Sarah Price’s article in the Sun-Herald, a reflection on the value of Palms’ re-entry weekend, stories from the field and information about Palms CommUNITY Partnerships, a program which allows the Australian community to be further engaged in volunteer sending. A list of new placements for 2006 was included as an insert with information on how to support particular placements.
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We can assist Australians gain perspective on real needs, as opposed to those flashed before us in our consumer culture by well paid marketers that sustain “… a false sense of the self, of the world and one’s relationship to it. “
Mission for Palms’ volunteers was never really about evangelisation in placement because we have generally been in places where Christian faith is more comprehensively observed than in Australia.
Each of us had been back in Australia for several months and we were carrying on with our lives as before. Even if life had its little tribulations whilst we were on our overseas missions, living back in Australia was easy. Did I say easy? Oh dear – not so!
After spending time to understand the culture, the people and language, it is now like being at home where, when you observe, you do not just see the images but the bigger picture, who is who, what they are doing and why.
After about two months of heat and dust, with the plants and trees still bravely putting out their new leaves and blossom, it is finally raining steadily this evening, having thundered all afternoon.
Anyone can begin a CommUnity Partnership. All it takes is a small group of people interested in making a difference.
“We would recommend linking with PALMS for any group interested in direct involvement in an overseas mission to help ensure that their commitment is well directed to achieve lasting benefit for all involved.” – FPET
A poem by volunteer Kathy Teys