“Happy Mother’s Day” to the mums, aunties, and the women who contribute so much to our families and churches.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her . . .” (Proverbs 31:28)
I am the man I am today because you let God lead you with bringing me up.
Milena Momcilovic (mother); Mara Maric (grandmother)
All that I am and all that I desire in my life comes from the passion, love, humour, faith and selfless dedication I have experienced from my mother and grandmother. Mum taught me how to laugh, love, enjoy life, make plans, dream big and never give up. My grandmother taught me the value of hard work, persistence, humility, service to others and unwavering faith in God’s plan for my life. Their unshakeable confidence in God planted a seed of faith in my own heart from a very early age, and their example continues to strengthen and inspire me in my own Christian walk.—Alexandra Momcilovic
She always told me to chase my dreams, even though it meant I would end up thousands of kilometres away. Her incredible love, patience and quiet strength gave me the courage to face challenges, the opportunities to experience great joy and the privilege of knowing Jesus. I love you Mum.—Melody Tan
I love my mum, because she is the strongest woman I know. She is my rock, my inspiration and I look up to her. She supports and encourages me to continue to chase my dreams. She is the type of person who will always make time to listen, even when she is really busy. She never gives up on me.—Jessica Shipton
My mum is great because she is loving, caring, kind. When I was little, Mum would just take me and her out in the school holidays to a movie. I remember when she came to snow camp and we went tobogganing and we watched a group of kids learn how to ski without the ski poles.—Melissa Starkey-Franklin
I love the women in my life. My mum; she is selfless, she is compassionate and strong. I know that despite all the fights and disagreements I might have with her, she still loves me and would do anything for me! My grandmothers; they are the very reason my parents are who they are. I could decide to do anything and I know they would support me. They always have a word of encouragement and are ever willing to pass on sound advice. I have been blessed to have such amazing God-fearing women in my life and I love them all!—Annali Baxter
She is my role model and my best friend. She is a woman of strong spiritual character with a remarkable personality. She is beautiful inside and out. Mami places her children first and continues to do so. She gave up her life in Melbourne to come to Sydney and help raise my children. I love you Mami.—Gilda Roddy
Lagifa’atafa Anapu Penese
[My mum] was a beautiful and humble woman of God. She was the heart of our family and always softly spoken. We praise God for the memories we’ve shared together and the hope we have in Jesus Christ to see you again. We love you, Mummy. See you in the morning (1 Peter 5:7).—Anapu-Penese family
I love my mother because she is very funny and kind. I also love my mother because we pray together, and also because she bought me a bike and a piano. My mother is God’s special gift to me and I thank God for my mother.—Ruva Mkurazhizha
There is nothing she can’t and won’t do for others. There is nothing like her amazing cooking. She is the most selfless person I have ever known. She is my heroine, my inspiration; she is my mother. Feliz día das Maes.—Sarah and Marcelo Bussacarini
Thank you for bringing me up in a spiritual home. God is in my life because you showed me his love through your actions. I appreciate all that you have and continue to do for me. I am the man I am today because you let God lead you with bringing me up.—Rowan Hopkins
To my amazing mother, who brought both my sister and me up as a single mum. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for you. We’ve gone through tough, and great times together. None of which I could have done without you. You’re the best. I love you so much.—Jordan Archer