Activity Report: February & March, 2020

Greetings and welcome to the God’s Way Ltd Activity Report covering work periods during February and March 2020.

As usual there has been a hive of activity and what is shared in this post is only a brief overview of the project-based activities during these work periods. Please keep in mind that there are many other things going on simultaneously, such as personal interactions, discoveries, experiences and feedback, which are not always reported but often take up the time of the Founding Members and Directors, and are essential to upholding love and the Company Constitution.

Gratitude & New Details for Donations via European Transferwise Bank Account

Thank you to everyone who donates and gives gifts to God’s Way organisation.

God’s Way Ltd relies on donations to fund all of its projects and initiatives. The Directors thank you for supporting the organisation’s vision to provide the world with free, practical and useful information about experiments in harmony with God’s Laws. Every donation helps towards this aim.

At the moment, most works on God’s Way Ltd Environment and Construction Branch projects are enabled through large donations by the Company Directors and Founding Members (Jesus, Mary, Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins and Catherine Spence) acting as private individuals. However smaller or irregular donations and gifts assist the company to cover crucial running expenses. All donations are most appreciated and this financial year have contributed to:

  • Meeting yearly administration costs such as company registration fees, land taxes, accountant fees and company insurance costs
  • Purchasing $12,000 dollars worth of native Australian seed for the Function Learning Centre Terrace Project
  • Contributing toward heavy machinery maintenance costs. (Use of a bulldozer and excavator is currently donated to the company by Catherine Spence. This equipment is instrumental in the creation of the Terrace Project. In keeping with God’s Principles of Love and Self-Responsibility, God’s Way organisation takes on responsibility for the day to day maintenance for this equipment)

Bank account details for God’s Way Ltd European Transferwise account have changed. This affects donors who use Transferwise to make donations to the organisation in Euros (EUR). From the 1st of July 2020, payments to the old God’s Way Ltd European bank account will be rejected. The Donate page has been updated with the new details. If you make automatic payments or store the God’s Way European bank account in an online banking system, please update your records. If you encounter any problems with this, please let the Directors know via the Contact Us page.

Thank You!
Thank You!

Environment Branch

Wilkesdale and Cushnie received approximately 360mm (14″) of much needed rain during January, February & March 2020.

Garden flourishing after rain.
Garden flourishing after rain.

In Queensland, the flora and fauna respond to rain in a hurry. Flora grows quickly and creatures take the opportunity to breed while the conditions are favourable. A flurry of activity follows: plants sprout, insect life comes out in full force, and frogs and insects chorus so loudly that only then do you realise how quiet it was during the dry seasons!

Moths on wall.
Chrysalis on shoe.
Close-up of moths.
An influx of caterpillars, chrysalises and moths.
The leaves on this tree were eaten by caterpillars in two days
The leaves on this tree were eaten by caterpillars in two days.
The same tree a month later growing new leaves
The same tree a month later growing new leaves.
One of many caterpillars that ate the tree's leaves
One of many caterpillars that ate the tree’s leaves.

Despite this rain, the soil in some areas has dried out again quickly. There has been enough water to kick start some germination but if rain does not continue, there may not be enough moisture to sustain growth over the coming months.

These images demonstrate the difference that consistent rain in the local area over the past three months has made to God’s Way Ltd projects.

A collection of fungi species popped up.
Fungi popped up everywhere.
Purple Fungi
Purple Fungi.
Brown fungi species
Brown fungi species.
Yellow fungi
Yellow fungi.
Cushnie Function Centre Caretaker's Residence Dam, December 2019
Cushnie Function Centre Caretaker's Residence Dam after rain, February 2020
Cushnie Function Centre Caretaker’s Residence Dam
Left: December 2019, Right: After rain, February 2020.
Caretaker's Residence dam, 11 February 2020
Spillway into Caretaker’s Residence dam, 11 February 2020.
Caretaker's Residence dam, 13 February 2020
Caretaker’s Residence dam, 13 February 2020.
Caretaker's Residence dam, 11 February 2020
Caretaker’s Residence dam, 11 February 2020.
Caretaker's Residence dam, 4 March 2020
Caretaker’s Residence dam, 4 March 2020.

Terrace Project

Earthworks on the Cushnie Function Centre Terrace Project remain on hold as the heavy machinery is being repaired. Seeding of the terraces continues when volunteers who love the job are available and the weather permits.

The terraces have responded positively to the rain. Grasses and seeds that were in the natural seed bank have begun to sprout, as well as some green manure seed broadcast by volunteers. The native seed is slower on the uptake, not very much has sprouted yet. Volunteers are observing how the various experimental methods of planting seed are performing.

