Gäwa reflections: He holds my hand

January 20, 2018 , In: TEACH

We’re fresh from encouraging days of induction courtesy of our loveable organisation. NT Christian Schools is a family of schools and Gäwa being very remote, we feel extra love and support from our brothers and sisters from the other schools.

Some people speak of the great sacrifices entailed. Others comment on how much we have to contribute. Each word echoes some truth. We appreciate the love.

Gäwa is definitely not for everyone but in our day-to-day living in Gäwa, God always causes my eyes to see past sacrifices and personal contributions. Whilst I feel suited to the remote environment and sharing life with our Yolngu brothers and sisters, the words of this old hymn ring true for me:

Nothing in my hand I bring
Simply to your Cross I cling
Naked, come to You for dress
Helpless, look to You for grace
Stained by sin to you I cry
Wash me Saviour
Or I die

Every moment, I need Jesus.

Whilst Cameron and I loved the life God blessed us with in Melbourne, moving to Gäwa did not feel like a huge sacrifice. The best picture I can paint of that experience is this:

My Heavenly Father held his hand out and said, ‘Come, follow me.’
He didn’t say it was going to be better or easier.
He only said, ‘Come, this is where I want you.’
I looked at myself and began, ‘But Lord, I am too young. I’m not ready. I can’t do it.’
‘Look at Me,’ was the reply.
So I gazed upon the familiar, faithful hand.
His other one already held Cameron’s.
How could I but clasp the strongest, most secure grasp I know?
‘Wow, Lord. Yes, please! Thank you.’

This experience reminds me of the song below (you can’t take out the primary teacher in me!):

‘I want you, to come with me
And oh the things that you will see when you believe in me!’

We have seen wonderful things in our first year in Gäwa.

My heart is smiling with excitement, looking forward to the ways we’ll see Jesus’ glory and grace in Gäwa this 2018!

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” Luke 5:26 (When Jesus healed the paralytic.)

Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)


He holds me

Questions and comments

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    Brilliant writings and reflections! God bless and keep up the good works you, Cam and others are doing for the community of Gawa! ❤❤❤

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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