From the President
Every time the Israelites experienced God’s direct, unmistakable, visible presence, they were encouraged to build a
monument, write poetry, sing songs, “Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds” (Psalm 105:2). This reminded them of
God’s love, compassion and faithfulness when they were going through difficult times and it inspired the next generation to put
their trust in Him.
As I travel throughout our conference, I am encouraged and excited to see what God is doing in and through each of you in your
churches and community.
Stories of baptisms, innovative mission initiatives, discipleship and
community service from within our Conference remind me that secularism,
consumerism, postmodernism and every other mission inhibiting ‘ism’ out there is
no obstacle for God as He works through each of you to save souls. We need to set up
monuments, write poetry, sing songs, post posts and tell others what God is doing.
In addition to the quarterly Imprint Magazine, we would love to be able to share
many more regular stories of God at work in SNSW not just from the travels of those
in the office but from each of your churches as you see Him move in your local area.
And we’ll do that through the most prevalent form of communication available to us
today: social media.
We’ve created a Facebook page at: facebook.com/sdasnsw where you will find regular photos, videos and updates on what is
happening in and around our Conference. These posts will be a testament to God’s goodness and your faithfulness that can
encourage each other as well as witness to our non-Seventh-day Adventist friends on Facebook.
Use the QR code to jump straight to the FB page, or type in the above link to connect to the “Adventists South New South Wales”
Let us continue to “Sing to Him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.”
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South New South Wales
From The General
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, particularly when
remembering a lesson learnt during an experience.
Sometimes events play out smoothly when reflecting, or
conversations go without a hitch. All appears good,
until you’re jolted back to reality recognising that those events
cannot be changed. They are just, ‘moments in time’. In
looking back over recent months, some of the moments in time
for the South NSW Conference include;
• The General Conference have been working on
plotting all conference territories globally on a map and
discovered that the South NSW Constitution was not
particularly clear for plotting purposes on our Southern
border with the Victorian Conference. To clear this up,
the South NSW Executive Committee, took an action in
December 2018 on the following two points;
1. Wodonga: To use the Wodonga Local Government Area
boundary map, “Wodonga LGA” to define the territory
2. Sunraysia: A straight line from the Northern most tip
of Bumbang Island on the Murray River to the South
Western tip of Lake Milkengay, and from there directly
West to the South Australian Border. While the delin
eation will not affect how SNSWC operates, if anyone
asks where the conference boundary is between NSW
& VIC, you can now inform them.
• Also, in 2018, The South NSW Executive accepted a
recommendation from Griffith SDA Church to recognise
the Griffith Samoan Branch Sabbath School as a Company,
and for that Company to be known as Yoogali Seventh-day
Adventist Company (Samoan Language Services, Pastored
by Pr Jim & Adam Tonkin. It was exciting to be part of the
Company Dedication Service on Sabbath 18th May, and
further information is included later in this edition of Imprint.
• Following the finalisation of the debt for Adventist Alpine
Village in December last year, the Executive Committee have
been considering further development at AAV to include a
Caravan Park and Motel Units. While this is not new news,
the work involving Architects, Engineers, Surveyor’s and
Certifiers is extensive and updates will be made available as
work continues in the initial planning stages.
This is just a little sample of what has been occurring across
South NSW, and it is clear that God has been leading and
guiding in everything we do. And our prayer from the Admin
team is that God continues to bless you in your ministry for Him.
Tonga Mission UPdate
It was such a blessing to be a part of the Tonga
Mission Trip last year, and an even greater honour
to represent the SNSW Conference and serving our
sister conference - The Tonga Mission. Completing the
much needed home for the church pastor of the small
village of Utungake, was a amazing witnessing tool that
positively impacted the community more than we could
have imagined. The generosity of the SNSW Conference
offerings spoke volumes about our church to members
and nonmembers alike in Vava’u. The pastor’s house that
our Conference generously funded, became a symbol of
love, unity, and mission of our Church.
Many locals learned that two Australian Teams, made
up of members from various churches, from the one
Conference, came together to make this project a
reality. They were amazed that a little out of the way
village would receive so much attention. In turn it
sparked a deep sense of pride and purpose into this
church. The members sensed that the great outreach
work they were engaged in, mattered and felt they
belonged to a global movement.
