Testimonials

Here are some words from people who have volunteered with us on the recent trip to Queensland, Australia

 


 

        "It is hard for me to accurately express all that this trip to Australia meant to me and the many things that I learned from it. In general, it was an experience that I will remember forever as extremely difficult, fun, and enlightening. We arrived in Toowoomba after days of hard traveling and began working with various farmers that the organization connected us to. The farmer and his family that my group was assigned to made the biggest impression of the trip for me. We worked with him clearing debris from his fences, tore down the fences that were destroyed, and rebuilt the fence. It was very hard work, but every night we would sit on their porch, have refreshment, and enjoy one another. The family was so grateful for our help. One night we stayed and the farmer’s wife cooked us a typical Australian dinner of roasted lamb. Our group and this family bonded in a very special way and we are still keeping up with on another online. After three days we moved to the small town of Texas to continue with the farmers there. My team did everything from clean debris out under houses, work on irrigation systems, and clear more fences, all in weather reaching the 100s in degrees F. I think possibly, I came away from this trip feeling more refined, touched, and changed than the farmers. It was a huge blessing for me to be able to go and serve."

 

 

        "Our time in Australia was a hurricane of hard work and love in motion.  While on the farms, we learned very quickly that the help rendered had many dimensions.... It felt overwhelming to be there.  Our efforts were often met with immense gratitude and amazement that a group would come so far to do such hard, hot work.  It was amazing to think that a team of four often doubled or tripled a farmer's work staff, that we really did expedite their recovery.  It is also overwhelming to imagine how much work remains for these families.  That's why the other dimensions of our being there were so meaningful.  Many of these families needed hope, momentum forward as they sifted through the enormous losses and the daunting process of recovery.  Many needed to tell their story out loud, to grieve aloud and to hear their own thoughts and reflections as they shared them with us."

 

 

        "The trip to Australia feels like a dream.  It's hard to grasp the fact that it was both real and not that long ago as life has a way of making those moments feel strangely distant and dream like already.  It was a whirlwind of a trip...travel, work hard, hard, hard...travel back.  My particular team tore down and rebuilt fences for the first half of our trip and spent the second half of the trip getting an irrigation system up and running as well as clearing debris.  While it was exhausting and, at times, back breaking, I'm not sure I've ever before felt so relevant.  Before I left for the trip I was asking God to show me how I could be relevant for His Kingdom, asking Him specifically for an opportunity to "get my hands dirty".  How quickly and clearly He answered that prayer will forever leave a mark upon my heart."

 

 

        "The trip was amazing.  We all pulled together and managed to do a lot of good work in Australia.  Nearly every day was spent working on multiple farms cleaning, fixing, and building things that really needed it, and all for kind and grateful people.  It was a great experience to get to be there and help out, and there really is no better way to see another country than to go there and help people."