May 25, 2017 , In: TEACH, THANKS

Gäwa is a special place. We are so privileged to be here and pray that we remain always grateful, always aware of how God is working things out for good, for His glory.

I told Cameron once that I wish for us to never get used to each other. By that I meant that I hope we would never be dismissive of each other, that we’d continue to value who we are, what we have to say and the growth we can both look forward to. I didn’t want the trap of taking things for granted. I hoped for constant joy at the privilege of being together and being there for each other. My hope was for us to never get tired of listening to each other’s stories… of struggles, wars within and out, of celebrations and the myriad things we can laugh out loud about. As I look across Cameron now, he’s cleaning up and taking the rubbish out with headphones in his ears, I smile. This is the man I get to share life with. I am blessed.

My hope for our life in Gäwa is similar. We are now on our fifth month of being here and loving it whilst challenges are palpable and real. I pray that we don’t get used to it even as we feel at home already. If we keep our perspectives right and always look to our Lord who brought us here, I reckon we will find endless stories and moments to fill our hearts. My hope is that the genuine joy we feel every time we sit to chat with our Yolngu brothers and sisters will not fade. We hope that we pick up more of their language and one day, be better able to converse with them, maybe even fluently in their tongue. I pray that we don’t take things for granted: the shared laughter as my Ngama (mother) kicks a footy barefoot only to squeal and wonder how the kids do it, the silence before wise words from our Elder, my waku (son) and the joyful sound of students calling out our names. As we look around at the people we’ve grown to love, I can say with a full heart: this is our family we get to share life with. We are blessed.


Garray Djesu Nyoka Old Man, my waku (son) Bulutyon (play) Marrkap mirr IMG_7569 Ban'thula Beach Cameron's second barramundiFishing with my ngapipi (uncle) and my ngandi (mother) Dirramu (boys)Gäwa sunset


Questions and comments

    • Menchierojas
    • May 25, 2017

    Love this one Rach but of course you always write beautiful touching words that seems I am there with you savoring the joys that your good heart feels. God bless you, Cam and the community of wonderful people you serve… ❤❤❤

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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