I’ll Watch Over You

Mona Olsson

Mimili, APY Lands,
now Adelaide,

South Australia

Mona is from the Stolen Generation. When she was 5 years old, a truck pulled up. Police rounded up the children into a truck and took them to a mission house. Her mother managed to board the vehicle, but she was not allowed inside the house. Mona didn’t see her mother again for 32 years. 

A very moving story of love and forgiveness.

I'll watch over you (Mona Olsson, 40 Stories Project Director's Cut)
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God’s help


Media & creative teaching

Nungalinya Indigenous College




KEY QUOTES from this story:

If you are hurt, God is with you so you can help other people.


All the old people were teaching us and helping, how to be strong.

That's how I got living for Jesus. But it was just on the surface.


Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121v1-2)


God had been calling her to work in the Translation Centre with a Bible translation team. By 2008 we were part of a team of 8 people. We were able to see the New Testament dedicated in this community at Galiwin'ku.


There's very many different ways that we can share God's word. And I want to work on those many different ways.


Teach them about Jesus. To to go more deeper so you can be more closer to Him, in deeper way of life.


2013, I went for media studies at Nungalinya College. Different ways of looking (at) Jesus.


Maybe it touched their heart, you know? Simple Scripture in use, Djambarrpuyngu language.


We have to teach our young people... help them how to live, how to see Jesus with their own life, you know, everyday, daily life. They can sing. They can pray, but not really following.


Jesus is like a friend, but really deeper friend. No matter how bad you are, Jesus is there.


Even if you're away from the family, Jesus is there. And you know Jesus is there with them. Wherever we go, if we have big trouble… Jesus is there. And we can be also like that  to help comfort other people


I hope all the young people know their future. Come together and learn more about Jesus. So they can help their people, their tribe to bring them closer to God.


The God of all comfort... comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1v3-4)


A short taste of this story.