|Narrabri Wee Waa Road|
|NENW Presbytery Retreat (L and R photos)|
Being home also has meant that I had time for some local events. I attended a training day on Code of Ethics prior to attending the New England North West (NENW) Presbytery Retreat, led by the Moderator. The retreat was great. The Moderator spoke of being a "slow" church - we need to stop filling life with things we think we have to do, because we always have to be doing things that light us up, that empower us.
I have also been doing some work with a local based service I am involved in, called "Life Worth Living". I led a service in a local park for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. The first part was poetry and we let some balloons go, saying prayers and messages. I really felt God was there. A young man came to be part of the service, as he was passing through town on his way back home. He had travelled north to be with his mum as she was dying. He said to me through tears that he had not been a good person; that he had done drugs and he asked if I could pray for him and his mum. I was going to do a prayer service for those who wanted to stay, so asked the group could I pray for this man first. This young man stopped in the right car park and at the right end/time. God's care and love is evident every day!
I headed back on the road again this week, to Walgett. This region has been doing it very hard. As I sat talking to Robyn, the local Rural Resilient worker, I talked about the growth I seen on way over, "that is now dying off again" she said. Small things break hearts: I told her I talked to the farmer doing it tough (she had give me their phone number) and how as we talked about a problem she talked about the hot water system, (with strian in her voice) Robyn then told me of another lady she knows , who is seeing her beautiful garden fall into ruin and as she hasn't got time nor the youth on her side to be able to fix it back up to what it was.Answer she needs help children on school holidays Problem no money, Some might say "small things", but the rain should come it's been two years (the Walgett area normally has 2 to 1 year cycle 2 drought then rain but it might be too late if not here in next week or two after 3 years of doing without small things Become BIG .
The photo below is of a place that's suffered drought - what it was 2.5 years ago (first photo) to Wednesday this week (second photo).