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Rachel Borneman honours her aunty through the skin system, Aunty Joanne Brumel, and celebrates her determination, her love for her family, her commitment to education, her leadership and support of the next generation, and her example of faithfulness amidst pain and difficulty.


Aunty Joanne Brumel


Rachel Borneman is a Bible Translator working with Wycliffe Australia in the Northern Territory. Aunty Joanne Brumel is Rachel's aunty through the skin system and today celebrates her determination, her love for her family, her commitment to education, her leadership and support of the next generation, and her example of faithfulness amidst pain and difficulty.

Joanne Brumel, also known as Joanna, comes from Weemol community, which is about 4-5 hours drive out of Katherine along the Central Arnhem Highway.

Joanne has enjoyed going along to every Grasstree Gathering since the inaugural one in 2012, but was disappointed to miss this last Grasstree due to a Cyclone in Darwin. She would have brought her granddaughters along this time as well.

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Aunty Joanne Brumel with her family.

Joanne has a desire to serve the young people. She has faithfully helped out with annual Yangbala Kemp and run bush camps at Weemol, with emphasis on using the Kriol Bible to share stories such as the Creation Story.

This video was produced by Aunty Joanne about her own story, as part of her studies at Nungalinya College.

Joanne has been through a lot over the years. The hardest for me is seeing her daughter pass away who was the same age as me. 

Joanne has a strong determination to follow the Lord. It has been a joy to journey with her over the years. She is a treasure.

– written by Rachel Borneman. 

This post is the fifth in our NAIDOC Week series "Because of her, we can!" celebrating Aboriginal Christian women who have shaped our lives, our churches and our nation. NAIDOC Week Artwork by Cheryl Moggs.



'Landscape'
Aunty Karen Kulyuru
Nations: Anangu (Pitjantjatjara) (SA)

Throughout this week we are sharing artworks from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who are part of The Grasstree Gathering network. These artworks are being shared with permission of the artists, and are not to be copied or reproduced. They are currently on display at The Grasstree Gathering Art Exhibition at Newtown Mission in Sydney, available for public viewing this coming weekend. If you would like to purchase an artwork from the artist please email grasstree.gathering@gmail.com.

"Because of her, we can" - NAIDOC Week 2018