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This Glimmer Of Hope

When doing surveys in a local park we were approached by a group of aboriginal people that were sitting on the grass. They were all originally from the Kimberly’s, North of Western Australia. One of the men in the group did most of the talking, and from the start they were hesitant to give us their names. Because we were random people with pen and paper, of course it sometimes makes people hesitant to open up or trust. Surprisingly, they were not hesitant to talk, they allowed us to ask questions about where they are from and what brought them to Perth.

This man was very jaded and had a very hopeless attitude towards life.

One of the men in the group, about mid to late 40s, said that he had been in Perth for about six months and was staying in a hostel, but he didn’t like living there. Not liking the thought of his friends and family living outside, as he had a bed, he would often rather be at the park with them. He came down to Perth to get medical attention. This man was very jaded and had a very hopeless attitude towards life. Speaking with such hopelessness, he believed that no one could change anything and that Australia would stay the same. He said that people and authority making empty promises had made him hopeless. He shared that sometimes, “alcohol is your only friend, it keeps you warm and your mind off your troubles.” He has children and his hopes and dreams for them are that they would have a better education than he had and that they would grow up to be good men.
This man seemed hardened by life. Imagine living your life with just trying to survive. Your thoughts being consumed with, “What am I going to eat? Where am I going to live or sleep tonight?” Or, imagine not being able to see your kids that you love because you don’t have a home. Or you have been so dried up, all you know to do is drink to get drunk. By the end of us listening to his story and talking and sitting with him and his family and friends, he said,
“If you think you could do something, then good!
Then God must work in mysterious ways.”

“If you think you could do something, then good!
Then God must work in mysterious ways.”

            This glimmer of hope that we heard from his mouth is what helps us keep going! And he is right, God does work in mysterious ways. That is a truth! God is good and is working! We are getting to build relationships with people in the parks and throughout Perth, slowly making progress. I am so excited to be involved in a ministry that is active and that not only have dreams but are making steps to see those dreams come true.