Terrace 15, 13 February 2020.
Terrace 15, 13 February 2020.
Sprouts from nature's seed bank after a small shower of rain
Sprouts from nature’s seed bank after a small shower of rain, 13 February 2020.
Terraces holding water after rainfall.
Terraces holding water after rainfall, 13 February 2020.
Foreground: Terrace 6, Middle: Terrace 2, Background: Terrace 1.
Green manure or cover crop sprouts, 14 March 2020.
Green manure seedling sprouting radish
Green manure seedling sprouting radish, 14 March 2020.
Volunteers in the grass
Volunteers in the grass.
Terrace 15, after rain, 13 March 2020.
Terrace 15, after rain, 13 March 2020.
Grasses and weeds in nature's seed bank sprouting on the terraces
Grasses and weeds in nature’s seed bank sprouting on the terraces, 13 February 2020.
Some terraces remain very wet due to the clay content in the soil and others drain rapidly. Terrace 6 & Terrace 3, 13 February 2020.
Grasses in the natural seed bank coming up
Grasses in the natural seed bank coming up, 13 February 2020.
Green manure or cover crop flower
Green manure or cover crop flower, 14 March 2020.
Wattles that were already up before the rain, and weeds in the natural seed bank are beginning to cover the base of the terrace after the rain
Wattles that were already up before the rain, and weeds in the natural seed bank are beginning to cover the base of the terrace after the rain, 13 March 2020.

The terraces have a variety of soil types from high clay content to very little clay. This means that some areas of the terraces hold water for a long period of time, and in others the water drains away rapidly, as it would through sand. The rain has highlighted areas of water pressure and where the water is flowing and settling in the terraces. This is helpful for choosing plant species that will grow well in the different soils and conditions.

One terrace is holding water like a dam and will be modified to become a semi-permanent water source. After rain, it will hold and slowly leak water underground over time. When this terrace dries out it will be seeded with plants that are both drought tolerant and can thrive in very wet conditions, including native sedges and rushes that can handle hot, dry and periodic wet conditions.

Terrace 1, acting like a dam, 13 February 2020. When the water dries out native sedges and other plants that are both water and drought tolerant will be planted.
Terrace 1, acting like a dam, 13 February 2020.
Terrace 1, Holding water a month after the rain, 4 March 2020
Terrace 1, Holding water a month after the rain, 4 March 2020.
Native tree in flower.
Terrace 23, a few days after rain, 13 February 2020
Terrace 23, a few days after rain, 13 February 2020.
Terrace 23, a few days after rain, 13 February 2020
Terrace 23, a few days after rain, 13 February 2020.
Terrace 24, a few days after rain, 13 February 2020
Terrace 24, a few days after rain, 13 February 2020.

The rain has demonstrated that the terraces are effective but there is room for improvement in regards to the seeding method. For example, volunteers have sown the green manure seed far too liberally, causing overcrowding for the plants.

Green manure sprouting after the rain.
Green manure sprouting after the rain.
Preparing furrows to sow more seed and green manure crop sprouting after the rain.
Preparing furrows to sow more seed and green manure crop sprouting after the rain.

Please note that the seeders have been heavy handed with the seed and not as much needs to be used in each terrace.

The slow germination of native seed sown indicates that change is needed in the seeding methodology.

Seeding Terraces

God’s Way Ltd has trialled a number of methods for seeding the terraces. The first experiment involved planting seed with soil contact, spreading some dormant microbes that would later be activated by moisture and then covering the seed & soil with two to three inches of hardwood chip mulch. Seed and weeds from the natural seed bank are coming up on the edges of the mulch, but growth of the seed underneath the mulch is being suppressed. As the mulch breaks down over time it is suspected that the seed will germinate and grow, but at a slower rate than God’s Way Ltd is hoping to achieve.

Terrace being prepared for seed and mulch.
Terrace being prepared for seed and mulch, 23 October 2019.
Terrace same terrace after it has been seeded and mulched.
Terrace 15 after being seeded and mulched, 31 October 2019.
Terrace # after rain. Very little seed has germinated pointing to a change being needed in the seeding methodology.
Terrace 15 after rain. Very little seed has germinated, indicating the need for change in the seeding methodology, 13 February 2020.

As terrace experiments continue, project managers are refining methods for sowing seed. The following adjustments were made recently:

  • Firstly a light covering of mulch over seeds rather than the original thicker layer was trialled.
  • Secondly, seeds were sown in furrows and mulch placed on the higher mounds between the furrows. The idea being that mulch between furrows will retain moisture while not suppressing growth, and plant roots growing underneath will benefit from the nutrients and insect life attracted to the decomposing mulch matter. This has so far proven to be effective with a crop of green manure planted in early February, which in places has sprouted easily unimpeded by hardwood mulch.
  • The third experiment is a living mulch experiment. This entails broadcast of a 100 seed mix, containing green manure, vegetables, insect attracting flowers, over the entire area. Only a light covering of soil is raked over seed, with no hardwood mulch. The seed will grow and provide nutrients and organic matter via the plant’s roots and foliage. Once mature, the plants will be left to seed and then either die off providing a living mulch source on the terraces or will be lightly pruned to provide mulch to cover the soil. This method is preferred as it is more sustainable (as compared to spreading hardwood mulch from external and non renewable sources). Hopefully, the living mulch method will become self supporting over time (as mature plants self seed new crops over time) .
  • Additionally, in order to make the process more economical in regards to time, effort, resources and labour, Founding Members and Directors are looking into automated and mechanical seeding & planting methods that can be implemented by machine or by hand.

