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Nungalinya eNews - March 2017

Unexpected Journeys

Dear <<First Name>> 

When signing up for a course of study, you wouldn't normally expect the adventure to begin before you even arrive! This year's wet season has been particularly 'wet' and so some of our students have literally had to wade through high water to get to Darwin from their remote outstations. 

David, Daisy, Lisa Marie and Gareth are from the small outstation of Kewulyi in the Roper Valley where the nearest township is Minyerri. Normally, they would take the Bodhi Bus to travel from their remote outstation to Katherine and then on to Darwin in order to study at Nungalinya, but this time things were a little bit different.

"We have to cross the river to get our tucker from the shop at Minyerri. Our outstation is a long way from there and we needed to get all our things to bring to Darwin," explains Daisy. "The river was really high and the bridge had been drowned under the water."
Gareth, another student in the group, told of how they got their things across the river.

"We bought a small inflatable boat from the shop and pulled it across the river by a rope. The water was up to here on me (he points to his waist), but higher on some of the others. Once we got our things, our clothes and laptop, we put them in the boat so we could get them back across the river. Then we tied up the boat to a tree so that someone else could use it if they needed to."

Daisy told of how the water was up to her chest as they crossed the river.

"The river was flowing fast and by the time we got to the other side, and the sun had gone all the way down by then. Before we went in, we just stood on the bank and prayed, and prayed, and prayed."

The following morning, the group was picked up by a small 5 seater plane which would eventually bring them to Darwin. Enroute, it stopped off in Ngukurr for another student, then detoured to Katherine for more fuel, and finally brought the travel weary group on to Darwin.

"It was real windy and lots of rain when we took off in that little plane. It was so bumpy up there. It looked like an island," said David. "The water has gone down a long way since we left," explained Daisy. "Perhaps when we go back we will see our footprints on the bottom of that river where we came across."

As we sat in conversation over morning tea, listening to the students reminiscing of the travel adventure they had shared, David turned to Wayne Oldfield, the Anglican Dean, and said "When we go back, we would like to go on the bus." "I bet you would!" replied Wayne.

We are very thankful that every one of the 18 students enrolled in our Certificate II Media and Discipleship course made it to Nungalinya for the commencement of their studies. Please pray for our students as they learn and study, that they will be strengthened to be strong leaders in their communities.
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Prayer Points

If you are short on time:

  • Pray for the incoming students over the next month for Foundation Studies, Music and Certificate IV for safe travel and the right number to come for the classes.
  • Pray for Rev Tony Goodluck the new Uniting Church Dean as he settles into Nungalinya. Pray for good relationships with churches and students.
  • Pray for the closing of the gap in Indigenous health, education, employment, and  incarceration rates. Pray for the government as they respond to the latest report.
If you have a bit longer:
  • Give thanks for Property improvements due to additional government funding last year, but pray for wisdom as the funding application to build a new hostel was unsuccessful. Pray for the development of the Strategic Property plan to assist future applications.
  • Continue to pray for trainee teachers Mandy and Justine as they continue their work at the College. Pray the right Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will be found for them to start.
  • Pray for Jude Long as she prepares talks for the Katherine Christian Convention on the theme of Jubilee.
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