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.
A poem by volunteer Kathy Teys
“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
Anyone can begin a CommUnity Partnership. All it takes is a small group of people interested in making a difference.
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.
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.
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!
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. “