Next year, we hope to return and build a house for
the District Pastor and his family, on the grounds of
Mizpah High School. The current house is over 100 years
old and a new home is needed and would greatly benefit
the work in Vava’u. The current District Pastor and
his family, accommodate up to six children from non-
Adventist families of surrounding islands. The distance
of these remote islands from the island of Vava’u where
the school is located, is too far to travel by boat each day
for school. These children board with the pastor and
his family, and return home at the end of the school
term. The children receive not only a quality Adventist
education, but also attend the local Adventist Church,
and are involved in regular bible studies. It certainly
is a tremendous mission field and any assistance the
Tongan Mission receives would be greatly utilised and
On behalf of the Tongan Mission Teams, I would like
to thank all the churches and members of the SNSW
Conference for your generosity, and the privilege to
work on your behalf in an amazing mission field like
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Junior/Teen Camp 2019
Junior and Teen Camps are always a highlight and this year
was no exception. 98 campers and 38 staff from across the
Conference gathered at Jindabyne for a week of fun, friends and
spiritual refreshing. Campers arrived on Tuesday the 23rd of April with
buses bringing young people from the Griffith, Central Tablelands,
Southern Highlands, Albury and Bega regions. This year had a
slightly different structure to previous years where we had two
different camps running at exactly the same time. All the Juniors
did activities with Juniors, were in cabins with Juniors and had a
worship program just for Juniors. All the Teens did activities with
Teens, were in cabins with Teens and had a worship program just for
Teens. The only regular activity the Juniors and Teens did together
was to eat meals together. Activities included mountain biking, horse
riding, oval games, MasterChef, water sports, a service activity and
high ropes. The weather was favourable throughout the camp which
meant all the activities were able to be enjoyed including the water
Junior service project
Following the Junior and Teen Camp tradition there was a banquet with
the theme of “Superheroes.” Once again people turned out in excellent
costumes to enjoy a special dinner prepared by chef Terry.
The speaker at the Junior night worships was Moses Hidalgo. Moses is
currently a bible worker in the Canberra region and spoke on the theme
of Superheroes and encouraged all the Juniors to get to know the greatest
superhero of all, Jesus!
The speaker at the Teen night worships was Pr Marcus Pereira who
is currently serving as a high school chaplain in the Greater Sydney
Conference. The theme Marcus spoke on was “For the Kingdom” and
he delivered very practical messages on topics that are uniquely faced
by teens in 2019. Marcus made an appeal for the Teens to bring their
burdens and worries and lay them at the cross for Jesus to handle. It was
very positive to see everyone come forward and give something to Jesus.
Teen mountain bikes
As a result of appeals made at Junior and Teen Camp there was a total of
38 requests for baptism and 46 requests for bible studies. Young people
making commitments is always a delight to witness and I would like to
encourage churches, pastors and parents to work together to follow up
these requests in the most appropriate way.
This year both ATSIM and ADRA contributed to the Camps by
sponsoring a group of young people to come along. Thank you to both
ATSIM and ADRA for helping make the Junior and Teen Camp
experience possible for so many of our young people. I would also like
to thank the team at the AAV and the many volunteers who gave of
their time and resources during Junior and Teen camp. Without them
the camps would not happen. We look forward to seeing all the Juniors
and Teens at Camp again next year. I would like to encourage you to be
praying for friends who you can bring with you as well.
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Junior and Teen campers 2019
Go Carts Activity
Zoe Cox dressed as Queen Esther -
Best costume for the Junior Girls
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Children and Family Roadshow
“Thank you for your short presentation, it has helped me immensely.”
This is some of the feedback received from the free information
sessions conducted around the Conference from the 13th until the
16th of May. The information sessions were conducted by Pr Daron
Pratt, the Children’s and Family Ministry Director for the North NSW
Conference and Deb Hopper, occupational therapist and director of
Pr Daron Pratt presented on Cyber safety. He stressed that although
there are many aspects of technology that are good there are also
aspects of technology that are detrimental to a child’s development. He
highlighted the need for parents to parent well in all aspects of a child’s
life including the digital space. A recording of his presentation
can be viewed at vimeo.com/338810439 and a
resource booklet can be downloaded at disciple.org.au
website. Search “Families and Technology.”
Deb Hopper presented on anxiety in children and showed how
anxiety is becoming a bigger and more challenging health issue in
children than ever before. After clearly identifying what anxiety is and how
it is often displayed in children, Deb spent a large part of her presentation
sharing practical strategies that parents and educators can use to manage
anxiety. If you would like more information about the presentation,
Deb has recently published a book that develops the ideas shared in her
evening presentation. The book, along with lots of other supporting
material, is available at lifeskills4kids.com.au.
