Barrie Woolston

When I joined Liberty Trust, I had big debts. I had worked hard for many years, but seemed to be getting nowhere.   I was glad to help others, but to be honest, I was thinking of myself first.  I understand  the sowing and reaping principle.  I had this goal to be free of debt as soon as possible, and Liberty Trust seemed to me like money in the bank in a spiritual way. However, a marriage separation changed everything.

I trusted God, and He engineered circumstances in an unexpected way.  I was paying rent, which to me was like kissing money goodbye. A chance comment eventuated with an offer way below GV on a lovely old villa in a good part of town, and I secured it for a very low figure. I had the deposit, and I rejoiced when I was offered my interest-free loan.

I remember being enchanted with the character of my aunties’ farmhouses, and I am enjoying restoring the character of timber to this home.  I have installed a coal range which heats the water as well as cooking my food.  I have found great satisfaction in creating a garden outside. The vegetable garden is abundant, the section is being planted in fruit trees, and the roses are blooming, an inherited love from my mother.  Another blessing has come with a change of work. After being a fencer for ten years, I am now enjoying working with beautiful Macrocarpa and other timber operating a mobile timber mill. Best of all, as payments are now principal only, I expect to have fully repaid my interest-free loan within five years of receiving it. 

I recall the habits of my godly Grandmother and my Uncle Ted. Each morning they would light the coal range, make a pot of tea, then settle down for their daily quiet times. I thank the Lord for the blessing of that heritage, and I pray the same over my children Ben and Samantha, who come to stay each weekend.

Therefore it is of faith that it may be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure ... to those who are of the faith of Abraham who is the father of us all ... in the presence of him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did ... and being fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to perform.

Romans 4 verses 16 - 21

Barrie Woolston

January 2002