These methods will likely be refined and modified as more information, inspiration and experience is gained through the project.

Seed has soil to seed contact with a thicker layer of mulch over the top of the seed and soil, 20 December 2019
Seed has soil to seed contact with a thicker layer of mulch over the top of the seed and soil, 20 December 2019.
Experimental seeding methods being implemented, 19 February 2020.
Experimental seeding methods being implemented, 19 February 2020.
Seed has soil to seed contact with a light layer of mulch over the top.
Seed has soil to seed contact with a light layer of mulch over the top, 13 February 2020.
Seed has soil contact and mulch is placed between the rows of seed (not over the seed) with the intention to hold moisture where the plants can still benefit from, but not suppress sprouting, 20 February 2020.
Seed has soil contact and mulch is placed between the rows of seed (not over the seed) with the intention to hold moisture where the plants can still benefit from, but not suppress sprouting, 20 February 2020.

The Environment Branch has begun some experiments to observe the germination rates of various seed species. The experiment involves planting 6 seeds of the same species at different depths in soil from the terraces. Two seeds have been left on top of the soil, 2 seeds gently pressed down into the soil and 2 seeds planted at three times the diameter of the seed. The purpose is to see if the seeds germinate at these different depths, and discover the optimum depth to plant seed, for the best rate of germination.

A volunteer setting up and checking a seed germination experiment.

In the Seed Project experiments are underway to discover if current seed stocks are viable and to find the best, repeatable methods for germination. Volunteers are observing how results change and experiments are refined as new data is produced. Experiments are a good way to iron out issues in the methodology of an activity, task or project, before they are implemented on a large scale. They enable the Founding Members and Directors to make better informed choices.

Small, medium, large and nitrogen fixing seeds.
A variety of native Australian seeds and green manure (cover crop) species.
Living microbes. Living microbes refers to organic waste (humanure, veggie scraps, broken down mulch etc.) that has decomposed and is used to add microbes to the soil and seed to aid growth.
Living microbes: organic waste (humanure, veggie scraps, broken down mulch etc.) that has decomposed and adds microbes to the soil to aid seed germination & growth.

Hostel Landscaping Project

The Construction Branch have been finishing off the Hostel Landscaping Project. Jesus designed the project and Catherine Spence managed contractors during the preliminary earthworks phase of the project. The earthworks which were conducted to prevent downhill water flow pooling around the foundations of the building have now been completed. Paths and drainage have been designed by Jesus and are being constructed and managed by David Walsh (Corny).

When digging the lines for drains to be installed, some large rocks were discovered under the sandy soil. The rock was so hard that it blunted the tips of two different medium-sized jack hammers. With some lateral thinking, Jesus and Catherine modified the original design to devise an alternative solution that worked around rock that could not be removed, while maintaining drainage off paths and away from the building.

During the project various issues and problems came up which needed to be resolved e.g. removing large submerged rocks from under the ground. Volunteers did not approach some of these problems logically for instance instead of locating all the rocks before beginning digging trenches they only located one or two rocks and then came across another as they dug the trench further along.

With feedback the volunteers realised they were being illogical, uneconomical and not thinking the entire project through. For each volunteer there was a different emotional reason that caused them to take these actions.

Some of the valuable lessons that have been learned during the project:

  • Love is the most important factor in any interaction, programme, project, job or activity. If workers are unloving to themselves or others, the job is not going to be done well or safely, and there will be mistakes that will have to be fixed
  • Planning and design is essential to all projects
  • Taking short cuts or doing ‘work arounds’ is always going to result in more issues and problems to fix later on
  • If you start a job you need to be responsible for finishing it
  • If you make mistakes you need to be responsible for fixing them. This involves spending the time, effort and money to figure out and implement solutions to problems
  • Lateral thinking is a crucial part of problem solving. It is essential to work through emotional issues that prevent the free flow of ideas via the conscience
  • When one runs into trouble with a job: stop, troubleshoot and find a solution before continuing
  • Before beginning to dig a trench, find all the underground rocks and obstacles along the area, so you know what you are dealing with. This can be done by either using the rippers on an excavator to scratch beneath the surface and locate any rocks, or by using a shovel or crowbar to dig down along the line of the proposed trench
  • Thoroughly documenting processes the first time an activity is undertaken saves time and energy in future. For example, timely documentation creates resources and references for similar future projects, to provide instruction to new workers, and can form the basis of education and presentation materials

Finishing the Hostel Landscaping Project has been the focus over the February & March work periods. A series of photos of the project’s progress follows.

