Looking to God Through Multiple Tragedies

Published by Vision Editorial Team | vision.org.au
Alison and her husband John
Alison and her husband John
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Alison from Gin Gin joined Robbo and Becci to share how listening to Vision fed her spirit and helped her keep going through some extremely difficult times.

She and her husband John own a property at Gin Gin, and over the past couple of years, have been forced to soldier on through the sorts of trials most of us couldn’t even imagine.

Alison says, “I call last year the Covid year. It was a year of big loss for us, and we thought at times that we would never really come out of it. I can remember day after day, just being in tears. I was in pain, and my husband was out in the paddocks, working on his own.”

If that wasn’t enough, Alison and her husband suffered the loss of some cattle, one of their good stallions and their mustering dog. “They were all in individual circumstances,” she continues. “There was a drought, the dog was taken by a snake, and we still don’t know what happened to our stallion. There were a lot of things we had to cope with. You think sometimes you will never rise up again.”

Alison's stallion and cattle.

But it was at that time that Vision became a lifeline for Alison, and she had the radio on all the time. “It was just feeding my spirit and keeping me going. There were times when I thought, are we ever going to get out of this? But the amazing thing is, you do.”

Alison and her husband clung to the hope of Jesus, but struggled to believe they would ever see the other end of the dark season they were in.

“That is how we felt. My husband too. He was soldiering on, carting water for 12 months or more. We had two paddocks that we own off this property that were out of water completely. This property has about 14 dams, and every day they were bone dry. My husband spent a lot of time just digging out the dams. Then we had big fires that burnt out 3000 acres, just like that. We actually lost more cattle, because of a noxious plant and some of them we had to put down which was heartbreaking.”

It was a year that Alison and her husband just wanted to forget. “You do want to forget it. I used to think of other people who were losing loved ones from Covid and I thought they are really worse off. But when you’re in it, it’s all consuming. You have to lift your eyes out of it and lift up the Word of God.

And that’s where again Vision came in. So when the time came for giving, there was no hesitation at all in giving to Vision.”

Alison said she would love to have a transmission tower on her property. “I think that would be amazing! We could beam it to everyone in our area.

Yes there are mountains to overcome, but we remember Psalm 121:1-2 and continue to lift up our eyes.”

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