Stories of an awesome God

November 4, 2016 , In: TEACH, THANKS

When your heart is full of stories, where do you begin?

I’m alive because of Jesus Christ. That’s a good, trustworthy start.

At the beginning of the year I shared my reflections on a quote I had seen shared around Facebook saying, ‘I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.’

As I recounted my experiences, I concluded that what the Bible says in Ephesians 3 holds more water:

Our Heavenly Father is ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’

Here are some of our stories from the past few months:
Gawa Christian School
Our Lord has called us to join His work in Gäwa Christian School, walking alongside the beautiful Yolngu people of Arnhem Land. Cam has loved the Yolngu since 2007, seeing their beauty as he photographed them at the Garma Festival.
Gäwa is a remote indigenous homeland community on Elcho Island in Northern Territory, Australia. The average life expectancy for men on this island is 37 so we need prayers. The issues are complex but nothing our God and our prayers cannot transform!
God gave me the dream to one day run a school for the disadvantaged when I was a primary-aged student and the Dream Giver is making it come to pass.
I am going to be Principal!
I declare it with joy only because I know it is of God. He was the One to make it possible. After some initial hesitance and with Cam’s amazing encouragement I just did as God asked: trust Him and obey.
The whole experience of getting the job has been very humbling, every step an affirmation that Gäwa is where God would have me and Cam. We are excited. We are overjoyed, overwhelmed and ever reliant on our Sustainer and Saviour. One fact that motivates us: He equips those He calls.
Sun shower
This sun shower welcomed us home the other day. It is the perfect picture of how I feel about our current reality. There is much joy in what is ahead of us, our blue skies. There is also much sadness and tears to shed as I say farewell to my DCC family.
Donvale has been an amazing workplace. One of our longest-serving teachers, Pete Jones, candidly shared, ‘It’s the closest you can get to the Kingdom of God here on earth.’
And yet in this strange state of happy sadness, there is beauty. In the kind words, the well wishes, the prayers and embraces.
There is blessing in having parents and colleagues encourage us and commit to be partners with us.
There is beauty in students’ seeing what it can sometimes mean to obey God and follow where He leads.
A few weeks after our move was confirmed came my 29th birthday. Every year, I am made to feel special by my class through a birthday party. This year’s is at the top of the list for many reasons: the students organised it all by themselves, they invited other teachers and staff and their big surprise: they invited Cameron to be part of the party!
My class also made a special birthday video and gave cards and presents. The highlight of the whole event brought me to tears: my students laid their hands on me and prayed for me, one by one, in line order, they whispered a prayer to our Lord.
One student shared, ‘We pray that whatever You want them to do in the future, that You’ll help them obey You.’
 Wow. That prayer is achievement unlocked. Praise God.
Mindil Beach
My Cameron James turned 30 in September.
Since then, he has had a four-page feature in the Yarra Valley Magazine for his photography work, he won the hearts of the boys at Gäwa, photographed the brilliant, world-famous pianist David Helfgott, shot a magazine assignment for the Sunday Times Travel U.K. and my favourite, he remains to be a godly, funny and gorgeous husband to me.
It is a joy to see him seek to glorify Jesus in all that he does.
Gawa Christian School
Romans 15:5-6
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Questions and comments

    • Jineenai
    • November 6, 2016

    Rachy, I am happy for you and Cam. With so much love.. kisses and hugs! :)

    • Reply

      Thank you very much, Jineenee! I appreciate your love and your sharing in our joy :)

    • menchie rojad
    • November 5, 2016

    Am so teary eyed reading this….Godly inspired….Everyone whose lives you touched love you, God loves you and Cam and am sure more surprises of blessings beyond measure from our Creator awaits you both. Carry on. I love you.

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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