Last night was our 54th shed night and the first for 2013. It had been a very hot day and the evening wasn't much cooler.
We had 2 great interviews last night. Exactly the sort of interviews that shed night is made for.
I interviewed J first up. He grew up in a large family of 9 kids in WA. Dad was a womaniser, gambler and drunkard. Mum was a battler trying to do the best she could. Eventually she cleared out with the 2 youngest kids and left the others to fend for themselves. J and the others ended up in an orphanage for a time before growing up in 3 different foster homes until he was 16. J was very angry and full of bitterness for a while. The last foster family were very good and helped him grow into the decent man he is today. J was raised a Catholic and went to Catholic schools initially and then into public schools. He lost his faith for a while but now has a strong relationship with the Big Fella. J never had any sort of relationship with his own father who is now deceased.
J shared about how his sister was murdered 12 years ago by her husband after trying to escape a violent marriage. J's first marriage ended in divorce after 14 years and 2 children. J has since remarried for 11 years now and is very happy. His children have grown up wonderfully and he is very proud of them. J and his wife moved to Deniliquin in late 2012 and this was only his 2nd shednight. This was a great sharing story and we much appreciated hearing it.
L came to Deniliquin from South Africa with his wife and two boys after following another South African shedman. They both worked together in SA and now work together at the ricemill. We learned a lot about the difficult life they endured in SA and how L needed to find a new life for the future of his boys. L told us about driving to Coles one night soon after arriving in Deni. His son was clearly agitated in the car because it was night and his dad did not have a gun and the car was unlocked. L explained this is a new country and he could see people walking their dogs and jogging and they wouldn't be doing that if it wasn't safe. L had been shot in the ribs in SA with the bullet passing through him and killing the person behind him.
The men really enjoyed hearing about life in a different country.
This was truly a very special night and the men really got a lot from it.
All praise and glory to our heavenly father.
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