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Nungalinya eNews - August 2016

Mona Vale Anglican Church Team

Dear <<First Name>> 

July is our annual volunteer backyard blitz time. This year was no exception. We have had two teams visit the college - from Mona Vale Anglican, and Austenmere Anglican, as well as individual volunteers who come for anywhere between a week and 3 months! 

One of the big jobs for the volunteers over the last 2 years has been the renovation of our student hostel. Last year the outside was completely painted, and this year the interior has been painted. We will just need to renovate the bathrooms at Christmas time for the job to be complete. This was a major focus of the teams this year.

However they did lots of other things - installed a kitchen in a staff house, worked in the library and the gardens, architectural planning, reviewing the college for solar power.... The list goes on. Each person brings their gifts and talents to support the College and we could not manage without their help.

We currently have one couple with us for 3 months who have had the informal role of supporting and coordinating all the other volunteers and that also is a great help to the Property manager.

Thanks so much to our all volunteers and if you would like to come next year, please contact the Principal about opportunities to share in the work of Nungalinya.
Austinmer Anglican Church  Team

Prayer Points

If you are short on time:

  • Pray for the children in creche this term and for staff and volunteers as they care for them.
  • Pray for Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology students completing their last units and graduating.
  • Pray for teachers preparing and teaching subjects in the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology for the first time.
If you have a bit longer:
  • Pray for Wayne Oldfield as he returns to Nungalinya to take up the role of Anglican Dean due to Terry McCoy moving to Groote Eylandt to minister there.
  • Pray for the NT Government elections at the end of August, for good, stable and just government for the future. Pray for the Royal Commission into Youth Detention that real change will occur as a result.
  • Pray for Craig and Heather as weekend hosts for patience and love for the students, and for an ability to cope with the heat as we head towards the hottest part of the year.
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From the Bible

John 11:25

New International Version (NIV) 
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die."

Craig and Heather Kelly
New Staff
Many of you will have been praying for some time for our need for weekend hosts and a Development Officer. Praise God, that those prayers have been answered.

Craig and Heather Kelly started last weekend as our new weekend hosts. During the week Craig also works as the NT State Manager for Save the Children.

We have also just appointed Karen Fletcher as the new Development Officer. Karen is currently the Principal of Gawa Christian School on Elcho Island and will be continuing in that role until the end of the year, so she will not be able to start until January. Karan has a background in IT, teaching, admin and cross cultural experience of living in a remote community for several years. These will all be a great asset to the College.
We are operating the creche for this term thanks to the generous donation of an anonymous sponsor. However, while the creche is a great thing and an opportunity for parents of young children to come to College, it does create a number of issues. Most of the children have never been left with strangers before and find it hard to settle. This is obviously very distressing for both staff and their parents. It also challenges us in a whole variety of other ways, including managing the travel and accommodation, finding and supervising creche staff, medical needs of children, how to transport children safely etc. We are finding that this then leads to many staff being stretched beyond what is reasonable.

For these reasons, we won't be seeking funding to operate the creche next year. We will review the situation and decide mid-year whether we wish to try again in 2018.
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