Betty grew up on a farm at South Kilkerran on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. As a child she mixed with Aboriginal shearers and their kids from Point Pearce Aboriginal Community. Perhaps this explains Betty’s deep love and respect for Aboriginal people.
Being lifelong church musicians, Marty and Betty fully appreciate the power of music and how hymnody reflects the theology of the church. For this reason alone they wanted to support the Boomerang Tour of Germany.
Marty and Betty have retired from farming and now live at Mt Barker, south-east of Adelaide. They support Finke River Mission in many ways, including supporting Shed Men work trips to Hermannsburg. They describe financially supporting the mission of the church as ‘adventurous’.
Marty says, ‘You never know where your money goes and who it helps, but we know that ultimately it is for the Lord’s work’.
Marty has total renal failure and is on dialysis three times a week. He is also blind. Despite these difficulties he remains positive and wishes to encourage all Aboriginal people suffering similar conditions in central Australia by saying, ‘Stay close to God and close to your family’.
The staff and friends of Finke River Mission thank Marty and Betty for their tremendous support. Without it, and the support of many others, Finke River Mission could not function.
I have known Marty and Betty most of my life; they have been mentors all of that time. I appreciate their support and prayers. I now enjoy living next door to them again.
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