It was an evening several years ago toward the end of our international stewardship program. We were all sitting in a circle under the canopy talking in turns about the ecological problems that were facing in our home countries and what we, as individuals, could do to help.
All around us the forest was dark and silent and all were deeply engrossed in the conversation. Suddenly one of the students looked up and pointed in amazement, holding a finger to his lips to indicate to us that we should be quiet.
Slowly we all turned around, and there, circling our tent was a whole heard of miniature deer (normally very shy creatures who run from humans) who were staring in at us. It was as if they had come to join our circle and definitely had something to say about conservation. Our lamp was reflected in their huge eyes and their ears were high and alert as if they were listening to every word.
"Don't worry" whispered one of the Balinese students, "we will do everything we can to save your forest". They stood for a little longer and then went silently on their way - it was a magic moment, such a blessing.