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Already a year ago we left the Netherlands and arrived in Australia. When we look back it's been quite a year! Waiting 3 months in Cairns for our visa, getting a permanent visa, living 2 months in Yirrkala, moving to Milingimbi and now we have stayed in Gove for 1,5 month where we received baby Judah.

 

7 months now we have lived in Milingimbi and when we look back it's been a restless period. Challenges and restlessness are always a part of settling in but the way we feel about this time is that it has been quite a tough start. The house was a big challenge, very dark and small. A lot of things being broken. Slowly we have made it a bit more into a home by painting the walls and buying some storage furniture online. Getting used to the culture around us in the community, having a funeral ceremony in front of the house and the enviroment around us anyway. Bruising my foot badly in the first months which limited my ability to walk around. Being pregnant during that whole period which always makes me feel a bit less 'normal' then normal.

Quite often people ask us whether we are already adopted in a Yolgnu family or if we have made good contacts with the Yolgnu people. In the past few months the only conversations we have had were purely functional. Booking a flight or paying for a flight. So no short talks while walking on the street or in the store or conversations about other things unfortunately! More and more we find out that the Yolgnu culture is a very closed culture. It's hard for white people to get in! It also seems like all the open doors to make contacts are closed now. The playgroup has stopped because no-one turned up anymore, my language lessons suddenly stopped and the contacts I hoped to make in the garden haven't been made yet because everytime I walked by no-one was there and later on I was very pregnant. Contacts in the church are not made because it's already a huge challenge even to find out when they are meeting as this can be anytime at night during the week. Not a straightforward 10 am on sunday morning like we used to know.

Taking everything together it seems like all the doors to make more contacts were closed. René and I feel like we're going to make a new start by returning to Milingimbi in 2 weeks. With open harts and in prayer we want to go back to see what God has in store for us there and which doors He will open.

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