Neale News - August 2018 - MAF UK
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Neale News - August 2018 Trusting God with the next chapter The last few months have been extremely busy. We thank God for His protection and love which has carried us through it all.
Here are some of the things we did before we left... Treaty Plaque Laying Ceremony In June we had the privilege of attending the treaty plaque laying ceremony in Birany Birany. It marked 30 years since the Prime Minister at the time, Bob Hawke, visited the Northern Territory for the Barunga festival where he was presented with a statement of Aboriginal political objectives by Galarrwuy Yunupingu. Hawke responded to the Barunga Statement with a promise that a treaty would be concluded with Indigenous Australians by 1990. In 1991, Yothu Yindi wanted a song to highlight the lack of progress on the treaty between Aboriginal peoples and the federal government. And so, they penned a song called "Treaty" in the hope that the government would finally listen.
The plaque reads: "I'm still waiting for that treaty to come along, even if it's not there in the days that I am living, it might come in the days that I am not living." TREATY This land was never given up This land was never bought or sold The planting of the union jack Never changed our law at all Now two rivers run their course Separated for so long I'm dreaming of a brighter day When the waters will become one Miles away from home Saying Goodbye... Israel on his last flight in Arnhem Land flying some familiar faces -Laynha nurses on their weekly flight out to a number of remote communities so they could conduct health checks.
I went back to see the fruit tree I planted, as you can see it's growing pretty well. Sandy (pictured left) showed me the one that he planted 21 years ago. He said the leaves can be used to treat colds and flu. One of many goodbyes... Fellowship with the Wayambo and Lamboa family (from PNG) during our final week gave us a taster of what to expect there. It really encouraged us and made us excited for the move to PNG.
Our last day at church. Our adopted 'Amalas' (Mothers) bid us farewell by singing us the most beautiful songs in Yolngu Matha. We drove out to Mata Mata & Gikal to say djut djut (Goodbye) to our Yolngu family. It was almost two years ago since we arrived and Batumbil (Phyllis) adopted us. We're so grateful to God for that as it opened up so many more relationships for us. It was an emotional time for us saying goodbye to our 'Midiku' (special sister) and her beautiful homeland. Miles setting off for his last day at school with his friend Josh
A lovely goodbye message from Miles' school Prayer and Praise! Prayer For our visas which have been delayed. We need to get them asap otherwise we may face delays that could take us into next year. For the Yolngu community "Yirrkala" there were two more suicides this past week. For the new families coming to Arnhem Land and for the Schmidt family who have just moved out to Elcho Island. For the leadership team as they are currently facing a lot of challenges. Praise:
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