‘Everyone should love God’

February 11, 2018 , In: TEACH

We sang ‘Jesus loves the little children’ in English and Yolŋu Matha during last Sunday’s fellowship. Our elder Banthay reminded us that the song applies to us adults too as God’s children. I love basking in the truth that I’m a child of my Heavenly Father!

And He shows me great and marvellous things. Here are five highlights from the week:

  1. The students in the secondary class were able to recite from memory the first 5 verses of Psalm 139. There were no drills involved, no imperative, ‘You must memorise this.’ We’ve just been steadily working through the vocabulary, finding the equivalent words in Djambarrpuyŋu, acting it out in short videos on iPads and recording audio of students saying verses that go with them. I think they surprised themselves at their accomplishment as the words flowed freely from their hearts! I think it’s the power of God’s Word. His Word is living and active. Walŋamirr (Life-giver).
  2. Discussing persuasive writing with a Year 7 student, I asked if he’s ever done one before. He said he’s heard of it. I started with the sample topic, ‘Everybody should have a dog,’ because he’s a dog-lover. When I asked what topic he would like to write about, his reply came quickly, ‘Everybody should love God.’ I still get teary-eyed thinking about it now. I held back the tears, being all professional and after commending him briefly, asked, let’s think about at least three reasons that would support your position. He went on: Those who worship Satan get brainwashed. God’s Son Jesus saved us from our sins. He created us. Can’t wait to read his whole piece. I praise God for His work in this boy’s life and praise Him for every teacher who taught him. Marrkap mirr (beloved).
  3. We played whole school soccer, from our tiniest students to our beautiful teenagers. For a significant amount of time, everyone was on the field, just enjoying the excitement of it all. It was boys vs girls. 9-2. I’ve never played soccer in my life before, let alone in thongs (everyone else was barefoot) but what a highlight seeing the children beaming with every kick and goal, wanting to play on and on. Djulŋithirr (joy).
  4. The promise of Starbursts, ice cream and mail led us to the rough road to town on Friday afternoon. It was looking bleak when we discovered all our mail had been picked up by someone else and the main shops were closed. But in the end, with mail recovered and one shop open, Wendy, Sarah, young Rach, Cam and I all enjoyed a chat and a snack overlooking the ocean. Later, we were joined in by my Mukul (aunty) whom young Rach had met before. To confirm her identity, young Rach asked, ‘I think we met by the turtle. Did you lose your shoe and then they had to dig a hole (to recover it)?’ She was right and we all had a good laugh. We walked to a well-loved freshwater pool by the beach, learnt a bit of history, wondered about a black floating thing in the ocean and had only a plate each at the motel buffet because we were all still a bit full from our afternoon treats. Somewhere in there was also a performance, especially for us, by a singing doctor. We drove home in the dark, happy to have spent relaxing time with family. Gurrutu (kinship).
  5. Cameron and I have finished reading through the Book of Job. I’ve been hanging out for Chapter 38 especially as I knew that’s when God speaks (then through to the next chapter and a bit). I love how awesome our Lord is. Seriously, everything is in His hands! It’s a shame I still worry at times. But He is good. He sends many reminders of His love and might. He asks us to, ‘Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’ (Matthew 6:26)

I shall remember God’s faithfulness with every bird I see. My heart is full. Praise to my King Jesus. How can I but say with our student, ‘Everyone should love God!’

Questions and comments

    • Menchierojas
    • February 11, 2018

    Thanks for the update of your lives there at Gawa. Truly, God planted you and Cam in that place to be a blessing to the whole community and by that you are equally blessed with such love and joy that overflows to them all. God bless all your undertakings and keep you all in good health.. 🙏🙏❤🙏🙏

Rachel Herweynen

Teaching Principal

Alive because of Jesus. My husband Cameron and I have the privilege of living and working in a remote indigenous community, our home, Gäwa on Elcho Island, Australia. What a joy to not only be principal and teacher but also granddaughter, mother, aunty, child and mother-in-law. Above all, always daughter of the King.

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