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We've arrived in the land of 1 hectare plots, driving on the wrong side of the road and walking barefoot all day: Darwin, Australia.
We've been given this amazing house for a few days to enjoy a small break in between furlough and back to the mission field. The house is on a 2 hectare plot (like all the houses in the wide area) and is owned by ex-MAF staff who realized the need for people to get away from Arnhem Land from time to time. It has a beautiful garden to relax, a small spa, which is great for the kids, and even a car to use.

We're enjoying the effects of the jet-lag. Walking around with cotton balls in your head, waking up at odd times, unable to sleep. The kids were awake from midnight-2am yesterday, today from 2am-4am. Is seems the bodies are catching up at a 2-hour pace per day, which is a good sign. In a few days, the 8.5 hour time difference should be overcome!


Janneke and the kids enjoying the spa

We were rung last night by René's Yolngu sister. She seems to have an uncanny (but great) habit of appearing when we return from furlough. Last time, 2 years ago, she was on the very flight that took us back to our home in Milingimbi. Now she rang two days after we'd returned to the country, without her knowing our exact arrival date. Though we're not yet in Arnhem Land; Darwin is 600km from Arnhem Land, it was great to hear her voice and hear how she had been. There had been lots of funerals happening, which is a sad reality in Aboriginal communities, but she also spoke about having shared a message at Christmas day, and about having received the same vision twice from God about a new focus for the community.

Turns out another sister happens to be in Darwin, to take care of her elderly husband, who needs special care that is not available in Arnhem Land. We'll try to visit her later this week.

 
The yard. Great place to relax.

The weather is 33° Scattered storms

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