10 February 2020, Fertility pit in front of hostel.
18 February 2020, Excavating around the hostel.
4 March 2020, Volunteers remove cladding from hostel walls.
4 March 2020, The original hostel slab was poured after the walls went up.
4 March 2020, Jackhammering the slab and rocks preventing drain installation.
5 March 2020, Overview of hostel landscaping area.
8 March 2020, Cutting rock with a diamond blade grinder.
8 March 2020, Jackhammering rock to remove it.
12 March 2020, Drain is concreted into place.
12 March 2020, Smooth concrete around the drain.
22 March 2020, Screeding the path.
1 April 2020, Path being prepared.
22 March 2020, Hostel path half finished.
3 April 2020, Close-up of Geohex Erosion Control System and rock.
12 February 2020, Fertility pit near hostel after rain.
14 March 2020, Digging up rocks and finding utilities before earthworks continue.
4 March 2020, Brackets are added to the hostel wall to hold up the new awning.
4 March 2020, Painting tar onto to the bottom of the cladding sheets to prevent rust (tar is a barrier between the concrete & colourbond cladding).
5 March 2020, Seeking out rock that needs to be removed.
8 March 2020, Preparing area for drainpipe.
8 March 2020, Rock cut with diamond blade grinder.
8 March 2020, Screeding the path ready for form work and concreting.
12 March 2020, Creating a smooth finish on the concrete.
22 March 2020, Hostel drain install complete.
20 March 2020, Hostel area being landscaped.
1 April 2020, Screeding the path in preparation to lay rock.
22 March 2020, View of partially finished path.
3 April 2020, Hostel path and retaining wall almost complete.

Water Management Branch

Jesus is managing, directing & educating volunteers in designing and creating water collection systems. Water is one of the essential elements required to sustain life, so developing water collection systems is a very important task for the organisation. Jesus has already designed some systems that will be created in the near future. In preparation for setting up these sites, water tanks needed to be moved between properties.

Water Management Systems

In March, Construction Branch volunteers, under Jesus’ direction, moved four tanks from the Cushnie Environment Learning Centre to the Function Learning Centre Caretaker’s property, and two water tanks that were already at the Caretaker’s property to a different location.

The new position for the tanks was prepared by removing rocks, sticks and other items that may damage or puncture water tanks or vehicle tyres, and cutting the grass in the area.

There were various challenges that volunteers needed to resolve before the tanks were moved, a few included:

  • Checking the route that the water tanks would be transported for times when heavy traffic may be in the area, low hanging branches, rough road and obstacles that may get in the way of transporting the tanks.
  • Finding out what load limits and restrictions apply for transporting large items on main roads. In Queensland there are height, width and weight restrictions when moving a water tank or large item on a trailer (see Limits on Projecting Loads on the Queensland Government website).
  • Finding a vehicle and/or trailer that would suit the job. The trailer had to be modified by building a platform for the water tanks to sit on while they were transported.
  • Moving the water tanks from their initial locations onto the back of the trailer.
  • Tipping the water tanks over onto their side so they could be loaded onto the trailer (a large water tank can be rolled by one person when it is on it’s side).
  • Securing the water tanks to the trailer and tying down the load so they didn’t roll off during transport.
  • Maintaining safety during the load and unload. For example, having enough people to push the tanks up trailer ramps and ensure they are rolled off in a safe and controlled manner.

For the volunteers involved, it was a learning experience in working as a cooperative team to plan and execute a small project in a safe, legal, logical and timely manner.

Next the water tanks will be cleaned out, have plumbing fittings retro-fitted and be moved to their permanent collection sites. Two of the tanks will be used to hold dam water on the Caretaker’s Residence property. This will serve as a fill-up point for a portable water tank that (attaches to) sits on the back of a small truck, and water will also be pumped directly from these tanks to environmental projects on the site. The four remaining tanks will be delivered to the Function Learning Centre and used to store water that can be slow released downhill via the terraces, or used on other environmental project sites during dry and drought conditions.

Tank with straps attached ready to be flipped over
Tank with straps attached ready to be flipped over.
A volunteer throws straps over the tank to secure it for transportation
A volunteer throws straps over the tank to secure it for transportation.
Tank loaded on trailer and ready to transport
Tank loaded on trailer and ready to transport.
Tank loaded and ready to transport portrait photo
Tank loaded and ready to transport.
Tank being rolled up the planks and onto the trailer
Tank being rolled up the planks and onto the trailer.
Tank was rolled up the planks and onto the trailer
Tank was rolled up the planks and onto the trailer.
Volunteers pretend to push the tank with one finger to demonstrate how easy it is to roll a tank when it is on it's side
Volunteers pretend to push the tank with one finger to demonstrate how easy it is to roll a tank on it’s side.

