On Tuesday 24 November, 6 youth and 1 adult arrived from Yarrabah to spend a few days in Sydney. They stayed with the Watson and Bothma families and spent time at school joining in classes and playing some sport. They visited Curl Curl Beach for their first surf swimming experience on Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday November 26, some Year 9 and 10 students, tragic Manly Sea
Eagles fans Mrs Post, Miss Hammond and Mr Muddle, took the Yarrabah
visitors to Sea Eagles headquarters at the Narrabeen Academy of Sport
to watch the team train and to meet some of their heroes. The Manly players were very generous with their time. A highlight for
the Yarrabah visitors was spending some time with George Rose – an
indigenous player who has just been selected for the all stars game in
February. Jamie Lyon, Anthony Watmough and Glen Stewart were also very
popular with the kids.
They went to the musical one night and on Friday caught a ferry from Manly to the city. There they got a closer look at the Harbour Bridge and Opera House – and even did a ‘berry-picking’ dance with an Aboriginal busker.
On Friday night they visited Narrabeen Baptist Youth group and shared about their life in Yarrabah.
On Saturday they spent time at Palm Beach (aka Summer Bay) where they swam, learnt to surf and walked around the scenes of ‘Summer Bay’. They returned to the Bothmas for a swim before attending a party at the Zalai’s.
Sunday was a good day for shopping at Warringah Mall and then church at St Stephens on Sunday night. Dinner at Narrabeen Beach and an impromptu prayer time with Covie students, Yarrabah youth and some finishing yr 12 students rounded off a great weekend.
On Monday they joined yr 10 in Manly where Jaylene and some others shared their powerful testimonies. After some sad goodbyes they then headed to the airport to fly home to Yarrabah.
This was a wonderful time of building and strengthening relationships and of sharing a bit of our lives with them as every year they share their lives with our mission teams that visit Yarrabah.
A huge thank you to the Watson and Bothma families who looked after them so well and made their time with us so fun and memorable.
Each year students from Covenant go to Yarrabah as part of a mission experience with the Bible Society.