I first became a volunteer at Hermannsburg in 2013, not long after I became a widow. My husband’s parting advice was the catalyst that brought me here: ‘Follow Jesus, put your hand in His and He will show you what to do.’
When I first arrived I worked in the kitchen at the store, producing takeaway meals and sandwiches. Sometimes I stacked and cleaned shelves, and always I experienced the most amazing acceptance, love and appreciation from everyone involved with FRM. In just a month I knew that this was truly where I should be.
After a quick trip back to the Barossa Valley I became totally miserable and knew that I needed to go back and help at Hermannsburg. In April this year I left my home and my life in Tanunda to voluntarily serve the FRM for as long as I am able.
It has been my great privilege getting to know the children and adults in the local congregation by helping with Sunday School. Since our pastor, David Kuss has left us for his new parish, I have helped Evangelist Rodney Malbunka with some of his numeracy and literacy studies from Nungalinya College in Darwin. Hopefully, he will soon be ordained. It is an unbelievable privilege to be meeting together with Rodney for mutual prayer and support.
Otherwise, my days are spent at the store kitchen, baking scones and making sandwiches each morning, then for the rest of the day I work at the Historical Precinct where I serve lunches and snacks to the tourists and often have opportunities to talk to them about the work and history of FRM.
Those employed by FRM at Hermannsburg include local Indigenous people, students, and even volunteers from overseas. The long-term presence of our wonderful managers, Selwyn (his wife Ruth) and Rod, are a major reason for the beautiful spirit of friendship and acceptance here at Hermannsburg.