Plant & Machinery Branch

Heavy Machinery Maintenance

In late February, the bulldozer was transported to Toowoomba to be serviced and have the tracks replaced, as a number of bush and pin units were failing. More detailed information about the bush and pin units can be found in the previous God’s Way Ltd Activity Report . The 500 hour service highlighted some additional repairs that needed to be completed while it was in the workshop: the oil sump had a crack in it and was leaking, the alternator belt was wearing out, the front windscreen wiper wasn’t working properly and some missing internal panels and other pieces needed to be replaced for safety reasons.

The cost of replacing the bulldozer tracks was approximately $36,000 AUD and a 500 hour service including spare parts, replacement parts, repairs & labour cost another $14,000 AUD. In total, a cost of $50,000 AUD for the track conversion and maintenance.

God’s Way Ltd is grateful to Catherine Spence for her generous donations towards fixing the bulldozer so it can continue to be used for God’s Way Ltd environmental projects. God’s Way Ltd pays a small amount of the repair and maintenance costs for using the heavy machinery, but does not receive enough regular donations at this time to cover the high repair costs for the all of the heavy machinery. In future, the Directors would like God’s Way Ltd to cover all heavy machinery costs incurred during projects, including repairs, maintenance, parts replacement, servicing & running the machinery and driver costs (until a dedicated and skilled volunteer is found).

The Directors and Founding Members currently cover the majority of God’s Way Ltd Environment Branch project costs, including heavy machinery costs. A breakdown of these costs include:

  • Yearly servicing: $1,680 minimum to $5,000 AUD or greater depending on the type of service required and if repairs are required
  • Replacement parts: variable depending on what needs to be replaced. Over 2019-2020 many parts have needed to be replaced so the costs have been high
  • Maintenance: variable costs including but not limited to mechanics visits, consumables such as oils, lubricants, cleaning equipment
  • Running costs for 20 hours (2 days):
    • Driver: $800 AUD for bulldozer and excavator driver ($1,600 AUD per month based on 2 weekends work)
    • Fuel: averages between $800-$1,200 depending on fuel prices and how hard the machines are working ($1,600 to $2,400 AUD per month based on 2 weekends work)
    • Consumables: variable depending on what is used

When the bulldozer returns to work at the end of March, the Environment Branch will be continuing work on the Terrace Project at the Function Learning Centre.

In addition to the bulldozer, God’s Way Ltd is also gifted the use of machinery from other sources, including two small tip trucks and a ute thanks to Divine Truth and Jesus & Mary, and a tractor, excavator, and maintenance trailer, thanks to Catherine. All of these vehicles require ongoing servicing and maintenance. The organisation is currently trialling different mechanics in the local area and looking to form a relationship with one who is passionate about their chosen profession, loves machinery and does a thorough job of servicing, maintaining and repairing vehicles. Currently there are no volunteers in the organisation who have this passion and though Jesus has knowledge about mechanics, his time is prioritised elsewhere. The Directors are learning about heavy machinery but they do not have the skills to properly diagnose or fix mechanical issues. A mechanic is required to maintain and service the machinery regularly.

If you would like to make a donation towards the machinery maintenance and running costs, details of how to donate to God’s Way Ltd can be found on the Donate page.

Cleaning the tipper engine to remove dust with air compressor
18 February 2020, Cleaning the tipper engine to remove dust (using the air compressor).
Engine being serviced.
20 February 2020, Engine being serviced.

Construction Branch

Function Centre Caretaker’s Residence Renovation Project

At the start of 2020 other pressing concerns such as plumbing in tanks to collect the rainwater, and preparing for the Volunteer Selection Programme (previously scheduled to take place in April 2020), Caused the Caretaker’s Residence Renovation to be placed on hold temporarily so that volunteers could focus on these other priorities. The God’s Way Ltd volunteer team is small at the moment and lacks specialist skills, which means that each work period certain projects are prioritised and others paused until volunteers are available to complete them. The Caretakers Residence Renovation will commence again after the Hostel Landscaping Project has been completed.

However In February Small works on the Caretakers Renovation were completed including: wet areas (bathroom, toilet & laundry) were prepared for water proofing and the remaining floors prepared for the flooring finish to be applied.
The bathroom was screeded, meaning a raised concrete pad was put into the shower area in order to direct the water to drain down the plughole. The shower area is now ready for the waterproofing membrane to be applied.

Temporary overflow plumbing fittings were installed on some of the new rainwater collection tanks at the Function Learning Centre Caretakers Property.

Screeding the Caretaker's Residence shower floor
Screeding the Caretaker’s Residence shower floor.
Plumbing in some tanks to catch the rain
Plumbing in a temporary tank overflow to harvest the rain.

