They learnt from scratch about cross-cultural evangelism, community living and conservation, as well as Portuguese bureaucracy. The A Rocha (Portuguese for The Rock) Christian Field Study Centre and Bird Observatory opened in 1986 and has welcomed hundreds of visitors from around the world. Many environmental projects have been carried out, but its main aims are to encourage an understanding of conservation among Portuguese students and teachers, and to demonstrate the relevance of Christian belief to environmental issues.
Meet the Author
Peter Harris is founder and president of A Rocha, an international Christian conservation organization, and the author of Under the Bright Wings and Kingfisher's Fire: A Story of Hope for God's Earth.
After working as an English teacher at Christ's Hospital, and then as an Anglican clergyman near Liverpool, UK, Peter and his wife Miranda moved to Portugal in 1983 to establish and run A Rocha's first field study centre and bird observatory. In 1995 the work was given over to national leadership and they moved to France where together with national colleagues they oversaw the establishment of two other centres while travelling to resource the growing movement of Christians active in nature conservation. Since 2010, Peter and Miranda have been based in the UK.