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Tanya and I are embarking on a journey that God has been leading us to for quite a while now... We are going to Arnhem Land on the 28th of February with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Our purpose is to fly into and reach remote Aboriginal communities with help, support and Christian friendship through Aviation.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Tanya and I left Marysville Friday afternoon totally unaware of what was about to happen. The next day, less than 24hrs later the victorian fires swept through Elkanah conference Hostel where we did our training and also Marysville township destroying all houses and properties.
We are shocked at what the fires have done.

below is a news link showing the destruction.

We spent two weeks at this beautiful Hostel homestead which MAF has been using for years for Orientation training and re-entry courses for prospective and returning missionaries.

Below is a few photos of this beautiful place taken by Tanya the day we left only a day before it was burnt to the ground by the Marysville bushfires.

A beautiful historic homestead gone.

formal lounge which was used for our lectures and many before us.

Dining room.

This is the township of Marysville taken 2 days before the fire swept through it. From news reports 80% of houses have been burnt to the ground.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bernie and Tanya,
    That was close for you. It is a local holiday spot for people in the outer eastern suburbs. I hope that no-one I know was there at the time. The devastation is awful and I really feel for all those affected. It is different being in PNG and following the news on the internet.