The floor joint were filled in preparation for the flooring finish product to be applied.

Preparing the flooring joint filler
Mixing the floor joint filler ready for application.
Filling floor joints in preparation for the flooring finish.
Filling floor joints in preparation for the flooring finish.
A floor joint filler jig created to make the job easier.

Construction Branch volunteers have created a mock bathroom drain in order to test waterproofing membrane products and find one that is compatible with the flooring finish product. Experiments will commence shortly.

Mock up of the bathroom drain for testing waterproofing membrane products
Mock up of the bathroom drain for testing waterproofing membrane products.

Unfortunately there has been a delay in commencing waterproof membrane experiments, as the product has been slow in arriving. Delays in receiving goods and services are not uncommon in the organisation at this time. Members and volunteers are learning valuable lessons like the need to pre-order materials, equipment and anything else they need months in advance; to plan and consider all aspects of a job and everything that will be needed, rather than ordering one or two items at a time, which always ends up causing a delay somewhere during the job. It is better to have all the equipment and resources ready and waiting rather than to have a job waiting for the equipment and resources to arrive.

Volunteers & Members Branch

Volunteer Selection Programme

In January and February members and volunteers had been readying the facilities and looking forward to welcoming participants in the April/May Volunteer Selection Progamme.

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide uncertainty this has created, and travel restrictions that the Australian and other international governments imposed the decision was made to cancel the Volunteer Selection Programme (VSP) this year.

On Thursday 20th March the Australian government announced that they were closing Australia’s boarders to all non-citizens and non-resident Australians. Australians returning from overseas are now required to self-isolate for 14 days in an attempt to quarantine and slow down the spread of the virus. At the time of writing this post, travel interstate in Australia has been restricted and there has also been at least one case of the COVID-19 confirmed in the local area.

Due to the current uncertainty and nation-wide and global precautions being taken, the Directors cancelled this round of the programme on the 15 March 2020. This decision was not made lightly, but for love of both participants and those leading and volunteering during the programme, the Directors decided this was the best course of action given the circumstances. The Directors are unsure if there will be another opportunity to hold the programme later in the year. This depends a lot on what happens with COVID-19 and other demands on God’s Way Ltd time (for example, the planned Divine Truth Assistance Groups later this year).

The Directors thank those who had registered for their understanding and look forward to an opportunity to get together sometime in the future, to discuss and assess your desire to live and work in harmony with God’s Laws.

Volunteer & Member Management

Over the past months the Founding Members and Directors have been observing and discussing where the organisation is currently out of harmony with God’s Laws and ways that they can remedy this (Divine Truth playlist on God’s Laws). The God’s Way Ltd constitution requires that the organisation is run in harmony with God’s Way, including God’s Laws. All members are required to work through any issue in their personal lives that are out of harmony with God’s Way (including God’s Love and Law).

The most important qualities for members in the organisation to uphold and develop are Love, Truth, Humility, Faith and Desire (Action). Without these qualities little growth or change occurs in the people associated with the organisation or in the organisation itself. When members and volunteers live in harmony with God’s Laws, the organisation will become successful and run more smoothly.

The Directors and Founding Members have observed that when people are in opposition to God’s Laws, their personal happiness lessens and the organisation also suffers as a result. For example when a person lacks the desire to grow and change but rather desires to hold tight to emotional addictions and injured views of love, such as a demand to be dependent and provided for rather than becoming self-responsible and providing for self, this puts pressure on others (including the organisation) to look after and support that person. Making others responsible for one’s personal welfare in this way, is an addictive demand.

Unless a personal choice to become independent and self-sufficient is made, people with this demand will continually seek out others to look after them and remain in a state of desired dependency for the rest of their lives. Such individuals do not give gifts to others or organisations as their primary desire to be given to.

God’s Way Ltd is vigilant that the organisation does not foster dependency addictions or tolerate such demands in its members or volunteers. This is because, as these kinds of dynamics are in disharmony with God’s Laws, they harm the environment, other people, and the individual with the addiction or demand – preventing that person’s growth and ultimate happiness. Any dynamic out of harmony with God’s Love and Laws between the God’s Way board, God’s Way members and volunteers, the public or the environment, will always reduce the efficacy and productivity of the organisation itself.

Over the past two months the welfare of both the organisation and the volunteers and members has been reviewed. The Directors have asked some volunteers to leave the organisation in order to work out what their heartfelt passions and desires are, to find direction in their lives and release the desire to remain dependent on others. The organisation deeply appreciates all its volunteers and members, so when volunteers or members are unhappy and not enjoying their work in the organisation, when they remain stagnant – meaning sitting on emotional issues and not growing and changing in their personal or work life – decisions must be made about what is in the best interests of the organisation and the most loving for the volunteer and member. Neither the board of directors or the founding members wish to have a person’s involvement in God’s Way Ltd delay their development in self-responsibility, since it is self-responsibility that results in personal happiness and also improved productivity in the organisation.