Pr Darron Pratt and Deb Hopper at
Canberra Christian School
The tour included four 2-hour presentations over four evenings in
various locations. The first session was at Narromine Christian School
followed by Border Christian College then Wagga Wagga Christian
College and concluding at Canberra Christian School.
After one of the evening sessions, Deb was contacted by a thankful
teacher who told her that her practical advice helped immensely with one
of the teacher’s students. It was simple yet effective strategy that helped a
student complete their work and double their independent reading time.
The tour was a joint initiative of the South NSW Family, Children’s and
Youth Ministries department in conjunction with the Adventist Schools
in SNSW and the local churches and their pastors. The Conference would
like to thank Deb and Daron for their valuable contribution as well as all
those who helped co-ordinate each of the sites. Due to the success of the
tour, a similar event is planned for 2020.
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The roadshow crew (Left to Right): Pr Rick Hergenhan,
Deb Hopper and Pr Darren Pratt
Western Youth Muster
Around 50 young people from across South NSW and
North NSW gathered just outside Dubbo on the last
weekend in March for the Western Youth Muster. The
event was organised so youth from the western regions
could get together for a weekend of spiritual encouragement
and fellowship. This year the event was held at
the Wambangalang Environmental Centre just south of
Dubbo which proved to be a great central location to
The speaker for the weekend was Pastor Rome Ulia who
shared a passionate testimony and called all present
to make a decision for Jesus. Music was provided by a
mixed group of musicians including young people from
Dubbo and Avondale College. On the Saturday evening
a special concert was provided by a range of musicians
including Dan Higgins, Anna Beaden Jono Ginn and
Western Youth Muster 2019
As well as the concert the newly refurbished Pinnacle Challenge was operating and participants were
able to challenge their skills in rock climbing and on the “leap of faith”. There was also a number of day
visitors from the Dubbo and Narromine regions who came to enjoy the fellowship for the day. The intention is to have the
Western Youth Muster as an annual event so plan to come in 2020.
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I was once lost but now
i am found
In August 2008, I was diagnosed with severe depression. Since then every day is “different, worse, bad and even suicidal. I lost
count of how many times, I was admitted into hospital for suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide and I even had police come to
my house far too many times.” My mental illness affected my marriage so bad, myself and even my connection with God. I have
done bad things, unforgivable and unforgettable that it led me to seek help. The doctor’s prescribed depression medication to
control my anxiety and depression.
For 10 years I was suffering from mental illness. Being on 3 different depression medications for so long plus sleeping pills and
pain killers. Without all the medication I could not function for a day. I was so hard to deal with. I was seeing a psychologist,
psychiatrist, and other different therapists but nothing helped me. I had run out of options and I didn’t know what else to do, until
one day, I had hit rock bottom - my worse day ever. All I could think of was for the pain to disappear. I wanted to live. I knew I
needed to go somewhere and to be alone. I rang Cedarvale Health and Lifestyle Retreat and my first point of contact was Narelle
on the phone – a positive call. Another phone call from Julie convinced me I needed to go.
On 24-29 February 2019 I was a guest at Cedarvale. Cedarvale Health & Lifestyle Retreat has changed my life completely; and
this is not only personal but also in my spiritual walk with God. I did not have any expectation when I first arrived at Cedarvale.
But what I learned within one week and took away from Cedarvale was very unexpected. From the day I walked in until the day
I walked out, my experience was far beyond anything that anyone had ever done for me, except my husband. The hospitality
was great. It is so warm and welcoming and even felt like a family too. The program, food and especially all the treatments were
I felt like I was guided to Cedarvale for a reason. My mental illness had been a debilitating problem for more than 10 years. I was
addicted to medication to survive and now I’m free.
Going to Cedarvale has opened my eyes so wide and now I see what was missing in my life all these years, GOD. I am so happy
that the Cedarvale Team introduced me to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bowral, where I have been attending each week
since March. I have never felt so happy and excited to attend the sabbath program every week. Everyone is welcoming us with
open arms. Only just last weekend my son and I attended the Bowral church Family Camp at Burrill Lakes. We were so blessed to
be part of it. It was so fun and enjoyable. Without God my life will never be complete. I was so lonely, but now I’m not, everything
is possible with God. I am happy, I am free from negativity and evil.
