In March Year 11 set out on their Emmaus journey, which took us all over Sydney to go and help those less fortunate than us.
Eleven of us were lucky enough to be placed at Cana Farm in Orchard Hills. Although it was a two-hour journey there and back, it was honestly one of the best weeks of our lives. Cana Farm was created by Sister Ann and it provides opportunities for marginalised people to mix with the wider community and gain valuable training and work experience. More importantly, it gives people a sense of belonging and community.
At Cana Farm, we became part of the family they have created; with all of us getting involved in a variety of farming chores. It was so much fun collecting eggs each morning and feeding the horses, we also experienced making marmalade and creating Mothers’ Day gifts. All in between weeding, de-nailing wood and of course riding on the tractor!
Perhaps the most valuable part of our experience was the incredible people we met and the stories we were privileged to hear. Many of the members of the Cana Farm community joined after a time of trouble in their lives, with the purpose of turning their lives around and moving forward.
The key message that we took away from the ministry experience is that our past shouldn’t affect our future, that it is never too late to ask for God’s forgiveness. Overall, the three days spent at Cana Farm had a significant impact on our lives and we will definitely be heading back to help out in the future.
Year 11 Students: Isabella Icely, Phoebe Halley, Bridget Peacock, Sophie Janssen, Caroline Anstee, Niamh Hremiako, Genevieve Lumb, Arielle Erdstein, Charlotte Williams, Olivia Jackson and Samantha Rodgers