It is important to the Directors and Founding Members that volunteers love what they do, passionately desire to work for God’s Way organisation and that their personal happiness is growing. When this is the case, volunteers experience a large amount of pleasure and enjoyment from giving gifts to the organisation. When volunteers have other reasons for volunteering, including but not limited to: a desire to be dependent on the organisation or people associated with the organisation, wanting to feel they are a ‘good’ person, or wanting to take power over others within the organisation, this is not in harmony with the constitution and the Directors must take steps to correct this and assist the people involved to deal with these issues at the causal level, as dealing with causes mitigates effects. The severity of the issue and how unloving it is to self, others and the environment determines the next actions the Directors will take. The Founding Members and Directors spend many hours reflecting on what is most loving for both the organisation and its volunteers.

Volunteers who are sincere in living God’s Way are consistently working through personal issues that are exposed during the tasks and interactions they have with others. They do this during the work period and in their private time and personal relationships. Volunteers have time and opportunities to emotionally work through issues out of harmony with the constitution and are given feedback and inspiration to aid their personal soul progress. If their desire is firmly set not to grow and change (especially when a particular issue has been raised with them multiple times over a long period) then as a last resort the volunteer is asked to leave the organisation until they become sincere and begin to resolve it. The organisation would rather keep volunteers than ask them to leave, but it is imperative that the integrity of the constitution is upheld and when it is not the Directors are required to take actions to correct this. Compassion is defined in this instance as wanting what is best for the person even if they do not want it themselves. Having a volunteer work for the organisation because it is convenient and the labour is helpful is not as important as the individual’s happiness and them working out what they desire to do with their lives.

As a non-profit organisation God’s Way Ltd is run by volunteers.

The definition of a volunteer is: “a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task”

Source: Google Dictionary, accessed 1 April 2020.

For God’s Way Ltd this means volunteers giving their time, effort and resources freely because they passionately desire to do so, not because they are employed to or have to. Members are required to walk-the-talk so to speak and live by the principles in the constitution, not just talk about it as an inspiring idea. Having a group of self-motivated, passionate people who have the common goal to live God’s Way on Earth has the potential to be a powerful example of positive change in the world, but it is the decision of each individual to do this and must be made in the heart of a person for it to be real and true. The Founding Members and Directors know this is an individual choice that cannot be forced. They respect the freewill of each volunteer. However they know the benefit to volunteers to grow a heartfelt desire to choose to live God’s Way, for their own happiness and well-being, as well as for the good of the organisation.

The Founding Members and Directors wish the volunteers who are leaving the organisation for now all the best with their future endeavours and in working through the emotional issues that are out of harmony with the Company Constitution which are preventing them volunteering at this time. We love you all.

God's Way Ltd Members & Volunteers, 12 February 2020
God’s Way Ltd Members & Volunteers, 12 February 2020

Volunteer Attitudes

An attitude in harmony with love always includes desire to undertake any worthwhile task with enthusiasm, enjoyment, openness to learning, desire to be thorough, efficient and humble to any resistance or emotion that may arise while undertaking the task.

God’s Way Ltd Directors and Founding Members are noticing that not all volunteers display this loving attitude towards all projects, activities, tasks and jobs. This lack of love is not only an issue within the organisation but is commonly reflected in the general attitudes of people in the world.

The organisation is continually helping volunteers to identify the beliefs and emotions specific to them that cause this unloving attitude. Some volunteers have selective enjoyment or love for particular tasks or parts of tasks e.g. they hate outside work, but are happy doing computer work, or they like practical aspects of tasks but do not want to complete the documentation for the project. There are very few people in the organisation, or in the world at large, who love every project, activity and task that they do.

When someone is not wholeheartedly passionate about doing the task assigned to them, they lack the desire to fully understand the principles, purpose and benefits of the task.

This it creates a lot of problems such as:

  • More management is required, to check that the job is being done to the required standard
  • Jobs do not get completed properly and need to be redone
  • Volunteers do not take responsibility for the whole task, including understanding the entire process, what is involved and how to fix anything that goes wrong
  • Not understanding the vision and goals of the organisation causes volunteers to not see the importance and benefit of doing every task in a loving manner, no matter how menial it may seem at the time.

The Founding Members and directors are finding that it is better to not begin a task than have a half hearted or begrudging worker do it. All jobs that a person does without love end up making more work for others and more mistakes are made. If these problems do not get corrected they have the on flow effect of causing further problems in the future. For example Jesus correcting the 2019 Assistance Group Audio recordings (see previous activity report) or the Construction Branch fixing other people’s building mistakes

A mistake is defined as missing the mark of love and in this case translates to a lack of planning, forethought, logic and quality outcomes being produced. Doing a half-hearted job is a waste of time and resources (money, energy, effort etc.) not just for the person who begins the project or job but for the generations that follow.

