Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development


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.

Tavurvur’s Many Faces

A poem by volunteer Kathy Teys

Become part of a Palms CommUnity Partnership

“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

PALMS CommUnity Partnerships

Anyone can begin a CommUnity Partnership. All it takes is a small group of people interested in making a difference.

Elaine and Phillip’s Letter from Swaziland

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.

Pat Campbell’s Letter From The Field

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.

PALMS Re-entry weekend for returned volunteers

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!

Evangelise Australia

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. “

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe