Brooke Prentis launches our NAIDOC Week Series, "Because of her, we can!" with a powerful reflection on the women who have shaped her life, and the opportunity for us all this NAIDOC Week.
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.
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.
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.