Words can’t express my infinite gratitude to each and every one of you at Cedarvale, especially to Julie. Thank you for all the encouragement
and everything you did for me. I am medication free. Determination, Motivation, Inspiration and Encouragement
with the power of my silent prayer, this is me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind and now I see.
Cedarvale is a Live-in Health Retreat who utilizes an evidence-based
Lifestyle Medicine approach to support and empower people to make simple
changes to their lives – and often for eternity, as in the case of Maima.
What a privilege we have as a team to be a part of the gospel in action. Visit
us in person, or visit our website here at www.cedarvaleretreat.com.au and
also visit our Medical Missionary Training School website at:
- Julie Higgins RN FASLM, Director of Health.
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Faith & Science
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Albury | University Ministry
In 2018, Albury Young Adults began planning a ministry to serve students at
Charles Sturt University - Albury campus. The Young Adults group were already
running Foodie Fortnight, a community-building event centred around
cooking and eating together, and decided to use this as the basis for a ministry
reaching out to uni students. This was launched at the beginning of first semester
2019 with two events designed to introduce Foodie Fortnight to CSU
students and to raise awareness of the existence of the ministry.
At the University Market Day, held in week two, Foodie Fortnight ran a stall
promoting the first event of the year, a wood-fired pizza night to be held
the following week. The stall also gave away samples of simple, healthy food
to give the students a taste of typical Foodie Fortnight fare. The following
Wednesday evening around 130 students gathered on campus to sample very
tasty wood-fired pizzas, prepared and served on site thanks to the service of
the Foodie Fortnight team, collaboration with the university chaplaincy service,
and Pr. Rick with the Youth Ministries pizza oven.
Foodie Fortnight Stall at University Market Day
Since then Foodie Fortnight has continued to serve as a means of growing
community and there are a number of students with whom the team is building
connections. Each fortnight those attending get to enjoy quality plantbased
food with a set theme for each evening, which has included Italian,
Thai, Indian, among others. Please continue to pray for the Albury Young
Adults group and the Foodie Fortnight ministry as they utilise their spiritual
gifts to serve their local community.
- Toby Clare
Narrandera/Leeton | Easter Program
The week before Easter the combined churches of
Narrandera put on an Easter pageant for the
public. It involved each church acting out a different scene
including Jesus’ ride through Jerusalem on the donkey, the
last supper in the upper room, Jesus praying in the garden of
Gethsemane, the trial and crucifixion, and of course the
resurrection and ascension.
There were a range of different Jesus characters including
men, women, short beard, long beards, clean-shaven, tall and
short, but all of them portrayed the same message of a patient,
loving God who went through awful trial to save us.
Pizza oven in action
Manager scene at Narrandera Easter program
We had a great turnout from the community, with up to 2000 people coming through the production
throughout the 2 days. This included numerous schools, 2 of which were government schools! Reactions were great,
especially as they entered the first scene – Jerusalem. The whole room was set up like a market place kitted out with stalls
selling all kinds of wares, people in costume bartering, and palm branches for the public to wave as Jesus came through.
Many positive comments were made about how impacting the whole event was, and there was a marked contrast
between school kids as they first arrived (very noisy and active) and when they exited the last scene (very quiet and
contemplative). God certainly worked through this event, and the results will likely only be seen in eternity
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Narrandera Pathfinder Club
In March the Narrandera / Leeton Pathfinder club was officially opened. The church service was marked with a special candle lighting
ceremony involving all Pathfinders and leaders, and then the first meeting of the year was held in the afternoon. The 10 Pathfinders
have since had lots of fun practising their marching skills, learning the pledge and law, and starting their first honours. They
have also really taken to knot tying, with team races to see which team could get all team members to tie the correct knot the fastest.
We are planning to start up Adventurers soon too as the younger children don’t want to be left out of the fun!
It has been a long time since there was a Pathfinder club in the local church – over 3 decades – but it’s never too late to start fresh and
have fun with the kids! We would encourage every church thinking about Pathfinders to just give it a go. It’s great for the kids, helps
brings generations together, and provides fun spiritual activities for those who may not get it otherwise. Remember – our children will
one day be the ones who run our church!
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Tumut | Medical Missionaries of the 21st century
As part of the global rise of modern applications of the medical missionary
work in the form of centres of influence and health and wellness
centres, Tumut Seventh-day Adventist Church operate ADRA Community
Centre Tumut from their church hall, with a focus on health and wellbeing.
