This week, we have been in Windale, which is a suburb in Newcastle. Another team was here the week before us and started to make a huge impact in this area. The main focus for this week was in forming relationships; both with the people the former team connected with, and the people we meet for the first time. One particular relationship we were privileged to make and cultivate was with the neighbor of one of our contacts. We played with her two year old son and helped around the house doing dishes and laundry. She was really grateful to have someone to entertain him while she took care of their 8 week old daughter. It was great to talk to her and get to know her. We also spent the afternoon gardening. From weeding and mowing, to leveling gardens and replanting plants, it was a fun experience. Her and her husband have had plans to put up a net and sand pits in their yard since the weather is getting nicer. There has been no time to tend the yard, though, because the husband works full time, and the mother is busy taking care of their small children.
I think what impacted me the most was right at the end when we had finished gardening. We were all sweaty and caked in mud, but to see her face when she came out to take our picture and to see her new, well-tended garden, made it all so worth it! Her heart was touched to see a group of young people so willing to help her without expecting anything in return. We had been talking to her about why we are willing to give up our time to do this. We invited her to church and at first she didn’t seem very into it. We then asked her if there was anything we could pray for her about and she opened up about a tragedy in her family. We then prayed about peace in all of their hearts, and after that she seemed more open to coming to church. She was also very curious about the YWAM Ship. It was so incredible to know that a few hours of gardening could make such an impact and I am to blessed to know I was able to be a part of it.