Grafton

Australie en Grafton

Dit schrijf ik op het vliegveld van Brisbane. Bijna thuis! We komen net van Richard en Conny vandaan uit Grafton. We hebben een heel erg fijne week bij hun gehad. We zouden graag langer gebleven zijn en hopen zeker weer terug te komen. Het was zo gezellig. Ze hebben 6 dochters, waarvan 1 getrouwd. Wij mochten er met z'n vijven ook  nog wel bij. Ook Jake en Nella van Praag uit Sydney bleven er 4 nachten slapen. Het was zo goed om elkaars gezelschap te hebben. Veel late nachten en niet zoveel slaap, maar onvergetelijke herinneringen. Ze hebben 30 Aker land (12.5 hectare) met een paar koeien, een paard, kippen, 2 honden, een quadbike, tennisbaan. Een meer dan ideale omgeving voor kinderen! We bewaren warme herinnering aan hun en hun gastvrijheid en lekkere eten. Er is nog veel meer te schrijven, maar we moeten nu gaan boarden. Nog 3 uur en dan hopen we thuis te zijn. De Heere heeft ons gespaard in al onze reizen, wat zullen we Hem bewijzen voor al Zijn goedheid.

Staying with the Van Dorps

We've stayed with the Van Dorps during the entire communion, from Wednesday till now, Monday morning. Very kind of them, and it was very nice, especially having the Van Praags here as well. We'll be leaving early this afternoon to back to Brisbane, to catch our plane to Auckland. Expected arrival in Auckland is October 6, 14:40.

The kids enjoyed the stay as well, as the Van Dorps have a lot of land, animals and tools. Here AnneRoos.

And Auke on the quad bike.

Enjoying dinner outside. Weather has been nice, not so hot, and not cold enough that we had great trouble to adapt. Hopefully a good preparation for a still quite cold Auckland.

We had a good communion, especially when enabled to look to Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith. Here the church in Grafton.

Rev. Rainer also kindly invited us for lunch. He has left the manse, that had became too large for them, behind, and lives a bit outside Grafton, in Junction Hill.

With a very nice view over the river.

We met quite a number of people, and visited some of them. Here at Conny's mother. Her stepfather Keith has restored an Oldsmombile 1927 to a perfect condition.

It took him six years to complete it.

And we were given a ride!

And there we went. It's amazing how comfortable driving a car from almost 100 years ago is.

Grafton

The boys had to buy a Wii first in Brisbane as they are significantly cheaper over here (even at the same store, EB games). At 12.30pm we left Brisbane and drove to Grafton. Richard & Connie van Dorp had very kindly invited us to stay with them for the communion. We arrived shortly past 5pm.

The communion has started today with Mr. Rainer preaching on Deuteronomy 8:2: "And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no."

We expect Jake van Praag and his wife tonight as well.

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