The centre is currently running its fourth 8-week Depression and Anxiety
Recovery Program (DARP), and offers additional support to participants to
help them get the most out of the recommendations of the health education
program. Services include community exercise classes, community massage
clinic, craft group, and plant-based cooking demos. The exercise classes focus
on meeting participants where they are and making them feel comfortable,
as a number of these community members do not feel comfortable accessing
available gyms and sports facilities for various reasons. We have found that
through adding the exercise classes and massage clinic in particular, that a
real sense of community has been developed amongst the participants of
DARP. One of the participants has started a “gratitude group” which involves
other members messaging one another regularly about things that they are
grateful for. Two of the participants are now involved in our seekers bible
study group. Two others are interested in joining our Church.
Wodonga | Baptism
Sabbath, 9th March was a very happy and exciting day for
Chantelle McCrostie who chose her 10th birthday to be
baptised at Wodonga Church, in the presence of her family,
friends and schoolmates from Border Christian College.
A number of the over 200 congregation had travelled long
distances to take part in this special service. Chantelle was
particularly thrilled to have Pastor Andrew’s parents: Pastor
Peter and Mrs Lynette McCrostie, present to witness her
baptism, as well as Josie’s mum, Haydee.
It was a truly moving moment for Pastor Andrew when he held
Chantelle in the baptismal font, and for her grandfather, Pastor
Peter, who was standing next to Andrew in the water. Also for
Chantelle’s mum, Jossee, and Chantelle’s grandmothers, Lynette
and Haydee; closely by her side outside the font.
Community Exercise Program
The centre recognizes that the education offered in the Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program is life-saving, but must
be put to practise to make a real difference in participants’ lives. ADRA Community Centre Tumut aims to be a supportive,
loving and accepting community where people can experience healing in the broadest sense of the word: physical, mental and
spiritual. Please pray for our ADRA Community Centre in the small country town of Tumut, as we engage our community in our
little corner of the world.
This will be a wonderful day for everyone to remember for a
long time; as we see the evidence of Jesus’ work in the lives of
young people on account of the mentoring and teamwork in the
families, churches, and schools throughout the South NSW
Chantelle McCrostie being
baptised by her Dad Pr Andrew
McCrostie and Grandad
Pr Peter McCrostie
Celebration following the
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Yoogali | Formation of new company
Group performing special item
On Sabbath morning the 11th May 2019 the Yoogali Seventh-day Adventist Company (Samoan Services) was dedicated. At
the regional Sabbath the Griffith and Narrandera/Leeton churches come together to witness the dedication of the Yoogali
Company. The Yoogali company had been a group within the Griffith SDA church for the last 5 years. They have been running
services in Samoan language and were referred as the Griffith Samoan Branch Sabbath School (GSBSS).
Last year the Griffith Church Board voted to recommended to the SNSW Conference that the GSBSS take the next step an becoming
a Company. Pr Glenn Townend the South Pacific Division President took the dedication prayer and then preached on the
3 Angels Message. He noted that there is an order to follow in presenting Revelation 14. We need to first present the first Angel’s
message and when the Gospel is understood then we can share the prophetic message of the following two angels.
The Yoogali Company starts out with a membership of 35 members. They are planning to run a Mission this year using their own
members to preach. They aim to grow the company by reaching out to their own youth and family members who have not decided
to follow Jesus and also to expand the company by inviting friends, neighbours, work mates etc to become part of God’s family.
Yoogali | baptism
On Friday night the 10th May the Yoogali SDA Company had their first baptism. with 5 youth starting their life journey
with Jesus Christ.
The key verse was Ezekiel 36:21-27 looking at what God wants to do in each of us under the new covenant. That God wants to
take out our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. That he will put His Spirit in us and cause us to follow in His ways and
The Baptism was tinged with a little sadness as there was a sixth person planning to be baptised. He had been getting his life
back together and had made the decision to be baptised. Sadly he suddenly and unexpectently passed away in the week before
Easter. This was their first baptism as a company, and there are already others planning baptism later in the year.
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Exploring MOrnington Peninsula
Border Christian College | PR Andrew McCrostie
Border Christian College outdoor education team and
Secondary School staff went on the adventure of exploring
Mornington Peninsula in February 2019. The trip included
hiking, fishing, outdoor education sessions, surfing and some
very powerful sunset worship experiences! A big thank you for
the efforts and support of our local school community, church
community and School staff, including Mr Chris Hawken the
outdoor education coordinator. Psalm 136 - Give thanks to God,
He deserves thanks, His love never quits!