Please note that making a mistake, doing a half-hearted job and leaving it for someone else to fix up later is different to making a mistake and doing a half-hearted job and then fixing it up yourself because you realise you didn’t do it to the best possible standard the first time. The latter is a responsible way to operate. When new projects are trialled there are bound to be mistakes that are made, these are opportunities to learn, fix and create processes and procedures to complete a project better in the future; this is different to when one hates working and does a job or project to a shoddy standard (an Australian colloquialism meaning a sub-standard or bad job).

If a person corrects their mistakes, stops doing the same mistake over and over again, and makes new decisions based on what they learn, they are growing in a positive direction. If they don’t do this, then love has gone out the window and another person is always left to clean up their mess. The natural environment is a good example of this phenomonen as each generation further destroys it and instead of people collectively changing their attitude and taking the time and action to repair the damage, fix it, clean it up and look after it right now, people leave it to someone else in future to deal with. This leads to all kinds of problems, one of many examples being the large areas of farmland on the earth today becoming less and less viable to grow food.

The Directors feel that upholding love is the most important part of any task: love of the task or job itself, love of God, others, self and the environment. When love is the focus there is more enjoyment working on the task and it gets completed to a high standard.

Photos of volunteers and some of the activities they were part of over the past two work periods.

Jesus gives volunteers instructions on the Hostel Landscaping Project.
Mary gives instructions on audio editing to a volunteer
Mary trains a volunteer.
Mary & Eloisa trialling a seeding experiment
Mary & Eloisa trialling a seeding experiment.
Volunteers at morning tea break
Volunteers on a tea break at the terraces.
Catherine planting seeds
Catherine planting seeds.
Rahni (volunteer) weeding invasive species after the rain
Rahni (volunteer) weeding invasive species after the rain.
Volunteers weeding mother of millions
Volunteers weeding mother of millions (invasive plant).
Volunteers creating furrows to plant wattle seed
Volunteers creating furrows to plant wattle seed.

Founding Member Activities

Jesus and Mary are consistently working away at editing audio and video material in order to publicly share the information from the Education In Love: Understanding Sin & It’s Causes Assistance Group. They have also been preparing for the next Assistance Groups by taking an inventory of the technical equipment, ordering and testing new equipment such as audio recording gear. Unfortunately some of which turned out to be faulty and unusable, and so their investigation continues into finding the best possible equipment for capturing clear, high quality audio during their presentations.

Jesus and Mary have also gifted their time to speak with members and volunteers about personal issues out of harmony with God’s Way that are affecting the organisation and their personal lives, and provided the opportunity for volunteers to ask questions about these issues during the work period.

In amongst all of this Jesus and Mary attempt to make time to work on their soul development and spiritual progress.

Jesus gives feedback and answers volunteers questions
Jesus gives feedback and answers volunteers questions.
Mary video editing.
Jesus gives feedback and answers volunteers questions
Mary gives feedback and answers volunteers questions.
Jesus audio editing.
Jesus & Mary give feedback and answer volunteers questions on various subjects.

Final Thoughts

Reflecting on the past two work periods it has been highlighted that every problem in life (including in the organisation and ones personal life) and any issues that arise during a day all boil down to an area where someone (you or I, or both of us) does not want to love (to view a playlist on understanding more about Love, including God’s Loving Laws go to the Divine Truth YouTube channel at this link). When the focus is on love rather than getting a job done there are many positive onflow effects, such as, the work environment is far more pleasant and enjoyable, consistent learning occurs, volunteers receive inspiration and enjoy what they are doing which creates a better outcome for both the end result of the task and their interactions with those they are working with.

God’s Way Ltd views any event occurring in a work period as attraction events, there to highlight harmony or disharmony with God’s Laws. Members are required and volunteers are encouraged to reflect upon their soul condtion and look to what God’s Laws are attempting to teach them personally during interactions and activities(see more: Law of Attraction), to speak up for God’s Love and Truth, work through their feelings in disharmony with God’s Way and reflect on emotional causes within themselves that contribute to individual and collective events. It is only by releasing the emotional cause of an issue that true change is possible.

When volunteers work in harmony with God’s Laws (or at least aspire to do so) the results are good. The opportunities God is gifting are recognised and taken, volunteers are able to have connected relationships and a dynamic, cooperative, fun and enjoyable work environment results. Problems are solved, solutions sought and there are things to learn during every moment of the day.

Until next time best wishes from the Directors of God’s Way Ltd.


Title: Activity Report: February & March, 2020
Date of Submission: 4 April 2020
Date of Event: 10 January – 21 February 2020 & 4 March to 21 March
Post Contributors: Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins, Mary Luck
Location: Wilkesdale, Queensland, Australia
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