Exploring Mornington Peninsula
Canberra Christian School
Being a school with a mission focus means we work
hard to ensure all of our students have the opportunity
to learn, grow and develop their relationship with Jesus.
This happens in our classrooms daily with some
amazing results. However, as a school we are also focused on our
school families, so they can not only support their children in this
journey but also so we can provide opportunities for them to do
At our school (similar to many of our schools) we have a fantastic
tapestry of cultures, beliefs and values within our families
enrolled. Which is wonderful for our school, but tricky when we
look to engage families in building our community and reaching
out effectively. So it was with this in mind, a year and a half ago,
we started a Friday night community program called Garage 64.
The program runs once a month and both school and church families
are invited along for the night. The program is always simple,
starting with dinner, praise and worship time and then activities
and information around a family focused topic. The core purpose
of the program is about building community with school and
church families together, opening Sabbath together and focusing
on family topics that are current and relevant.
So far Garage 64 has been well attended with between 70-150 people
attending each night. We have seen some great conversations
and questions, with a number of families asking for family Bible
studies. The program certainly isn’t the answer to all of our challenges
but it is really helping us build a stronger community at
Some of the parents of Students who attend
the “Garage 64” progarm
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Elvira in the Nursery Elvira in her garden Aniceto and Elvira and their new water pump
It’s 2am in the morning. Rain is pounding on the tin roof.
Elvira wants to just roll over and fall back to sleep - but
She picks her way through the overgrown grass outside the
house and ventures as far into the bush as she dares: surely
no one will see her here. She tries to go about her business
quickly and within minutes she is back in the safety of her
home, puddles of rainwater pooling around her feet.
Without a toilet, Elvira, her husband and her son were forced
to use the bush around their house in rural Timor Leste for
years. “I didn’t feel comfortable because people could see,”
says Elvira. “The dogs and pigs would bring the waste back to
the house. It would make us sick.”
The battle to stay well was constant. Their nearest
water source, the river, was almost half an hour away.
Elvira and her son Aniceto would be up early every morning
collecting water. Together, they would carry as much water
as their bodies could take back home. But even after all their
efforts, the water wasn’t clean. “When we took water from
the river we had to boil it first,” Elvira says. “If not, we would
Elvira’s inability to meet the family’s basic sanitation needs
affected all aspects of their life. Aniceto was often late to
school, or would miss school altogether because he was collecting
With help from ADRA, Elvira and her husband now have
a new latrine. They no longer have to use the bush, giving
Elvira and her family their dignity back. “I don’t feel ashamed
anymore,” Elvira says.
A water pump was also installed within twenty metres of
Elvira’s house, saving the family time, restoring their health
and ensuring they have a source of income.
“I am happy because we don’t need to go far to fetch water.
The water is near our house,” says Elvira. “We don’t get sick
when we drink the water because the water is clean.”
For Aniceto, this means less time collecting water and more
time in school. “Water is close now so I can take a bath and I
am not late to school anymore,” Aniceto says.
The family garden is now plentiful too.
“Before we couldn’t plant vegetables, but now, we have water
close by so we can plant vegetables for our food,” says Elvira.
“Each day we sell some, and we eat some.”
Although life for her family has improved, Elvira is
concerned for the wellbeing of others in the community.
“Many people do not have water like this,” she says. “In other
places, no one has yet drilled water like what we have here.
Some other people also want to have water, but they have no
“I send my children to school because I want them to have a
good future,” says Elvira. “But because the water was far away
from our house, my children got punished by the teacher for
Life carried on this way for years until ADRA began working
in the area.
Elvira’s life has been transformed through your help in partnership
with ADRA. However, Elvira fears for many others
who still struggle with poverty, sickness and lack of dignity.
Your donation by June 30 will bring water and sanitation
facilities close to families so they can escape the trap of
poverty. Visit adra.org.au/donate or call 1800 242 372 to
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JULY 15-20, 2019
This July, thousands of Adventists across Australia will open
their homes and share a meal with a friend or neighbour.
and receive a free copy of
If You Can Eat You Can Make
Disciples by Peter Roennfeldt.
Throw a Sunday BBQ, invite a neighbour for morning tea, get your
uni friends together and order menulog, take the opportunity
to intentionally get to know someone in your community.